Marakele National Park incorporates the original Marakele Park in the Waterberg Mountains, the 34.000-ha Welgevonden Private Nature Reserve, and the 20.000-ha Marakele Contractual Park owned by Dutch businessman and conservationist, Paul van Vlissingen, who was the primary funder of the consolidation plan. The aim of the land consolidation plan is to help complete the province's 'golden horseshoe' of protected areas along its north-western, northern and north-eastern boundaries.
National Parks in Waterberg Region
Limpopo is home to numerous nature reserves and National Parks. South African National Parks (SANParks) is the body responsible for managing South Africa's national parks. SANParks was formed in 1926. The best known park is Kruger National Park, which is also the oldest (proclaimed in 1898), and the largest, at nearly 2.000.000 hectares (20.000 km2). The Kruger Park and Table Mountain National Park are two of South Africa's most visited tourist attractions.