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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:29 pm 
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And the new growth on the Protea bushes almost looked like flowers

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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On our way down the mountain we saw that the elephants in the meantime have crossed the road into the valley

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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They were out in the open now - we counted 29 elephants

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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Again we were happily clicking away

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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We eventually had to leave the ellies and could not believe our eyes when just a few kilometers on we found another herd! They were in thick bush so no pics. Counting them was almost impossibel but there were between 25 and 30 elephants, also some babies!

We also found some zebras

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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We decided to also drive the gravel road but sightings were few - large parts of the veld along the road were burnt.

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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Only a few Zebra and Blue Wildebeest - the Eland and Mountain Reedbuck that we found along this road on previous visits were nowhere to be seen.

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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We did have a strange sighting near the lookout point

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Just hope it wasn't injured!


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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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From the lookout point we again spotted a group of three elephants on their way to the dam!

Tlopi tented camp

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A green oasis in a parched landscape

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This Forktailed Drongo was willing to pose

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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We found a troop of baboons and this guy was having a feast

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