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 Post subject: Re: Marakele - Tlopi Camp
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:10 am 
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All those tents have a great view but I guess Lourie is more favoured because you don't often hear cars driving pass and it's referred to be "away from other tents".

The overall appearance of all tents have been recently renovated and the monkeys no longer vandalise kitchens because cupboards have been fitted with locking doors.


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele - Tlopi Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 7:36 am 
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What a magnificent place!!!!!! We just came back from long weekend at TLOPI Camp stayed in Jacana , neat , clean fantastic view over the full dam
must be better to visit after winter just before summer rainfall because veld was dense no ellies or rhinos .

thanks to previous trip reports it was the right descion made

Tamboi 14 - 18 June 2010


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele - Tlopi Camp
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:29 pm 
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Hi,

Yes we going there this weekend hope we get to see some animals and tick a few off the bird list.


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele - Tlopi Camp
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:27 pm 
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Just got back from marakele last night and had some great sightings of ellies with a new special for us in a spotted gennet visiting the camp. As usual it was a most enjoyable and restful experience.

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele - Tlopi Camp
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EetHomKitty wrote:
Hi,

Yes we going there this weekend hope we get to see some animals and tick a few off the bird list.

Gaan eet hom Kitty!! :thumbs_up:
{Transl..... Get him Tiger, or something like that. :lol: }

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele - Tlopi Camp
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:17 pm 
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Just be careful of the monkeys. They are very clever and will try and get anything to eat.

I took this picture of this monkey trying to get in the tent next door.

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Before we knew it one stole some biscuits and made a run for it.

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele - Tlopi Camp
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Up at Thlopi these little black faced devils can be very naughty but fortunately their big cousins, baboon & co, are pretty skittish and our experience have been that they tend to scamper away from humans, even in vehicles.

In Bontle they have managed to keep them away and scared of humans.

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele - Tlopi Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:23 pm 
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Greetings all. My SO and I are lucky enough to be spending a weekend at Tlopi on the 15th Oct :dance: Having never been there I am interested to find out if the dam in front of the tents have croc and hippo. Any feedback would be most welcome!


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele - Tlopi Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:22 pm 
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I'm under correction but i don't think they have croc or hippo in the dam.

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele - Tlopi Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 3:02 pm 
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Thanx Louis, I was hoping to get some good shots being so close but it looks like its not to be...


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele - Tlopi Camp
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Hi Horrace. There are no hippos or crocs in the dam when I visited Marakele last year, but there are a number of things around the water.

During our visit, we saw a number of Water Monitors and a Fish Eagle. Then there is also the mountain... :D

These are some of the things we saw at the dam, then there is the road up the mountain... (not the one in image 5).

I hope you guys enjoy your visit.

PS. Beware the monkeys. The are very clever. :whistle:

Image 1 - Water Monitor
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Image 2 - Water Monitor
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Image 3 - African Fish Eagle
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Image 4 - African Fish Eagle
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Image 5 - The Mountain
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 Post subject: Re: Marakele - Tlopi Camp
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Hi Leeukos, sweet memories of this place only by looking at your pics, specialy the mountain. It was very scarry to get up there, but was a big wow. Realy amazing.
Thanks for the nice pics.

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele - Tlopi Camp
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Thanx for the pics Leeukos. This is one of the rare occasions when I'm going to the bush for the bush's sake and what I see or don't see is not the priority. Hoping just to relax on the deck and take in nature. If i'm lucky I may get a shot similar to yours of a Fish Eagle, looking forward to trying :lol:


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 Post subject: THLOPI IN THE SUMMER?
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We are planning to visit Marakele (Thlopi tented camp) in early December. Worried about the heat with 3 small children in our group (2,3, and 5 years) and I assume no swimming pool and no airconditioning in the tents... Any comments by previous visitors in the summer?


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 Post subject: Re: THLOPI IN THE SUMMER?
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Hi family Man welcome to the forums :D

We visited Marekele beginning Oct - 42 degrees and no air-con in tents - they do have fans :thumbs_up:

TR = "Marekele - A quick visit turned into a little Gem"

There has been a fire in the Park, but it could be recovering already.

One tip to keep cool that I use is, I always take a light sarong with, then run it under the tap and sleep with it over me, the fan causes evaporation and some relief from the heat..

Hope you have a good visit :thumbs_up:

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