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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:46 pm

Imberbe wrote:YES AND YES!

There are a beautiful campsite which is in easy reach.

The campsite (Bontle) is about 1 km. from the reception. There are a tarred road all the way to Marakele. The road from reception to Bontle is gravel, but is kept in a good condition. Should you have lots of rain, it might be a little tricky, but you should not have any problems.
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Marakele with children?!

Unread postby Dominoel » Fri Mar 31, 2006 7:19 pm

Hi there, I would like to know, whether children are alowed in the park and if so, which is the minimum age.
If alowed, did anybody already travel with children here? Please let me know your experience. Thanx.

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Unread postby naomi c » Tue May 09, 2006 1:49 pm

There is no age restriction on children when visiting Marakele. My daughter was just starting school when we first visited Marakele - then stayed in the tented camp that has since been closed. All subsequent visits we camped. Just remember that all the camps are unfenced and that there are no shops or swimmingpools.

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Unread postby Imberbe » Tue May 09, 2006 11:17 pm

We have been there lots of times with children of all ages. Once with about 40 children! They really enjoyed the stay!

And yes, the camps are not fenced, so keep an eye on your children, and warn them that the animals are not tame, and must not be approached!
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Unread postby Trelawney » Sat Jul 08, 2006 11:15 pm

Hi,

Bontle Camping Site (@ Marakele) sounds intriguing, you get to camp without fences and, from the various SAN Parks forum postings I've read, there are no Big 5 present but there are Rhinos ... OK.

Anyway, presumably its reasonably safe if you respect the usual rules with animals.

But what about that midnight visit to the ablutions ?

Come on, there must be some interesting stories out there ?

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Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Jul 09, 2006 1:14 am

:lol:

You need to be quite awake! (and have a good torch)

I once notest a strange sound coming from the other side of my car as I was returning from the ablutions at around 23:00. Luckily I stopped to check! It was a white rhino feeding next to my car on the other side! I spent a very quite three to four minutes next to my car before the rhino moved of.

Friends of ours was rudely awaken by the sound of rain hitting the side of their tent. They made a quick but stealthy exit to the other side, when they realised that it was in fact a rhino who saw no need to go to the ablution block, since the tent was nearer!
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Unread postby j-ms » Sun Jul 09, 2006 8:06 am

The rhino at the campsite aren't the problem. It's the damn Ostriches ! They have become campbirds and come begging for food and make a general nuisance of themselves. It's easy to chase a little White-eye or Starling away if they are begging for part of your morning rusk but an Ostrich is just a tad larger.

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Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Jul 09, 2006 11:56 pm

Agreed! They are worse than the vervets in some other parks, since they do not tend to run away when confronted!
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Bontle Camp at Marakele

Unread postby Trelawney » Sat Jul 15, 2006 10:44 pm

Hi all,

Have just returned from 3 nights in our tent at the Bontle Camp at Marakele. Wow, what an amazing place, we were truely charmed.

We camped in a tent, drove in a sedan and were able to access the sand roads around Bontle as well as the tar road in the main section up to the view point without problem. Obviously it was not raining which made things easier.

I keep a website with pics for family overseas and have just posted some of Bontle / Marakele. Ignore the people ones and check what a beautiful place Marakele is.

http://www.chezwallis.com/gallery/view_ ... 6-Marakele

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Unread postby Jose » Sat Jul 15, 2006 10:52 pm

Hi and welcome!

Some great photos Jeremy. But just for the record... I find baby rhinos cute too. :wink:

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Unread postby Katja » Sat Jul 15, 2006 11:01 pm

What a beautiful place Marakele is! Your photos make me want to go there.
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Unread postby Toddelelfe » Sun Jul 16, 2006 9:00 am

Wonderful pics, brings back great memories.
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Unread postby dianne » Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:42 am

Please can we help this person....I received the following mail and I'm not too familiar with this park...

I'm looking for a "getaway" for two hardworking people. Secluded, Private, Chalet or Camping Site. Last time we camped, had Mommy Rhino and Baby at our doorstep. The most horific and exilirating experience ever. Do not have any experience on Modikela or Tlopi. Please advise. Need to get away urgently. Should I not get away at least 4 times a year, in "a Bush" suffer from withdrawal systems. The last time we stayed in Bontle. Need to getaway in September 2006.

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Sedan Accessibility to Bontle and Tlopi

Unread postby eladn » Mon Oct 09, 2006 6:11 pm

Hi all,

I'm planning to visit Marakele in late May. I'm considering booking accommodations for either Tlopi Tented Camp or Bontle Camping Site, but since I will be coming with a normal sedan car, I was wondering whether Tlopi is accessible with a normal sedan car (from reading previous messages in the forum, I understood that Bontle is accessible by sedan - correct me if I'm wrong).

Thanks,

Elad.

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Sedan accessibility to Bontle and Thlopi

Unread postby naomi c » Tue Oct 10, 2006 11:08 am

Bontle is definitely accessible by normal sedan. Thlopi also - you just won't be able to do the four-by-four route.


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