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Re: First visit to Marekele?!

Unread postby HoepHoep » Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:28 pm

Hi Rooster

I am green. We were there last year for a short weekend and have really enjoyed the stay. I will return any day if the opportunity arise.
I highlight were the rhino's that were next to the unfenched camp. They were no more than 5m from the closest tent when we were there. I have posted a photo of that.
We missed the elephants, but saw the evidence that we missed them by hours.
Definately take a drive to the lookout on top op the mountain. It is not that scary!!!
The shop is to basic, but Thabazimbi, only a couple of minutes away offers everything.
The roads were in a very good condition when we were there, but i suppose that depends on rain and the whether.

Enjoy, enjoy!
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My latest trip report to Addo during June 2009:
http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=34300

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Re: First visit to Marekele?!

Unread postby Rooster » Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:18 am

MATTHYS & HoepHoep thank you for the reply. :thumbs_up:
It sounds like the Park is awsome.

Can't wait for this trip to start!!!! :dance: :dance:

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Re: First visit to Marekele?!

Unread postby Eagle Owl » Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:20 am

HoepHoep wrote:Definately take a drive to the lookout on top op the mountain. It is not that scary!!!


Speak for yourself!! :twisted:

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Re: First visit to Marekele?!

Unread postby HoepHoep » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:34 pm

@ Eagle Owl: Bangjan!
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My latest trip report to Addo during June 2009:
http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=34300

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Re: First visit to Marekele?!

Unread postby Son godin » Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:09 pm

Rooster,

If you not in a 4x4 do not try to drive the 4x4 route. We had to drive the route very slowly and found it not so easy to drive as the "4x4" routes in Kruger or some other Wildlife parks that claim its a 4x4 track.

The routes near the campsite is not a problem, but its the one running past the tented camp area that need losts of care to drive.

We were lucky to spot rhino's in the park while we were having a small breakfast break at a picnic area where you can get out. When we returned to camp a few rhino's came to break-up a braai at the camp. The ostriches can also be a problem if you leave food outside on a table. The campsites are not fenced in and blend in with the natural surrounding nearly like Tsendze camp in Kruger.

Driving up the mountain is a must but can be scary and just pray that another car is not coming down. :pray: The path is very narrow, but there is a few spots where two cars can get pass each other at least. Up this road you will have a good chance to spot Klipspringers and then from the top you can watch the vultures. The nests are a bit far off so you will not be able to get close-up shots, but you should see them flying overheads.

Both sections have lots of game and you should be able to see plenty even if you cannot take the 4x4 route.
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Re: First visit to Marekele?!

Unread postby Cassius » Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:02 am

The Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, as its Tswana name suggests, has become a 'place of sanctuary' for an impressive variety of wildlife due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa

Is there Fuel inside the park?

There is no fuel station in Marakele National Park; however the park is only 12km away from Thabazimbi town were there are fuel stations.

Is there a restaurant or shop?

The Park has a small shop at the gate; with only basics; if you need supper, breakfast or launch meal; you can buy most of the groceries at SPAR, Pick & Pay and other stores

Can I drive there if I don't have a 4x4

More than 80% of Marakele National Park road can be accesses with normal car; I would encourage you to have your 4x4 you might not want to restrict yourself to drive to around the park.

Is there an updated map of Marakele

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/marakele/tourism/map.php
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Re: First visit to Marekele?!

Unread postby Eagle Owl » Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:35 pm

HoepHoep wrote:@ Eagle Owl: Bangjan!


:lol: :lol: :lol: I am not suicidal.

Some friends of ours went there to celebrate their anniversary in February this year. They were driving one of those Vito kombis.

Unfortunately the wife was the one driving up the mountain. (I did warn them beforehand of the road to the look out point...but some people just don't listen... :roll: :roll: )

Anyhow..as they drove higher she got so scared that the vehicle would start going backwards (she is a good driver nonetheless) that she raced the kombi to the top!!!! I can only imagine what would have happened if a vehicle was coming back down... :doh: :doh:

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Re: First visit to Marekele?!

Unread postby Son godin » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:41 pm

Cassius,

The maps you linking does not even indicate the camps, what about identifying specific roads to drive? :? :wall:

When will the park issue maps that can be used by visitors. I am sure I've received a much better map 4 years ago when we visited the park? Can't you download those maps? :hmz:

Below is a link to a map on google. Click on statelite Icon to see the satelite image. The first road is in the north so move south-east to see the pass to the towers :thumbs_up: :

http://streetviewhq.com/maps/South-Afri ... ional-Park

This link was found on the 4x4 route, but actually shows the whole park and IMO a much better map than on the park home page

http://www.sanparks.org/images/parks/ma ... ap_4x4.pdf
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Re: First visit to Marekele?!

Unread postby Rooster » Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:05 am

Thank you all for the replies!!! :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

Maybe just one last question, what type of wildlife can I expect?
Is there lions, leopards, elephants,Hippo exct?

Once again thank you to all!!

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Re: First visit to Marekele?!

Unread postby Eagle Owl » Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:12 am

Rooster, I can't think that I have read a trip report where somebody saw leopard or lion...but as far as I know there are suppose to be lions in the region where the elephants are. As for leopard...we saw spoor that belongs to a big cat (not as big as lions, but probably leopard) in the vicinity where the rhinos are...and near a picnic spot. In the picnic spot itself ( I can't recall the name...shame on me) there were lots of fresh footprints of much smalller cats like the African wild cat.

Have you seen some of the Marekele tripreports?

There are definitely elephants, we only saw dung, but there are beautiful pictures of them on some of the trip reports.

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Re: First visit to Marekele?!

Unread postby Rooster » Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:00 am

Thanks again for all of the replies, I will do a Trip report when we return!!
Just have to wait for 6 months before we can go? :wall: :wall:

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Re: First visit to Marekele?!

Unread postby Eagle Owl » Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:44 pm

You could do a day trip in the mean time...???? :whistle:

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Information on Marakele

Unread postby Hasenjager » Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:33 pm

Hi I want to go to Marakele in December does it have a pool?

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Re: Information on Marakele

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:08 pm

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Re: Information on Marakele

Unread postby JenB » Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:22 pm

Hi Hasenjager,

Welcome to the forum! :D

Unfortunately Marakele does not have a pool but Imberbe lives close by and his garden is an oasis!
His address is:............ :twisted:
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