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Re: Information on Marakele

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:28 pm

... with its own wildlife JenB. You forgot to add that :naughty:
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Re: Information on Marakele

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:45 pm

:lol: :naughty:

Oh yes ... can't hear myself thinking ... it is summer .... frogs!
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Re: Information on Marakele

Unread postby Heide » Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:08 pm

Hi, we were there this past weekend. It was great. No fence, we had the priviledge of ostriches as guests. There were how ever not that many animals that we saw. Bewarned that if you do go up the Lenong Drive, the road is veeeerrrrrryyyyy narrow. If you encounter traffic, it can be a problem, there is no space to move off the road and it is vvveeeerrrrryyyyy high. We enjoyed it very much and will defenately go back again. For a rest it is the perfect place. O yeah, when entering the camp site, keep left, there is a water hole on the left that is visible from the camp sites. Enjoy!!

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Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:30 pm

Some good news on Marakele is that the provincial road which dissects the park, cutting it in to two sections, has been de-proclaimed. It will now be possible to unite the two sections and remove the fence.

As soon as this happens, animals will be able to move naturally between the sections.

I do not know if and when this will happen, as there are some other considerations, such as visitor safety at Bontle which first needs to be addressed.
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Re: Marakele

Unread postby naomi c » Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:08 am

Mixed feelings about this - would be a great pity if Bontle has to be fenced! :D :(

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Re: Marakele

Unread postby HoepHoep » Mon Oct 17, 2011 1:43 pm

@ Naomi c

I share your mixed feelings.

The unfenced Bontle with its regular Rhino visitors must be unique to all SANPARKS. I doubt if the gain of an open park will be worth it. Another open park will just be that - "unother park" with fenced campsite.

I trust that the powers to be will carefully consider the options and pro's and con's.

I have only been to Bontle once, but that was magic.

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Re: Marakele

Unread postby JenB » Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:59 pm

Not to worry, if the do fence Bontle, I don't think will not happen in a hurry. :wink:

We heard about this a few months ago when we spoke to the Duty and Tourism manager. They are not all that keen to fence Bontle. Who knows, Bontle might even be the first unfenced SANParks camping area. :dance: :dance:
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Re: Marakele

Unread postby louis dreyer » Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:20 am

Must agree 100%, if Bontle is fence i think it will loose the magic.
No more being :big_eyes: when going to the loo at night.
No more chasing away of rhino from my braai.
Not to talk about all the other animals that will come and say hello early morning, especialy the impala rams during mating season. :pray: :pray:




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Re: Marakele

Unread postby Spinnekop » Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:37 am

I for one am happy the two parts will be united. Our old family farm (Geelhoudbos & Kameeldraai) was on the part that you could not visit and when I went there for the first time after ten years I could drive to within a few kilometres of where my family farmed for years! I think I will be very sad going back there but it will also be nice!

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Re: Marakele

Unread postby Hugh » Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:03 am

I just want to point out that some of the main camps in some of the KZN parks are not fenced and they have the big 5 . so why not Bontle!!
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Re: Marakele

Unread postby louis dreyer » Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:43 am

Another two cents comment from me, all camps in all parks can be open, we are intruding in there living room.
another plus that might come from open camp site, ppl coming to the park to get drunk might think twice.
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Re: Marakele

Unread postby chirinda » Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:52 pm

We also camped in Zim with ellies strolling through the camp ........ :shock: :D

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Re: Marakele

Unread postby JenB » Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:29 am

A bit of information on the mysterious new bush camp.

It will be a proper bush camp with no facilities so guests will have to be self sufficient. They demolished a couple of the huts but left a few for historical value. The existing huts might be available and there will also be camping sites, all unfenced. :dance:

However hard we tried, we could not get an indication about when the camp would be available. They are still working on the layout and standards.

This camp will be very exiting! The lions were very vocal from that direction all of Friday night! :dance:

:popcorn: :popcorn:
We'll be watching this space!

A new Safari tent section will be built close to Bontle but they are still waiting for the EIA to be completed.
No fence for Bontle being planned at this stage! :D :D :D
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Re: Marakele

Unread postby louis dreyer » Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:49 pm

jenB you say the lions was close to the new camp site.
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: can not wait for the weekend to come. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Marakele

Unread postby Cassius » Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:06 am

The process of access control is not completed yet we are still working with Dept of roads and transport Limpopo, we are however not deproclaiming the road completely, but putting access control for security purposes. We will update once the process has been finalized
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