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 Post subject: Re: Marakele Info
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:51 pm 
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Marakele and Tlopi a great place to visit.The scenery is great and who knows with a bit of luck maybe some great sightings as well!


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele Info
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Thanks, Mellory and Div, I know that I am going to enjoy Marakele! However, as I am also visiting Mapungubwe and northern KNP, I will still have to be taking malaria meds :)


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele
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I agree! That route might be responsible for a few divorce cases.....


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele
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Location: Johannesburg - where they cut down trees and name streets after them.
No matter how many times we've driven it before, that last little bit before the top where you keep going up and you no longer see road in front of you still gets my nerves in a knot.

Love it! :twisted: :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele Info
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:17 pm 
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Hi guys.

Just back from my visit, but alas, not Marakele.....went to the other side of the fence. Being my wife's birthday, I took out all the stops and visited a 4star lodge on the Welgevonden side. Totally different to Marakele, mostly small hills, and sourveld (think Marakele is sweetveld?). Got lucky with four of big 5, saw leopard dung, so you could call it 4 1/2 :-) .
Just one question, as I'm unable to load a image, but there is a tree growing there that has this silver colour on one side of the leave, and seems to discolour during autumn to a redish colour. The afrikaans speaking people call it "silwerblaar" and our game ranger called it "silver side". We saw small ones (1m) up to 3-4 meters. Anyone maybe know the scientific name or common name? As soon as you turn of the Lephalale (Ellisras road) to Vaalwater they seem to be everywhere, and after Burkeas Seringa the most abundent in that area. We drove a distance to Marakele from Thabazimbi but did not see them there.
Road via Sun City and Boshoek fine, but from Northam to Thabaz, is busy like hell, but no potholes - for those travelling from there.


p.s. how do you post a pic?????


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 Post subject: Best Field Guide in South Africa - Sidney Mikosi
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Best Field Guide in SANParks and South Africa - This is Sidney Mikosi - Field Guide at Marakele National Park - Every single time I do a Game Drive or Bush Walk with Sidney, he is expetionally professional, his knowledge is amazing and he always seems to satisfy his clients, no matter if there where only a few sightings...This guy belongs in the Kruger National Park! I visit the KNP at least 10 times a year, and never have I recieved such great service and game drives from any KNP Field Guide,or anywhere else in SA! Well Done Sidney, you are the best! We need more guides like him in the KNP so that all our international visitors can experience this top class guiding service!


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 Post subject: Re: Best Field Guide in South Africa - Sidney Mikosi
Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:41 am 
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No way man!!!!

Not Sidney!!!!

He has to stay at Marakele! We enjoy him there. Let Kruger mine there own diamonds!

BUT, I must agree. Sidney is tops. As for the rest of the people at Marakele....

Each morning like clockwork the camp site's fire places are cleaned along with the restrooms and bathrooms.
I have only got friendly and good service from them all!

Keep up the good work :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele
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I must admit, I don't know what was scarier, going up, or going down. The only rule I followed while going down was ... KEEP LEFT !!!

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele
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We are going to Bontle this weekend. I must say, after browsing the forums I am kicking myself for waiting so long.

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele
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Enjoy! Just remember that it gets really cold at night! :shock:

But that has its benefits - maybe you will be as lucky as we were last winter and spot an aardvark! :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele
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Hi Stephan, we'll see you in Bontle :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele
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naomi c wrote:
Enjoy! Just remember that it gets really cold at night! :shock:

But that has its benefits - maybe you will be as lucky as we were last winter and spot an aardvark! :dance:


Wow now that is lucky. I have been keeping an eye on the weather. Brrrr...

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Hi Stephan, we'll see you in Bontle :dance:


Great, I will be doing the yellow ribbon for the first time. We are in a black Terios.

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele
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Will look out for you... we are going to be in a biiiiiig truck. :twisted:


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele
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naomi c wrote:
Enjoy! Just remember that it gets really cold at night! :shock:

Just back from the weekend in Marakele, and yes cold it was, especially this morning :doh:

naomi c wrote:
But that has its benefits - maybe you will be as lucky as we were last winter and spot an aardvark! :dance:

But then again, we were lucky and saw an Aardvark even in daylight :mrgreen:
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And of course loads of the regulars including tons of Rhinos - and the below giraffes and tsessebe
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All the best, Michael (still heating up again)

PS. is there a Marakele Sightings topic? Haven't been able to find? If not would that have any interest?


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele
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Good idea ... start one.

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