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 Post subject: naomi c Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele Oct '12
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We visit Marakele at least once a year, but this year we were struggling to fit in a visit to the Park. In the end the only weekend that we could go was this past weekend - the start of the school holidays. Not ideal, but better than no visit!
The weekend did not start off well - firstly we got away from Pretoria later than planned. We took the R511 Brits road - did not want to face the N1 on a Friday afternoon. The road has had a lot of repair work done, but is still bad in places. The wind was blowing at almost gale force, but fortunately we did not tow a caravan and made good time.
Arriving at the gate there were already three cars with caravans and trailers in tow - it was going to be busy in camp. At reception we heard that because of an Escom problem there were no power and therefor no water because the water in Bontle comes from a borehole! :shock: But they "were working on it."
Ok, we can handle this and off we went to find a camping spot.
Bontle is laid out in three circles. The one facing the waterhole is by far the most popular - also our favourite. We did not get the site I was hoping for (Rhino no 1) but settled on another favourite of ours in the same circle.
Shorlty after stopping the Honourary Ranger on duty came by to again explain the power and water problem. He told us that there was a generator but that the borehole pump was not run by it? :? So - there was power as long as the generator had diesel, but still no water. And with a camp filled to capacity - not good!!

Our campsite:

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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Very true, Philip1! :thumbs_up:

@Hilda -eventually it turned out to be a great weekend! :D

Fortunately the wind died down a bit and we could set up camp. More and more campers arrived and every single vehicle turned into the Rhino-circle first. Of course there are only so many sites and the Honourary Ranger had a hard time preventing some people from camping where they are not allowed to! :rtm:
Because of all the dust in the air we had a spectacular sunset

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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The sky looked as if it was on fire!

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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We had a lekker braai

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During the night the wind picked up again and the temperature dropped dramatically! Is it always so cold at night this time of the year!? :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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Hi there barryels and MM!

The next morning produced the lowest point of the weekend for me! I can laugh about it now but at that moment it was not funny at all.
As I have said Friday night was really cold. I did not sleep well beacause I just could not get warm enough. The wind blew non-stop. (Even did some damage to the gazebo). So - upon getting up on Saturday morning all I wanted was a hot cup of coffee. I am in any case one of those persons who cannot start the day without it! Temperature under the gazebo.......3 degrees! :shock: Put the kettle on - nothing happened. No power - generator must have run out of diesel during the night. Ok - plan B - the gas stove. Try as I may I could not get it lighted - it was blocked. By this time I was really feeling sorry for myself. SO was still in dreamland - but not for long. After a rude awakening by his very upset wife he dutifully took out his toolbox and fixed the stove!
At long last I could have my coffee! :dance:
After this "unfortunate episode" I promise things got only better!

Early morning pic of the Rhino-circle

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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The ablution block - men to the left, ladies to the right and washing up facilites in the middle - at this stage still out of water!

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Hi there, picnic! Fortunately the wind died down durning the course of the morning and it got considerably warmer. :thumbs_up:

We decided to make breakfast in camp. Had a few visitors....

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Some more of the campsite visitors...

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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My improvised birdbath did not have that many visitors - think the camp was too busy

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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One of the ever present ostriches

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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After breakfast (and a couple of more coffees) :twisted: we went on a drive through the Kwaggasvlakte section of the Park. We were amazed - no, actually shocked - to see how dry it is. No leaves on the trees and almost no grazing! :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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Hi barryels - I sure did! :thumbs_up:

It might have been dry and dusty but the scenery is still awesome!

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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My pleasure, picnic! :thumbs_up:

Thanks, Hilda! Marakele is really worth a visit! :D

I just love the Warties and in Marakele there are no shortage of them. This one is a real beauty

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