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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:16 pm 
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We also had a beautiful full moon

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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Thanks Philip1! :thumbs_up:

Bontle after dark

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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Sunday morning sunrise

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We decided to visit the mountainous part of the Park today and first on the agenda was to go up to Lenong View Point. Hopefully before the road up the mountain got too busy!


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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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Shortly after leaving Bontle we came accros these two sparring partners

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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Who occupied the road for quite a while

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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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We reached the tunnel and saw that the gate motor was in pieces - literally! Gate had to be opened and closed manually.

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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picnic, Bushbuddies, Sahrifa and Trrp-trrrr - :thumbs_up:

On the other side of the tunnel the dry landscape continued

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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We found this Njala-ewe all on her own

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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Have never seen Njala in this part of the Park before

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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We got to the tar road and the condition of the veld started to look better

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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Marakele is a landscape photographer's dream!

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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Tar road goes right to the top of the mountain where the big radio masts are

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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Then we spotted something that got us really excited

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 Post subject: Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele
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A herd of about 30 elephants! In all our previous visits to the Park we had only one very far off sighting of a couple of Marakele's elephants and now we have found a herd with babies! :dance:

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