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 Post subject: Marakele: Motswere Guest Cottage
Unread postPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:51 am 
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Does anybody have more info on this unit (photos, standard of accomdation, location etc.)

Stumbled upon this on the Sanparks website:

Motswere Guest Cottage (GC8)
Base Rate * R1595.00
Additional Adult R186.00
Additional Child R93.00
Base Rate (no. people) 4
Max (no. beds/people) 8
Features:
2 bathrooms, each with w/c and shower
2 bedrooms, each with 1 double bed
2 bedrooms, each with 2 single beds
27km distance from gate
Accessed with 4x4 or 2x4(diff lock) vehicles
Braai Area
DSTV (Limited Channels)
Fan
Fully equipped Kitchen
Lounge
No Smoking
Veranda

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: New Accomodation: Motswere Guest Cottage
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:10 am 
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I know very little about it, but I know that it is brand new.

It is an old farm house which has been upgraded and it is situated in the mountainous section of the park.

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 Post subject: Marakele: Nari Guest House?
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:38 pm 
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Hi,

does anybody know anything about the Nari Guest House in Marakele NP? When I took this photo the road leading to it was closed.

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: Nari Guest House?
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We are there at the moment. Will post "proper" reply in the next few days

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: Nari Guest House?
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:22 pm 
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Great, Hippotragus! Maybe you can also get information about the new Motswere Guest Cottage, as nobody seems to have much information (and photos) about that.
Marakele: New Accomodation: Motswere Guest Cottage

It seems that Marakele is changing...

Hope you have good weather and nice sightings.


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: Nari Guest House?
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:17 am 
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Dear mh_baer,

Trust you are well this morning :D

The guests house is no longer called Nari but Motswere guest house(we need to change our signage). It has been revamped and can accommodate 8 people (4 bed rooms).

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: Nari Guest House?
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:48 pm 
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Thanks for the information, Divhani. :thumbs_up:

I'm well and hope you are fine too. We have winter in the northern hemisphere with cold rain & strong winds. I would love to stay at Marakele at this time of the year.

Can you post photos of Motswere and update Marakele accomodation - or does SANParks keep it a secret for the forumites? :hmz:

What does Motswere mean? Hope I don't mix it too often with Motswedi, the new camp in Mokala NP.

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: Nari Guest House?
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We have been waiting patiently for photo's of the new guestcottage at Marakele too. Surely it cannot be that difficult for Sanparks to add some pictures to the accommodation information?


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: Nari Guest House?
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Motswere means Leadwood :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: Nari Guest House?
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kwabo0802 wrote:
We have been waiting patiently for photo's of the new guestcottage at Marakele too. Surely it cannot be that difficult for Sanparks to add some pictures to the accommodation information?


Hello there,

The photos will be coming soon. Will let you know as soon as we have them uploaded.

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: Nari Guest House?
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:funny:

I know that "soon" means "sometime". Should we be more patient? :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: Nari Guest House?
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mh_baer wrote:

I know that "soon" means "sometime". Should we be more patient? :hmz:

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Just a little bit longer. .... :D

The official Sanparks photographer is busy taking accommodation photos in all the parks........so it might not be this week or even this month, but those photos will be coming to a website near you soon...... :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: Nari Guest House?
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I've found a picture of Motswere on the web. On that, the cottage doesn't seem to be very impressive to me. Maybe the "official Sanparks photographer" can photoshop it. :whistle:


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: Nari Guest House?
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:46 pm 
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From the SANParks Times :

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Nestled in Waterberg Mountains

Divhani Maremba
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For a very long time Marakele National Park only offered accommodation to people who love camping.

Those who are not camp enthusiasts had to either be day visitors or book themselves a place outside of the park, which often gave them little time to explore the scenic beauty of the Waterberg Mountains.

That situation is now a thing of the past since Motswere guest house is up and running.

In December 2012, Morswere, a farm house turned guest house was opened to the public and welcomed families (big and small) and couples who wanted to experience the mountainous area in the comfort of a home away from home.

The facility was converted into a guest house in 2012 and was re-named Motswere (a Setswana name referring to leadwood tree species) in appreciation of the indigenous tree that are found in the area.

It boasts four fully furnished bedrooms and two bathrooms, which offers visitors the magnificent view of the Waterberg Mountains and the ambiance of the area without feeling that they have actually left their home.

It is beautifully furnished and offers TV with selected DStv channels and aircon.
With a fully fledged kitchen which has a fridge, microwave, cutlery and crockery, the only thing that guests need to bring is their clothes and food to last them during their stay.

Braai facilities and benches with spectacular views offer a more relaxed and well-rounded experience of Marakele.

A family with children can let the little ones run around and enjoy themselves in this secured (fenced) environment without the fear of a predator coming close.

The guest house is about 10 minutes from the main gate and during rainy seasons requires a high-rise or 4x4 vehicle since the road becomes muddy.

The facility is serviced on a daily basis with fresh linen provided.
Enquiries : Central Reservation on 012-426-9111 or Marakele National Park on 014-777-6928/29/30/31.

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: Nari Guest House?
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:09 am 
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We stayed in the Motsweri Guest House (previously called Nari Guest House) at the beginning of February. It is very well-equipped - good quality kitchen equipment, lovely white bed linen etc. There is a provincial dirt road nearby, but not too noisy. We heard lion close by one night and saw fresh tracks in the morning, just outside the house's fence. From the garden, there is a great view of part of the Waterberg range.

We had problems with the TV, but the camp staff from Tlopi Camp came and eventually fixed it (we do not normally like/need TV in the bush, but my husband wanted to watch some sport!!).

Comments on the above press release - there was no air conditioning when we were there - only lovely portable fans in the lounge and bedrooms.

Secondly, it is not just 10 minutes drive from the Main Gate - more like 1 hour through the park (it is quite a long way past Tlopi Camp) and, yes, the last bit really does need high clearance 4x4 when the track is wet.

There were only the 2 of us (our other family members dropped out at the last minute) but it would be a lovely place for a family/group of 8 to be together.

The staff at Marakele really went out of their way to make sure our stay went well. Thank you!

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