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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Marakele
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:40 am 
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swainsons wrote:
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Does anybody know if Marakele has had any rain?

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Leon Besaans


LLLLots of it! I was in Marakele last week and by then they had had 92mm (!!!) already. Everybody was off course very chuffed. The grass was starting to grow nicely and lots of animals were seen more in the open than otherwise. On the downside, the dams didn´t provide any special attraction for the game anymore.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:52 am 
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Thanks Joel,

Going there at the end of the month. Means it will be nice and green.

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 Post subject: Re: Rain in Marakele
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Hi,

yes, we've been there for 4 days last week and we have never had so much rain when we were in South Africa.
Rain, rain, thunderstorms, wind,rain,thunderstroms,rain..
o yeah, sometimes the sun was shining.. :wink:

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 Post subject: Marakele rain
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Interestingly the vegetation is green already and game sightings (lions, buffalo & elephants increased throughout the Park. Rainfall for September was 92mm & October we measured 81,8mm already.

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Thanks Fhatuwani!

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 Post subject: marakele park
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Hi All,
Can anyone tell me the size of Marakele proper?ie: the existing Park.
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Peter.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:39 am 
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Hi

This is what we have on the site. I HOPE it's up to date, if not I'm sure Fhatuwani, the park manager will be able to correct it for both of us!

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 Post subject: Best stand at Marakele
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Hello All,

What would you guys say is the best stand number in Marakele (Bontle camp site). I am going next Thursday and have a feeling I will be able to pick and choose before the weekend rush.

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Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2007 2:22 pm 
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Hi

It depends if you want to be near the ablution blocks or near the water hole. The are no fence around the camping site.
The are lots of big trees, so shade wont be a problem.

If you enter the camp site, facing the water hole, east would be to your left. So you can work out witch site will suit you best.

Be sure to visit the towers. you have an excellent view from there. Enjoy your visit :mrgreen: and do a trip report when you are back.


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When you enter the camping site, go left in to the first ring road. You will find a wild olive and buffalo thorn thicket on a termite mound, under which you can pitch your tent. It is on the outer edge of the camp grounds. It has the best view of the waterhole, and good shade from two sides. Not far from an ablution facility as well.

The best shaded area is right at the back of the camp grounds, but it can get kind of crowded.

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 Post subject: Best stand at Marakele
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Hi Leon
I agree with Imberbe. The first ring, left - at the termite mound. Lots of shade and the best view of the waterhole


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 Post subject: Re: Best stand at Marakele
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Naas wrote:
Hi Leon
I agree with Imberbe. The first ring, left - at the termite mound. Lots of shade and the best view of the waterhole

Agreed. There are 2 sites that fit this description. Great shade & close to the water hole.

I was at the one on the left of this one at the end of October. Not much in the way of shade, but a damn fine view of the waterhole. (& it really wasn't that hot after all!!!)

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 Post subject: Tlopi Tented Camp
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We spent three days in Marakele in September and stayed at Tlopi Tented Camp. Here are some pics of Tlopi Tented Camp we took.

View of Camp
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inside
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Eish!! I know that the new rules require smaller pix, but yours are smaller than your thumbnails. My "older" eyes can't see ANY details. Could you possibly make your pix a little larger? Such posts as yours are extremely valuable trip-planning tools, but it helps if readers can actually see the details in the pix :wink:

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arks wrote:
..My "older" eyes can't see ANY details. Could you possibly make your pix a little larger? ...


Arks, just try the www-button in my post - it links you to flickr, where you can see the pics in original size. (and some more, even the bathroom :wink: )


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