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Unread postby Pieter Steyn » Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:31 pm

Hi and welcome to forum. I agree with Diane.

Regarding your question on the 4 x 4 vehicle, no you don't need one. However ,you do need a vehicle with a high clearance a sedan or a bakkie (pick-up).

Be sure to visit the towers, you have a breath taking beautiful view from the top of the mountain.Marakele is also a malaria free area. You still need goodies put on your body to prevent the mossies from biting you. For example; Tabart.

Also have a look at the trip reports on Marakele.

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Re: temperature at Tlopi Camp in mid December

Unread postby JoelR » Mon Oct 01, 2007 7:42 am

mlgd wrote:Does anyone know what the temperature range will be at Marakele/Tlopi tented camp in mid December?

Nice & Hot! :wink:

The SANParks website wrote:Summers are hot but the area does not suffer from the stifling humidity so typical of the eastern Lowveld. The park is situated in the summer rainfall region and rainfall occurs in the form of heavy thunderstorms or soft rain.

I would expect afternoons between 30 and 40 degrees Celcius and nights around 20. 8)

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Unread postby Johann » Tue Oct 02, 2007 2:55 pm

When looking at weathersa, the closest station to Marakele is Pilanesberg and as Joel said the average daily max is 31 and min 18 degrees. Nice and hot but not too bad. Just stay out of the sun and you should be ok.
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Unread postby JoelR » Sun Oct 07, 2007 3:12 pm

The Wild Dogs are back in the boma :cry:

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Re: Rain in Marakele

Unread postby JoelR » Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:40 am

swainsons wrote:Hello All,

Does anybody know if Marakele has had any rain?

Regards,

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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Marakele rain

Unread postby Fhatuwani » Fri Oct 12, 2007 11:56 am

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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marakele park

Unread postby Vanzie » Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:34 am

Hi All,
Can anyone tell me the size of Marakele proper?ie: the existing Park.
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Unread postby dianne » Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:39 am

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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Best stand at Marakele

Unread postby swainsons » Thu Oct 18, 2007 12:01 pm

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 postby Pieter Steyn » Thu Oct 18, 2007 2:22 pm

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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Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Oct 21, 2007 11:44 pm

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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Re: Best stand at Marakele

Unread postby RichardS » Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:17 am

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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Tlopi Tented Camp

Unread postby Zypresse » Mon Nov 12, 2007 3:31 pm

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

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Tlopi Tented Camp - Fans?

Unread postby Sedi » Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:33 pm

We'll be spending 2 nights at Tlopi tented camp, 1 & 2 December. Really worried about the heat factor - do these tents have ceiling fans?

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Unread postby Sedi » Mon Nov 19, 2007 2:07 pm

OK, so now that I've re-read the confirmation letter it does say "fan" :redface:
(Should possibly be mentioned under Accommodation Home Page as well).


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