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Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele

Unread postby naomi c » Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:17 am

We snapped away as if it was our first ever elephant sighting! :lol:

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Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele

Unread postby naomi c » Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:47 am

Thank you Barryels and Philip1 - my pleasure! :thumbs_up:

That is the beauty of visiting the smaller Parks like Marakele and Mapungubwe (for us at least) - one gets excited about every animal you see, even the Rooibokkies (Impala)!

We did not stay too long with the Ellies - had to get up the mountain preferably before the road gets too busy. Spotted two of my favourite little bokkies on the way up

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They did not want to pose though. :(

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Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele

Unread postby naomi c » Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:53 am

Fortunately we encountered only one car on the way up. For anyone with a fear of heights this road will definitely be a challenge but the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful.

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Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele

Unread postby naomi c » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:31 pm

When we arrived at Lenong Viewpoint there were four other vehicles but they soon left and we had the place all to ourselves

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Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele

Unread postby naomi c » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:36 pm

A photograph cannot really do justice to the scenery but you can get an idea

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Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele

Unread postby naomi c » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:43 pm

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Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele

Unread postby naomi c » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:51 pm

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Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele

Unread postby naomi c » Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:10 pm

Every time we visit Lenong Wiewpoint I wish we could have stayed longer - I am working on a weeklong visit to Marakele and then I want to spend an entire morning on the mountain!
We walked to the edge to look for the Verreaux's Eagles which we saw on our previous visit but no luck. The vultures were also missing - only a couple of them were flying far off to the left. But it was still awesome just to be there and experience the silence and the endless vistas.

Back at our vehicle we did a bit of birding - the birds are really tame and almost under your feet!

Mocking Cliff Chat

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Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele

Unread postby naomi c » Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:11 pm

And his lady friend

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Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele

Unread postby naomi c » Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:12 pm

Buff-streaked Chat

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Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele

Unread postby naomi c » Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:14 pm

And the female

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Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele

Unread postby naomi c » Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:15 pm

Cape Bunting

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Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele

Unread postby naomi c » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:04 pm

Trrp-trrrrr, Bushbuddies, picnic and Hilda :thumbs_up: Marakele is a great place for birding!

The previous night was really cold so the Dassies were all out sunbathing!

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Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele

Unread postby naomi c » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:25 pm

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Re: Weekend in a dry and dusty Marakele

Unread postby naomi c » Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:27 pm

Hilda, Pumbaa and Crested Val :thumbs_up:

During the weekend I searched high and low for a flower to add to the Marakele Flowers thread. On the mountain I found one at last

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