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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread postby Flavia » Fri May 31, 2013 2:20 pm

I read all 22 pages of this Marakele topic, I’ll be there next August. I still have some questions:
1) How long is (in km and in approx time) the road to the viewpoint at the top of the mountain? Is it so difficult/dangerous to drive?
2) How is roads condition for sedan vehicle in August? I hope not too bad because it’s dry season.
3) Could you enter in Bontle camping to look at the waterhole if you aren’t an overnight visitor (we’ll sleep at Tlopi)?
4) We’ll arrive in Marakele coming from Pilanesberg, how is the road from Pilanesberg to Thamazimbi?
Thanks in advance.

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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread postby arks » Fri May 31, 2013 5:08 pm

I can try to answer your first two questions. I visited Marakele in April 2012 and was driving a VW Polo. I found portions (not many) of the roads quite 'challenging', because of potholes, deep ruts and big rocks, but not impassable. You just need to be careful.

As for the roadway up to the mountain viewpoint (you must also drive up to the viewpoint over Tlopi!), I didn't find it difficult or dangerous to drive at all. However, I don't suffer from vertigo :D -- there are places where it is narrow and has sharp curves, but if you take it slowly and carefully, you will be fine. I really did wonder what all the fuss was about! :roll:

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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread postby PNF » Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:16 am

Hi Flavia

From Pilansberg take the R510 to Northam; turn right at the sign for Brits (this road has no number) continue for about 20kms to T-junction with R511, turn left to Thabazimbi. When you reach Thabazimbi, continue straight through town (do not take Lephalale turn-off) and you will be on the Alma road. After about 10kms Marakele reception is on your left. It is tar all the way and currently very few potholes.
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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread postby Flavia » Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:05 pm

arks wrote:As for the roadway up to the mountain viewpoint (you must also drive up to the viewpoint over Tlopi!)

Does it mean that there are two different viewpoints?

Luckily no problems about vertigo for both of us, but we're a bit scared to drive in a very narrow and very steep road with many sharp curves. If we meet someone else coming in the other direction it could be difficult to manage it. It's not something common in my daily city life!

Thanks to both of you for reply.

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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread postby arks » Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:25 pm

What's usually referred to as 'the viewpoint', with the steep roadway, is what overlooks the area where you can see Cape vultures. The carpark there and surrounding area is excellent for all sorts of birds. And I really did not find the road difficult, tho it might be moreso if the park is crowded.

There is also a road that leads up to a view over Tlopi camp. The maps on this wesite are not very good, but the park map that you will recieve at the gate has all the details about the park's roads. Don't know why that map isn't included here on the website! :roll:
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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread postby Flavia » Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:30 pm

Thanks again Arks.

Can someone inform me if I can enter in Bontle camping to look at the waterhole although we'll not be overnight visitors (we’ll sleep at Tlopi)?

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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread postby wiedmann » Wed Jul 17, 2013 6:31 pm

Hi Flavia,

yes you can enter the Bontle campsite because there's no entrance check.

I myself found parts of the roads inside the park very challenging for sedan car, but we've seen some on the way to Tlopi camp.
The way from Tlopi camp to the mountain top is narrow, steep in part but easy to drive with sedan cars.

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we've been there March 2013

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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:48 pm

We'll be leaving for our first trip to Marakele on Sat. Just wanted to know - are there any picnic sites in Marakele?
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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread postby stephan groen » Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:53 am

There is a picnic spot (about 2km's from Bontle). I do not think they rent out gas braais though.
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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:30 pm

Thanks Stephan! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread postby AstroMatt » Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:53 am

Hi all Northern Parks experts :)
I was hoping to get some advice on the Tlopi camp at Marakele. Can any one recommend a particularly good unit to request? Do they all have the same view of the lake?
I'm thinking that the furthest (Loerie) would be best as there would be less traffic noise but the view is the most important factor for us.
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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread postby Hippotragus » Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:37 pm

Hi AstroMatt.

We have stayed in Lourie twice - once by chance and the second time by request. We have had great sightings from our deck - herd of elephant coming to drink, various buck, monkeys etc. As you say, it is quiet and, being at the "shallow" end of the dam, the animals come down to drink there.

Request that tent and hope you can get it.

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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread postby bridger1215 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:01 am

Just stayed in the Lourie tent the evening of Nov. 18th. Beautiful views especially at sunset. Didn't see much game at the dam except for some birds and a tortoise as water was plentiful. Very quiet and peaceful until the hard wind gusts started around 9pm and the tent flaps started to roar. :)

Spent 3 days in the park and had a wonderful time seeing lots of game.

A few shots from Marakele.

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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread postby naomi c » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:17 am

Beautiful pics - thanks for sharing! And it rained!!! :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread postby lion queen » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:19 am

Hi Bridger1215,

And a warm welcome to the forum......... :gflower:

Thank you for sharing your wonderful time in this amazing place. :thumbs_up:
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