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Re: Disappointed in Marakele

Unread postby Dunquixoting » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:54 pm

Good to get the advice about exiting Marakele left and driving around the mountain. We will be there end April for 3 nights, then Mapungubwe and northern KNP. I have never been north of Letaba in KNP, so this will be a new experience.

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Re: Disappointed in Marakele

Unread postby louis dreyer » Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:25 pm

robertwintle, first best wishes with your treatment.
sorry you've been disappointed with Marakele, please do yourself a favor and give it another try with out shooting Marakele down. We go there very often as its closer to us than kruger always getting lots of birds at the camping area and on topp of the hill, sorry mountain, my SO don't like going up the hill as i call it.

Pleas give it another shot, never know you might get the surpriseize of your life.
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Re: Disappointed in Marakele

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:05 am

Robert, your pictures are fantastic :D :clap: :clap: :clap:

I am going to suggest that you maybe start a thread in the "travel Tales" section where you can share pictures and experiences from previous trips. My concern is that they are going to get lost in this thread, because people are not going to see them.

Most people who go through the travel tales are either planning a trip, or photographers themselves. You are lokely to find like minded people.
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Re: Disappointed in Marakele

Unread postby Zapman » Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:40 pm

Spelling... :lol:
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Re: Disappointed in Marakele

Unread postby bokvel » Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:36 pm

Hi all.

Abraham Lincoln, once said something like " you can pleasel some of the people some of the time, but you cannot please all of the people all of the time"

We all have varoius expectations, therefore, at some stage we will be disapointed in something in life.

Agreed, give it another go. We were there once and will be back.

SANPARKS keep up the great work, we do appreciate, or we would not return.

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Re: Disappointed in Marakele

Unread postby Leeukos » Sat May 05, 2012 10:59 am

I enjoyed our trip to Marakele, but have to agree that the number of sightings were really limited. However, there were a lot of other things at Marakele that made the trip worthwhile.

* View from Lenong View Point
* Road up the Mountain to Lenong View Point
* Sunset at Tlopi Tented Camp (Dam and the Mountain view)
* Sunrise at Tlopi Tented Camp (Dam and the Mountain view)
* Nature and the small animals we don't always notice.
* Sounds at night while lying in the Tlopi Tent

So yes, there is not a lot to see as but there is rather a lot to experience with all the other senses...
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Re: Disappointed in Marakele

Unread postby arks » Mon May 07, 2012 11:52 am

I also visited Marakele recently and agree with all Leeukos's positive points. I also had the great good luck to spot three black rhino! :dance: And much else, tho no predators.

On the negative side, I found Marakele's roads to be the least sedan-friendly roads I have ever encountered in a SANPark -- badly corrugated, plus lots of deep and wide 'channels' that were clearly the results of flooding, difficult to negotiate rocky areas and more. Eina!!! Strangely, some of the 4x4 only roads in Mapungubwe -- which I drove in error because they were not marked as 4x4 only -- were far easier for a sedan to negotiate (altho I expect they would not have been were it muddy, but then much of Marakele's roads would likely also be impossible for a sedan after heavy rains).
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Re: Disappointed in Marakele

Unread postby JenB » Mon May 07, 2012 11:56 am

Arks wrote:I also had the great good luck to spot three black rhino!

:big_eyes: Whaat?? Three? Black?

Wow! What a sighting!! :dance: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Disappointed in Marakele

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Mon May 07, 2012 12:00 pm

JenB wrote:
Arks wrote:I also had the great good luck to spot three black rhino!

:big_eyes: Whaat?? Three? Black?

Wow! What a sighting!! :dance: :clap: :clap:


My sentiments exactly :shock:

Wow Arks - I got Marakele on the radar and now it might just happen sooner :D

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Re: Disappointed in Marakele

Unread postby arks » Tue May 08, 2012 12:23 pm

Just to whet your appetite :wink:

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as you can see, they were fairly far away, but I had them all to myself, too :dance:
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Re: Disappointed in Marakele

Unread postby geraas » Thu May 17, 2012 8:48 pm

arks wrote:Just to whet your appetite :wink:

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as you can see, they were fairly far away, but I had them all to myself, too :dance:


Hi arks,

Those are white rhino - still a nice sighting :)
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Re: Disappointed in Marakele

Unread postby isinkwe » Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:39 pm

Geraas
those are black rhino
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Re: Disappointed in Marakele

Unread postby Paul Daphne » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:15 am

Marakele is a park in the making. SANParks has recently re-introduced 15 buffalo folowing their removal some years ago due to a Theileria disease outbreak. Spotted hyena are also in the process of being introduced.

The Park will evenutally offer a range of eco-tourism experiences to those who are looking for the iconic sightings as well as those who are happy with the smaller stuff eg ardvark, birding etc, or just being in a bushveld environment.

The range of accommodation is also being increased. 10 tents are being added next to the Bontle camping site, and a guest house is currently being upgraded. The Modikela bush camp will be next in line for re-commissioning.

Soon we can change the title of this topic from 'Disappointed in Marakele' to 'Mad about Marakele'.
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Re: Disappointed in Marakele

Unread postby JenB » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:26 am

Hi Paul,

Warmest welcome to the forum! :D

That is great news indeed! :dance: I guess the buffalo were introduced in the big 5 section?
How long before we can enjoy Modikela bush camp?

We are already mad about Marakele!! :redface: :lol:
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Re: Disappointed in Marakele

Unread postby Paul Daphne » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:41 am

Picture of Waterberg Mountains taken from the new guest house - still to be named.

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