I'm sorry to hear about your disappointment regarding Marakele. As mentioned on this forum numerous times before, it's about being at the right place at the right time.
Yes, that road up the mountain is narrow but we drive a Pajero and as long as every one is on the lookout for traffic, there are passing opportunities. We did and quite safely too. Then again, what gives? Africa is not for sissies!
You had to be escorted past an ellie!
Just a few post here on forum by some of the 'mites.
We went to Marakele for the day but the camera forgot to pick itself up and get in the car. I had binocs, cell phone and a lazy snoozing cheetah lying on concrete path way over there. .........
.................Ellies, a lot of Ellies came out of the bush.All sorts of sizes.We stopped counting by 32!The small place was crowded
with Ellies!!!Also tiny ones!!Soooo cute!!We were so excited!We could
watch them from our desk, very comfortable!!
The Ellies also showed a relaxed behaving.Have a look yourself and you will
see,what I mean!
This was the smallest!
We felt sad,as the all disappeared again!
Unforgettable sighting!!!The rest of the day,we stayed in camp,talking
about,what we have seen.After a peaceful night,we left Marakele,early
morning.I think,we will come back again!It is worthwhile!
They were also not in the very least bothered about being watched and kept on digging and feeding. Now THAT was beyond all my expectations. Every now and again one moved off with long kangaroo-like jumps! Amazing, to me, it was incredible to watch!
I had the same discussion a few day ago about the apparent "scarcity" of game at Marakele and my take is: Marakele is still a young park, give it time. Rather allow the animals to increase their numbers naturally than over stocking to satisfy the tourist market and having to start culling in a few years time.