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Marakele trip February 2016.

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Marakele trip February 2016.

Unread post by !bushbaby » Sat Feb 13, 2016 4:37 pm

We have just returned from 4 days at Tlopi Tented Camp. Very beautiful scenery, green and lush, the dam at Tlopi full, fed from the mountain streams.
Very nice tented camp, unfenced and well situated overlooking a beautiful dam.
Great experience when a herd of +- 20 elephant passed through the camp right by our tent and then entertained us for 2 hours bathing, swimming and cavorting in the dam just in front of our tent!
Lovely drives especially steep mountain pass to Lenong View Point.
Highly recommended for quiet stay. :D

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Re: Marakele trip February 2016.

Unread post by Cape of Storms » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:36 pm

Sounds absolutely amazing

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Re: Marakele trip February 2016.

Unread post by shfish » Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:49 pm

!bushbaby, that must have been stunning! We were there in November 2015 and it was absolutely parched. Game sightings were also a bit scarce although did see Rhino on a couple of occasions. Great to know the elies have "discovered" the Tlopi camp dam as a playground. Hope the staff have at last put locks on the kitchen door so one can keep the monkeys out.

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Re: Marakele trip February 2016.

Unread post by lion queen » Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:08 am

What a wonderful experience it must have been!!! :dance: :dance: :dance:

Thank you for sharing the info!! :gflower: :gflower:
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Re: Marakele trip February 2016.

Unread post by !bushbaby » Wed Feb 17, 2016 3:26 pm

shfish wrote:!bushbaby, that must have been stunning! We were there in November 2015 and it was absolutely parched. Game sightings were also a bit scarce although did see Rhino on a couple of occasions. Great to know the elies have "discovered" the Tlopi camp dam as a playground. Hope the staff have at last put locks on the kitchen door so one can keep the monkeys out.

Your comment regarding the monkeys refers. The staff have developed quite an ingenius "lock" for the sliding door to the kitchen consisting of a rod of timber that fits in the door runner to prevent it from being opened. This rod is merely lifted up when opening and lowered when closing. We had the monkeys present often but experienced no "break-ins". I wonder how long it will take them to figure this out?

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Re: Marakele trip February 2016.

Unread post by shfish » Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:41 pm

!bushbaby, that was the same "system" we had in November......the stick lock. But one or two monkeys were already starting to get wise to this. Also, it was a real pain that every time you just stepped out of the kitchen to the bedroom or the car, you had to replace the stick. It has also got to a stage now where ladies have to lock themselves in the kitchen whilst preparing food as the larger males yank the door open and intimidate women into surrendering the food. This happened to our neighbours, one of whom was actually bitten.

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Re: Marakele trip February 2016.

Unread post by !bushbaby » Sun Feb 21, 2016 1:22 pm

shfish, we didn't experience any threat from monkeys or baboons as they were afraid of us but if the aggression continues, the rangers will have to take drastic action! Pity but its the only way?

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Re: Marakele trip February 2016.

Unread post by Eddie Lubbe » Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:08 pm

Any predator sightings?

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Re: Marakele trip February 2016.

Unread post by !bushbaby » Wed Apr 20, 2016 2:39 pm

Unfortunately, we did not see any predators. The ranger told us that the lions had cubs and they were further north near the private lodge.
We did have very good sightings of elephant, ostrich, kudu, klipspringer, steenbok, duiker etc. Also, beautiful birds!
Really a lovely park with great scenery. Worth a visit.

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Re: Marakele trip February 2016.

Unread post by lion queen » Wed Apr 20, 2016 2:47 pm

Good news about the cubs!! :thumbs_up:

Please feel free to share some of the photos of your sightings!!! Not many people share reports of the smaller parks. :gflower:
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Re: Marakele trip February 2016.

Unread post by Hippotragus » Thu Apr 21, 2016 6:47 am

I'm glad you had a good trip, !bushbaby. I agree, Marakele is a wonderful park - not as many animals as Kruger, but amazing scenery and interesting trees (especially on the road up to the viewpoint - I've always wished I could walk up that road with a tree identification book in my hands!)

Good news about the lion cubs! I am sure someone will see them at some stage.
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