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Marakele: ADVICE

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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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.

Enjoy your stay.
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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread post by 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 post by AstroMatt » Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:41 pm

Great photos bridger1215 :thumbs_up: Can't wait for out stay now.

In case anyone else is interested all you need to do is drop an email to marakele@sanparks.org to request a specific tent. They will do their best to accommodate you.
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Unread post by ashley_wz » Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:28 pm

Hi there
We are staying at Kamonande near Vaalwater and are wanting to come through to Marakele for a day hoping to see some of the bigger game. Where we stay has small game : buck, giraffe, zebra etc.
We did go through several years ago and were disappointed in what we saw apart from the vultures, perhaps we got there too late and it was raining for most of the day. We now live in KZN but are coming up North for a holiday. This time we will try & get there earlier.

Any suggestions on where to go, what routes to drive, where to picnic.
What would you experts do for ONE day ?
I was so impressed with the photos of the rhino & talk of the ellies. We would love to see both.
Any help would be much appreciated.
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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread post by naomi c » Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:09 am

Hi ashley and welcome to the Forums! :gflower:

Try and get there as early as possible and if you plan your day you can probably cover most of the Park. Our experience is that the Kwaggasvlakte section (where Bontle Campsite is situated) has the most game. The picnic site - a very nice one - is also situated in this section as well as the Bird Hide which is definitely worth a visit. You will almost certainly see Rhinos in this section of the Park. To find the elephants and other big game you will have to cross to the mountainous section.
But remember, this is not Kruger. We have visited Marakele on numerous occasions and last year, for the first time, had proper views of the elephants.
Really hope you enjoy your visit and that the rhinos and elephants will co-operate! :D

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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread post by MNEL » Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:15 pm

Hi guys, a while since I've been on the forum and decided to have a look today since the itch to go the bush is starting.... :roll:
We have a young boy (almost 20 months) and are therefore limited in summer time to the non-malaria areas...hence Marakele. We've never been, but it seems that the farmhouse is best suited for a child of this age? How do we go about booking it?

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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:50 pm

Hi MNEL,

Are your referring to the Motswere Guest Cottage??

Have a look at the Marakele Accommodation Availability Page for when it's available.

Bookings can be made via Central reservations or the online Booking system.
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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread post by Hippotragus » Thu Jan 09, 2014 6:39 pm

Hi MNEL

We have stayed at Motswere Guest House. It would be very suitable for a small child - entirely fenced property.
You will need 4x4 or high clearance vehicle to get there. Very well-equipped accommodation.

On the availability section you go to Tlopi Tented Camp and then scroll down to find Motswere. It is a "satellite" of Tlopi camp.
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Re: Marakele: ADVICE

Unread post by Schnooks » Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:56 pm

Hi Forumites

need some advice please:

- We are looking to caravan in Marakele in July 2014 and have a 5 year old - is 4 nights too long?
- What are the temparatures like in July

Any advice will be of assistance

Thanks :D


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