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Friday, January 13, 2017

Marakele National Park Part 3 of 3

Marakele Plans for the future:

  • 30 Bedroom Lodge location has been identified.
  • Large development of the road network to increase access to the park.
  • More short 4x4 routes to be opened soon.
  • 2 New picnic sites to be created, modeled on the popular Kruger Park concept.
  • Tourism Hub to be established at the Main Gate.
  • Activities center to attract more Day Visitors, which will include a swimming pool and braai area.
  • Adventure Activities will be outsourced for mountaineering and kloofing.

Most of the above items listed are set to be implemented in the next 5 years.

The Kransberg Loop takes you to a lovely viewpoint overlooking the Tlopi Campsite and dam.

Mocking Cliff Chat

While walking with our guide, it was great fun to explore the little things about this lovely park.

The true value and success of the environment is totally underrated as to what value the dung beetle brings to the bush.  There are a few species and here we have the Small Green Dung Beetle (Gymnopleurus humeralis), family scarabaeidae and had a special value in the Egyptian era too.

The diversity of this park is wonderful and varies between woodlands and highveld bushveld.  The road networks in the park were in good condition, and we have been advised that they have recently opened many more roads for greater exploration of the park.  It is not uncommon for a public road to not be marked, so you can venture almost anywhere at the moment.  Unfortunately at the time of our visit most of the 4x4 routes were closed due to water erosion.
The Alarm of the Bush - Natal Franklin.
Our alarm call for Marakele, a wonderful wakeup call every morning.

Mom and baby

Shongololo as we know it.

No bush experience would be complete without a wonderful evening fire to mark the end of another great day in the wild.

In addition to the Tlopi Tented Camp and the Bontle Campsite, Marakele offers the brand new exclusive Trails Lodge in their Marataba section of the park.

Accommodation is suited for 10 guests.  The Trails Lodge specialises in short and longer hiking trails.  They also offer a unique water safari which is a romantic sunset cruise on the Pithon Dam in the Matlabas River on the MS Mara.

Directly adjacent to the Park is the Welvonden Private Nature Reserve, together these three parks form a golden horse shoe of a protected area in the Limpopo Province.

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