Easter at Marakele

If you thought we were a bit quiet over the Easter Weekend you’d be right, as we disappeared into the Marakele National Park in the Waterberg Mountains of the Limpopo Province, celebrating the cornerstone of our Chrisitian faith with good friends and family surrounded by awesome scenery and beautiful wildlife.

Marakele’s such a treasure chest of diverse wildlife that it is hard to decide what to show and what to leave out. Let’s start then with a few of the “creepy crawlies” that we encountered while exploring the Park.

WIth Autumn now in full swing in South Africa most of the summer visiting migrant birds have departed for warmer environs already, but bird watching at Marakele over Easter was still a special treat!

What would a National Park be without some charismatic large mammals? Marakele certainly didn’t disappoint on that score, even though the lush vegetation following the rainy season did make game-viewing a bit trickier than usual.

Altogether we spent 4 nights in Marakele on this trip, arriving late on the 18th and departing again on the morning of the 22nd of April 2019. When visiting Marakele in a big group there’s no better option than to stay at the Thutong Environmental Education Centre (as we did) in a remote corner of the Park.

We’ve covered Marakele extensively in previous posts on de Wets Wild, so why not have a read through all of them if you are interested to learn more about this magical piece of our country.

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30 thoughts on “Easter at Marakele

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  2. naturebackin

    Best Easter wishes to you all. Looks to have been a great time at Marakele. We are yet to visit there. I particularly like some of the antelope photos. And those elephant look to be somewhat feisty!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thank you, Carol!’
      That one cow was particularly irritated – She seemed to have been lactating, but we didn’t see any calves near her at any point – our suspicion is that the calf met an untimely demise and that’s the reason for the cow’s distress.
      Marakele’s a wonderful place untainted by the Kruger’s crowds – if ever you find yourself anywhere in the vicinity you really should spend a night or two there.

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      1. naturebackin

        Sad possible reason for the elephant’s agitation. We tend to forget that the animals we see even in protected areas may have complicated experiences that colour their view of people and vehicles.
        Thanks for the encouragement to visit Marakele. We may well be heading that way in a year or two’s time.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thanks, Tracy. Joubert really is becoming quite adept with his camera, and what a joy it is to share this hobby with him!

      On the subject of my illness, I thankfully received a partial diagnosis the day before we left for Marakele. Still more blood tests scheduled for a month from now and hopefully we’ll have all the answers then. Thank you for caring!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      I hear you, Julie – our flatties can grow to the size of a cake plate and still are flat enough to hide in the thinnest crevice, to emerge when the sun goes down. Fascinating really, but I’m not going to try and pick one up either…

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