Marakele in February

In Middle February we had the opportunity of a quick weekend visit to the Marakele National Park in the Waterberg of Limpopo Province. With us still experiencing a good rainy season here in the north of the country, the Park’s scenery was lush and green and it was good to see the Waterberg (Water Mountain) living up to its name.

We were booked into Tlopi Tented Camp again, and with its wonderful view of the dam and mountains beyond and an abundance of animal life all around it was as near to heaven as can be imagined.

On Saturday afternoon we explored the plains and foothills of this section of the Park. Animals were to be seen in abundance, but the amazing scenery also kept clamouring for attention.

Some very interesting insects came to visit our fully-equipped safari tent after dark.

At dawn on Sunday morning there was just one place we wanted to go; up to the Lenong Viewpoint atop the Waterberg. The narrow, steep, winding road that takes you there, the immense vistas and the fresh air up there takes our breath away every time. 

Eventually we had to descend from the mountain, go back to Tlopi to pack our belongings, and head for home – at least we could console ourselves with a few hours drive through the Park to get to the gate and the outside world.

21 thoughts on “Marakele in February

  1. wetanddustyroads

    Sjoe, die landskap is (amper) so mooi soos die diere! Die laaste foto van die kudu bul met sy pragtige gedraaide horings is pragtig … hoe wonderlik dat dit so naby aan die beskawing is, maar tog lyk of jy baie ver daarvandaan is.

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  2. naturebackin

    Beautiful scenery and lovely sightings. How great to see such a young kudu with its mum. Lovely shots of birds in flight. The pic of the spider reminds me how relatively rare these have become these days.

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  3. Anne

    It is wonderful to see pictures and to read of the satisfying experience you have enjoyed at Marakele. It is a place I have wished to visit for some time, yet have received conflicting reports about it. This post of yours throws a very positive light on it!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Really the ONLY negative comment I could make about Marakele is the fact that the roads could be tricky, but not impossible, in a vehicle with low clearance. You really should visit if you get the opportunity, Anne. You will not be disappointed.

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  4. scrapydo2.wordpress.com

    Sjoe dit was ‘n heerlike tyd daar. Nie besef hul het renosters en olifante daar nie. Nou’s ek sommer jaloers. Dis so naby Potties en ek het nooit eers daar gaan kyk nie. Die Sundowner motte het ons dive bombers genoem omdat hul altyd so sterk vlieg en met spoed.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Marakele is regtig n besonderse Park, Ineke, met al die groot 5 diere en nog n wye verskeidenheid ander soorte ook. Om nie eens van die landskappe te praat nie!

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        1. de Wets Wild Post author

          Hoewel die Park se noord-oostelike hoek tot in die Vaalwater distrik strek, Ineke, is die hoofhek maar 10km uit Thabazimbi uit. Maklik binne 2-en-n-half uur se ry van Pretoria en Johannesburg.

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