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Marakele National Park

NJVermaak

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The Gelandewagen Club has been asked by SANParks Honorary Rangers to assist with the fixing/upgrading of their 4x4 track in this reserve.

Date: 11-13 November

We will be staying in the EE Centre (Lodge type accomodation) inside the park as a group, please provide your own bedding, food and drinks for the weekend. Costs will be set at R480.00 p/person for the weekend.

Arrival is set for at the centre before 18:00 Friday evening, as this is a National Park gate times apply as in the Kruger/Kgalagadi.

On Saturday morning we will leave for the bush to assist with the "repair" on the 4x4 trail. Please bring a shovel, gloves and some recovery equipment for building the trail. Riaan Harman has offered to cart all necessary building materials in his 1400 Datsun.

Morning Bush Walks will be available for those that are interested at a special rate of R170.00 per person on Saturday/Sunday morning. Upon your return we will leave to work on the trail.

For those who have not heard of Marakele NP please vist this link: https://www.sanparks.org/parks/marakele/

The reserve boasts 4 of the Big5, all except Buffalo.
The park hosts one of the world’s largest breeding colonies of Cape Vultures.
The not-so-often-seen-elsewhere antelope species such as Reedbuck, Mountain Reedbuck, Eland and Tsessebe can be found here.

On a personal note - I visited the park a few years ago and it is truly an undiscovered gem. Please confirm below if you'd like to join us.



 
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Alan

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Hi Riaan, please give us more background information as in what exactly is required to be done. What are the expectations of NPB...
I think there could be helpers that would like to bring along the appropriate tools and clothing and be prepared.
I think this is a fantastic opportunity to get the G community involved in Community services. Thanks for the organizing.
 

Riaan Harman

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The 4X4 route in Marakele is currently closed beacause the part where the small river runs through took the road with it.

As I understand that part must be fixed with gravel and stones from the koppie. So shovel, gloves and some tree cutting tools, a bakkie or trailor could also come in handy.

We are trying to see if we can't do the whole trail and also open up the road because due to the non use of the route I think it could be a nice gesture from the club's side.

We need some more hands guys and see it as a working weekend contributing to the environment in a direct way.
 
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Hi NJ, Riaan

Is this a strictly G wagon outing, or can I join in my mog?

I have a pair of hands, a spade and a chain saw I can help with. The mog would be able to pull bigger trees/boulders out of the way if necessary. Unfortunately my mog is a camper, so can't help much in terms of transporting building materials for the river crossings that need to be fixed...
 

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Also confirm if a mog is allowed into the Park. I've heard that some parks don't allow trucks, if the Mog falls under that category.
 

NJVermaak

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You are more than welcome Paul. I will phone Marakele and confirm if a mog will be allowed into the park. How high/wide is your mog?

As for the height of the vehicle and the tunnel - Paul below is a picture of the tunnel - 4.5m height restriction. We need to go through this tunnel in order to reach our accommodation.



 

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Nj

The tunnel shouldn't be a problem - my mog is 3.2m high and roughly 2.2m wide.

It's track width is not much more than a G - easily fits onto "tweespoor" tracks as long as the trees allow clearance for the height.

As a side note on size - the 416 mogs look big when you look at them, but they have a 2900mm wheelbase. To put this into perspective - afaik most LWB G wagons have a 2850mm wheelbase.
 

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I am really interested in joining you. I am still checking my flights to make it happen. When is the deadline to reply?
 

NJVermaak

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Morning Gents,

Can we please get a head count of people attending; number of people per vehicle please.

Thanks.

Myself + a possible 1.