61 Photos - Dec 19, 2011
Photo: A Tree Agama (Afrikaans: Boomkoggelmander), Bontle Camping Site, Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: The view from my chair in front of the tent of the waterhole at the Bontle Camping site, Marakele National Park, South Africa for
#wholewildlifeweek curator & players +Diego Cattaneo +Matthias Haeussler +Sandy Schepis +Morkel Erasmus +Dick Whitlock and for
#NatureMonday by +Rolf HickerPhoto: Photo of me "shooting" a white rhino. The rhino passed about 10m from where I was sitting in front of our tent. Bontle Camping Site, Marakele National Park, South Africa.

See also the other photos in this incomplete album.Photo: A White Rhino approaching the camp site (no fence) in the Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: A dangerous bird? Southern Red-billed Hornbill Rooibekneushoringvoël, Bontle Camping Site, Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: Friends? A White Rhino and a Blue Wildebeest grazing in the Bontle Camping Site, Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: A last picture of a White Rhino grazing in the Bontle Camping Site, Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: #WildlifeWednesday curated by +Mike Spinak 

White Rhino, Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: A bird used my old D100 as a perch to steal grapes... Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: A Zebra calf and a White Rhino Mom and calf, Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: Blue Wildebeest with White Rhino in the background at the waterhole at the Bontle Camping Site, Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: White Rhino, Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: White Rhino mom, dad and son (or is it daughter) grazing in the Bontle Camping Site, Marakele National Park, South Africa. Please see the introduction to this album in the blue link below for more information on the peaceful co-existence of campers and rhino.Photo: Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Blesbok, Zebra at the waterhole at the Bontle Camping Site, Marakele National Park, South AfricaPhoto: View from my comfortable chair in front of the tent. Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Warthog, Zebra at the waterhole at the Bontle Camping Site, Marakele National Park, South AfricaPhoto: A White Rhine mother and calf walk through the Bontle Camping Site, Marakele National Park, South Africa.


The Marakele National Park is situated in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

We camped in the Bontle Camping Site, next to a waterhole frequented by Zebra, Bue Wildebeest, Impala, Kudu, Ostrich, Warthog, Giraffe and White Rhino.

As the camp site is not fenced, the Rhinos come into the camp to graze. The second evening, there were nine Rhinos in the camp, including a mother and calf. Although they are wild, they are obviously used to people and get to within five meter of people. When someone gets into their comfort zone, they make a hissing sound to warn you to stay away. One night while lying in the tent, I could hear them grazing (sounds like someone chewing a carrot) and stomping their feet on the ground. They must have been right against the tent as I am quite deaf.

We did not see any Elephant, Lion, Leopard or Buffalo.

The second night we had heavy rain and found that the top of the tent wasn’t as waterproof as we hoped it to be, but that the bottom part was perfectly waterproof, damming the water! Luckily the tent was pitched on a slope, so the water dammed only in one corner of the tent. We woke up with 10cm/4 inches of water in one corner of the tent. Thanks to the air mattress, we did not get wet, but not so for our clothes and personal belongings... Luckily there was no damage to cameras and electronic equipment.Photo: White Rhino grazing in the Bontle Camping Site, Marakele national Park, South Africa.Photo: New addition to my Marakele album for #WildlifeWednesday curated by +Mike Spinak.
Three White Rhinos with Impalas, Blue Wildebeest, Zebras and a Warthog in the background. Bontle Camping Site, Marakele National Park, South Africa. The Rhinos are inside the camp perimeter.Photo: Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: White Rhino calf, Marakele national Park, South Africa.Photo: The road to the mountain viewpoint, Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: A fully open Protea Caffra, the Common Suger Bush, growing in the Marakele National Park, South AfricaPhoto: The tree underneath which the Zebra stands is Protea Caffra, the Common Suger Bush. Marakele National Park, South AfricaPhoto: Protea Caffra, the Common Suger Bush, growing in the Marakele National Park, South AfricaPhoto: Like mother like daughter (or is it son?). Baboons, Marakele National Park, South Africa.

"Baboons are terrestrial (ground dwelling) and are found in open savannah, open woodland and hills across Africa. Their diet is omnivorous, but mostly vegetarian; yet they eat insects and occasionally prey on fish, shellfish, hares, birds, vervet monkeys, and small antelopes. They are foragers and are active at irregular times throughout the day and night. They can raid human dwellings and in South Africa they have been known to prey on sheep and goats.
Their principal predators are humans, the lion, both the spotted and striped hyena and the leopard. They are however considered a difficult prey for the leopard, which is mostly a threat to young baboons. Large males will often confront them by flashing their eyelids, showing their teeth by yawning, making gestures, and chasing after the intruder/predator.
Baboons in captivity have been known to live up to 45 years, while in the wild their life expectancy is about 30 years." - WikipediaPhoto: Lichens growing in the Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: An insect covered with pollen on what I think is Helichrysum nudifolium, the Hottentots Tea. Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: A fully open Protea Caffra, the Common Suger Bush, growing in the Marakele National Park, South AfricaPhoto: 3 in 1 - A closed, partially open and fully open Protea Caffra, the Common Suger Bush, growing in the Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: Buff-streaked Chat (Afrikaans: Bergklipwagter), Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: Mocking Cliff-Chat (Afrikaans: Dassievoël), Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: The road to the mountain viewpoint, Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: Looking out over the Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: Male and female Klipspringers, Marakele National Park, South Africa. "Reaching approximately 58 cm (22 inches) at the shoulder, klipspringers are relatively small animals compared to some of their larger antelope cousins. They stand on the tips of their hooves and can fit all four hooves on a piece of cliff the size of a Canadian dollar coin. Male klipspringers have horns that are usually about 10–15 cm (4–6 inches) long. Klipspringers are herbivores, eating plants that grow in mountainous habitats and rocky terrain. They never need to drink, since the succulents they subsist on provide them with enough water to survive. Klipspringers mate for life and a mated pair will spend most of their lives in close proximity to one another. When one klipspringer is eating the other will assume lookout duty, helping to keep the pair aware of any predators." - WikipediaPhoto: Heavy rain approaching, Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: Rain approaching, Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: A Warthog grazing at the Bontle Camping Site, Marakele National Park, South Africa. Please see all photos in this album in the blue link below.Photo: Walking on high heels... A Warthog in the Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: A Crested Barbet (Afrikaans: Kuifkophoutkapper), Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: A Crested Barbet (Afrikaans: Kuifkophoutkapper), Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: What are you looking at? Ostrich, Walking on high heels... Ostrich in the Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: Oh no! Look at my hair! I hope you'r not going to publish this photo! Ostrich, Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: Complaining about YOUR cracked heels? Ostrich heels (what we perceive as it's knees), Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: Complaining about YOUR cracked toes? Ostrich, Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: Contribution to #BirdPoker Long Legs curated by +Phil Armishaw 
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"Headless" male ostrich, Marakele National ParkPhoto: Southern Red-billed Hornbill (Afrikaans: Rooibekneushoringvoël), Bontle Camping Site, Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: Another one for #BirdPoker Closeups curated by +Phil Armishaw to trump +Dick Whitlock 
Southern Red-billed Hornbill Rooibekneushoringvoël, Bontle Camping Site, Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: Southern Red-billed Hornbill (Afrikaans: Rooibekneushoringvoël), Bontle Camping Site, Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: A butterfly (or is it a moth?) feeding on peach peels, Bontle Camping Site, Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: Giraffe, Marakele National Park, South Africa. #WildlifeWednesdayPhoto: The road home after a wonderful time at the Marakele National Park, South Africa.Photo: A Southern Red-billed Hornbill Rooibekneushoringvoël, Bontle Camping Site, Marakele National Park, South Africa.
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White rhinos, monkeys and an impala
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Buff-streaked Chat (Afrikaans: Bergklipwagter), Marakele National Park, South Africa.
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A Crested Barbet (Afrikaans: Kuifkophoutkapper), Marakele National Park, South Africa
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