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YITW 2013-14 – Heart of the bushveld at Marakele NP

On my way north towards Mapungubwe, I spent three nights at Marakele National Park in the Waterberg region of South Africa, near the town of Thabazimbi. I first visited here in winter time, but this time I arrived in summer, and I enjoyed the contrast. This is the heartland of the bushveld habitat, and in winter it can seem a little dreary, but in summer, the land comes alive.

It's a very diverse park, so although bushveld predominates, the park's upper reaches on the Lenong Mountain is more
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Marakale – “Place of Sanctuary” for nature

The name Marakele means “place of sanctuary” in Tswana, and after driving through the town of Thabazimbi to get here, I’d certainly agree with that moniker. In fact, looking back on my Year in the Wild, I don’t think I’ve seen such a contrast between industrial degradation and pristine nature.

Anglo American’s iron ore mine almost surrounds the town, and entire hillsides have been carved out, while mountains of detritus have been dumped right next to natural bushveld. It’s difficult to
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