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 Post subject: Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings
Unread postPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 10:46 pm 
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We've been up there in April. Fine around Punda. Shingwedzi is still closed. Crooks corner, fever tree forest and Pafuri picnic site still closed. However, we had a nice stop on the bridge (where one is allowed to get out). Really enjoyed it and nice sightings of suni, lions, etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings
Unread postPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 10:25 am 
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The far north around Punda was green & lush at the end of March , streams were bubbling along Mahonie loop ,
There was water in allmost every depression in the ground .

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 Post subject: Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings
Unread postPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 6:23 am 
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Thanks to all that have commented so far. I would assume that with everything being so green that the sighting were no so good with the long grass?

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 Post subject: Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings
Unread postPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 5:20 pm 
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And it is still much the same now Ndloti. We are in Punda at the moment. Very thick and lush bush, lots of water still in the pans and little streams and marsh areas.

A very green and lush Mahonie Loop - lots of water everywhere, in the spruits and also in the pans and swamp areas
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Since Sunday we have seen ellies - more in this area than on our entire 3 weeks making our way north through the park - big herds of buffalo, and lots of impala, and good kudu sightings.

At the bird hide in camp we have seen buffalo, zebra and marabou storks :D

One has to work hard for sightings at the moment sammuri - but still just wonderful to be here and see the area looking like this.

More pics here

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What a beautiful picture Links :D It sounds so wonderful!!!
Enjoy :D

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 Post subject: Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings
Unread postPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 6:25 am 
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Thanks for the beautiful photo Dinkybird. Truly amazing how nature copes. Yes just being in the Park restores the soul. You feel a zest for life after a relaxing time in those suroundings not so.

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 Post subject: Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings
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The view yesterday from the bridge - the Luvuvhu River:
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At the moment there is a lot of road repair going on in that area. I am putting pics up here of what we saw there yesterday - link

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 Post subject: Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings
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Thanks for the photos, DinkyBird. We haven't seen Punda area that green before. Looks just beautiful. Has Klopperfontein still plenty of water as well?


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 Post subject: Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings
Unread postPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 11:51 pm 
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The are three Klopperfonteins. One is a borehole, so has water year round. The second is a dam, which held water throughout last year's dry season. There was even still a little puddle in November, which was an exceptionally dry month. The third is a spring, and it generally has water even in the driest of years, although the animals then have to dig pretty deep to get at it, as was the case last November.

I haven't been to the Klopperfonteins since mid March, but back then they were all pumping, literally and figuratively.

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