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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:03 pm 
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Thanks for the info Ndloti! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:23 pm 
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Hallo Naomi and other interested parties,
We have been at Mapungupwe last weekend (26 - 27 Oct 2012). I will post a few pics later on, but it seems -as Ndloti said, there was quite enough rain to turn the place into a green and lush paradise. I have never seen Boabaps so beautiful and green and at places it looks as if somebody planted beautiful lawns.

Unfortunately the "other" side where the tent camp is situated, looked quite bad and "barren". It has been trampled by elephants and although that part also got rain, it looks "empty" and dusty and no growth anywhere. Some of the trees started to get green leaves (reminds me of the Pafuri-area earlier in the year). The impalas are also very thin.

The roads doesn't look too bad and some were grated in the "main" camp area. I drive a Suzuki SX4 which is not 4x4 and we drove fairly easy on all the "strictly only 4x4's allowed" roads. It was on one of these 4x4 roads that we saw +- 10 Wild Pigs. A Lion was also keeping us company one morning on a hill in front of our Bungalow.

Good time to visit now :D :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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Thank you so much for posting! :thumbs_up: Would love to see some photo's!

We are going to the western section - camping in Mazhou. Did you visit the Maloutswa Hide?

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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Hi again Naomi,
We did visit the hide a few times with very nice sightings. We were told by the guy near the entrance that the elephants visit the hide every day at 12.00 and 16.00 - and so we sit in the hide waiting for ellies on the Friday morning and exactly on time they arrive at 12.00 the 1st day with a tiny baby in tow :D On Saturday we went back the afternoon with the tar road because the Den Staat road is in a horrible condition :evil: I took my first photo of the Ellies at exactly 16.01 :D

I will try and post photos of both sides tomorrow after work.

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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Thanks again, Vlakvarkvrou!
Looking forward to the photo's!
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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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Anyone with an update on rainfall in Mapugubwe? - according to the weather forcast the area could receive some heavy falls. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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naomi c wrote:
Anyone with an update on rainfall in Mapugubwe? - according to the weather forcast the area could receive some heavy falls. :)



Hi Naomi. It would be much appreciated if somebody can let us know about the rain.
We’ve been back a week after spending 7 nights. It was extremely dry especially the western side. I found it very distressing. Have never seen the animals so thin. I wanted to weep for the elephants.

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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I visited a farm close to Pontdrift (about 20km away) last week and they had 44mm and again 34mm two days later. I have been told that the scenery changed dramatically. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:42 am 
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Thanks for posting some good news avon vosloo! :thumbs_up:

Hi giraffee! I felt exactly the same after visiting Marakele at the end of September! We could not believe how dry and barren it was! They have apparently received some good rains in the meantime. Just hope that it turns out the same for Mapungubwe! :pray:

So - anyone with firsthand information - please keep us updated. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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Anyone with recent information about rainfall in Mapungubwe? :D


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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I am very interested to hear about rainfall figures , surely any rainfall is transmitted to someone at head office ?

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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Hi everyone. I am in the park from the 1st January. I would also love to know what the rainfall has been like. I was there in April and it was very dry. I am hoping it won't be as bad now?


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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Hi there, Dave!

It seems like information about Mapungubwe is not easy to come by! We will have to go see for ourselves - we are booked at Mazhou from the 2nd if January for 4 nights. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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http://www.yr.no/place/South_Africa/Limpopo/Mapungubwe/

this is the best wed site I use all the time to see whats up with the weather at Mapungubwe.

We were there over Chrismas the river is full but it's still very dry. Every day the ellies came down for a swim in the middle of the day.

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:26 pm 
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Does anybody know if Mapungubwe, especially the Western Section, received any rain over the past couple of days? We were at Mazhou from the 2nd to the 6th of January and were absolutely shocked to see how dry it is! I do not know on what the animals are surviving - no grass at all! In some places it looked like a desert and the elephants have caused havoc in their search for food. I will post some pics soon. :(


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