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 Post subject: Rivers of Life: Most utilised?
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Kruger has some big rivers that run through it for example the Olifants, Letaba, Sabie and Shingwedzi.
All of these rivers sustain wildlife in one way or the other but which one of these rivers are the most utilised by wildlife, indigenous plants and other life forms?
From a (simplistic) visible sightings perspective I would say it is either the Sabie River or the Shingwedzi River in the vicinity of the Kanniedood dam?

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 Post subject: Re: Rivers of Life: Most utilised?
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I've seen great variety of lifeforms on both the Letaba and Shingwedzi rivers.
Don't go south very often, but when I've been there in December, the Sabie was so full and fast that there was very little game and no water birds - quite disappointing actually, after being used to how well the rivers up north are utilised.

I think utilisation intensity of the various rivers may actually vary day-to-day, season-to-season, year-to-year depending on variables such as time of year, how dry/wet it is, the diversity of the surrounding vegetation etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Rivers of Life: Most utilised?
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All the rivers are utilized more or less on the same basis, except the Olifants river which is so polluted that some species that used to frequent the Olifants, have disappeared from the river.
The numbers of species like Pel's Fishing owl, Saddle Billed Stork etc, have declined drastically

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 Post subject: Re: Rivers of Life: Most utilised?
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I have to say I have always noticed alot of life in the letaba river, bird life and animals. I have seen alot of animal life around the olifants river but as Roois said I havent seen much water bird life

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 Post subject: Re: Rivers of Life: Most utilised?
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spargish we also have seen a lot of life in and along the Letaba river, perhaps more than along the Olifants during our visits. I suppose the pollution levels of the Olifants river as indicated by Rooies has already and may even further affect the animal, water bird, aquatic and plant life in that river.

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 Post subject: Re: Dry rivers
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With all the rain we had the past few months I think the Kruger rivers should be flowing strong. We cannot wait for our visit during May as it is also nice to see the Park in a year when the rains are good.

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 Post subject: Low levels in dams and rivers
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The water level in the rivers and dams seems very low. I visit the park at least once a month and I can't remember it being so low at this stage of the winter. The rain normally only starts falling in October (3 more months). Will it be an extremely dry few months? What is your opinion?


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 Post subject: Re: Low levels in dams and rivers
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Hi KTM Kwagga,

I have to disagree here. We returned from an 8 night stay in Kruger and found the Letaba, Olifants and Sabie rivers quite full.

In fact the Letaba was fuller than what it was right after the flood in February!

The Olifants is more full than what I have seen in years!

The Levuvuh was fairly normal for this time of the year, the Limpopo was empty at Crooks' corner and the Shingwedzi was fairly dry, except past the dam wall to the east where there was quite a fair amount of water.

Dams like Sunset(good to see the water a normal coloration again), Stapelkop, Sable and Pioneer held good water too.

Klopperfontein was hammered by huge herds of zebra, elephant and buffalo. Not sure how that will look in month's time.

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 Post subject: Re: Low levels in dams and rivers
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I have jjust come back from Kruger, and in some areas it does look dry, but not that dry we have to worry about it. Sumset dam is a good indication of water in that area. and it looks low, but I have seen it worse and i dont think its anything to worry about at this time. the extreme south of Kruger does look dry, untill you go closer to rivers, where you find the vegitation is still palitable. possibly the worse looking dam in the South of Kruger is the lookout off the S28 just after the Duke turn off. there is no water there, only wet/damp mud infront of the lookout.


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 Post subject: Re: Low levels in dams and rivers
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brogan wrote:
I have jjust come back from Kruger, and in some areas it does look dry, but not that dry we have to worry about it. Sumset dam is a good indication of water in that area. and it looks low, but I have seen it worse and i dont think its anything to worry about at this time. the extreme south of Kruger does look dry, untill you go closer to rivers, where you find the vegitation is still palitable. possibly the worse looking dam in the South of Kruger is the lookout off the S28 just after the Duke turn off. there is no water there, only wet/damp mud infront of the lookout.


We were in these area the weekend. I hope my worries are unfounded!


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 Post subject: Re: Low levels in dams and rivers
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It is dry, yes.
But that is just the way things are. Wet cycles advantage some animals, whereas drought favors others. :hmz:

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 Post subject: Olifants river cleaner after Jan 2012 floods.
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According to Andre Botha of the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), the floods during Jaunuary cleaned up the Olifants river, which were found to be one of the 'sickest' rivers in South Africa because of all the pollutants that were collected as the river passed the mines.

However, came the January floods and everything was scraped clean.
A study was done during the last week of June and a bird count was made.
Last year only 6 Pied Kingfishers were counted along a 55km stretch but this year 30.
The number of Fish Eagles increased from 7 to 12.
Other signs of improvement were also mentioned in his report, but too long to mention here.

However, Botha added that the problem is not over and that pollutants will eventually make its way back into the system again.

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 Post subject: Re: Olifants river cleaner after Jan 2012 floods.
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 Post subject: Re: Olifants river cleaner after Jan 2012 floods.
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Good news, :thumbs_up:
just wish it could stay that way, really not sure how the mines are allowed to get away with polluting the rivers so badly!

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 Post subject: Re: Olifants river cleaner after Jan 2012 floods.
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