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Lugmag Dam.

Unread postby Madalla » Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:01 pm

I looked at my old pics and came across these taken in August 2009 at the Lugmagdam (Air Force Dam) near Nhlanguleni picnic spot.

The dam was full with large numbers of animals on the banks. Very serene and peaceful.

We even saw a Fish Eagle swooping down on a fish that was so big the eagle landed in the water. It struggled and splashed to the edge of the water where it devoured its catch. What a wonderful sight!

I looked at the pictures and wondered if we would ever see this dam so full again. After the dam wall was partially washed away some years back the dam was reduced to a small pudddle. :cry:


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Re: WILL WE EVER SEE THIS SIGHT AGAIN?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:54 pm

What beautiful pictures Madalla 8)

Thanks for posting :gflower:

It certainly is an area that has lots of challenges. I have never seen a scene like this in any of my visits.
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Re: WILL WE EVER SEE THIS SIGHT AGAIN?

Unread postby Philip1 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:18 pm

Really magic Sights.....Thank you!!! :clap: :clap:
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Re: WILL WE EVER SEE THIS SIGHT AGAIN?

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:39 pm

Great photo’s Madalla. Indeed serene and peaceful Kruger scenes.
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Re: WILL WE EVER SEE THIS SIGHT AGAIN?

Unread postby kallis1786 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 4:11 pm

It is a really magical sight. Thanks for sharing :gflower:

Yes, You can see it again, keep visiting the Park, maybe just after the rains, the Dam may be full due to the rains and animals may be there for a drink.

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Re: Lugmag Dam.

Unread postby Dubbo » Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:42 pm

Hi there,

We took the route past Lugmag dam to Orpen Gate on our last day during a visit in August last year.

The dam was empty and the dam wall seemed to be broken. I drove up to the viewpoint since it provides quite a nice view of the surrounding area and there were some wildebeest grazing.

Lo and behold we spotted the 2 leopards stalking the wildebeest and using the dam wall for cover. The wind was against them so their cover was blown and we lost them into the thicket to the left as we had to get a move on. Nether the less it has been my best sighting thus far since we were the only people there. Lugmag dam will now forever be a special place for me.

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Re: Lugmag Dam.

Unread postby saraf » Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:51 pm

Hi Dubbo, welcome to the forum. We would love to see your photos.

First you need to load your photos to a photo sharing site and post the link in here.

There's a tutorial on how to use Flickr and Photobucket here. If you have any problems PM me and I'll talk you through it.
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Re: Lugmag Dam.

Unread postby Hippotragus » Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:04 pm

The dam wall was breached in the floods a couple of years ago (2012??). I believe that, as the dam was an artificially constructed waterhole (dam), the decision was made to leave it as it now is - i.e. not re-build the dam wall. This would fall in with the latest policy on artificial water holes.

I agree it was a beautiful place in the past, but we must move on and there are still some wonderful places in the Park. And, as someone above said, you can still be very lucky at Lugmag Dam!
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Re: Lugmag Dam.

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:22 pm

Sadly artificial dams have been partial to changes in the ecosystems within the park. Lugmag dam, for instance, has contributed to the end of the annual migration of species such as wildebeest and zebra between the Orpen and Sand river areas, which was caused by the natural fluctuations in rainfall between seasons.

Good intentioned measures can have unforeseen effects.
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Re: Lugmag Dam.

Unread postby Dubbo » Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:29 pm

After some help from Saraf,

Here are the photos.
They were actually 2 cheetahs not leopards as originally stated. Quite far out but you can spot them in the middle of the second photo

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Re: Lugmag Dam.

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:42 pm

Thanks Dubbo! :thumbs_up:
Quite a difference from the top pics!
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Re: Lugmag Dam.

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:14 pm

Is there a map showing these new "natural" pans that are slowly replacing artificial structures?

I really think they should get rid of the concrete once they have ended the artificial dam - it is unsightly at Lugmag.
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Re: Lugmag Dam.

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:21 pm

There are plans to remove and rehabilitate old dam sites. It is however hugely expensive.

If you know of a major sponsor who is willing to provide resources (could be money or equipment) then please contact me.
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Re: Lugmag Dam.

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:27 pm

Imberbe wrote:There are plans to remove and rehabilitate old dam sites. It is however hugely expensive.

If you know of a major sponsor who are willing to provide resources (could be money or equipment) then please contact me.



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Re: Lugmag Dam.

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:54 pm

Imberbe wrote:There are plans to remove and rehabilitate old dam sites. It is however hugely expensive.


It might also be nice to have a little 'detour' across ex dam walls (at own risk of course) like one could at Grootvlei.

Might not cost too much either.
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