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@Grantmissy. I have to go through all my Kruger books to find something on the driest year. But what I can mention is that at a reserve which borders Kruger, they had something like 427mm in less than 2 days, whilst the average rainfall is about 370mm per year. This was during January this year.

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Thanks Rooies :thumbs_up:. On the SANPARKS decade- by- decade history topic it is said that in 1992 Kruger experienced the most severe drought yet recorded. Related to the issue of the weather in Kruger - the first borehole was sunk at Skukuza in 1912 and the first concrete dam was built at Ntomeni Spruit in 1931. In 1984 Cyclones Demoina and Imboa struck the Park and rivers were in flood, not sure if it was as severe as the recent 2012 flooding and those in 2000. I wonder if any forum members experienced those 1984 cyclones and floods in Kruger?

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What I do NOT know is why you don't find Oxpeckers on Elephants.


I assume due to the thickness of the elephants skin ... ?

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What I do NOT know is why you don't find Oxpeckers on Elephants.


I assume due to the thickness of the elephants skin ... ?


The question is, are there no ticks and other parasites on elephants?

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I was told elephant don't tolerate them, but I don't know if that is true

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Dear Grantmissy,

Very interesting topic you're debating here and I find it quite intriguing. I would concur that 1992 was one of the driest in recorded history and what made it so bad was that it was across the whole Park. I remember the trauma of the huge crocodiles of the Luvhuvhu River at Pafuri succumbing to the searing heat, after having tried to survive in hollows in the banks to escape the heat and lacking water. And so there were many such incidents. Yes, I recall the Demoina hitting the lowveld. It impacted more seriously on the north of KZN, Swaziland and the southern extreme of the lowveld area of SA. The De Kaap River and Crocodile were in full flood. I recall some of the causeways on the Lower Sabie Road having been washed away. However, I am convinced that 18 January 2012 floods were more severe. What prevented the 2012 floods from being worse than 2000 floods was the fact that Sabie River and Crocodile Rivers were not as high as in 2000. Many others, such as Sand, Olifants, Nwaswitsontso, Timbavati and Biyamiti were higher than in 2000.

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At Joep. I bought a video made by National Geographic about the drought in the north during those years. Very dramatic footage. It shows a baboon that was so thirsty that it ignored the crocs in the almost dry pools. A croc caught him.

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Joep thank you for sharing with us very interesting information. After reading what you and Rooies have said it is clear for me that both a drought and flooding have a disastrous impact on Kruger and the living world of nature and animals that are contained within its boundaries. Perhaps with the global warming in mind the cycles of drought and flooding may change and new challenges and demands for nature conservation will emerge.

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I find the sadest loss from floods is the trees. Hundreds of years of history disappear down the river. :( It is a loss that has an untold impact on the eco system.

These are cave paintings from one of the lesser used sites in Kruger. This picture was taken by my daughter in 2003, before the digital revolution took hold. It was on a walk with Bruce Brydon.

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It was explained to us that these sites were often considered sacred and the earliest forms of worship. These were possibly the sites of Shaman activity.

Karen Armstrong, in her book, "The Case for God", looks at the history of religion and writes of these early sites.

For anyone interested in the history of religion, Karen Armstrong is possibly the most readable and very knowledgable.

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Did you know that Augrabies is about an hour and a halve's drive from Upington and that there are accommodation available. :hmz: :whistle:


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During the mid 1960's, there were no fancy 4X4 vehicles, only Jeeps, which were not really suitable for long distance traveling. The criteria for driving on what we now call 4X4 routes was tonnage. It was stipulated that only trucks of one and a half tonne and over were allowed on those roads.

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These are cave paintings from one of the lesser used sites in Kruger. This picture was taken by my daughter in 2003, before the digital revolution took hold. It was on a walk with Bruce Brydon.

Very interesting MM, and a nice picture too! :thumbs_up:

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The first National Park in Africa was the Albert National Park in what is now known as the DRC. A year after Kruger was proclaimed as a National Park followed the Kalahari Gemsbok Park, Bontebok and Addo.

During the late 1920's and earlier 30's, visitors were allowed to take one rifle per vehicle into the park for self protection. The rifles were sealed and when it authorities found the seals to be broken, a good explanation had to be given.

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Very interesting Rooies! Can you imagine what could have happened if we could still take a rifle in today, especially at a Lion or Leopard sighting where there normally is a big traffic jam? :tongue:

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