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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:53 pm 
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Thanks PNF :gflower:

We will be there on 22 Dec 2012. I think it will definately look more green than when we were there earlier in the year :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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Came up north yesterday, very dry from Letaba, around Shingwedzi very dry no grass left punda also dry had good rain last night and it is still cloudy and raining today hope it also rained in Shingwedzi because it is realy needed


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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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Thank you Estellem for sharing the good news that rain has fallen in Northern Kruger. I hope the rain will keep on falling ….

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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If (and that is a BIG if!) the Weather Bureau is right - then there should be plenty of rain falling from Croc Bridge right up to Pafuri..........let's cross fingers :)

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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Still dry up there, some rain last night in Phala, Mopani, Letaba, but not much.

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:42 am 
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Got back Wednesday from 23 days at Pafuri. The driest I've ever seen it, roughly as far down as Elandskuil. Very little dry grass left, mainly on rocky hillsides in Mopane veld and on the sandveld plateau above Lanner Gorge. Zebra feeding mainly on the hillsides and on otherwide unpalatable grass in the dry floodplain pans. Warthog out an about as early as 4 a.m. and until well after dark, no doubt due to feeding stress. Tracks of hippo (!) all the way up a steep rocky road to the sandveld plateau, in a desparate search for grass.

Nkovakulu had water in the cistern but not in the troughs. The windmill was working, so that was not the problem.

Mashikiri had water, as did the spring at Klopperfontein Drift. The latter has held up amazingly well, given the enormous pressure from herds of buffalo and other game.

Unsurprisingly, about half my lion sightings were at Klopperfontein Drift, including four running battles with buffalo herds. The buffalo won 3 - 1.

From Vlakteplaas down to Shingwedzi it is sopping wet and emerald green. What a stunning contrast!

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:31 pm 
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It is amazing how a few mm of rain can transform the bushveld veld around punda changed from dry and no grass to a green carpet in 24 hours


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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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Unnumbered 3 km link road between H-1-7 and S56 at 7h23 a.m. on November 22nd.

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First donga at the bottom end of the S56 at 12h05 p.m. on November 22nd.

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Mopane and Lala Palms pretending they are Mangrove trees, just north of Boyela, 12h41 p.m. November 22nd.

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Floodwaters just starting to make their way down the Mphongolo towards the Shingwedzi confluence.

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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Thank you, johanrebel. The photos are really appreciated. :thumbs_up:
We will be visiting the north mid Dec'12 and would like to see the river flowing. Last year it was also dry.
3 days to go for us.... :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:33 am 
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Had good rain in north last night, we are swimming in Punda camp, wet at Klopperfontein but still need more water, hope Shingwedzi also got some.
drove done to babalala and there very wet


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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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Perhaps the topic should be:
'Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to floods?'
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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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Got to admit that seeing the photos with all the water there is awesome and I can't wait to get there on the 22 December.

I'm sure the river will be flowing nicely by that time.

Only 12 sleepies left :dance: :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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I also think this topic name can be changed there is water in shingwedzi river and is flowing over causeway veld is slowly turning green around punda is green and beautiful we can't sleep at night you hear the grass growing we heard pafuri also received their first 8 mm on Saturday, the north still need a lot of water to fill up all the dams and streams but it looks better than a week ago


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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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estellem wrote:
we heard pafuri also received their first 8 mm on Saturday,
:dance: :dance:
More rain please :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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Thanks johanrebel for the photo's - a real feast for the eyes - and to everyone else for posting news about the rain! :dance: :dance:

Eleven sleeps to go! :D


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