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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:25 pm 
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Thanks on the info PNF :thumbs_up:

The area between Punda and Shing is always very dry, although there are patches of greenery and water. I do agree, I dont think Shing will be closed down due to drought, otherwise if there is NO Shing, it will be a huge drive from Punda to Mopani.

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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?
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?
Unread postPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:19 pm 
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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?
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:30 am 
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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?
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Perhaps the topic should be:
'Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to floods?'
:lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:45 pm 
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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?
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:55 pm 
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I am back in gauteng after the trip to Kruger and I am sorry to say that Shingwedzi is still extremely dry! Almost no grass next to the river. I can't believe the difference from last year. You won't recognise the place if you were there last December. I spoke to the ranger on the 19th of december and he said at that stage they only received about 20 mm of rain since October...

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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I just had to bump this up a bit. Knowing what we now today about Shingwedzi - how ironic is it that this question was asked barely 1 month ago! :tongue: Who would've thought that Shingwedzi would be closed 1 month later because of TOO MUCH water... :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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Indeed.
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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi closed due to Floods?
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:39 pm 
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Ok, Title changed! :wink:
and had to change the maybe as well!

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