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 Post subject: Re: ELEPHANTS IN MATYHOLWENI
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:45 am 
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Welcome to the forum Karibaeve.

That is good news. Now the ele numbers should grow to fill the space - and the lions will have more space to develop more prides.

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 Post subject: Re: Game at Matyholweni/Southern section
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:clap: IT,S DONE--IT'S DONE. The fence is down. The Ellies are welcome to go in. Well done Parks. I look forward to my next Addo trip :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Game at Matyholweni/Southern section
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What a wonderful day! Congratulations to all involved and let's all report here how and when the animals are migrating to the south-east. :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: ELEPHANTS IN MATYHOLWENI
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Morning all - does anyone know if the elephants are aware that the fences are down and have any of them started to look at moving in yet? So pleased the park has been extended and we hope the road will not prove to be a poachers paradise.


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 Post subject: Re: Game at Matyholweni/Southern section
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Already booked...arriving Friday at 12 and leaving late on Sunday.

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 Post subject: Re: Game at Matyholweni/Southern section
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You should have a good week-end, weather wise as well. please let us know if you see any Ellies that have crossed the road. thanks :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: ELEPHANTS IN MATYHOLWENI
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Stunning! Stunning Stunning! Friends of mine saw lions just south of the old fence last weekend! Poor warthogs in for a BIG surprise!!


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 Post subject: Re: ELEPHANTS IN MATYHOLWENI
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Yes yes, the first elephants entered the new area on Friday ...here are the evidence. Fresh elephant dung in the road and a broken aloe next to the road. They are going to destroy all the beautiful aloes. However I could not see them.

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The fence is gone...only the poles left...

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Please Mr Park Manager...we need a nice parking place nearer to this new waterhole. This waterhole is about 2 km. down the hill in the new area.

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Some of the roads are not open yet but they are working on it...

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The grass is long and thick in the Matyholweni area and the ellies will enjoy it and the freedom.

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Sorry karibaeve, I do not understand what you try to say ???

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 Post subject: Ellies crossed the road..!!
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Yes yes, the first elephants entered the new area on Friday ...here are the evidence. Fresh elephant dung in the road and a broken aloe next to the road. They are going to destroy all the beautiful aloes. However I could not see them.

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The fence is gone...only the poles left...

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Please Mr Park Manager...we need a nice parking place nearer to this new waterhole. This waterhole is about 2 km. down the hill in the new area.

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Some of the roads are not open yet but they are working on it...

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The grass is long and thick in the Matyholweni area and the ellies will enjoy it and the freedom.

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 Post subject: Re: Ellies crossed the road..!!
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So it's not just the Ellies who are enjoying the added space. Wonderful pictures, we especially like the Secretarybird!

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Thanks jj for the news and pics on the ellies entering the new area. i am trying to insert a pic using Flickr and just can't do it. :rtm: . what is the best way for inserting pics. Thanks :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Ellies crossed the road..!!
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This is fantastic news!
The pictures are great.

But I am a bit worried about the fate of the vegetation with elephants coming in, especially succulent species (aloes).

Besides, your pictures show that some areas look degraded and might require active revegetation (spekboom?).


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 Post subject: Re: Ellies crossed the road..!!
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Hi Joel

Not to worry -- Matyholweni looks MUCH better than the main game viewing area as far as grass cover is concerned!
Those ``overgrazed'' areas you are looking at, are most likely leftovers from previous agricultural attempts, or deforestation to get more grass growing for cattle etc. You will find large areas in Matyholweni that have been cleared of all bush, with lush grass (indigenous or exotic?) that would be of great benefit to grazers like zebra, hartebeest and buffalo.
At least you will be able to see the animals. Even in the main game viewing area, the open fields en route to Carol's Rest are very helpful for game viewing, especially after good rains when there is reasonable grazing.
The rest of Matyholweni is so thick that you would not even notice an elephant 20m away from the road! Maybe Sanparks should fence off a small section of this area too as a ``witness stand'' to monitor the impact of elephants on pristine spekboom that hasn't seen elephants for nearly a century...
Enjoy your visit!

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