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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:58 am

Flood level marker (this particular Baobab is kilometers from the Luvuvhu and Limpopo rivers)

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:38 pm

ndloti wrote:I now see from above photo why Nyala drive looked so foreighn to me , the appearance has changed a lot , or has that road been rerouted ?
Not sure about Nyala Drive (still closed when I was there), but the effect of the flood on the river itself varies greatly. In some places it looks completely unchanged (e.g. Crooks' Corner) in others the effect has been dramatic (e.g. Mutale confluence). More pictures to follow once I find them (took a whole bunch with somebody else's cell phone) and I have the time to post them. Maybe next week, with a bit of luck.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby sammuri » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:03 am

Greetings Johanrebel.

Thank you for keeping us up to date. :D :D
The forces of nature are truely immence.
Can you tell us what the status is of the Pufuri picnic spot is? Are they currently rebuilding it?
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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:00 pm

The picnic spot? I haven't a clue. Sorry!

This is not the clearest of pictures, but it nicely illustrates how high the flood waters rose. Note the white sheet of plastic up in the Umbrella Thorn top left, and note the river way down there in the background. My best guess is that that piece of plastic is 20 meters above the Luvuvhu's normal level, and this at the point where the river is flowing through a wide and shallow valley, not a gorge.

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Pic taken ±2 km downstream of the Mutale confluence, northern bank.

More debris way up high

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Roughly the same location.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:07 pm

Luvuvhu at sunset. The Mutale confluence is roughly at bit to the left of where the sun is going down, in front of that ridge. We flushed a Pel's on our way back.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:14 pm

The little spruit from Palm Springs was flowing all the way to the Luvuvhu.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:42 pm

Apologies for posting the pics in a rather haphazard and unchronological order. Perhaps I need to get myself organized, or at least the images.

Before the floodwaters reached their maximum level:

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H1-9 tar road.

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H1-9 tar road.

And a few days after the floodwaters had started to subside:

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Note hippo spoor in the sand.

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What used to be the H1-9 tar road.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:11 pm

My pleasure.

It is important to note that there really wasn't that much destruction. It was limited to the riverbanks and the immediate surrounding areas, and most of the severe damage was to man-made infrastructure. Some trees were uprooted, a few impala drowned, a lot of silt deposited, that's about it. Nature copes.

Pafuri remains so beautiful that it almost hurts!
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Careful observers will note the Mutale River popping out of the gorge just below the lower proximate branch on the right.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:14 pm

Mutale confluence (the new one, the floodwaters moved it around a bit)

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The river you can actually see is the Luvuvhu, the Mutale joins from the right, flowing out of sight below that line of Ana Trees (those big grayish-green ones).

This should make it clearer (I hope)
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Mutale = red, Luvuvhu = green

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby Foxy » Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:38 pm

Thanks Johan, very interesting.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:38 am

johanrebel wrote:Pafuri remains so beautiful that it almost hurts!

:thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: ..The :great:est place ever. :clap:
Thank you for sharing your :cam: .
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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:03 am

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Makahana is roughly north of SanParks Nyalalnd trails camp . This picture taken from there facing in an easterly direction .
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:47 pm

Ah . . . OK, that places Makahana upstream of The Outpost and the Mutale confluence, at the other end of Luvuvhu Gorge. About 5 km as the crow flies, would be my best guess.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby Oryx » Wed May 01, 2013 8:26 am

Great photos JR. Ndloti, slightly to the right of centre of JR`s photo the entrance to the gorge can be seen through which the Levhuvhu comes. The gorge then bends to the left, straightens a little and eventually bends to the right again before reaching Makahane. From the other end, which is from your photo`s perspective, you can see it clearly - it swings to the right, straightens and then slightly left again to emerge at that point on JR`s photo.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby Johann » Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:27 pm

Took these panoramas in January 2012.
Somewhere between the picnic site and Crooks Corner. The area was extremely dry but during our visit in January 2013, before the floods, it was even drier than this.
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Sunrise at Pafuri. Taken from the tar road, south of the Luvuvhu river bridge, looking to the east.
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