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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:33 pm

Gwalala, at the other end of the Fever Tree forest (in background) sort of Crooks' Corner side.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:41 pm

Nyala Pan

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:11 pm

Crooks' Corner, SANParks viewpoint sort of in the middle (rainy day. sorry!)

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Crooks' panorama (still rainy!)

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Limpopo Lion Crossing:

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More to follow.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:19 am

Great photographs of a very special place in Kruger. Thank you Johan.
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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:34 am

Mataphela Spring

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All pics taken early March, by the way. With apologies for the cell phone camera quality.

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:47 am

The floods have resulted in an eruption of flowering Thorn Apple (Datura stramonium. malpitte in Afrikaans). Not only along the rivers and floodplains as usual, but all over the place. Worse, I also saw Camphor Bush (Tarchonanthus camphoratus) here and there.

What once was the access road to Crooks' Corner (Makuleke side)

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OK, so they are pretty!

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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 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 flood waters 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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