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 Post subject: Water Holes
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:32 pm 
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Hi All

Can anyone let me know where I can find a list of the water holes that are still open in Kruger.

I am aware that a number of them have been closed. It would be helpful to tourists to know in advance which ones are still operational, to avoid the disappointment of driving for hours, only to find that the waterhole marked on your map (sold by national parks) no longer exists.


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 Post subject: Re: Water Holes
Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:50 am 
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I agree Lawrence.

I would also appreciate any info on this subject please, as I am due to go to the Park in a weeks time. :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Water Holes
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Here is a list of Waterholes that will help.

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 Post subject: Re: Water Holes
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Thanks Elsa :clap: This is what I always wanted to ask but, for fear of being ridiculed for not knowing my Kruger well enough, I waited for someone to do that :D :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Water Holes
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Elsa, thank you. This is a so useful. One other question. What does " alternative to be provided " mean?


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 Post subject: Re: Water Holes
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Leervis, I am not completely sure and hope I am not talking out of turn but I should imagine it could mean replaced with naturally occurring waterholes like springs?

There is quite a bit more on the Water policy and reason why some water points need to to demolished
Here and some links in that topic to others.
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 Post subject: Re: Water Holes
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:05 am 
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Thanks Elsa

Quite helpful, however a number of these water points are not open or have washed away over the past few years.

The cost incurred by driving hundreds of Kms to try find water points and expecting to see game in the area can easily be averted by Sanparks accurately indicating the handful of dams and water points that they have decided to keep open.


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 Post subject: Re: Water Holes
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hi Lawrence,

It would be good to have an update. I know it is not always possible to reissue map guides each year, and given a long lead time, may not cover waterholes damaged in floods etc. Perhaps the camps could indicate the status of area waterholes on a notice board, or ask one of the guides in camp.

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 Post subject: Re: Water Holes
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:03 pm 
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cheetahlady wrote:
hi Lawrence,

It would be good to have an update. I know it is not always possible to reissue map guides each year, and given a long lead time, may not cover waterholes damaged in floods etc. Perhaps the camps could indicate the status of area waterholes on a notice board, or ask one of the guides in camp.


I agree fully. Its time for an updated map with all the waterholes no longer in operation been taken off. I have an old SANP map (yawning lion on cover) in which the waterholes scheduled for closure are indicated in red instead of blue. The scary part is this is most of the waterholes! Favourites like Transport, Mpondo, Nyamundwa, Jones and Grootvlei are all set to be closed. I am not going into the arguments for and against this, but it will affect tourists' experience of the park. Updated maps could assist in making it easier to plan game viewing trips around water resources.


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Hopefully natural fountains will be formed once the artificial water sources have been removed. My common sense tells me that if water is no longer pumped from underground, the water table will start to rise and eventually form a fountain.

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 Post subject: Re: Water Holes
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That makes a lot of sense to me Rooies. We went past the Klopperfontein waterhole (not dam, but close) today. The area around the trough is just earth, no vegetation left at all. It has been trampled flat.

The dam is full (that is of course, man made too though). And there is still more surface water around here (Punda area) than we have ever seen at the end of a dry period.

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 Post subject: Re: Water Holes
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I decided to 'phone a friend' (well, OK, email!) and got the following response:

"Replacing a closed water-point with an “alternative” one means that where possible, an artificial water-point is to be replaced by a natural one such as a river pool, pan, etc. Yes, where they are present in close proximity, springs would also be considered, but in the KNP, these are relatively scarce and widespread; lots of seasonal seeps (which in the majority of cases dry up soon after the rains have ended for the season), but these are not really ‘springs’ in the generally-understood meaning of the word.

"There are various versions of the KNP map available but not all are products of SANParks, even though they may be sold at the shops in the KNP. The latest version of the SANParks map (produced by Jacana), shows the status of water-points, i.e. which are to be retained and which are scheduled to be closed down. This was revised late last year. ................ As far as displaying these on a notice board at each camp is concerned, this would be the function of either Tourism or Public Relations,...."

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DinkyBird wrote:


The dam is full (that is of course, man made too though). And there is still more surface water around here (Punda area) than we have ever seen at the end of a dry period.


Wow D. 2 years ago it was drying mud.

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