Ousus Shingi wrote:
... I am leaving this Saturday for a 2,5 week visit to the park and sincerely hope that the water issue will be not as bad as what I have heard in the last week. I understand the Eland and been there a few years back when there was a huge problem with them also but then this occurred more South.....
Hi Ousus. Firstly, please do not let the waterhole issue spoil your exitement for your upcoming trip. Believe me, based on my recent experience in the Park, the waterhole situation is not as bad as people are making it out to be and the SANPARKS staff is doing their utmost best.
Secondly, regarding your reference to the South, as Kgalagadi Guru mentioned in his previous posts on the previous page, most of the Eland started moving North now. During our recent visit, we saw quite a few Eland north of Nossob and a huge herd (50+ plus conservatively speaking) hanging around Mata Mata. This herd literally swamped the waterhole at Mata Mata just after sunset and then returned later in the night for another drink. Obviously this will make things more difficult from a maintenance perspective.
Finally (and please, this is not directed at you personally but rather a general statement), maybe I'm going to get myself into trouble here, but I get the impression some of the outcries over the waterhole situation is more out of selfish interest (including myself) i.e. people do not want to arrive at a dry waterhole after a 5/10km travel from the previous one, as there won't be any animals for them to see at that specfiic waterhole. Maybe some of the experts on the Forum can assist, but I find it hard to believe that one or two (or four or five) dry waterholes will all of a sudden cause massive hardship to the animals. Given the distances the animals can travel per day, surely they would go to adjacent waterholes, given the (relatively) short distances between all the waterholes over the Park?