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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:39 am 
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Dear All,

The far north is indeed very dry and it is hoped it will rain soon, both in the park as well as in the catchment areas to the north and west of the camp. Traditionally Shingwedzi gets it's water from the river but it also has emergency boreholes should the river source become a problem. There are no plans to close Shingwedzi down.

With kind regards.

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:25 pm 
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Dear All,

Great news that the north had some reprieve yesterday. Shingwedzi had 9,8mm and Mopani 34mm. I see it looks promising for today, especially in catchment of Shingwedzi River. Let's hold thumbs!

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:24 pm 
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Realy good news. The Shingwedzi River is Floating. At about 20:00 the First water was spotted from the restaurant. Pictures coming tomorrow when its Better light

EDIT: here are the pictures

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sry for the bad resolution but the uplink is very small...


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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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Thanks for the pics Martin, they speak a thousand words! :thumbs_up:
and are a wonderful sight to behold.

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:31 pm 
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It is amazing how a few mm of rain can transform the bushveld veld around punda changed from dry and no grass to a green carpet in 24 hours


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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
Unread postPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:19 pm 
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Unnumbered 3 km link road between H-1-7 and S56 at 7h23 a.m. on November 22nd.

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First donga at the bottom end of the S56 at 12h05 p.m. on November 22nd.

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Mopane and Lala Palms pretending they are Mangrove trees, just north of Boyela, 12h41 p.m. November 22nd.

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Floodwaters just starting to make their way down the Mphongolo towards the Shingwedzi confluence.

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:30 am 
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Thank you, johanrebel. The photos are really appreciated. :thumbs_up:
We will be visiting the north mid Dec'12 and would like to see the river flowing. Last year it was also dry.
3 days to go for us.... :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:45 pm 
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I also think this topic name can be changed there is water in shingwedzi river and is flowing over causeway veld is slowly turning green around punda is green and beautiful we can't sleep at night you hear the grass growing we heard pafuri also received their first 8 mm on Saturday, the north still need a lot of water to fill up all the dams and streams but it looks better than a week ago


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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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I just had to bump this up a bit. Knowing what we now today about Shingwedzi - how ironic is it that this question was asked barely 1 month ago! :tongue: Who would've thought that Shingwedzi would be closed 1 month later because of TOO MUCH water... :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
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Joep Stevens posted under the Kruger Floods 2013 topice:
Shingwedzi Camp has been extensively flooded on the night of 20 January 2013. From inititial assessments at Bateleur, it is apparent that most of the water came from the Mphongololo River catchment. Initial assessments indicate that repair work will take several months and estimates at this stage indicate the camp might reopen by August or September. However, this could still change and thus our decision to remove all availability for the remainder of the year. Guests with bookings will be contacted in due course in order to try and find alternatives. They are welcome however to contact the reservation offices to initiate any changes themselves.

Yesterday reservations advised no bookings being taken for Shingwedzi for the rest of the year - we had to change our March booking due to the floods


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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:01 pm 
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Have a look at this web-site to see pics of the flooded Shingwedzi camp with only bungalow rooftops showing and still stick out :
http://www.wildcard.co.za/blog.htm?acti ... st&id=4148

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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
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Did you pick up the good news in Lesego's latest bulletin:

Lesego wrote:
Camps Closed:

Shingwedzi - Severely flooded - Camp and Day Visitors area out of bounds for public. Camping and B-circle units (EH3, BD2, BD2Z & BG2) to be reopened by 15 June 2013 and remainder of camp possibly open by 30 September 2013.


That is a tremendous effort by everyone involved.

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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
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Fortunately the trees between the river and the access road to the camp which were visible from the high water bridge have remained intact .

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 Post subject: Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
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I do think that road up to the camp main gate is one of the most beautiful in the park. I do hope the bulk of those majestic trees survived.

Is that what you are referring to ndloti? I guess you mean those currently able to be seen from the bridge? Do hope the rest of them survived intact.

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