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 Post subject: Will Shingwedzi be closed due to Drought and then Floods?
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:43 am 
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I have heard rumours that Shingwedzi is in danger of closing temporarely due to the water shortage brought about by the current drought in the north of Kruger. Is this true? We plan on going to Shingwedzi in December for 4 nights so this will affect our plans severely.
For the sake of the wildlife I really hope the area get some good rains very soon :pray: .

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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I also hope Northern Kruger gets some good rain soon :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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Maybe they should use some of the equipment from the closed down waterholes to get water for the camp. :twisted:

Ifubesi, there were some serious droughts, much worse than now over the years, so I doubt it. BUT, if they do close it down for that reason, I think they should get the Old SANParks Regime back to run things. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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I am sure all the camps have made contingency plans for scenarios like that. Shing is not too far from a military base and with assistance of the army, sufficient water can be delivered by way of water tankers and with strict monitoring of water usage, there wouldn't be any problems. The loss in revenue will be much more than the cost of transporting emergency supplies. If the camps in KTP can cope, so will Shingwedzi.

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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I drove from Mopane up the S50 to Shingwedzi at the end of October. There was water in Grootvlei but after that I didn't see a single elephant [or a car for that matter] and the Kanniedood was completely dry. This is the view from the hide.
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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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Ifubesi wrote:
I have heard rumours that Shingwedzi is in danger of closing temporarely due to the water shortage brought about by the current drought in the north of Kruger. Is this true? We plan on going to Shingwedzi in December for 4 nights so this will affect our plans severely.
For the sake of the wildlife I really hope the area get some good rains very soon :pray: .


Hi 'mites :gflower:

I will find out for you. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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I bet there is a lot of subterranian water in the camp environs , this is not the first time the Shingwedzi river has had no visible water on the surface - in the drought of 1992 baboons died of hunger & thirst in the far north and I do not recall the camp being closed .

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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.

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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Thank you Joep :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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Hi, just Sitting in Shingwedzi. Had talked to the manager and he said that they are actualy using brown water and its definitly enough till january. But rain is needed.

And like he know what will happen he said it will come today. So ist rained through the hole night, some roads had to be closed, and its still raining from time to time.

Greetings Martin

PS: sry for the bad englisch but the autocomplete of my IPhone is Little silly


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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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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?
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34mm at Mopani!! That is plenty :D
Thanks for all the info :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?
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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?
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Just got back from Shingwedzi - the river is not running yet but there are large pools of water in the bed. Kanniedood Dam has started re-filling and there is now some water from the dam wall almost up to the bird hide. There is water at the Causeway and already crocs have taken up residence! It is still very dry up there but the the far north (Punda area) is possibly worse. Have never heard that Shingwedzi was ever closed due to lack of water and don't think that this will happen now.

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