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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:12 pm 
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I am soo glad to hear that Mapungubwe has received lots of rain and that apparently more rain is expected! :dance: :dance:

Here are a few pics to show how dry is was at the beginning of the month

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Both pics were taken on the access road to Mazhou after entering through the boom-gate.


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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In the vicinity of the campsite - an amazing amount of dead trees

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Lots of big trees damaged by elephants

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The only really green trees were the Nyala-berries - one on the left. Right-hand tree damaged to such an extent that I do not think it will survive

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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They have put up that "ellie free" zone against the river between the tree top walk and the private land but I don't know if it really help to keep the big ones out. I think the electrified wire just urinated off the ellies if you see what they do to the fence after it zaps them.

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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Hi NetEk! I agree with you 100%. And the sad thing is that the Treetop Walk is not a walk between the trees any more! We could not believe our eyes when we saw all the dead trees there! And I suppose the unsightly holes that are covered with dead tree-stumps were dug to plant new trees but it just did not happen?!

This pic was taken from the Den Staat road (which was in a terrible condition - almost un-driveable). Lots of electric fences have been erected since our last visit - must be to try and keep the elephants out? Sadly to late for lots and lots of trees...

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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I don't know what it is, it's not just the ellies, it's as if the big fever trees have just been dying the last 3 years even with out elephant damage. As I have said before we are there atleast once or twice a year and it's sad to see areas in the river that was "all set about by fever trees" no completely open and cover with "krimpvarkies". Some people are saying it's the water table that is dropping due to whatever reason be it global warming, more farming in the catchment area who knows it's just worrying.

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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Agree NetEk. Same with the trees in/around Maloutswa pan. To a larger extent they died of drought.
I think the rainfall patterns are changing, maybe not the amount of rain per annum but rather when it happens.
A year ago this time there were water lilies on Maloutswa pan and lots of grass and flowers everywhere.
This year it’s the driest I’ve seen the western section it in 4 years. (since the last big drought 5 years ago, if I remember :roll: right)
Naomi , yes I’ve also heard from upriver about good rains. :dance:
Those holes at the treetop are relatively new, maybe they’re waiting for the rains before planting the newlings?? It would be nice to hear from the ptb (powers that be).

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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Even with fever trees being one of the fastest growing trees in SA at up to 1,5 m a year it's still going to take some time before the walk is a tree top walk again.

But that doesn't stop me we still keep going.

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the rain came :dance: the rain came :dance: all at once :lol:
check out the facebook photos. https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/? ... 634&type=1

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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Our prayers have been answered!!

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will need some serious driving at the moment :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
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Lots of info and pics about the rain in KNP - anyone with more info or pics about the situation in Mapungubwe?
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The Limpopo is in flood. My Sister in law was there on the weekend ( she is still there , got stuck) the river came down on Saterday night apparently the river looks like it did in the 2000 floods. They are heli-vacing some of the people out of the camps as the roads are flooded. If you don't have a canoe don't go here.

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