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Luvuvhu River Road S63, Fever Tree Forest.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jun 28, 2005 7:10 am

Why I love Pafuri...

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Can u get more beautiful than this?
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jun 29, 2005 10:55 am

Pafuri road from picnic spot to Crookes corner.

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Nyala loop end view.

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Luvuvhu River Road S63, Fever Tree Forest.

Unread postby arks » Sat Sep 30, 2006 3:42 pm

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Fevertree Forest

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:25 am

For those who've never seen it... THE magical Kruger.

Baby, scatter my ashes here...

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:40 am

It is roughly half way between Pafuri picnic spot and Crooks' Corner, in the far north of Kruger, along the Luvuvhu river.

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Unread postby Boorgatspook » Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:21 pm

Hi, WTM
what a special place! Last year during April it was my very first time seeing the fever tree forest as well as Crooks corner!
Its really hard to describe the feeling I got riding through the forest with the wind moving through the trees...so relaxing feeling almost as like you sitting on a rocking chair going back and forth... this year during my stay at Shingwedzi I will certainly visit this place again!!
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Unread postby MATTHYS » Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:44 pm

WTM,

When I first visited that area I thought that if we could visualize
our thoughts of what heaven would be like, this was it !
Thank you for bringing it back to me.
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Unread postby Wild@Heart » Tue Apr 17, 2007 6:32 am

Ollie wrote:Great photos, such deep greens.... last year I visited this area in late March and it was brown..... no green to be seen. Looks great now.


We had the same .. also mid to late march .. and not as green .. but still beautiful to see.
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Unread postby Frederik » Wed Apr 18, 2007 1:19 pm

Skillie wrote:Hi WTM, several years ago my SO (been visiting the park for over 50 years now) took me to show me the fever forest.
It is indeed a very beautiful place.
He, however, was very disappointed as he felt the number of trees and the area was much much smaller than he remembered.
I just wondered if he was correct or is his memory playing tricks? :wink:


Dear Skillie
Your SO is quite correct, it isn't the same.
Some sort of natural disaster struck the forest some years ago.
For the moment I can't remember what it was: a bush fire during a drought or a flood during the rainy season. I can remember that the forest was considered "almost destroyed".
I am actually surprised to see how good it looks on the photos.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:41 pm

Just remember... fire doesn't destroy... it replenishes!

The flood did give it a knock. I will post a pic when I find the time to do so, to show the flood level of 2000.

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Unread postby RayD123 » Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:12 pm

Stunning pics wtm!!
I love the fact that you have the road in them.
I can just imagine driving really slowly down that road, in no hurry to get anywhere. :D
For me too, Kruger is heaven on Earth.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:26 am

Note the flood level sign on the second closest tree.

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I've been to this forest quite a few times but in the last 6 or so years (So hopefully someone like Laine, Mikev, Pieter Steyn etc can comment on the state of it prior 2000)...
And I honestly don't see that it is diminishing.
It changes quite a lot, yes... but that's what seasons do... it makes things change constantly.

Out of all the times I've been there, the last time it had looked in pretty damn good condition. :D

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Unread postby DuQues » Thu Apr 19, 2007 4:47 pm

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Unread postby mountainview » Sat Apr 21, 2007 10:43 pm

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At what time of the year are we looking at the forest; just want to get some idea as to how dry one can expect it to be. Obviously it is "in winter" since all the deciduous trees are leafless.
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Unread postby mountainview » Sun Apr 22, 2007 5:00 pm

Hi Guys

What we see of the Fever Tree Forest is only a small part of a larger forest which has another section north of the Luvuvhu River.
According to Google Earth there are parts of the forest at least at two points further down river along the Limpopo in Mozambique which should now fall in the new Transfrontier park.

I have been to Pafuri when the water was at least a metre deep on the floodplain drainage line on both sides of the tar road between the entrance/exit of the S63.
This drainage line can be traced as it runs between the S63.
It then enters a pan before it opens out at the Fever Tree Forest.
Ironically there was no sign of that much water further down at the forest other than a little mud.
I cannot say that I fully understand the dynamics of the area except that it is much drier, that is not good news for a fever tree.

The trees themselves are very old indicated by the fact that they have canopied [this apparently only happens in very mature Fever Trees].
I have a shot where this can clearly be seen.
I will try to get it online if I can.
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