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 Post subject: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:51 am 
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Everybody, me included, worries about how much it has rained in Kruger and actually forgets that there are other National Parks also that needs rain urgently.
I have heard on television that the Alldays area is still extremely dry - game farmers have to feed their stock and already have lost animals to the drought. Only about 40 km from Mapungubwe!
Does anybody have information on recent rainfall in Mapungubwe?


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 Post subject: Re: RAIN IN MAPUNGUBWE
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:29 pm 
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I saw on weather sa website a report of 4mm at Pontdrift a few days ago . Unfortunately thats all I know of .

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 Post subject: Re: RAIN IN MAPUNGUBWE
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:13 am 
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Thanx for responding, Ndloti!

Anybody else? JoelR?


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 Post subject: Re: RAIN IN MAPUNGUBWE
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:09 am 
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Hi naomi c. At the moment I don't have any recent info, but will try to find out sometime soon.

It is not unusual for Mapungubwe to receive very late rains. The area can be very dry and I have seen 30-year old pictures where the plains around Mapungubwe Hill are as dry as the Kgalagadi. The mixture of bushveld and Kalahari characteristics makes the area suitable for animals like gemsbok, eland and bat-eared fox in combination with 'Kruger-game' like zebra and impala.

Last year the rains came very, very early (September!) and the overall rainfall was good too, which led to excellent bird activity in the Maloutswa seasonal wetland. Although Mapungubwe has quite a good 'carrying capacity' for game, a problem arises when the Tuli area in Botswana is equally dry. This will mean more and more elephants will move into Mapungubwe in stead of them moving back during summer.

Anyway, these are just some observations.

And now... :pray:


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 Post subject: Re: RAIN IN MAPUNGUBWE
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Thanx JoelR! Much appreciated.

Very interesting observations. Thinking back to our visit at the end of last year I cannot imagine it dry and barren. Would love to know what the present state of Mapungubwe is though.

And yes :pray: for rain!


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 Post subject: Re: RAIN IN MAPUNGUBWE
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 11:36 am 
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Hope it rains soon up there. Will definitely let you know after our trip in three weeks time. The excitement is building !


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 Post subject: Re: RAIN IN MAPUNGUBWE
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 2:06 pm 
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Hi Dave!

Enjoy your trip, I am :mrgreen:

I hope we will get a trip report or at least some photo's! :twisted: Especially as you are staying in Vhembe Trails Camp!


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 Post subject: Re: RAIN IN MAPUNGUBWE
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:37 am 
Yesterday we returned from a 3-night visit to Mapungubwe (was our first visit...this morning I made a booking for a return visit :lol: ...amazing place!! 8) )

When we arrived at the park on Thursday, I overheard a ranger telling somebody else that they have had 50 mm...not all at once tho.

On Friday we had soft and constant rain the whole day...also had a bit on Saturday morning.


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 Post subject: Re: RAIN IN MAPUNGUBWE
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 1:23 pm 
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Hi Jumbo! Welcome back! :D
That is good news and it is an amazing place hey?!
How did you enjoy Tshugulu Lodge - are we going to see some photo's?


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 Post subject: Re: RAIN IN MAPUNGUBWE
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Weather bureau reports 27 mm in the 10 days up to 21 Nov at Pontdrift (close to western boundary of Mapungubwe)

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 Post subject: Re: RAIN IN MAPUNGUBWE
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Thanx Ndloti :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: RAIN IN MAPUNGUBWE
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:29 pm 
naomi c wrote:
That is good news and it is an amazing place hey?!


My SO and I have completely fallen in love with the place. :D

naomi c wrote:
How did you enjoy Tshugulu Lodge - are we going to see some photo's?


Yip, I have a few photos....will post later in the week. :wink:
For us, Nshawu guest house in Olifants has always been the ultimate place SANParks has to offer.....after Tshugulu it is now a bit difficult to put Nshawu first....Tshugulu might even be a bit ahead of Nshawu because you actually get more for your money....yip, it is still a lot of money, but what you get for that money is just unreal... 8)


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 Post subject: Re: RAIN IN MAPUNGUBWE
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Glad to see another person who has fallen for Mapungubwe. Good to hear about the rain in the park. What was your game viewing like - any lion or leopard ? Is the hide at the end of the forest boardwalk repaired yet as I had heard that the Limpopo took it earlier this year.


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 Post subject: Re: RAIN IN MAPUNGUBWE
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:26 pm 
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Would also love to hear a bit more about your Mapungubwe visit and looking forward to the photo's! :D


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 Post subject: Re: RAIN IN MAPUNGUBWE
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:26 am 
Hi Dave

Nope, no lions or leopards…..but we are also not really lion “hunters”….we were lucky tho to get a leopard fix previously during our trip while in Kruger (x2 :dance: ). Did however get up close and personal with a beautiful Eland bull right next to the Sunset deck at the confluence.

Strangely we also did not see even one elephant. While stocking up Musina, I got chatting to a lady who is obviously just as in love with this park…told us that they often visit just for the day. She said that we might not find many ellies because of the rain that fell….apparently the elephants then move into Tuli….JoelR, do you know if this is true?

Re the hide: When we booked in, the lady at reception told us the hide is still closed, but when we got to the Treetop walk, the hide was open….wonderful place to spend some time and we especially enjoyed the bird life. 8)


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