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Guess the SANPark quiz (RV)

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Addo ?
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Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:11 pm Unread post
I would guess Augrabies.


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Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:37 pm Unread post
:hmz: mapungubwe???


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Addo ?


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It!


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I would think the vegetation type in Augrabies is not ideal for white rhino .

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It was through the wisdom of a man by the name of van Graan that it was not totally plundered .


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Mapungubwe hill.


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:thumbs_up: Mapungubwe .

Jerry van Graan was a scholar when his father told him of an old man he had met on his travels beyond the Blaauwberg mountains . The old man reminisced about a sacred hill where kings once lived where it was rumoured there were clay pots containing treasures of gold , diamonds & emeralds .

In 1932 as teacher in the Soutpansberg region Jerry van Graan was invited on a weekend hunting trip on a farm in the Limpopo valley . While looking for water they came across a kraal on an escarpment , they were given water in an unusuall ceramic container by a local man named Mowena . Jerry van Graan offered to buy the container for a sustantial amount at the time of depression of 1 Kruger pound , but Mowena refused as he said the pot came from a "sacred hill" nearby .

Van Graan questioned Mowena who eventually revealed that the pot was given to him by a french friend named Lotrie (Francois Bernard Lotrie) . Lotrie was a well educated son of a french botanist who chose a life as advenure , exploring , hunting & prospecting for gold , and had acted as guide to David Livingstone .
Van Graan then realised that Mowena was the man his father had met 30 years earlier .
The eccentic Lotrie had at a time in his 80's lived as a recluse in a cave on the slopes of Mapungubwe and had given his friend Mowana the water container . It is said that Lotrie removed large amounts of the treasure to his home at Kalkrand south of the Soutpansberg , but that much of it was washed away in a flash flood , besides a golden bangle which he wore on his right wrist untill his death at the age of 92 in Feb 1917 .

Van Graan tried to find out from him where the sacred hill was , but the 90 year old Mowana refused .
On 28 December 1932 van Graan & others returned and Mowana again fearfully refused , but after some financial persuasion the allmost blind Mowana's son showed them the hill . Shivering with fright and with his back turned to the hill Mowanas son showed them a cleft in the vertical rock behind a large fig tree with a sort of stairway to the top .
On reaching the summit they found boulders balanced on small stones that were ready to be rolled off the edge onto intruders . The previous days cloudburst had exposed potshards , rusted iron tools , copper and glass beads in the soil .
Returning on 1 Jan 1933 the first spadefull of earth revealed golden anklets , iron rings , copper & glass beads , and it was clear they had excavated an ancient grave as it was found amongst brittle bone .
They filled their hats with gold nails , beads and Jerry van Graan held a golden rhino in his hand .

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Perhaps through fate and through van Graans luck , foresight & wisdom , these artefacts and many others were preserved where they are on display at the university of Pretoria .


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Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:20 pm Unread post
In which park will you find the Hutchinson's swamps?


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Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:24 pm Unread post
:wall: Ungoogleable!

Okay, let's get smart here ...

Mokala?


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:lol: No! :wink:


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Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:36 pm Unread post
Swamps, so unlikely to be in any of the Arid parks?

Or for that matter the Frontier parks.

So somewhere it's wet?

So maybe the Wilderness section of the Garden Route NP?


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Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:05 am Unread post
No. :)

19 parks to go ... :D


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West Coast NP ?


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Mountain Zebra


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