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Re: Dams and Waterholes

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Re: Dams and Waterholes

Unread post by Elmar » Sat May 31, 2014 7:28 pm

I have a question on the closure of waterholes and dams in Kruger. Is it possible to have a list of waterholes and dams which have been closed (or alternatively, those which are still active)? On our recent trip to Kruger I found it quite frustrating planning game drive routes around waterholes / dams only to arrive at overgrown non-existing structures. An updated version of this document would be helpful: http://www.sanparks.org/assets/docs/for ... placed.pdf.

Where can I find more info on the reasons for abandoning these waterholes? If one considers the infrastructure involved (reservoirs, wind pumps, dam walls, cement waterholes) it seems like a lot to waste. What happens if a severe drought hits the park?

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Waterholes and Dams in the Kruger

Unread post by KarenLu » Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:31 am

We in the Kruger next week :D - can anyone recommend good viewing dams or waterholes besides Sunset and Nsemani as in the past we go to some and get there and they have dried up or not working!. In the Lower Sabie and Satara areas
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Re: Waterholes and Dams in the Kruger

Unread post by yoda » Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:49 am

Welcome to the Forum :thumbs_up:
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Sunset and Nsemani!
They are both excellent dams with lots of activity!

In the LS area, Mlondozi is always worth a visit.

Between Tshokwane and Satara there is Nkaya, Mazithi and Kumana

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Re: Waterholes and Dams in the Kruger

Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:52 am

Karen, 8/10 visits we have made to the Sweni Bird hide have been productive and we can sit there for hours.
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Re: Waterholes and Dams in the Kruger

Unread post by Afriphile » Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:43 pm

Karen,
We were in Kruger recently(August) and Girivana ,,waterhole,north of the Satara/Orpen road was red hot.
We saw lions kill a buffalo,huge male leopard,60 plus elephants and 600 plus buff herd drinking.
In fact the whole Satara/Orpen road was productive,but as we all know luck plays a major part but if you put in the time then Kruger will deliver.
Have a great trip.
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Re: Waterholes and Dams in the Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:20 pm

Warm welcome to the forum Karen! :clap:

Here is a topic for you to have a read through where I am sure you will find lots of great info and advice.

Dams in Kruger

Waterholes in Kruger
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Water Holes

Unread post by Lawrence » Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:32 pm

Hi All

Can anyone let me know where I can find a list of the water holes that are still open in Kruger.

I am aware that a number of them have been closed. It would be helpful to tourists to know in advance which ones are still operational, to avoid the disappointment of driving for hours, only to find that the waterhole marked on your map (sold by national parks) no longer exists.

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Re: Water Holes

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:40 pm

Here is a list of Waterholes that will help.
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Re: Water Holes

Unread post by Rooies » Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:43 pm

Thanks Elsa :clap: This is what I always wanted to ask but, for fear of being ridiculed for not knowing my Kruger well enough, I waited for someone to do that :D :whistle:
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Re: Water Holes

Unread post by leervis » Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:45 am

Elsa, thank you. This is a so useful. One other question. What does " alternative to be provided " mean?
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Re: Water Holes

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:42 am

Leervis, I am not completely sure and hope I am not talking out of turn but I should imagine it could mean replaced with naturally occurring waterholes like springs?

There is quite a bit more on the Water policy and reason why some water points need to to demolished
Here and some links in that topic to others.
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Re: Water Holes

Unread post by Lawrence » Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:05 am

Thanks Elsa

Quite helpful, however a number of these water points are not open or have washed away over the past few years.

The cost incurred by driving hundreds of Kms to try find water points and expecting to see game in the area can easily be averted by Sanparks accurately indicating the handful of dams and water points that they have decided to keep open.

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Re: Water Holes

Unread post by Elmar » Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:03 pm

cheetahlady wrote:hi Lawrence,

It would be good to have an update. I know it is not always possible to reissue map guides each year, and given a long lead time, may not cover waterholes damaged in floods etc. Perhaps the camps could indicate the status of area waterholes on a notice board, or ask one of the guides in camp.


I agree fully. Its time for an updated map with all the waterholes no longer in operation been taken off. I have an old SANP map (yawning lion on cover) in which the waterholes scheduled for closure are indicated in red instead of blue. The scary part is this is most of the waterholes! Favourites like Transport, Mpondo, Nyamundwa, Jones and Grootvlei are all set to be closed. I am not going into the arguments for and against this, but it will affect tourists' experience of the park. Updated maps could assist in making it easier to plan game viewing trips around water resources.

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Re: Water Holes

Unread post by Rooies » Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:07 pm

Hopefully natural fountains will be formed once the artificial water sources have been removed. My common sense tells me that if water is no longer pumped from underground, the water table will start to rise and eventually form a fountain.
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