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Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info

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Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info

Unread post by Dave Moore » Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:32 pm

Even in the few days which we were there, the water started drying up. The outlying pools of water don't last long in this area and there is always the Limpopo for the animals to go to as well. It was relatively cold when we where there now. I think it is the first time I have ever worn a jacket up there ever :shock: but the evaporation was still fast.

What I think is happening at Maloutswa is that it is in a natural underground catchment area and is not being filled by surface water but rather by a series of springs under the pan itself. It just looked pristine to me from the little we could see of it from a distance. It must easily be more than 1km long at present.
I must admit that if it stays like this, a lot of greenery will establish itself and it will become a birders paradise. I can't believe that so much water can still be present after almost a year for it not to be springs which are filling this pan ?

I did not see much game around that water but that doesn't mean anything. We did see a beautiful martial eagle near Maloutswa though :mrgreen: Oh and barred owlet, oh and whitebacked vulture, oh and................. :mrgreen: :D

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Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info

Unread post by naomi c » Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:24 am

Anybody been to Mapungubwe lately? Any rain yet? :D

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Unread post by NetEk » Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:09 am

Only a little bit not made any differance the rain normally comes in December to Febuary (floods happen end of Jan...... like 201& 2013)
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Unread post by naomi c » Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:26 am

While everybody, including myself, is worried about the drought in KNP, I was wondering how Mapungubwe is holding up? As the previous post states the rains should only start in December. Has the Park received any rain yet? :)

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Unread post by Dave Moore » Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:34 pm

Just back from Mapungubwe tonight and it is very dry. There has been a little rain which has turned everything green. There are very few Impala lambs which is a bit strange. Saw lots of ellies and was lucky enough to witness a storm a few days ago,which was awesome. An old local told me that if the rain does not come soon the animals will be in a bad way in a few months time.

The Limpopo was dry. I have not seen it like this before.

Saw some good birds and got lucky with a young leopard sighting and two brown hyena on the way out this morning.

Heard lots of lion but never saw any.

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Unread post by naomi c » Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:11 am

Hi there!
That does not sound good - hope they get good rains soon!
Sounds like you had a great trip - must have been awesome to see the Brown Hyena!
Our last visit was in 2012 - much too long ago! Will definitely have to make a plan next year to get there. :D

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Unread post by NetEk » Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:20 pm

We are going to be there from the 16the to the 27the will let you know how it looks...
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Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:32 pm

Dave Moore wrote:Just back from Mapungubwe tonight and it is very dry. There has been a little rain which has turned everything green. There are very few Impala lambs which is a bit strange. Saw lots of ellies and was lucky enough to witness a storm a few days ago,which was awesome. An old local told me that if the rain does not come soon the animals will be in a bad way in a few months time.

The Limpopo was dry. I have not seen it like this before.

Saw some good birds and got lucky with a young leopard sighting and two brown hyena on the way out this morning.

Heard lots of lion but never saw any.


Wow you had some stunning sightings!!!

Not good news about the drought! I do hope it rains soon!!! :pray:
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Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:33 pm

NetEk wrote:We are going to be there from the 16the to the 27the will let you know how it looks...


I can't wait for your report back and those stunning photos you usually share! :gflower:

Enjoy every moment and may you be blessed with many great sightings!
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Unread post by Divhani » Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:12 pm

we are all holing thumbs for the rain up in Mapungubwe...I was there when they had a storm and I thought it really assisted but we need more than that....real downpour to fill up Limpopo, but not too much to cause floods like in 2013.

To everyone who will be up there for the festive, enjoy it...

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Unread post by naomi c » Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:48 pm

Thanks NetEk and Divhani for the replies! :thumbs_up:

@NetEk - enjoy, I am :mrgreen: and take lots of pics! :D

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:33 pm

Thank you for keeping us updated Divhani!
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Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info

Unread post by giraffee » Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:01 pm

Wonderful sightings Dave!! :mrgreen: Where did you see the brown hyenas?
Very special. Would LOVE to see them in Mapungubwe.
We had a leopard with a big black calf (cattle) up in a Maroela at the Vembe trails turn off. Sandly it was too far for photos.
Conrad Strauss has posted some beautiful Lion pics taken on the Khongoni Loop (East side) says they've been hanging out in Khongoni the past two weeks.
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Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info

Unread post by Wolph » Sat Dec 19, 2015 1:19 pm

Just back from 5 days in Mapungubwe (Forest Tented Camp and Leokwe).

A total of 50 mm of rain fell on the first two nights (thunderstorms) and the Limpopo was still flowing when we left yesterday. The place is turning green and we noticed a daily increase in impala lambs.

Despite some car problems we had a wonderful time. I will post more about that later.

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Re: Mapungubwe: Rainfall Info

Unread post by Dave Moore » Sun Dec 20, 2015 8:02 am

Nice to hear about the rain you had there. By the time we left we had seen about three or four Impala lambs in total so it's good to hear that they are arriving thick and fast now.
Giraffee we saw the brown hyena on the road from Little Muck lodge towards the gate on the tar road. Unfortunately they were too quick for us to take any photos. We had seen spoor a few days before so it was nice to actually see the animals this time.


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