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Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?

Unread post by Joep Stevens » Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:39 am

Dear All,

The far north is indeed very dry and it is hoped it will rain soon, both in the park as well as in the catchment areas to the north and west of the camp. Traditionally Shingwedzi gets it's water from the river but it also has emergency boreholes should the river source become a problem. There are no plans to close Shingwedzi down.

With kind regards.

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Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?

Unread post by Joep Stevens » Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:25 pm

Dear All,

Great news that the north had some reprieve yesterday. Shingwedzi had 9,8mm and Mopani 34mm. I see it looks promising for today, especially in catchment of Shingwedzi River. Let's hold thumbs!

Kind regards.

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Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?

Unread post by Martin 112 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:24 pm

Realy good news. The Shingwedzi River is Floating. At about 20:00 the First water was spotted from the restaurant. Pictures coming tomorrow when its Better light

EDIT: here are the pictures

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sry for the bad resolution but the uplink is very small...

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Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:39 am

Thanks for the pics Martin, they speak a thousand words! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?

Unread post by estellem » Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:31 pm

It is amazing how a few mm of rain can transform the bushveld veld around punda changed from dry and no grass to a green carpet in 24 hours

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Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?

Unread post by johanrebel » Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:19 pm

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Unnumbered 3 km link road between H-1-7 and S56 at 7h23 a.m. on November 22nd.

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First donga at the bottom end of the S56 at 12h05 p.m. on November 22nd.

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Mopane and Lala Palms pretending they are Mangrove trees, just north of Boyela, 12h41 p.m. November 22nd.

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Floodwaters just starting to make their way down the Mphongolo towards the Shingwedzi confluence.

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Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?

Unread post by estellem » Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:45 pm

I also think this topic name can be changed there is water in shingwedzi river and is flowing over causeway veld is slowly turning green around punda is green and beautiful we can't sleep at night you hear the grass growing we heard pafuri also received their first 8 mm on Saturday, the north still need a lot of water to fill up all the dams and streams but it looks better than a week ago

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Re: Will Shingwedzi maybe close due to drought?

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:19 pm

I just had to bump this up a bit. Knowing what we now today about Shingwedzi - how ironic is it that this question was asked barely 1 month ago! :tongue: Who would've thought that Shingwedzi would be closed 1 month later because of TOO MUCH water... :whistle:
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by ruthp » Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:52 pm

Joep Stevens posted under the Kruger Floods 2013 topice:
Shingwedzi Camp has been extensively flooded on the night of 20 January 2013. From inititial assessments at Bateleur, it is apparent that most of the water came from the Mphongololo River catchment. Initial assessments indicate that repair work will take several months and estimates at this stage indicate the camp might reopen by August or September. However, this could still change and thus our decision to remove all availability for the remainder of the year. Guests with bookings will be contacted in due course in order to try and find alternatives. They are welcome however to contact the reservation offices to initiate any changes themselves.

Yesterday reservations advised no bookings being taken for Shingwedzi for the rest of the year - we had to change our March booking due to the floods

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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by okie » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:01 pm

Have a look at this web-site to see pics of the flooded Shingwedzi camp with only bungalow rooftops showing and still stick out :
http://www.wildcard.co.za/blog.htm?acti ... st&id=4148
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by saraf » Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:28 am

Did you pick up the good news in Lesego's latest bulletin:

Lesego wrote:Camps Closed:

Shingwedzi - Severely flooded - Camp and Day Visitors area out of bounds for public. Camping and B-circle units (EH3, BD2, BD2Z & BG2) to be reopened by 15 June 2013 and remainder of camp possibly open by 30 September 2013.


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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by ndloti » Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:18 am

Fortunately the trees between the river and the access road to the camp which were visible from the high water bridge have remained intact .
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by threedogs » Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:34 am

I do think that road up to the camp main gate is one of the most beautiful in the park. I do hope the bulk of those majestic trees survived.

Is that what you are referring to ndloti? I guess you mean those currently able to be seen from the bridge? Do hope the rest of them survived intact.
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by ndloti » Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:56 am

3 d , yes , the ones visible from the high level bridge are still intact , I cannot vouch for the trees downstream from camp towards the Kanniedood dam where theriver banks are lower , but from the signs it seems to have been a flash flood and not a sustained high speed flood as large trees along the Mphongolo loop seem mostly intact and some of the short river view by ways on this road are closed as they have been partially washed away , the riverbed along the Mphongolo has taken on a new apperance ..
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Re: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Unread post by johanrebel » Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:42 pm

I drove the Mphongolo Loop just after it reopened (judging by the vehicle tracks I may well have been the first tourist vehicle) and was very pleasantly surprised. The river itself and the riverbanks took a hammering, but the vegetation is largely intact. Some trees right on the river were knocked off their socks, but elsewhere the only reminder of the flood is the debris hanging in trees and bushes, in places at an impressive height.

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