Central Kalahari - impact of fires

Old Dec 9th, 2008, 06:54 AM
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Central Kalahari - impact of fires

Thinking of visiting CKGR in January. I know that the fires have stopped now and I guess the rains have started.

Does anyone know if the area will have had time to re-grow by then or will it still be charred?
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Old Dec 9th, 2008, 03:25 PM
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I'll be there in 2 weeks (omigosh!) and will post what I find when I return Jan 2, although I would love it if anyone has any recent info.
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they have started somewhere - probably Gaborone - check this interesting blog:

http://thoughtsfrombotswana.blogspot...-botswana.html
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Old Dec 10th, 2008, 12:18 AM
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What on earth are those red fuzzy things!?
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Old Dec 10th, 2008, 07:59 AM
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good question! Has four legs, so must be a spider or a mite. Hope we see one!
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Old Dec 10th, 2008, 10:05 AM
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I'd quite like one as a pet...
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Old Dec 11th, 2008, 06:10 AM
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I have just returned from the Central Kalahari 5 day trip looking for Wilddogs for a research program. I can tell you that with the little rain we have had in the last 2 weeks the Kalahari has responded beautifully to that and it is as beautiful as ever. No wilddogs thought but sightings were rreported. I will be happy to give you some insight as to where the best areas are at the moment because the rain has been a little sporadic.
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Old Dec 11th, 2008, 06:29 AM
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I would love to know where those areas are - we will be there for 4 days over Christmas. How much does it usually rain?

Where were you in the CKGR?
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Old Dec 11th, 2008, 06:35 AM
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We covered about 1500km in 4 days starting from Matswere gate in the north east and we did mostly the upper half of the park. The areas that seem to have had the most rain has been the upper end of Letihau valley and the lower southern end of Passarge valley. Unfortunately not all the camps there have fascilities so if you can be self sufficient for those camps it would help. Most lions and cheetahs are seen along Letihau and up towards deception pan including 2 lionesses with rather small cubs. The larget concentration of lains game has been those 2 areas. Hope it helps. what a great place to spend christmas. Enjoy
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Old Dec 12th, 2008, 02:38 AM
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Many thanks Alwyn
Did you get to Deception Valley?

Also, do you know what those red spider like things are?
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Did get to Deception Valley and there has not been that much rain so therefore not as much game. The things you are asking about are called Velvet Dust Mites.

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Old Dec 12th, 2008, 06:16 AM
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Thanks Alwyn

I've changed my mind about wanting one as a pet as apparently it's a sort of tick. Not quite what I had in mind...

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Old Dec 12th, 2008, 06:22 AM
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http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Mite

Pic of the red velvet mite at the bottom of the page
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that peacock mite is beautiful!
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