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    The Ruaha river has been drying up for years, thx to an abnormally high rainy season (1240mm in my area) the river has now been flowing full and steady since December. I know this won't last but the opportunity to see it like this has been a privilege.
    Hopefully these rains have also helped the Usangu swamp area recover and it will now retain water for longer and not only help the flow of the river but also help return the swamp to the wetland breading ground it was.
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    Neil Rocher
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    A nice positive report and lovely photographs. Hopefully the river in spate washed away some of those thirsty rice paddies upstream.
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    Thank you - lovely to see the river running like that. The knock-on effects will be great.
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    The area you're in is part of the Great Rift Valley and tectonically active. This activity uplifts and drops areas which also results in rivers flowing and not flowing and even reversing direction. The Great Rift Valley extends to the Okavango area. At the turn of the century the Savuti Channel had not flowed for 50 years and Lake Ngami had dried up. The channel has apparently flowed recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olyfboer View Post
    The area you're in is part of the Great Rift Valley and tectonically active. This activity uplifts and drops areas which also results in rivers flowing and not flowing and even reversing direction. The Great Rift Valley extends to the Okavango area. At the turn of the century the Savuti Channel had not flowed for 50 years and Lake Ngami had dried up. The channel has apparently flowed recently.
    In this case the 3 main reasons seem to be
    1) rice farming in the catchment area.
    2) cattle being grazed into the swamp and compacting the ground.
    3) climate change.
    The Usangu area is now part of Ruaha National Park and the cattle have been chased out so hopefully big rains like these will help the area rehabilitate.
    The rice farmers are still running rampant and there is very little control on water usage so until this gets sorted the long term doesn't look good.
    Climate change is inevitable, we are definitely affecting it but it's out of the areas control.
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    Asante sana. Dreaming of the beautiful Ruaha whilst in lockdown here in the UK.

    Best salaams for the months ahead to all Tanzanians.

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    The river is still flowing but dropping fast, game is moving back down as the water inland dries up.
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    Decided on a bit of a drive into the park today and headed for Maji Moto and the Usangu sector, missing living there but can't complain I've got tons of game on my land and no people.
    The river is drying up but not nearly as fast as usual and there is still a decent flow. The bush has dried up and the park has started burning so vast areas of black for now but should be new shoots over the next few weeks.
    At the moment the park is fantastic, not another car in over 200km of driving! Plenty of game and the buff herds have started to move out of the hills onto the river.
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    Saw a new pack of 6 wild dog on the way out today
    That brings us up to 3 packs in the area that I know of, pics are bad as they where really skittish and disappeared into the bush before I could get closer.
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    Neil Rocher
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    Today I was lucky to spend my day with an old poacher from the area. His depth of knowledge regarding bush lore, plant medicine, tracking and animal behavior is out of this world. His take on conservation and it's keepers is worth a book in itself.
    On the other side Ruaha is now bone dry and burnt to a crisp, good news is the game viewing is great and the river is still flowing.
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    1955 series 1 109"

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    Another fantastic day in the park, this time a full days walk with a mate of mine and a great sundowner.
    The river is still flowing although not very enthusiastically, the Elephant are digging for water in the upper Mwagusi and other normally dry river beds so there is still water close to the surface. On my land our seep out of the mountains is also still flowing so the floods really helped the water table.
    Another whole day without seeing a living soul, selfishly nice.
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    Neil Rocher
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    1982 Mog 416
    1971 series 2a 109"
    1968 FJ40 (Piglet)
    1967 series 2a (dugudugu) 88"
    1958 series 2 (Betty) 88"
    1955 series 1 109"

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