Late summer update

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Seasonal News

 February 2016: The heat is on! It’s been a cruel summer – with as many as 4 heatwaves between October 2015 and February 2016 and in the Limpopo area we have really learnt how to stay cool.  The Waterberg area in particular has been hit hard as well and during December a high of 46 degrees C was recorded at Shondoro Mountain Retreat.  It also seems that the rain has eluded us and although Nylstroom / Modimolle had some good downpours, we in the Vaalwater and Bushveld area have had only  60 mm since beginning of 2016. The highest temperature (before 2015/2016) was measured at 50.0 ºC on 3 November 1918 in the Sundays River valley but hopefully we have not seen that yet here in Vaalwater and surrounds!  However on 7 January 2016 Annette Venter – eNCA Meteorologist stated that after 2015 was recorded as the hottest year, 2016 has started much the same with extremely high temperatures throughout the country and that temperatures around 40 – 44 degrees C were expected, and indeed did hit us here in the Waterberg! The veld is dry and the grass and shrubs are taking strain under the continuous heat.  Although the walking trails are still a pleasure to enjoy with some veld flowers and amazing birding, it is clear that we are experiencing a drought in our Province.  The beautiful accommodation is however set under thatch and provides a cool, peaceful retreat for our guests.  The swimming pool has obviously been very popular as well and we could see our guests enjoying the coolness of the early morning (around 5h00) and going on the various walking trails on offer!...

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Summer Summer

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Seasonal News

Summer Summer 24 November 2015 Summer at Shondoro Mountain Retreat means afternoon thunderstorms, summer birds galore and new babies!  We have received wonderful rain after the devastating fire of 8 October and measured (up to date) 107 mm. The Woodlands Kingfishers arrived on Saturday, 21 November (14 days later than last year) and we are waiting for the impalas to lamb very soon.  December/January  is usually a busy time for our cottages and we hope all our guests will enjoy the summer atmosphere here between the mountains.          ...

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Spring is upon us

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Seasonal News

Spring is upon us

4 October 2015: A heatwave is predicted for the Gauteng and Limpopo Provinces and we can already feel it! 36 ºC and getting worse up to Thursday!  Well, lets all hope and pray that this will end with a few wonderful mm of rain!  Although we really need the rain, the veld looks lovely and green and green grass and trees with beautiful flowers and new leaves are everywhere. We will keep you posted!   Macaya bella and Small-leaved fluff-bush in bloom!  Just some of the many shrubs and trees that are displaying their beautiful colours! 12 September 2015   4 September We had our first rains last night. All of us, including the animals I am sure were relieved for the water. We measured a full 18 mm of rain in one evening. There were a few flashes of lightning but no real storm. We will update you on the process. The trees and shrubs are budding and new sweet green grass is sprouting everywhere. (Picture: Ochna pulchra (Lekkerbreek / Peeling plane in...

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Winter update

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Seasonal News

Winter update

The last bit of the winter is upon us and the days are really getting quite warm.  We are experiencing typical August winds and we hope they will bring the rain soon.  We are enjoying the last flowering aloes and also noticed some shrubs starting to  bud!  The birds are certainly more active and we wait with abated breath for the first summer birds to arrive (around September).  As the seasons change we will keep you up to date on what is happening at...

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Swimming Pool Upgrades

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Seasonal News

Swimming Pool Upgrades

The Waterberg can be a harsh environment and our swimming pool is a natural pool with a grey lining which is more suitable to the environment. We are constantly upgrading and maintaining Shondoro Mountain Retreat and therefore we are planting new grass seeds at the pool to ensure lush summer lawns for your enjoyment.  Please bear with us.

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