Late summer update
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!