Boreholes Closed In Kruger


The Kruger National Park has been implementing a new policy regarding artificial waterpoints in recent years. Starting in the 1930s, more than 360 boreholes were drilled and 50 dams constructed. This water for game programme has now been reversed, and many boreholes have been shut.

The closeness of the water points is thought by some to be a major factor in the rapid growth of Kruger's elephant population. It is generally agreed by a variety of ecologists that the closure of the waterholes will result in an increase in the park's biodiversity.

Borehole Section Drill Date Date Closed
Mavumbye Satara 1950-01-01 1972
Machayipan Pafuri 1961-01-01 1980
Nsemane Satara 1950-01-01 1982
Rhilazeni Satara 1950-01-01 1982
Sweni Nwanetsi 1950-01-01 1982
Olienhoutfontein Pretoriuskop 1976-11-02 1989
Bvumanyundu Pafuri 1964-09-08 1990
Rhidonda Phalaborwa 1975-01-01 1991
Mack Crocodile Bridge 1976-08-31 1992
Rietpan Tshokwane 1983-01-01 1994
Metsimetsi Tshokwane 1971-07-12 1995
Ribbokrand Tshokwane 1973-01-01 1995
Ruigtevlei Skukuza 1975-04-25 1995
Koorsboom Pafuri 1980-03-01 1996
Kremetart Pafuri 1975-09-13 1996
Buffeldoring Crocodile Bridge 1973-01-01 1998
Bejane Skukuza 1971-08-01 1999
Biyamite West Pretoriuskop 1965-07-01 1999
Jock Malelane 1973-01-01 1999
Kirkman Pretoriuskop 1950-01-01 1999
Lushof Tshokwane 1976-08-17 1999
Manyahule Skukuza 1970-08-01 1999
Mavukani Stolsnek 1965-10-01 1999
Mikstok Stolsnek 1976-10-16 1999
Mlambane West Stolsnek 1973-01-01 1999
M?rester Pretoriuskop 1976-10-28 1999
Newu Stolsnek 1965-11-01 1999
Ngwenyeni Stolsnek 1965-07-01 1999
Nkombanine Stolsnek 1969-07-01 1999
Nwatindlopfu N Tshokwane 1962-07-01 1999
Peru North Houtboschrand 1958-01-01 1999
Sithungwane Pretoriuskop 1965-07-01 1999
Vutomi Boloop Tshokwane 1969-07-01 1999
Shitlhave Pretoriuskop 1965-07-01 1999



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