We arrived late in the evening before after dark. When we awoke, the beauty of the tree top camp lay around us. We were leaving early again to go to the Palula Game Reserve, where we were going to be studying the water samples from the Oliphants River, which is one of the main rivers that supply the wild life throughout the whole Kruger National park. During the night we heard lion roaring in the distance and now we could hear the odd baboon. It was truly paradise. In the distance, over the treetops, we could see the Drakensberg mountains that we had been at only two days before. We met the students at the gate and then we set off on a long inroad over dirt roads to finally get to this small lab.

The students are from Holland with the Campfire Academy to learn about water quality in Africa. We meet Cornell Vermaak who is the warden for the region of Pululi and also a Disease Ecologist. He focuses on disease ecology, disease monitoring and ecological management. He looks at the environmental integrity of the wider area. He will be sharing about water and discussing some case studies with the group on this section of the Oliphants river that they have been monitoring as an ongoing project. He is trying to determine whether the Pululi and the AP and R acts as a buffer as external influencers on the Oliphants river before it enters the commercial Kruger National Park.

Judy asks if in the commercial Kruger National park whether they are concerned what happens to the water before it enters that point.

Cornel tells us that as we will see from a discussion on the data that they have gathered up to now, it’s actually not looking as bleak as they thought…


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