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 Post subject: Re: Weather Impacts on Game Viewing
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 12:15 am 
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yoda wrote:
On the positive side, cats don't like walking in wet grass, and to avoid it, often walk along the road.

Yoda, thanks for ths additional info. I didn't know that!

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You will be in Kruger in mid September. This is spring, and prolonged, heavy rain is unlikely.

Thanks again for the additional insight

Freidrich
Sorry for the mis-information, we will be in SA in 5 days.
However, we will not be in KNP until Thur, Sept 18th - 24th.
Some additional insight - I was in the process of beginning to pack, thus why I checked the weather (long term forecast for Skukuza Airport). Which showed rain on 3 of the 4 sites I checked :cry:
I think I may be a little sensitive to the rain, because we just had a torential deluge (6 inches) yesterday in Arizona, with flooding :big_eyes:
I will take one last look on Sunday, but most of all I just wanted to know what I can do to make the best of it, if rain should occur. I will check out the weather site you recommended.

Friedrich von Hörsten wrote:
You are coming an awfully long way to see animals -- look for them even if it rains!

I agree, we are definitely going for the animals -- just wondering what adjustments I need to make to possibly increase my chances, if I don't get to experience the sunny weather that I see in everyone's photos.

Friedrich von Hörsten wrote:
Most gravel roads in Kruger are just that -- solid gravel! With an ordinary sedan vehicle you can comfortably drive on them during or after normal showers.

Good to know that I will probably be able to drive our sedan on the side roads. I guess I am a little confused, in every photo that I have seen the side roads look like sand/dirt. And I wondered why they were called gravel roads? Maybe they were all up north?

Does anyone know about the sanparks sunset drives? Do those happen, even if it happens to rain?


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 Post subject: Re: Weather Impacts on Game Viewing
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 5:06 am 
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Wow, ctm, the time is almost here. 8)

September can have rains, but they are seldom heavy and should not affect your game viewing much at all. The wind might be more of an issue. Animals tend not to like wind as they cannot hear predators.

I would say that if no substantial rain has fallen, it is good to go a look at water hole and dams. The rain is seldom heavy, or long if at all in September.

I seldom have issues on what we call gravel roads. Yes, they are dirt, but regularly graded and maintained. A few can be a bit corrugated, but it should not hinder your game viewing. Some of our best roads, the S100, S28 and S39 are gravel.

It is possible to book sunset drives and wait to see what happens. I doubt that there will need to be cancellations this time of the year. The early rains are often afternoon showers with thunder and lightning. Most of the floods and heavy rains have happen later in the rainy season. A word of warning, never take warm weather for granted. Dress warmly for sunset or night drives. It can be extremely unpleasant if you are under dressed and there is a significant drop in temperature.

Sometimes there will be distant rolls of thunder and a build up of humidity, but no rain. This quite common before the rain actually sets in. I often experience this in September/October. Bring swimming gear.

One last word, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Weather Impacts on Game Viewing
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:34 am 
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ctm7943,

You will have the time of your life no matter the weather. We have seen some amazing things in the rain. If you are bringing expensive cameras, I would suggest a rain coat for them as your lens may be hanging a bit out the window. We always take a couple of OP/TECH Rainsleeves, which are not much thicker than a plastic bag but have little strings to pull and they fit pretty snugly. Don't take up much room at all and they're $7 for 2. You can get fancy expensive camera covers, but I have found these to be fine in a light rain. (You can get thru Amazon fast).

Have a wonderful trip!

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 Post subject: Re: Weather Impacts on Game Viewing
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:17 am 
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ctm7943 we had our ‘open vehicle drives’ cancelled/postponed due to afternoon showers at Satara. But it was heavy December showers. I doubt you will have that type of rainfall during September.

As for what to do during the day if it rains? We take relaxing long slow drives and go sit at a picnic site or bird hide and all we do it sit there, listening to the rain fall, thunder rolling, reading a book, snack out of a picnic basket……..also, there is few to no other people hanging around the picnic sites when it rains.

when it rains we go hang out at the following spots...............
Lower Sabie – Nkulu Picnic spot (H4-1 Tar Road) or Nkumbe Look Out point (H1-3 Tar Road)
From Satara – N’Wanetsi Picnic spot Look out (S100 Dirt road) or Sweni Hide about 5km away or my favourite….Ratelpan Hide (North of Timbavati Picnic Spot on S39 Dirt road)
Once we were sitting there whilst it was raining and got treated to a leopard female showing herself, slowly making her way quietly amongst the under brush.........
Skekuza – Lake Panic…………..always

As far as animal sightings in the rain is concern, seems that the large herbivores carry on as normal, and we had quit a few good sightings of leopards and wild dogs in the road around Lower Sabie.
Lions never look too happy in the rainy weather :tongue:

The other plus I've seen in the rainy weather is that some nocturnal animals tend to be a little bit more active a little earlier than usual..........and the dirt roads, is not all that dusty :tongue:
(But always drive exstra slow on the wet roads)

Whether it rain or not I'm sure you will have a great time in Kruger

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 Post subject: Re: Weather Impacts on Game Viewing
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Firstly, enjoy your upcoming trip, rain or shine you will enjoy :D

Secondly, dont place too much faith in weather predictions as a week from now you will very possibly see a different picture.

Thirdly, speaking from experience, the rains around September October are mostly in the form of thunderstorms that build up in the late afternoon/early evening but can also carry on right through the night into the next day, although not that common. They are mostly short lived. These storms are usually accompanyed by strom wind storms which sometimes dont bring rain at all. (Hot updrafts in the afternoon heat).

Either way you should have a great time. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Weather Impacts on Game Viewing
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ctm7943 wrote:
RemiE,
I love the suggestion to just hang out at a picnic site, hide or lake/dam. :D :clap:


Ctm7943 it will be food for your soul 8)

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 Post subject: Re: What do you do in Kruger when it Rains?
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Over Dec 2013, we had 3 days of solid rain, we still drove around, one day we saw a mega herd of buffalo grazing in the rain, we also saw a big group of Rhinos, we saw a leopard kill an impala, loads of elephants, lots of bedraggled birds. The bush seems to heave a sigh of relief when it rains, I refuse to sit in the camp when it rains, what a waste of time

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 Post subject: Re: What do you do in Kruger when it Rains?
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Yes, I agree with tentdweller in that we drive more than normal as rain would usually be accompanied with reduction of heat. It provides a complete new dimension, with many animals moving around and offering opportunities to photograph wildlife and scenery in the rain. Quite exciting, I find it! Joep Stevens

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 Post subject: Re: What do you do in Kruger when it Rains?
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ctm7943, we just got home to California from 5 days at Lower Sabie, 29 Sept. to 3 October. We had one cloudy day and all the rest were beautiful sunshine! I like the way the animals look better in the sun.

The bush was SO brown, I am interested in knowing what weather and sightings might be like in April or May? We are of course already thinking about another trip...

June & July would I think be too cold, we enjoy the heat.

2 years ago we came in mid-October and the rains had already come, the bush was beautiful green and the bugs and reptiles were out, but the animals weren't so clustered around the water and a little harder to see. Although we did see a mamba and a python and millions of dung beetles and a scorpion! No bugs in September.


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 Post subject: Re: What do you do in Kruger when it Rains?
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Dear Gigib,

Many thanks for your feedback and latest visit. As one gets to know Kruger, it become apparent that every season has it's beauties and benefits. Undoubtedly the end of the dry season has the best chance of game around limited water resources and much less vegetation load. Currently although looking very dry there is still a lot of surface water available as a result of good rains last summer in most places. We certainly are not in a drought situation. April and May will usually spell the start of autumn and an end to the excessive heat of summer, making them very pleasant months to visit the Park. April usually still has some rain, while May evenings and mornings start to ask for a jersey as minimum temperatures start to drop. Being the end of the rainy season, vegetation load is high, water fairly abundant and game viewing less predictable. Best wishes and enjoy your upcoming visits to Kruger and South Africa!

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 Post subject: Re: What do you do in Kruger when it Rains?
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Rainy, stormy day? I find it a good time to photograph lightning, especially at Oliphants

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No Matter the weather, we drive and we braai! :mrgreen:

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Braai with a umbrellas and always drive. roads permitting :whistle:

Except for the 3-5 pax huts at Lower Sabie
The area just gets to muddy for us to braai and there is little shelter.
The its of to the Lower Sabie deck
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We still drive and sometimes we read a book, and we always Braai

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