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Re: RAINY SEASON IN KTP

Unread postby Tongasabi » Sat Jan 17, 2009 5:58 pm

Just back and we've had lots of rain (some roads up North were flooded) and impressive thunderstorms... 7th to 14th of January 2009. I recon that January and February are better Months than November if you want some kind of 'green' season?

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Re: RAINY SEASON IN KTP

Unread postby pathfinder » Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:09 pm

Hi all

We had a nice thunderstorm at Nossob on the 27th of December, but only about 1/2 mm of rain. Plenty of rain dumped on the Botswana side that night though and I will post pics of the awesome lightning in my trip report when I get to that day's installment

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Re: RAINY SEASON IN KTP

Unread postby Batsman » Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:03 pm

Tongasabi...It depends. Two out of four visits in februarys to KTP were dry and no extra green at all.

Two times the Kgalagadi looked very strange to me. Very green after good rains, like a scruffy golf course.

But as you mentioned the so called "Green Kgalagadi" is normally in January/February after good rains in the months before.

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Temperature in KTP in February

Unread postby turtlegirl » Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:59 pm

Dear all,

We will be visiting your beautiful park for the first time. We will stay from February 19 - 21, (Mata-Mata, Nossob, Twee Rivieren) travelling with a 4x4 and will spend the nights in our rooftent. Now we are wondering if the nights will be very cold - below 0° - so that we have to take special warm clothes at night. As we will be entering the park from Namibia: is it true that we can not bring fresh meat and firewood from Namibia to Mata-Mata?
Has it rained a lot till now? Just wondering because of the Malaria.

Thanks a lot for your help!

Kind regards from Germany

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Re: Temperature in KFT in February

Unread postby Batsman » Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:49 pm

Hi turtlegirl,

don't know about the meat and wood from Namibia, but the night temperatures in February are very mild. As a German you can easily sleep in shorts and a T-Shirt with a light blanket. The day temperatures normally easily exceed 40 degrees.

At night it will be around 20 degrees.

We've been four times to KTP in February and the temperatures never dropped to zero degrees.

May be you check the new weather feature on the Sanparks website.

btw. IIRC KTP is malaria free since 1930.

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Re: Temperature in KFT in February

Unread postby Bekke » Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:14 am

We were there 3 weeks ago, and it was 28 degrees Celsius 6 o'clock in the morning and 37 degrees at 9 o'clock in the evening! So you should not be concerned about extra blankets

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Re: Temperature in KFT in February

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:58 pm

It is correct. You cannot bring in wood from Nam.
I am not so sure about packaged meat though. I would check up, maybe the KTP guru could tell you?
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Re: RAINY SEASON IN KTP

Unread postby Rooies » Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:44 am

Look at all the water at Nossob!!!. It looks like the Nossob is flowing. Can anyone confirm?
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Re: RAINY SEASON IN KTP

Unread postby Sedi » Thu Feb 12, 2009 1:56 pm

Awesome!! However, not changing our booking so still hopeful of having some "weather" in November!!!

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Re: RAINY SEASON IN KTP

Unread postby prof » Fri Feb 20, 2009 3:15 pm

We were in the park from 6 Feb to 13 Feb 2009. From 10 Feb it started raining around Urikaruus and by the 12 Feb it was raining really hard.all the way from Mata Mata to TR. There were also people who came down from Nossob who said that it had rained very hard. By the time we left the park, it looked like the rivers were flowing, but it was just pools of water in the river beds.

We are going back in March, because I think the park will be beautiful like the "scruffy golf course" in a few weeks time. There were lots of flowers around the enterence to Urikaruus when we were there. I think that the flowers will now be wide spread.

Hope that this helps.

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Re: RAINY SEASON IN KTP

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:59 pm

See the homepage for reports of good rain in the last 3 days ... can the mods perhaps place it here as well ?
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Re: RAINY SEASON IN KTP

Unread postby Sedi » Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:09 pm

Yip, saw the rainfall report on the homepage this morning - awesome - must be fantastic to see.

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Re: RAINY SEASON IN KTP

Unread postby billyf » Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:28 pm

Rain in KTP can occur at any time - we have encountered huge storms, with quite a lot of rain in March, September, October and May
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Re: RAINY SEASON IN KTP

Unread postby Caracal » Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:18 pm

FLASHBACK !!!
6 April 2005

The heavens opened and we experienced a thunderstorm of note...we were stranded in Nossob for three extra nights. Nobody could get in or out of the camp..the roads were washed away. .....4 girls travelling on their own. I still hyperventilate when I think about what I actually drove through when we left Nossob. We then had to spend an extra night at TR. The exit road out of the park was the worst hit out of the lot ....it was still a dirt road in those days.

Some pics taken n Nossob
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You can read more about it here

Oh yes a thunderstorm can sometimes be too much of a good thing !!!

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Re: RAINY SEASON IN KTP

Unread postby ndloti » Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:39 pm

Twee Rivieren recorded another 33mm in the 24 hr period ending 7 am today .
(Source :saweather website .)
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