Skip to Content

Dams - water levels

Discuss and find information on the Kruger National Park
User avatar
oddesy
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3183
Joined: Wed Jan 02, 2008 4:57 pm
Location: Randburg, SA

Re: Green dams / rivers

Unread postby oddesy » Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:18 am

Thanks for the pics DB :thumbs_up:
Its nice to see that there is a fair bit of water around
The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle

User avatar
Mads
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 369
Joined: Thu Jul 27, 2006 7:13 pm
Location: Pretoria

Re: Mlondozi Dam

Unread postby Mads » Sun Nov 30, 2008 4:28 pm

Hi Wildthing!

Martie (MJ) (Lower Sabie sightings) showed me pictures on monday. The dam is full!!! :dance: :dance: It filled up with one nights rain!! :mrgreen:
"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." Martin Luther

WildThing
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 188
Joined: Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:13 pm

Re: Mlondozi Dam

Unread postby WildThing » Sun Nov 30, 2008 4:35 pm

Hi Mads,
That is great news. We saw the dam in August and October and it was so depressing to see absolutely no water. Normally the dam and surrounding area is teeming with game. We will be in LS in just over two weeks so I'm really looking forward to seeing it.

WildThing
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 188
Joined: Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:13 pm

Leeu Pan

Unread postby WildThing » Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:17 pm

I would be interested to know if Leeu Pan has any water in it. Last December until February, it was an absolute birders paradise, but in June it was bone dry.

Scipio
Posts: 4757
Joined: Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:22 am

Re: Leeu Pan

Unread postby Scipio » Sun Nov 30, 2008 7:05 pm

WildThing, You can go back, birding is awesome again. Also try Gomondwane loop, the marsh is big & the birds are everywhere!!!!

User avatar
Marais
Posts: 15
Joined: Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:03 pm
Location: Daar waar Paul Kruger gebly het...

Re: Green dams / rivers

Unread postby Marais » Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:03 am

joekin wrote:hows the timbavati looking is there any water in it??
No nothing. Dry as a bone!

User avatar
Mads
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 369
Joined: Thu Jul 27, 2006 7:13 pm
Location: Pretoria

Re: Mlondozi Dam

Unread postby Mads » Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:31 am

Mlondozi Dam.
Image
"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." Martin Luther

User avatar
DinkyBird
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 45787
Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:54 pm
Location: Somerset West, Cape Town

Re: Dams - water levels

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:08 am

Sunset Dam, mid March 2010:
Image

Wonderful to see the dam so nice and full of water.
Sawubona
Dalene

User avatar
DinkyBird
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 45787
Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:54 pm
Location: Somerset West, Cape Town

Re: Dams - water levels

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Apr 10, 2010 7:10 pm

Sanpfan, it is really hard to tell at this stage. The rainfall season is until April, and the rains came late this year.

A dam like Sunset Dam will still have water in it for sure, but which other dams will have I cannot say. Some might well dry up.

A good thing about going the time of the year that you are is that the water levels have dropped a fair bit by then and the waders are more easily seen, as are animals at the waterholes.
Sawubona
Dalene

kite
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 821
Joined: Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:15 pm

Re: Dams - water levels and RIVERS

Unread postby kite » Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:22 pm

Great info on dams. Thanks
I have been wondering which are perennial Rivers.
I think I read on forum that river near Bateleur dry in winter.
How about Shingwedzi river near Shimuwini? :|

User avatar
ndloti
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 4958
Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:45 pm
Location: southern gauteng

Re: Dams - water levels

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:17 am

Seems most of the rivers in the north are dry at the end of winter except those which originate outside the KNP and have dams upstream .
A few rivers in the south which originate in the nearby mountains are perennial .
The Letaba river at Shimuwini has dams upstream from which water is heavily utilised , it often stops flowing but usually retains pools of water . The Shingwedzi near Bateleur originates in a drier area usually stops flowing in the winter unless there is unseasonal rain and also often retains water in pools .
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

User avatar
yoda
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2274
Joined: Wed Jun 08, 2005 4:24 pm
Location: UK

Re: Dams - water levels

Unread postby yoda » Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:30 am

I think it is going to be a dry winter this year.

Olifants River 16 April 2004 (Scan of a print)

Image

And here it is during my last visit.
8 March 2010

Image

Thanks
Yoda

Sprocky
Posts: 2159
Joined: Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:51 am

Re: Dams - water levels

Unread postby Sprocky » Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:59 pm

naomi c wrote:Wish I could see Sable Dam so full! :D


Your wish is my command naomi! :thumbs_up:

Image

User avatar
Donny
Posts: 153
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 3:15 pm

Re: Dams - water levels

Unread postby Donny » Thu May 20, 2010 3:01 pm

This is what Gudzani dam - S41 looked at the end of April. Never seen it so full !!

Overall view of dam.

Image

View to the left :

Image

View to the right :

Image

The park was really brimming in green :D
Need to get there soon !!!

User avatar
Grantmissy
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
FAC Member (2013)
Posts: 7253
Joined: Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:21 am
Location: SA

Re: Dams - water levels

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:46 am

According to reports Kruger has received good rains. It would be interesting to hear from those who is visiting or has recently visited Kruger what the water levels of the dams are :thumbs_up: .
Everything in moderation, including moderation – Oscar Wilde


Return to “Kruger National Park”