Skip to Content

The flood, February 2000

Discuss and find information on the Kruger National Park
User avatar
wildtuinman
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 5477
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Location: Chasing down the rarities

Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:59 am

It looks ominous hey?

All the dams in the Gauteng area bar the Vaal dam are 100% full. The "Harties" is sluicing into the Croc River this very moment and it's quite an awesome sight!

One ill directed cloud burst could make things very interesting.
666
Latest Lifer(s): Buff-spotted Flufftail, Tree Pipit, Dimorphic Egret, Lesser Jacana

Follow me as I bird on Twitter @wildtuinman

User avatar
Wild-doc
Posts: 110
Joined: Wed Mar 14, 2007 6:25 pm
Location: Who knows where

Unread postby Wild-doc » Fri Jan 25, 2008 10:10 am

The Olifants was already flowing strongly on the 12 and 13th of Jan.
On the 12th we went on a night drive from Olifants and crossed the Balule bridge on the way back.
The next morning we went out at about 4:30 and when we got to the Balule bridge it was still wet from the overflowing water and the water was lapping at the top of the bridge.
We stopped on it had coffee and rusks and drove on.
A couple of hours later on our return the bridge was closed with water flowing freely over the bridge.
We spent the rest of the day on the deck at Nshawu looking at the river flowing very strongly.
This was before all the rain from the last week.
I think flooding is very possible at this stage.

User avatar
wildtuinman
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 5477
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Location: Chasing down the rarities

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:03 am

Cyclone to hit Mozambique.

Hold on to your horses, Kruger visitors.
666
Latest Lifer(s): Buff-spotted Flufftail, Tree Pipit, Dimorphic Egret, Lesser Jacana

Follow me as I bird on Twitter @wildtuinman

User avatar
Freda
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2005
Joined: Sun Dec 05, 2004 7:01 am
Location: Marloth Park, South Africa
Contact:

Unread postby Freda » Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:51 pm

Balule Bridge 27-01-2008 :shock:
Image

User avatar
DinkyBird
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 45483
Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:54 pm
Location: Somerset West, Cape Town

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:55 pm

Oh wow Freda :shock: That is amazing! Thanks for the pic!
Sawubona
Dalene

User avatar
Freda
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2005
Joined: Sun Dec 05, 2004 7:01 am
Location: Marloth Park, South Africa
Contact:

Unread postby Freda » Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:19 pm

Image
Image
So much more water since I saw it four weeks ago, it's scary :shock:

User avatar
Freda
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2005
Joined: Sun Dec 05, 2004 7:01 am
Location: Marloth Park, South Africa
Contact:

Unread postby Freda » Sat Feb 02, 2008 7:53 pm

# 2 was the viewpoint and # 3 the Olifant's Bridge :D
Patience re the BBW, I have been wwwless due to a lighting strike the night we arrived back, only got back on-line today.

Jumbo

Unread postby Jumbo » Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:25 am

For those who are interested:

After it hit the northern part of Moz as a Cat 3, Cyclone Jokwe went back into the Moz channel. The landfall made it weaker (Cat 1) but due to the warm tropical conditions in the channel it has now increased in strength to a Cat 2. Its current predicted path is south and then west.

Most up-to-date prediction:
Meteo France

Another interesting website to follow this storm (bit behind Meteo France)
Tropical Storm Risk (TSR)

Latest satellite image
Meteo France

Jumbo

Unread postby Jumbo » Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:50 pm

Elsa wrote:not looking too good, is it? :?


Have to admit, it is tad worrying to see Maputo on that map :lol:
These systems are however so unpredictable.
We have kept an eye on it from when it moved into northern part of the Moz channels.
What is now a Cat 2 Cyclone, was 24hrs ago predicted to be a Tropical Storm…so they somewhat underestimated it.
But apparently it should decrease in strength when it gets out of the channel due to colder water and side winds …something like that…lot of technical explanations. :?
If it does make landfall in southern Moz (hopefully only as a weak Tropical Storm or a Tropical Depression) it should at least bring a bit of rain to the southern parts of Kruger.
The rainy season started out so well but then in February we only had 7 mm of rain for the whole month (measured at our house in Marloth)…the bush now already resembles winter times.
If this cyclone however increase in strength and hit southern Moz as a Cat 3, as it was when in brushed past the northern coast, there is a whole lot of rain on the way….in northern Moz. the city of Nampula, that is 150 km inland, had 200 mm of rain.

wacktazz
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:02 pm
Location: SA

KNP Flood dvd

Unread postby wacktazz » Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:00 pm

I am busy watching the 2000 floods video of the park right now for the first time.
Its the scariest thing thing I've ever seen.
The devastation was tremendous.
They saved one guy from a pack of wild dogs.
He had to stand on one of the road markers.
At 4 pm the water was at the highest levels.
Some waves were 9 or ten meters high.
Many houses in the villages was only visible by their roofs.
You could see at some places where the Sabie was almost 2 kilometres wide.
The restaurant was submerged up to the lowest point of the roof and many roofs of bungalows was gone.
If you know how high the Selati bridges is, the water ran about one metre below it.
A sad truth is that more than 90 percent of people had no insurance.
People had to start from scratch again. And all the memories like photos is gone.
Furniture was picked up until well beyond Lower Sabie
It's nice to be a person. You must just be a nice person!
www.facebook.com/wacktazz

wacktazz
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:02 pm
Location: SA

Re: KNP Flood dvd

Unread postby wacktazz » Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:30 pm

Quickie wrote:Can one buy the DVD in the park shops? We visited Croc bridge during Jan 2000 and experienced amazing weather. We never used the bungalow's aircon during our 3 night stay! 8) It was quite a sight to see the difference to the Sabie river landscape after the floods - almost all the big trees on the river banks gone! :big_eyes:
The power of nature....

If all goes well, I will sell it im my shop from next week. Pm me if you want one, and Ill send one.
I will get into contact with all the others that wants one who pmd me previously
It's nice to be a person. You must just be a nice person!
www.facebook.com/wacktazz

User avatar
Fanta
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 192
Joined: Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:00 pm
Location: Nelsparta

Re: KNP Flood dvd

Unread postby Fanta » Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:42 am

I remember my dad had to tow in a Germany fellow Land Rover that was swept away by the floods at Skukuza that night it all came down.
After the river "toned" down away from the restaurant they walked up and down the railings to look for the Landy.
My stepmother eventually spotted the the wheel axe in the water and it was almost a km from where it was to where the found it, total write off with a baby croc inside :big_eyes: .
It's amazing when I saw his DVD of it.
Whenever we drive around the Skukuza area I still the some of the huge trees still on the river banks that was taken out by that floods.
"People who have nothing to say, speak the loudest." - John Rzeznik

User avatar
DinkyBird
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 45483
Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:54 pm
Location: Somerset West, Cape Town

Re: The flood, February 2000

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:22 pm

Whacktazz at Nhkulu Picnic spot is selling a video made my SANHU on the flood. It is really worth purchasing. It runs for about 30min with interviews with those involved in the rescues and with those who lost so many possessions.

Amazing to see the masses of water that flowed through the park.

What is also amazing is to see how Kruger was restored, at great expense, with little evidence now of this great flood.

As they say in the video, the flood that changed the face of Kruger.
Sawubona
Dalene

User avatar
Bush Baptist
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 9927
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:38 pm
Location: In the shadow of Table Mountain

Re: The flood, February 2000

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:36 pm

yoda wrote:Does anyone have an idea if this sort of high rainfall is likely to happen again in the near future? Or is it one of those freak one off events?


Yes it will happen again, maybe not as high, or maybe even higher. Nobody knows when though.
Whatever (according to BB): "You are correct but I don't want to admit it".

User avatar
Pjw
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3422
Joined: Sun Jan 20, 2008 2:52 pm
Location: Africa's Largest City

Re: The flood, February 2000

Unread postby Pjw » Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:08 pm

If you go to crooks corner you pass a building which shows the level the floods have reached over the years. I have a photo somewhere. Will see if I can find it
"In the end we conserve only that which we love, we love only that which we understand, we understand only that which we are taught"
(Baba Dioum, Senegalese Ecologist)


Return to “Kruger National Park”