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Re: Whats the weather like in KTP during August & September?

Unread postby HillBilly » Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:05 pm

We were there last year mid-end September. Mornings were cold (ie beanies & 2 layers) if you got up early to go game viewing. But by 10am all that came off and it was shorts & t-shirts.

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How have recent weather patterns affected the game

Unread postby mistral » Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:42 pm

I wonder whether some of the guru's will comment on how recent weather patterns have affected the game. I saw a posting in another forum that unusually late rains had led to game and predators moving north.

What will be viewing like in mid-October or should I rather re-book for the dry season winter 2012?

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Re: How have recent weather patterns affected the game

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:41 pm

Welcome to the forums!

It is not possible to say where the animals will be of course. And it is quite a while till you will be in the park, so weather will change, and the animals will move.
When I was there (so far the only time yet :( ) there was a drought and very little animal food in the Bots side of KTP. But was that bad?
Not really, I have seen more eland than most people ever did in the park then.

Lions and many of the other animals are territorial animals, and will not move unless absolutely needed.

So yes, just go. This year! :)
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Re: How have recent weather patterns affected the game

Unread postby mistral » Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:54 am

Thanks. I was surprised by this post on another forum but weather patterns currently do seem abnormal over many parts of SA.

This will be my third trip.

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Biodiversity between Nossob,Twee Riviere and Mata Mata

Unread postby mistral » Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:59 am

I understand there is some bio diversity between the various areas - for instance Mata Mata is renowned for being cheetah country. Anyone have details on differences in animal and plant spread?

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Re: Biodiversity between Nossob,Twee Riviere and Mata Mata

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:53 pm

Maybe KG can point you to some data.

MM is cheetah country because of the prey in the area.

My observation - very non scientific - is that there are more springbok in the Aob riverbed than the Nossob, which has plenty of gnu.
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Re: How have recent weather patterns affected the game

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:01 pm

Welcome to the forum mistral.

I was in Kgalagadi in Feb, and it was the wettest it has been for ages - the (usually dry) Aob river flowed.

The area around 5 km north of 2R (Twee Rivieren) was a predator hotbed and had been for quite a while.

We saw brown & spotted hyena, many cheetah and lions, but missed the leopards. 2R is the place to be, but MM is cheetah country also.
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Re: How have recent weather patterns affected the game

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:20 pm

@Mistral,

Welcome to the forum. Regarding the question if the weather has changed the animal’s behaviour. Things are still normal as it has been. During the winter or very cold mornings the animal become more active as soon as the sun is out and they have heated up, then they tent to move down into the river beds and in the afternoon they would leave the riverbeds to go up the dunes as it would be warmer there as in the riverbeds.

Other than that no serious changes in their behaviour.


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Re: Biodiversity between Nossob,Twee Riviere and Mata Mata

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:09 am

@Mistral,

In general, the Kalahari shows little habitat variation. Although the whole area is covered by Kalahari sand at varying depts., there is a gradient in rainfall increasing from south-west to north-east which is clearly reflected in a gradient in plant communities and species composition. The Nossob River forms a natural boundary, roughly dividing the area into two sections. Terrain morphology to the west of the Nossob River is more sharply divided into dunes and dune valleys and the vegetation structure is predominantly shrubby grassland, except in the north and along the rivers, where an open tree savannah develops. to the east of the Nossob River the country is flatter and the vegetation is an open too dense tree savannah especially towards the north and east with large grassy plains in the central and southern areas.

Regarding the animals, it all depends on the rainfall and where the prey species concentrate, which will be mainly in the riverbeds where hunting is much easier and the grass in the riverbeds much more palatable and therefore a higher concentration of prey species.

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Re: Biodiversity between Nossob,Twee Riviere and Mata Mata

Unread postby mistral » Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:24 am

Most interesting!

Thank you.

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October night time temps in Nossob

Unread postby mistral » Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:28 pm

Camping in October - do we need blankets in addition to sleeping bags?

I know days will be hot 30C or so......

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Re: October night time temps in Nossob

Unread postby Switchback » Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:41 am

Hi Mistral,

The general straight forward answer for night time temps in the Kalahari for October would be to leave the blankets but put in a fan - but you know how our weather is like these days, anything can happen, so if space is not an issue, maybe put in an extra thin blanket,if not needed then you were rather safe than sorry. :thumbs_up:

Accuweather is a nice website to watch long term forecasts.
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Re: October night time temps in Nossob

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:55 am

I agree with Switchback, October is just starting to warm up but our evenings can still be very chilly, so to play it save pack in something warm for the night.

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Re: October night time temps in Nossob

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:57 am

Nice question :thumbs_up:

I will also be camping in October and was wondering what time of the year to expect the first rains.
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Re: October night time temps in Nossob

Unread postby Switchback » Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:02 am

First rains should come end January to beginning February. October should still be dry. Again, anything is possible though these days... :hmz:
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