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Re: LATEST KRUGER SIGHTINGS REPORT

Unread postby ossendryver » Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:16 pm

17 Jan 12 – 4:30pm
Sighting: Hyena
Where: At Afsaal picnic spot by Berg en Dal

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River between Afsaal and Berg en Dal/Malelane.
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Renoster Pan Road, You can’t get there now!
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In front of Berg en Dal Fence
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Flood : January 2012

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:07 am

I heard that Hoedspruit received 240mm in 24 hours and Nelspruit 150mm in 24 hours. Is Kruger flooding at the moment?
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Re: Is Kruger Flooding?

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:28 am

Similar to what happened in 2000. Moz got hammered on the one side just like now and then the rain fell here in the west leaving the water to go nowhere with Kruger stuck in the middle.
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Re: Is Kruger Flooding?

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:29 am

A forumite texted me 30 min ago with the message that "The Satara / Tshokwane road is flooded and closed"

See here :

viewtopic.php?f=67&t=1938&p=1624913#p1624913
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Re: Croc bridge is closed

Unread postby TheunsH » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:24 am

Wow, I hope the new bridge will be able to handle the pressure! :shock:

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Re: Is Kruger Flooding?

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:50 am

I've just seen a photo of the Sabie river in full flood with trees in the watery mass being swept to Moz in one helluva hurry!

2000 revisited. The sequel...
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Re: Is Kruger Flooding?

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:06 am

More pics coming in. Hyena hiding under a roof at Afsaal. Sabie river a torrent mass of water. Unbelievable really.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby ecojunkie » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:22 am

2 differences this time though - the levels from 2000 are in memory so warnings should be given in time for evacuation if needed, and also it has been a very dry season here so far, so the water table is generally low and the water will be able to subside quicker once the rain stops.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:23 am

Amazing and scary images coming through, I just hope the rains don't continue on too long or there is not more heavy rain following on top of the already high levels, then the damage is always that much worse.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Bennievis » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:38 am

Over 300mm measured at Kapama near Hoedspruit and still raining :shock:
Phalaborwa between 155mm and 180mm. Selati River (feeding the Olifants) in flood.

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Safari Gal » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:40 am

We measured 230mm in White River this morning. Guage was actually overflowing so probably more than that, and it is still pouring here! Very worrying - very similar to the type of rain we had in the floods in 2000
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:46 am

Lesego I'm gonna paste the info here :thumbs_up:

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Communications 18th January 2011


Following heavy rains encountered in and around the Kruger area, this is an urgent warning. The following areas have been affected:

The entrance gates and roads listed below have been closed until further notice:

Entrance Gates:

Crocodile Bridge
Giriyondo Border post

The road between Letaba and Satara is not accessible. Guests wishing to travel to Olifants and Letaba can only do that from Phalaborwa Gate. All gravel roads and low level bridges must be avoided.

Currently, the following facilities are closed:

Biyamiti Bush Camp
Shimuwini Bush Camp
Talamati Bush Camp
Tshokwane Picnic site

The Tinga Private Lodge is currently being evacuated and guests that were on the Sweni Wilderness Trail have already been evacuated. The National Parks helicopter is currently being used for evacuations where necessary.

Further updates will follow.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby ecojunkie » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:57 am

DrPhil wrote:This might be the wrong time to look at positives but, this could flush the rivers of pollution and viruses. Just thinking about the virus killing the crocs in the Olifants river.

Natures way of cleaning up and getting rid of some unwanted stuff in the rivers.


Or could make it worse! The river cannot flush out properly because of the dam wall, and so anything washed that far just ends up polluting the area - the reason for the problem in the first place.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:23 pm

See below ... official rainfall figures for 24 hrs ending 8 a.m. today from SA Weather .
Hoedspruit - 269 mm !!!

Daily Rainfall over South Africa to the nearest mm
Preliminary 24-hour
rainfall data ending at
08:00 on the 2012-01-18
Rainfall in
whole mm
GAUTENG
MPUMALANGA
BELFAST 19
BETHAL 01
ERMELO WO 12
KRUGER MPUMALANGA INT. AIR. 100
MACHADODORP AWS 06
MIDDELBURG - TNK ARS 02
NELSPRUIT 78
SKUKUZA 120
WITBANK 03
LIMPOPO PROVINCE
HAENERTSBURG ARS 75
HOEDSPRUIT 269
LEVUBU 54
MARA 10
MARKEN 01
MOKOPANE 02
PHALABORWA AIRPORT AWS 117
POLOKWANE WO 06
PUNDA MARIA 14
ROODEWAL BOS ARS 31
THOHOYANDOU WO 55

http://metzone.weathersa.co.za/images/P ... ly_rai.pdf
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