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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby bondm » Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:09 pm

Thanks Leigh for the info on Mlondozi Dam. I will post some pics before the rains hopefully tomorrow.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby avon vosloo » Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:55 pm

Joep, you are welcome to use any of my photos - I will post some more in my TR linked above

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Leigh Eggers » Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:27 pm

Thanks Dupacc! Glad you are enjoying it. It was an awesome trip.

My next post is up - the road from Satara to Orpen http://aboutthebush.com

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Leigh Eggers » Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:39 pm

hoyle wrote:Hi Leigh - just curious, did you manage to visit Sweni? It has been looking so dry and miserable these last couple of years and can be so beautiful. Thanks again for your blog, very interesting and enjoy the rest of your time.


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Sorry just saw this comment now. I didn't get to Sweni but am sure it is full of water as that area was hit hard. The nearby picnic site is still closed.

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby bondm » Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:29 pm

Excellent blog Leigh. Read it from start to finish and was happy to see all the waterholes filled again. I did the full length of the park in Nov/Dec and most of the dams were very low. I know heavy rain like this does do a lot of damage but it also clears a lot of the debris away. I see the island on the bend in the Olifants river (view from the camp) has disappered again after re-establishing itself after 2000. I was amazed at the damage to the hig bridge, which is normally some 10 metres above the river. After the floods of 2000 the saying in the camps was - 'It all went to Mozambique'. Well done and I look forward to your next installment. Just to take peoples minds off the floods here are a few pics of Mlondozi dam in mid December when the park was crying out for rain, but probably not in the amount that arrived. Bond M (UK)
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Unread postby Joep Stevens » Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:42 pm

Dear All,

Herewith three pics of the aftermath of the 18 January 2012 flood.


Sabie River high level bridge showing damage to railings



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Tshokwane kitchen showing compressor ripped off its mountings



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Tshokwane ablution showing water level at peak



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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:53 pm

Thanks for sharing those Joep. The water level at Tshokwane is amazing.

The loo paper survived :shock:
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Stark » Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:37 pm

Rough and rough stuff, that loo paper. :)
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Pumbaa » Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:52 pm

Thanks for the pictures, bondm and Joep,

I will be at Mlondozi shortly and will post a picture of the water level now there after our return :thumbs_up:

The water level at Tshokwane must have been incredible - I think after seeing these everybody will understand now the incredible damage there a bit better :shock:

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby vanniewp » Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:07 pm

:gflower: Thanks for all the info in your blog Leigh, great reading and great pictures. The info about Balule is very heartening. I really hope the campsites will be open by May as we are booked there.

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby yoda » Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:01 am

When I was in Kruger in March 2010 I was most disappointed that there was major construction going on along the Olifants River, the S90 & S91. I started a thread in the Indaba section but it appears to have been deleted.

I was told that the purpose of the wier was to build some sort of monitoring system that would serve as a warning system if a flood should occur and would allow the authorities to be able to monitor the river level etc.

How effective was this in light of the recent floods?

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:10 am

yoda wrote:When I was in Kruger in March 2010 I was most disappointed that there was major construction going on along the Olifants River, the S90 & S91. I started a thread in the Indaba section but it appears to have been deleted.

Yoda, is this the topic you are referring to? Balule weir
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Lesego » Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:05 pm

Hello Everyone :)

Latest on KNP Flood Update on 10 February 2012.

Causeway at Delaporte Waterhole has been repaired and no gates are closed. Guests are kindly urged to use water sparingly as camps/ gates and picnic spots in many areas operate on emergency pumps and boreholes with limited capacity.

Read here for the full update
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:43 am

Drove from Skukuza to Malelane this morning - nice to see De la Porte causeway open again. Still a little damage to be repaired, but the road is fine.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby adw » Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:59 pm

I am busy with my trip report when I was staying at Satara and some forumites have asked me to submit some of my photos to this thread.
I was the second tourist vehicle to travel on the H1-3 after the night after the floods.
Here is Kumana Dam which I estimated to be a km long.
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And the middle of the dam where you might recognise the trees.
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In this pic the Nwaswisontso had burst its banks.
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The road to Tshokwane was closed.
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