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Re: Dams - water levels

Unread postby Kicker Cat » Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:42 pm

Transport Dam is very full - so is the one on the way in from Phabeni (can't remember the name off hand)

There is also lots of surface water and many of the dongas are full - so lets hope for a good summer.

To top it all off we had rain (soft consistant rain) last night - looks like we may even get more tonight.


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Re: Dams - water levels

Unread postby ctm7943 » Mon May 04, 2015 10:39 pm

Heading to KNP next week (Pkop/BnD/CB/LS/Sat/Sku) - have read that this past winter has been a relatively dry.
Just wondering if most of the waterholes/dams still have water.

Last Sept was in KNP for just 4 days and was disappointed that Duke's & some others were bone dry.

On this visit, I will have many more days in the park and will be staying at some different camps and visiting areas of the park for the 1st time.
Planning to stop by Mac's & Duke's (again), the waterholes on the H4-2 down by CB (Gomondwane/Mpemane/Gasanftombi)
Renosterpan on my way to BnD & Matjulu while staying there.
Waterholes along the S21 from Nwatimhiri to Renosterkoppies
The waterholes/pans on the H1-2 between Sku & Tshokwane
The waterholes/pans near Satara on the H6 S41 (esp Gudzani) & S100 - definitely will stop by Nsemani Girivan

And of course Sunset/Transport/Shitlave dams

Are there any "don't miss" spots near or on the way to Pkop/BnD/CB/LS/Sat/Sku that I have not listed?

Or any that are listed which are already bone dry?

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Re: Dams - water levels

Unread postby Andy M » Thu May 07, 2015 10:33 am

Hello ctm7943

A number of waterholes have been closed.

Duke is still open (not sure of the water situation though).

Mac's on the S28 is closed, so are N'watimhiri and Nhlotini on the S21.

Gezantfombi Dam is a good spot and usually has some water.

Zambhala, Mpemane and Gomondwane on the H4-2 have been decommissioned.

Buffelsdoring on the S102 is also closed.

Jock near Afsaal and Olifantsdrinkgat (N'watindlopfu) on the H1-2 are two other waterholes that have been closed.

I am not sure about the waterholes on the H6, S41 and S100 as have not been that way for some time.

There are a couple of articles on the web regarding the reasons for the closures.

Google "Kruger Park boreholes closed".

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Re: Dams - water levels

Unread postby ctm7943 » Fri May 08, 2015 2:23 am

Thanks for the reply Andy,
Last year when I visited KNP for the first time, I didn't even know about most of those waterholes/pans etc. and was only in the park for 4 days in Sept 2014.
Next week, I will be back for an extended stay, and want to explore as much as possible. I decided to visit earlier in the year this time (hopefully before everything dries up).

Your info was very helpful,
Thanks Again

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Re: Dams - water levels

Unread postby s2000ap » Sat May 09, 2015 12:53 am

Is 2015 a very dry Year? When we visited Southern area about a Month ago it seemed a whole lot drier than the same time in 2014 and 2013. Most of the dams were lower and would have dropped more over the last Month.
PS: Have the Croc Bridge Cheetahs moved on?

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Re: Dams - water levels

Unread postby Elsa » Sat May 09, 2015 12:02 pm

It has been a much drier summer so water levels will be lower than the past wet years, but all just the natural cycles of nature.

The Cheetahs are still being seen in the CB and S28 areas. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Dams - water levels

Unread postby Crested Val » Sat May 09, 2015 12:27 pm

Elsa wrote:It has been a much drier summer so water levels will be lower than the past wet years, but all just the natural cycles of nature.

Yes Elsa, I remember being told that by a ranger back in 1976!!! :thumbs_up:

Over the years on subsequent visits, we have experienced both droughts and floods!!! :big_eyes:

Hello ctm.wishing you a wonderful trip, full of amimals looking for water!!!! :thumbs_up:
In my beloved South Africa!!!!.

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