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March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread post by alf » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:38 am

Split from January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger.

Now i heard that Limpopo is getting heavy rains. Hopefully this won't cause them to open the gates at Tzaneen dam again. I must visit the park in 17 days time. :?
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Re: Updates/alerts on level of Kruger rivers

Unread post by johanrebel » Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:36 am

Got another 26mm at Johnniesdale overnight. The N'waponi river in front of camp came down in flood at 4 a.m., and is still flowing swiftly. It must have rain a lot more to the south, as the much bigger Nhlaralumi River has risen to a level where you can only just get a proper 4x4 through. The N'waponi flows into the Nhlaralumi, which in turn flows into the Olifants.

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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:16 pm

After 2 very heavy storms in the Orpen area we couldn't believe how much the Timbavati river had risen.
What was just a slow moving stream yesterday had changed overnight into a fast flowing river wall to wall.
Now at Satara and just some thunder about earlier but seems to have gone away for now.
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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread post by MATTHYS » Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:27 pm

And thanks from me too, EJ and Elsa.

More rain @Orpen this evening.
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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread post by Toddy » Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:10 pm

Lots of rain at Talamati last night but away drive up to Orpen this morning. The Timbavati river is a raging torrent though, have never seen it like this. Currently overcast and humid but no rain. Booked into Bitamiti from Saturday which could prove interesting.

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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread post by hilda » Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:12 pm

Picture sent by Lion Queen per mms at 10:56 this morning - Lower Sabie low water bridge - closed.

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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread post by Safari Gal » Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:41 pm

Friends currently at Tamboti have advised that the river is lapping at the fence :big_eyes:
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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:21 pm

Lesego wrote:Roads Closed in Kruger National Park due to Heavy Rain

Due to heavy rains in and around the southern part of Kruger National Park (KNP) several roads have been closed. Guests are advised not to use any gravel roads and to stay on the tar roads.

The Crocodile Bridge Gate is closed due to the flooding of the Crocodile River. Guests are advised to use the alternative route from Lower Sabie to access Crocodile Bridge Camp.

The Wolhuter trail, Bushman trail and the Sweni trail are also all closed due to the rain. Guests booked at these Wilderness trails are advised to contact Hester van den Berg 012 426 5117; hesther.vandenberg@sanparks.org for changes to bookings.

For tourist enquiries please contact Lucy Nhlapo on 082 908 4753 or lucy.nhlapo@sanparks.org.

Important Notes

Guest are hereby notified that opening or travelling on a road that has been closed constitutes an offence and such offenders can be fined. Also please note that it is dangerous to cross low level bridges due to the possibility of being washed away.

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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread post by MATTHYS » Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:56 pm

From lion queen's TR :
lion queen wrote:connection in BnD is not of the best, will try and quickly post some photos of early morning here in BnD!!

Camp Fence is down on a lot of places!! "River" came all the way up into camp infront of out chalet......

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I'm sorry photos are terrible but that was just after 5 this morning!!!


lion queen wrote:Fence down in front of Rhino GH.....

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lion queen wrote:S110 river.........

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lion queen wrote:I don't have time now to check spelling of all the river going north on the H3

First bridge.......

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Second bridge

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lion queen wrote:Lower Sabie bridge 10H27 just before we crossed........

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Lower Sabie bridge 11H03..........

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A very brave buffalo!!

He did make it if you wondered!!!

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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread post by MATTHYS » Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:03 pm

lion queen wrote:Fence in BnD at chalet 82

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And down towards Chalets 70(???)

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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread post by judik » Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:13 am

Staying at Letaba- it poured buckets last night with lots of thunder and lightning. Clear in the morning and much much cooker as it was oppressively hot and humid yesterday
Gravel roads not passable with anything but a 4x4- our car is not car enough to make it.
At Oliphants now- power out, river raging but not raining
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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread post by barryels » Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:29 pm

Here are two photos received from DinkyBird at 14:25, 6 March 2014 that shows the water level of the Sabie River.

The first photo was taken in line with the Sukuza Shop at the river's bank.

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The second photo was captured on the H12 Sabie River crossing.

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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:42 pm

We drove up to Olifants today and were shocked at the level of the Olifants river, raging chocolate brown bank to bank.
We also popped into the Timbavati picnic spot and were equally stunned by the water levels there.
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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread post by Toddy » Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:25 pm

Have finally arrived in Satara after been trapped in Talamati for most of the day. The official word is that guests were airlifted out but alas we ended up driving our own vehicle through Manyeleti and up to Orpen. At least we still have our car and possessions as it we were airlifted we wouldn't. The river came right up the the units porches but had subsidled by 3pm when we finally left. The Timbavati river has also subsided greatly since yesterday.

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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread post by Safari Gal » Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:33 pm

Believe the concrete causeway over the Mlambane on the S25 has been washed away?
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