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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Tessa G » Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:29 pm

Thanks so much for the update Remi and if we look at the photos on social media together with your description it must be a heartwarming sight. Lets :pray: for more rain, but not rain that can cause damage to infrastructure. When we crossed over the low water bridge at Phabeni in Jan, it looked like work had just been completed there, so very unfortunate that it is damaged again.

The bridge at DeLaPorte Waterhole was in the process of having maintenance done so we hope that was completed.

So lovely to see the reports of much more rain to come :dance:

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by chirinda » Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:56 pm

:dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

The bridge at Delaporte looked finished and new when I came past on Sunday. Wow, nice to hear that it has rained. It was sooooooooooo hot last week. They've put lots of gabions filled with stones at a lot of the washaway sites where bridges and culverts were damaged in the last few years, hopefully they will help to stop further damage.

Incidentally we've had 40 mm in Joburg this afternoon which is also very welcome here too. :dance:

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Tessa G » Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:33 pm

I am following the progress of the rain on http://www.yr.no if anyone is interested. Fascinating to see it move across the country. This is in an animated sort of graphic display. I am sure those in the know would know what to call it :lol: :lol:
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by RemiE » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:36 pm

TessaG I'm glad to say that I have not witnessed any other damages apart from Phabeni's Bridge or soil washed away. We crossed over a perfectly fine bridge at Delaporte today and all tar roads, bridges and dirt roads we traveled on was perfectly fine. Except for Phabeni bridge that was still yesterday under construction ie placement of gabon walls only. The other dirt roads gets closed as not to allow vehicle tire damage to their surface, whilst they are muddy vehicles can damage the surfaces. They hence have to dry first (a SANParks official told us that today) It was the best end to a perfect holiday for us seeing relief to our beloved Kruger National Park.
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by s2000ap » Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:57 pm

" It was the best end to a perfect holiday for us seeing relief to our beloved Kruger National Park." and the perfect start, a lot of happy campers over the next Month or so at least, hopefully the grass starts sprouting soon. Long term looks like there may be some follow up rain a few Weeks away as well.

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Fanta » Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:13 pm

All I can say is it's been raining on/off the past two days here in the Nelspruit area. We haven't seen rain like this all summer long and I hope everywhere where it's needed it will rain! :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:14 pm

hilda wrote:Apart from the lovely showers at Croc Bridge on Tuesday night and a drizzle most of Wednesday, we had a lot of rain at Lower Sabie area this morning. Sunset Dam is as full as I have never seen it before, the Sabie River is flowing strongly, the veld is full of puddles of water as far as one drives, but guys, we must remember, the animals still don't have food. We've seen a few Warthogs this afternoon that are so thin, they can hardly walk. Hippos are still dying, which is so sad, but that is nature's way of restoring the balance. We saw a baby Hippo this afternoon, all alone in an offspring of the Sabie River, and I suppose it's mom has already died, and it is now his turn. He will not survive much longer. So very, very sad! :cry:

Please keep on praying for relief from this devastating drought! :pray: :pray:


I agree Hilda, a few days of rain does not mean the end of the drought. It will probably take a few wet seasons to restore the balance. We can only pray that the rain this week will make a difference somehow. Even if just a small difference.

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Unread post by PNF » Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:04 am

Have also heard that good rains have fallen in the North - the local grapevine (consisting of pensioners who "live" in KNP for several weeks every year!) has it that 70mm or more has fallen at both Shingwedzi and Punda Maria. Hope this is true and not an exaggeration!
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by DaveNW » Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:11 am

Shingwedzi river yesterday morning, 12 March 2016.

Wonderful! :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Unread post by DaveNW » Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:39 pm

Pioneer Dam at Mopani Camp overflowing yesterday.

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by hilda » Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:10 am

PNF wrote:Hope this is true and not an exaggeration!


Definitely true PNF! DaveNW's pictures are proof of that! Thank you for sharing DaveNW! :clap: :clap:

We were at Crocodile Bridge on 8 March, where lots of rain fell during the night, and the whole of Wednesday the 9th, on our way to Lower Sabie, it was drizzling and raining the whole day. The first sunny day was on Sunday, 13 March. Puddles, some looking like dams, were all over in the veld. Sightings were very quiet, because the animals had water everywhere and need not come to dams and rivers to quench their thirst. :dance: :dance:
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Fanta » Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:00 pm

Just a weather report from Nelspruit. It's cold and raining on/off since late this afternoon. Let's hope this rain settles this dust and brings some more flow to the rivers
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by bushguy » Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:05 am

Hi E Orix . Unfortunately the Kruger is in a summer rainfall area , so very little chance of any rain in winter. As far as I know there has not been any substantial (if any) rain since April. Still worse than normal.

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:20 am

All we can hope and pray for is that the rains come early this year! :pray:

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:36 pm

E Orix wrote:Thank you, it looks like dust and sad conditions in Oct when we visit.


Hi E Orix! :D Although there is a good chance Oct will be very hot and dry, we have found it a very productive month to be in Kruger. Because of the dry conditions most animals hang around waterholes and rivers, making them easier to find. Once it rains, Nov/Dec, the bush is obviously more beautiful. But - the animals have lots of pools of water to drink from in the thick bush, making them difficult to spot. Hopefully you will enjoy your trip in Oct, and who knows - hopefully you may see one or two of our first thunderstorms that often arrive then! :pray:
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