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KNP Rainfall 8 - 9 March 2016

Unread post by George_Brits » Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:01 am

'mites!

The Park is receiving widespread rain!

This picture was taken at Orpen Restcamp.

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by George_Brits » Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:08 am

I have seen reports on social media of rain from Pretoriuskop right through to Letaba...

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Grantmissy » Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:01 am

George this is wonderful news about the rain in the Kruger National Park. I do hope the rain is enough to fill the empty dams and let the rivers flow strongly.
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Grantmissy » Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:09 am

Apparently some good rain has fallen in the Kruger and it is still raining in some places :D :dance: :dance: It would be great of someone could post us a photograph to share in this joy. I think the Kruger animals must be very happy.
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Re: KNP Rainfall 8 - 9 March 2016

Unread post by RemiE » Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:29 am

Hi Mites We are currently in Hazyview and its been raining raining heavenly since 08:00 last night. we are quickly going to enter the park to see for ourselves ho much it rained between here and Skukuza and Pretoriuskop. Will report back soonest
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Re: KNP Rainfall 8 - 9 March 2016

Unread post by CarelSnyman » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:14 am

Some good news mites.

We phoned Satara Rest Camp this morning just before 08H00. They had already had 30.5mm rain by then and it was still raining!

Fantastic! :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by RolfB » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:38 am

Buckets of rain at Shimuwini and Mopani.Spruite are flowing☺☺☺!

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Re: KNP Rainfall 8 - 9 March 2016

Unread post by papop » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:39 am

We are curently in Letaba. Good rains started last night. It's now gently still raining.
This morning they have closed all gravel roads around. Were the first on S46 that was very slippery !
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Re: KNP Rainfall 8 - 9 March 2016

Unread post by Tessa G » Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:32 pm

I came out in goosebumps looking at that photo of the rain at Orpen and reading about the rain that has fallen, as well as the wonderful 30.5 at Satara. :dance: :dance:

Yes please Remi, let us know and if possible some photos. :clap: :clap:
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Re: KNP Rainfall 8 - 9 March 2016

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:28 pm

Its truly wonderful to see the pics and read about the wonderful rainfall in the park.
After having just returned yesterday and seeing how desperately dry it was it is absolutely a blessing!
Thanks for posting George! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Porridge » Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:43 pm

I've also heard of quite heavy rain in the Punda and Shing area. The tar road near to Shing close to the Red Rocks turnoff is flooded, according to a friend of mine up there. No pics yet.
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Re: KNP Rainfall 8 - 9 March 2016

Unread post by Graham_5000 » Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:18 pm

Hazel Everitt wrote:Lovely to see the rain! I hope it is wide spread, but also not too much too quickly. Don't want it washing the top soil away so the grass can't grow!


I thought grass growth isn't likely this late in the wet season?
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by RemiE » Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:04 pm

Hi all we had a drive from Numbi via H1-1 to Skukuza down the H4-1 towards H12 and back out at Paul Kruger Gate. All the dams are full, not overflowing but full. All the dirt roads are near impossible to drive on, most are closed, little streams are not flowing but all the bigger rivers are full. In fact we couldn't pass over the Sabie as the bridge was closed (Phabeni bridge is damaged) all in all It seems that the rain that fell saturated the soil adequately enough to help what ever can still grow to grow. From Numbi Gate all the way to Transport Dam is green, green grazing long grasses are abundant and trees are perfectly green. Then from there all the way is dull and not much feed for animals but it at least now are soaking wet. Was such a joy seeing the velt so wet and all the water in the rivers and dams. (and the special leopard sighting :). ). Its been overcast the whole day, maximum temperature was 23 degrees celsius ( serious contrast to yesterdays blazing sunny 43 degrees celsius) and it was drizzling moat of the day. Back in Hazyview it started raining again. So keep praying for more rain.

(Sorry for not posting any of the photos but the files are to large even though I took them with my phone, and I post this message via my phone..........that in itself is technical enough for me)
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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:

Please drive carefully on your return home Remi......or maybe just stay there :lol: :lol: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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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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