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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by wildebeeste » Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:13 pm

Oumie, We spent a month in Kruger - all of May. It was our 8th visit to the Park as we go every May from Australia. We have never seen the Park so dry, yet the vegetation was quite high. We had a huge thunderstorm with an enormous amount of lightning and thunder at Lower Sabie on the night of 10 May 2015. It poured with rain and the waterholes filled up somewhat and the effects of the storm went for quite a way up north. Satara upwards was dry so the rain didn't reach there. Nsemani Dam was very low and Girivana was dry mud although the troughs had water. Mopane was drier than normal but there was decent water in the rivers.

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Unread post by Tessa G » Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:01 pm

We have recently returned from Kruger and spent 23 days going from Punda Maria down to Skukuza/Croc Bridge/Pretoriuskop areas.

The north of the park, Punda/Shingwedzi areas have had reasonable rain and there is a surprising amount of water to be found, namely Klopperfontein Dam up near Punda and in sizeable pools along the river that follows the S56 Mphongolo Loop. Shingwedzi River also has a fair bit of water....sufficient for herds of elephant to have wonderful times swimming and playing.

Once we got further south the Letaba also had a fair amount of water, as did the Olifants, but once into the Central region of Satara down to Tschokwane area, it is terribly dry and barren. Nsemani, Kumane, Gudzani and Mazithi Dams are all completely dry. Many of the artificial waterholes that had been previously closed, due to SANParks conservation measures, have been re-opened and the animals do have water. The predators have of course cottoned on to this and lie in wait for the animals to come and drink.
The worry is the grazing and browsing. Some of the trees have not come into full leaf, and good grasses dont look in abundant supply in certain areas. Having said that the animals are all looking fit and healthy at this stage....well in our opinion anyway.

Down south, Skukuza, Lower Sabie and Croc Bridge, again there is water still to be found in the rivers although some of the bird hides that we visited were dry. Sunset Dam has water, as does Lake Panic.

I have just started my TR, so if you would like to see photos of the Punda area, you are more than welcome to take a look in at the Travel Tales.

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:31 am

Hi Carel

We are in Satara, and there was rain overnight. And out on our drive this morning, there has obviously been more rain in some areas than others. There was a heavy downpour for a bit last night, then some softer rain for a while. In the veld there is an area where the water is even running and laying in pools. I do think it has been a huge amount of rain though.
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Unread post by Tessa G » Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:45 am

Thats fantastic news DB. That sort of rain will make a huge difference to the growth of new grasses for the grazers and hopefully encourage the trees to burst into full leaf. We noticed that on some of the types of trees, in particular the Acacia's, that the leaf growth was very stunted.
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:27 pm

As soon as I can, I will post pics taken today. There was heavy rain this afternoon for about 10km between Orpen and Satara, and in the distance we could see heavy rain about 30km north of Satara. Some areas are battling to recover from fire, but close to Orpen new green shoots are coming through.
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Jan 15, 2016 9:04 pm

We took a drive down S 100 to Sweni hide today, this is what all the water courses look like - dry as a bone. A few small pools in the river along the S100 are left and some water at the birdhide.
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And this pic is of the veld near Orpen, driving towards Satara. Green shoots are coming through ... but most of the grass is brown and dry.
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Jan 16, 2016 7:11 am

Cloudy and cool with a spit and a spot at Satara this morning.
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:27 am

Crested Val wrote:
Graham_5000 wrote:
DinkyBird wrote:Lovely soft rain falling now here at Satara :dance:


Please stay in the park for the next two months, as you obviously have brought rain luck with you!

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I think that you may just be lucky Graham!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Unread post by iLoveMeerkats! » Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:08 am

I am happy to stay as long as it is needed! And return too :lol:


That is great to hear DB...see you in October!!!!!!!!!!! 8)

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by bondm » Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:47 pm

Just returned back home after 8 weeks in SA and 3 weeks in the park in December and looking at the 2" of snow in the garden my thoughts go back to the lovely warm weather we had there.
In over 20 years of visiting the Kruger Park I have never seen it so dry. One of the highlights is to cook breakfast overlooking Mlondozi dam, but what a depressing sight - the dam was completely dry. The water level has been low in December for a number of years, but I have never seen it completely empty.
The extreme south around Pretoriuskop and Crocodile bridge and the extreme north around Pafuri was quite green and Klopperfontein dam had a good level, with herds of several hundred head of buffalo and large groups of elephants visiting the water daily.
The central section from south of Tshokwani up to Punda Maria was complete desolation with only dry grass and the trees struggling to find enough moisture to produce foliage.
Most of the rivers, if not flowing, have large pools so there is plenty of water for the animals to drink, but the problem is lack of rain on the ground, so it is nice to here that Satara is at last getting a few rain showers. It will need a lot more to fill all the dams. Nsemani dam, on the Satara to Orpen road, was completely dry, again which I have never seen, and the hippos had left. Two hippos had taken up residence in the water hole at Orpen camp and there was quite a stand-off when the elephants turned up each evening. A lot a trumpeting and charging around ensued, until the hippos left the waterhole like a couple of polaris missiles being launched.
Some of the migrant birds had arrived but there were a lot which hadn't.
In spite of everything we did have some good sightings. On the first evening we saw a leopard and four Wild Dogs near Pretoriuskop and a few days later a herd of ten Sable by the S36.
I am sure the animals will manage to survive until the rains do eventually come. I sincerely hope so - what is the Kruger Park, or indeed any game park, without the animals.

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by RemiE » Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:47 pm

My sister and her husband are currently in Crocodile Bridge Camp.

They just sent me photos of the river water level that increased drastically since yesterday.
Yesterday it was puddles in places and today the river flows strongly.
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Must have had some good rains further upstream.............
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Unread post by RemiE » Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:21 pm

Crocodile River, Crocodile Bridge 18/01/2016
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Tessa G » Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:24 pm

Dave has just got in and he has a client in Stellenbosch who has said that "a picnic spot near Punda Maria", she wasn't sure of the name, is flooded.
This could be Pafuri or even Babalala, because I think there are streams that run through this area and it is quite flat.
I cant imagine that it is Pafuri :hmz:

Can anyone confirm anything like this?
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by saraf » Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:54 am

Pafuri can get quite badly hit if the river there floods. It was quite a mess after the 2014 floods. Whichever picnic site it is, I hope the attendant and their family are OK.
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Tessa G » Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:59 am

Graham_5000 wrote:Thanks RemiE - wonderful sight! :clap:

Tessa - that is good news, just so long as the picnic spot is not badly flooded! I didn't realise there was more rain up in the far north though? I know there was a cloud burst on Friday? :D

I dont know how accurate this news is Graham_5000 and MM. As I said it came via Dave, via a colleague, via someone else :hmz: That area, to my knowledge, has not had extensive rain, so it may in all probability be a flash flood, as the rivers tend to do sometimes when there is heavy rain in the catchment areas.
Yes let's hope that all is ok and in particular attendant and family. Thanks Saraf.
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