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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread postby markipooh7 » Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:01 am

Does anyone have any updates on rain in the central and northern park? Cannot wait for a long overdue visit in winter and just don't want my favorite place in the universe to be too dry (and I know winter is pretty dry).
Sounds like the south has gotten more than it needs.

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread postby Tessa G » Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:43 pm

We got back from Kruger on the 10th Jan, after spending the best time ever at Shingwedzi, Letaba and Tamboti. The park had a lot of rain in December, not sure what it has done since the 10th though. It is looking 'like a park' :lol: with everything sooo green and even the Shingwedzi River had water, Red Rocks too.

Have a look at some of the scenic shots on my TR below and it will give you an idea.

Enjoy your' long overdue' trip, I am :mrgreen:
Dec 2016/Jan 2017 - Shingwedzi, Letaba, Olifants, Tamboti, Biyamiti
CURRENT TR: 23 DAYS WITH TESSA & DAVE - FROM HEAD TO TAIL DEC 2015

TR: 11 DAYS BACK HOME IN KRUGER WITH TESSA AND DAVE 2014/2015

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread postby markipooh7 » Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:00 pm

Thanks Tessa. Those are some gorgeous pictures! Your scenic pics are great and those leopard pics. Wow!

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread postby Tessa G » Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:16 pm

Thanks Markipooh7, it was a fantastic trip. :D
Dec 2016/Jan 2017 - Shingwedzi, Letaba, Olifants, Tamboti, Biyamiti
CURRENT TR: 23 DAYS WITH TESSA & DAVE - FROM HEAD TO TAIL DEC 2015

TR: 11 DAYS BACK HOME IN KRUGER WITH TESSA AND DAVE 2014/2015

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread postby tent dweller » Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:18 am

We entered the park on 21 December, through the Phalaborwa gate, it was boiling hot, we stayed at/in Shingwedzi for 2 nights, boy, was it hot??!!!!, we moved on to Letaba where it was even hotter, we watched storm clouds gather for 3 days in a row but nothing would happen, on day 4, we were in the pool at 7am, it was so hot already, we saw storm clouds gathering, they disappeared, only to regroup later, there was a loud of thunder and of course lightening, we were in our safari tent, the wind was blowing and then all of a sudden it started raining, huge drops fell at first then they became smaller and more, it rained for a few hours, it was awesome, the temp in our car dropped by 17 degrees, that was the beginning of the rain, it did rain more during our trip but it was fine, soaking rain, which was always very welcome
PRETORIUSKOP 20 - 21 December 2015
TAMBOTI 22 - 24 December 2015
OLIFANTS 25 - 27 December 2015 (with a view)
LETABA 28 - 31 December 2015
MOPANI 01 - 03 January 2016 (with a view)
PRETORIUSKOP 04 -06 January 2016

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread postby hilda » Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:14 pm

Must have been wonderful with some rain tent dweller! :dance: :dance:
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Kruger sleeps in March 2016
2 - 5: Skukuza
6 - 8: Crocodile Bridge
9 - 11: Lower Sabie
12 - 13: Biyamiti
14: Return home

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread postby tent dweller » Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:47 pm

hilda, the rain was most welcome and we had such amazing sightings while driving around in the rain
PRETORIUSKOP 20 - 21 December 2015
TAMBOTI 22 - 24 December 2015
OLIFANTS 25 - 27 December 2015 (with a view)
LETABA 28 - 31 December 2015
MOPANI 01 - 03 January 2016 (with a view)
PRETORIUSKOP 04 -06 January 2016

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Rain in Kruger

Unread postby shrew » Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:37 am

Hi all

We are going to be in the Kruger Park in a months time (Going North)
I was wondering if anyone knows if there has been rain up north in the last few months or are all the river beds and waterholes dry.

Thank you

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread postby Oumie » Sat Jun 06, 2015 2:43 pm

It is very dry all over. The rivers are are not full...just a small trickle. Some of the water holes are dry. Yet we have seen some of the smaller rivers have some water in. But still a great place to be :D
Satara 17/4/16 - 31/5/16
Lower Sabie 01/6/16 - 27/6/16

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread postby 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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Kruger Rain Watch

Unread postby CarelSnyman » Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:13 pm

Hi there all visitor's to Kruger,

Like all lovers of Kruger we are hoping and praying for good rains to come to our favorite national park.

Please will forum members who are visiting Kruger use this thread to inform those of us who are concerned of any rain in their area of the park.

It would be nice if you can indicate as follows:

1. Date
2. Area or Camp
3. The amount of rain (Little, Mild or Heavy).

Regards.

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Re: Kruger Rain Watch

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:31 pm

Great idea - I also like to keep track of the weather in the park and forecasts.

There is already this thread called "Rain in Kruger" though:

http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=67&t=37564
Kruger National Park, August 2016:

1 night Shimuwini
3 nights Punda Maria
2 nights Mopani
3 nights Talamati
1 night Crocodile Bridge

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread postby Birderalf » Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:35 pm

Any updates as of Jan 2016?
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Big Trip 2016

Jan 24 -26 Skukuza
Jan 26-29 Satara
Jan 29- Feb 1 Shingwedzi
Feb 1-4 Punda Maria
Feb 4-7 Letaba
Fen 7-9 Olifants
Feb 9-11 Skukuza
Feb 11-13 Lower Sabie
Feb 13-15 Berg-En-Dal

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread postby 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.

Hope that this helps.
Dec 2016/Jan 2017 - Shingwedzi, Letaba, Olifants, Tamboti, Biyamiti
CURRENT TR: 23 DAYS WITH TESSA & DAVE - FROM HEAD TO TAIL DEC 2015

TR: 11 DAYS BACK HOME IN KRUGER WITH TESSA AND DAVE 2014/2015

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread postby CarelSnyman » Tue Jan 12, 2016 12:15 pm

Thank you Tessa,

Sad to hear that the center of the park has still not received any rain.

We will be camping at Satara end March 2016 and can only keep hoping and praying that the rains will come.

Regards.


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