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It has been fascinating to visit KNP over the last several years and to see this cycle in action.
We first visited in 1988 which was at the end of a wet period.
I don't think I have ever seen the park quite like it was then again.

The following several years went through a really bad dry cycle, with many animals being lost to the drought.
I still don't particularly enjoy visiting in the winter -
I much prefer to see the Kruger alive, even if game viewing becomes more difficult.

This dry spell was probably longer than the 7-8 years - but ended at the end of the 1990s - in particular with the amazing events of summer 2000.

We do seem to be entering a dry period again, rather earlier than expected. But then again, weather is changing all over the world.
Who knows what effect that will have on the climate of South Africa; in the UK there are definitely changes very apparent now.

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I agree that lesser vegetation means easier game spotting. Dought is not something strange to Kruger. I think the average rainfall for the Satara area is around 350-400m per year and the animals have adapted over the ages to drought conditions(otherwise they would have moved to the tropics or die out as a species) But no matter whether it is dry or wet, the magic starts when you enter an entrance gate.
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February = summer. Also peak rainfall and heat.

The bush tends to be much thicker in the summer, especially the grasses, which can influence the ease with which you can see animals. But then again the bush is so beautiful at those times. During the winter time the bush is at its driest, and it tends to be easier to see animals.

But you will always see animals, so there is actually no bad time to visit!
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Hi reneinsa,

September to my mind is a tricky month, being early Spring, you can get a mix of seasonal weather.
Especially camping when one is more exposed to the elements so to speak.
I would take lots of warm clothing just in case, rather be safe than sorry.
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Re: Rain in Satara Area

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Is there a new river system arouns Satara?? :D

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Look like a few good mm fell there or dont you guys think so? So glad it rained!!
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Its amazing to see how the landscape changed around Orpen while the webcam was down! As couple of days' rain and there is alot of green!

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Re: Rain in Satara Area

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:big_eyes: :big_eyes: Wow, I cannot believe my eyes! :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

Since it's been so wet, I haven't been on the webcams as much (I suppose the animals are finding water everywhere) - but have you seen how the grass has grown?!?!

:lol: :P 8) :D :) :tongue:

On 5 November:

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The 17th November:

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And today, just T H R E E D A Y S later:

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Lower Sabie area after a good soaking two week ago. I would imagine by now it is lovely and green:
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Olifants area - so lush and one needs to see the green to believe it!! Stunning!
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Olifants River - Nov 2008
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Letaba River - Nov 2008
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Herewith preliminary figures in mm , kindly furnished by Louise Goosen of scientific services in Skukuza, mostly for November (some stations November figures appear to be incomplete)

Berg & Dal 139,6
Bushman Trail 28,4 (Oct)
Houtboschrand 105.8 northern end of S39 close to H1-4
Kingfisherspruit 115,3 near to Orpen
Croc Bridge 6,6 (Oct)
Letaba 125,0
Mahlangeni 60,1 Letaba river enters KNP
Malelane 140,2
Olifants 100,8
Lower Sabie 9,0 (Oct)
Skukuza 160,0
Stolznek 114,9 north of Wolhuter trail
Talamati 86,7
Tshokwane 10,7 (Oct)

Figures older than Oct / no rainfall measured / no figures available :

Shingwedzi 8,0 (unofficial)
Punda 12,0 (unofficial)
Pretoriuskop,Wolhuter trail ,Satara,Olifants trail,Nhlangulene,Nwanedzi,Woodlands
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Shangoni(east of Bateleur),Wenela(Pafuri)
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Here is the rainfall for Malelane for Dec 2008

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Have you guys seen this: WEATHER IN SANPARKS
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Apparently the Southern part of Kruger is very wet. Apparently areas between Skukuza and Tshokwane measured 95 mm yesterday in an hour.

Martie (a guide at Lower Sabie) send me this photos from Lower Sabie. this is the bridge in front of camp!

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I found a very interesting Norwegian website which gives you a weather forecast per hour for any place in the world. Just type in Onder-Sabie or Satara and see what you get. If can be the names of farms and railway sidings to.
http://www.yr.no
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Impossible to make a long term forecast , the rainfall can be very isolated and scattered , any season can produce a fraction of the yearly long term average rainfall .
In fact certain areas , one in mind is an area north of Satara , which had very little rainfall after February with very little grass , whereas not 20 km to the south it was lush and green till recently .
It is known that South Africas weather patterns are unique and likewise rainfall is very difficult to predict .
This is owing to the cold sea current from the antarctica on our western coastline conflicting with the warm sea current originating from the tropics on the eastern coastline .
To complicate this , there is a high altitude central plateau on which the larger part of SA is situated which usually keeps the cold and warm air masses apart , often preventing mixing of the cold and warm air masses and thus also often preventing rainfall , and making rainfall prediction most difficult .
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Very cold in Kruger?!

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Hi,
I saw yesterday on the internet that it is 12 C in Skukuza! Is this true? I have never seen it that cold! :big_eyes:
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