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Re: Leeu Pan

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WildThing, You can go back, birding is awesome again. Also try Gomondwane loop, the marsh is big & the birds are everywhere!!!!

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Re: Mlondozi Dam

Unread post by Mads » Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:31 am

Mlondozi Dam.
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Re: Dams - water levels

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:08 am

Sunset Dam, mid March 2010:
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Wonderful to see the dam so nice and full of water.
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Re: Dams - water levels

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Apr 10, 2010 7:10 pm

Sanpfan, it is really hard to tell at this stage. The rainfall season is until April, and the rains came late this year.

A dam like Sunset Dam will still have water in it for sure, but which other dams will have I cannot say. Some might well dry up.

A good thing about going the time of the year that you are is that the water levels have dropped a fair bit by then and the waders are more easily seen, as are animals at the waterholes.
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Re: Dams - water levels and RIVERS

Unread post by kite » Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:22 pm

Great info on dams. Thanks
I have been wondering which are perennial Rivers.
I think I read on forum that river near Bateleur dry in winter.
How about Shingwedzi river near Shimuwini? :|

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Re: Dams - water levels

Unread post by ndloti » Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:17 am

Seems most of the rivers in the north are dry at the end of winter except those which originate outside the KNP and have dams upstream .
A few rivers in the south which originate in the nearby mountains are perennial .
The Letaba river at Shimuwini has dams upstream from which water is heavily utilised , it often stops flowing but usually retains pools of water . The Shingwedzi near Bateleur originates in a drier area usually stops flowing in the winter unless there is unseasonal rain and also often retains water in pools .
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Re: Dams - water levels

Unread post by Yoda » Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:30 am

I think it is going to be a dry winter this year.

Olifants River 16 April 2004 (Scan of a print)

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And here it is during my last visit.
8 March 2010

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Re: Dams - water levels

Unread post by Sprocky » Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:59 pm

naomi c wrote:Wish I could see Sable Dam so full! :D


Your wish is my command naomi! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Dams - water levels

Unread post by Donny » Thu May 20, 2010 3:01 pm

This is what Gudzani dam - S41 looked at the end of April. Never seen it so full !!

Overall view of dam.

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View to the left :

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View to the right :

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The park was really brimming in green :D
Need to get there soon !!!

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Re: What are your favorite waterholes?

Unread post by normana53 » Wed May 09, 2012 3:55 am

On our last trip to Kruger a couple of years ago, we spent a couple of hours at Mpondo, watching a large herd of ellies as they moved through the area, as they left a lone bull came over the dam and down to the water and proceeded to go swimming, diving completely under water multiple times. he would be completely submerged except the end of his trunk, then he would come to the surface with such force as to almost come out of the water. He played and played for wall over a half hour, then got back out and headed off into the trees. We also saw a large troop of Baboon, Rhino, Waterbuck, Kudu, Impala and lots of birds. Only two other vehicles appeared in the entire time we were there. It just goes to show that timing is everything.

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Re: What are your favorite waterholes?

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Wed May 09, 2012 11:35 am

There is something so enchanting and pleasant about Leeupan.
It is perhaps the lillys and pretty flowers that paint a picture of a little Eden not far off of a busy road!

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Re: Dams - water levels

Unread post by Grantmissy » Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:46 am

According to reports Kruger has received good rains. It would be interesting to hear from those who is visiting or has recently visited Kruger what the water levels of the dams are :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Dams - water levels

Unread post by Kicker Cat » Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:42 pm

Transport Dam is very full - so is the one on the way in from Phabeni (can't remember the name off hand)

There is also lots of surface water and many of the dongas are full - so lets hope for a good summer.

To top it all off we had rain (soft consistant rain) last night - looks like we may even get more tonight.

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Dams in Kruger

Unread post by Grantmissy » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:52 am

In your opinion which of the larger dams in Kruger provides the best opportunities for seeing animals and for photography?
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Re: Dams in Kruger

Unread post by Maargat G » Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:49 pm

Sunset by Lower Sabie without a doubt for me...
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