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Augrabies Falls predicted to peak 22 - 25 March.....

Unread post by Dreamer » Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:43 am

I would love to see some photos. Anyone been recently, there now, or going soon, please show us a few :pray: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Augrabies Falls predicted to peak 22 - 25 March.....

Unread post by Fotomaljohan » Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:15 pm

Here you are Dreamer!

We drove all the way to Augrabies National Park from Cape Town on Monday morning 24th March to view the current flood peak and arrived in torrential rain at the Park about 4 pm!

It rained throughout the night, but the weather cleared at about mid-day Tuesday and I was able to take these photos of the Falls at 859 cum/s (or 859000 litres per second)!

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There is a possibility that the Orange river can rise even more, because the Vaal Dam is now overflowing also!
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Re: Augrabies Falls predicted to peak 22 - 25 March.....

Unread post by Dreamer » Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:19 pm

Fotomaljohan says:
We drove all the way to Augrabies National Park from Cape Town on Monday morning 24th March to view the current flood peak and arrived in torrential rain at the Park about 4 pm!


I would have loved to have done just that...even in the rain :D

Thank you Fotomaljohan for posting these stunning pics, a beautiful sight. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Augrabies Falls predicted to peak 22 - 25 March.....

Unread post by Robbert » Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:11 pm

Shot this short video on the 24th of March 2014 (my birthday :D )
The Oranje was showing its power while flowing with a estimated 750 m3 per second through the Augrabies Falls. For us, coming from Holland, this was a real bonus!




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Unread post by Robbert » Sat May 03, 2014 11:29 am

And another video shot on the 24th of March 2014 at Oranjekom

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Unread post by hilda » Sat May 03, 2014 4:00 pm

S|tunning! Thanks eos5d! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Augrabies Falls predicted to peak 22 - 25 March.....

Unread post by kite » Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:34 pm

This was 3 years ago!
With rainfall recently, has there been sufficient upstream for increases in water flow at Augrabies Falls?
Waterlevels in photos recently seem low!

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Re: Augrabies Falls predicted to peak 22 - 25 March.....

Unread post by lion queen » Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:47 am

Hi Kite,

The water level of the river here at Upington has not risen much if at all.

At our spot next to the river all the rocks in the river are still visible.
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Re: Augrabies Falls predicted to peak 22 - 25 March.....

Unread post by kite » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:54 am

Sad, that!
I heard that Vaal dam is heading towards 70% full!

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Re: Augrabies Falls predicted to peak 22 - 25 March.....

Unread post by kite » Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:07 pm

Heard on radio that Vaal dam is full to overflowing.
Will that have an impact on the falls?

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Re: Augrabies Falls predicted to peak 22 - 25 March.....

Unread post by Rooies » Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:35 pm

We spoke to a guy from the dept of water affairs a few minutes ago. The Vaal dam is 90.34% full and the Bloemhof stands at 74,34% (compared to 47% on Monday) Inflow into Bloemhof is 1822,2 cubic metres per second. (that is a staggering 1.8 billion litres a second)

So, Augrabies will be the place to visit in a couple of day's times.
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Re: Augrabies Falls predicted to peak 22 - 25 March.....

Unread post by barryels » Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:13 pm

kite wrote:Heard on radio that Vaal dam is full to overflowing.
Will that have an impact on the falls?


Hi Kite,

The Vaal Dam is currently 84,34% full and water released from the Grootdraai Dam near Standerton in Gauteng yesterday because it is 108% full reached the Vaal Dam last night which is the main reason for the Vaal Dam's current water level.

We should also remember that we still have the Bloemhof - and Vaalharts Dams in the Vaal River before it reaches the Orange River that feeds the Augrabies Falls.

From the above it will be daring to say if an overflowing Vaal Dam will impact the falls with two dams that was also quite empty as a result of the drought.

Hope it all make sense :whistle: .
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Re: Augrabies Falls predicted to peak 22 - 25 March.....

Unread post by Rooies » Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:25 pm

The sluices the Bloemhof dam will be tomorrow and people downstream have been warned to remove their belongings to higher ground. The Vaalharts dam is actually a weir which diverts water mainly for agricultural purposes. It has a capacity of 45 million cubic metres (compared to Bloemhof's 1269 million cubic metres) and it will not take long to fill up.

And after Vaaharts, its Augrabies.
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Re: Augrabies Falls predicted to peak 22 - 25 March.....

Unread post by kite » Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:14 pm

Oh my word, that's so exciting! :dance:
Thank you all for your contributions! My knowledge of the dams is not too good.v :roll:
So I need to decide if we should divert to Augrabies on Wednesday 28 Feb or do you think there may still be a good flow (or even better perhaps?), on14 March, when we are booked in, 2 1/2 weeks from now. :doh:
Please keep us posted with updates. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Augrabies Falls predicted to peak 22 - 25 March.....

Unread post by kite » Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:27 pm

How can I find out if Augrabies falls is pumping with water from Vaal dam at the moment?


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