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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Tessa G » Sat Jan 16, 2016 4:52 pm

Two months... :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: but if it brings the rain then you just stay right where you are DB :lol: :lol:
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Jan 16, 2016 6:52 pm

I am happy to stay as long as it is needed! And return too :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 hilda » Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:48 am

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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 isinkwe » Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:04 pm

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Re: Rain in Kruger

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 Elsa » Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:58 pm

Good to see that! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by hilda » Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:15 pm

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing RemiE! :clap: :clap:
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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 Graham_5000 » Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:44 pm

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
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Jan 19, 2016 5:07 am

Fabulous news :dance: :dance: :dance:

Thanks for sharing Tessa and Remi.
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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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