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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:20 am

Hopefully this is just the start of the Summer rains which the park needs quite badly.

As DB has said, just be aware of sand roads, but they are usually closed if rain continues and alerts issued.
You can keep an eye on This Topic where we try to keep any problem areas updated.

We were in the park last March when they had intensive rain and storms and it was quite interesting and fascinating to see the park in a different light.
Some times the sightings can be even better as animals come onto the tar roads.

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Tessa G » Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:45 am

I have been keeping an eye on the weather reports, because we are due to enter the Park on Tuesday 30th and as is sometimes the case, the weather stations differ slightly, but from what I can see today, Sunday 28th, and Monday 29th, heavy rain is expected. On Tuesday it appears that it should start clearing and then for the next week we can expect the weather to be fairly good with warm days. I have taken this from a report on the Phalaborwa area, as this is where we are entering the park.

I think DB and Elsa give good advice and we just need to be aware. The rivers should be flowing beautifully, so we should expect to see something different and of course rivers that are usually dry, like Shingwedzi, Timbavati and parts of Letaba should be flowing, so I am looking forward to this :D

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by King_Of_The_Hill » Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:22 pm

Thanks for all of the advice everyone! You've all hit the nail on the head - this is the first time I'm visiting in the wet season. Not knowing what to expect is probably what is causing my anxiety. Anyway, at the same time I am very excited for the holiday. Safe travels Tessa G...
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by yoda » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:56 am

I was at Skukuza on the 26th and it rained really hard while I was on my evening drive.
Headed back to camp as I really couldn't see anything.

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by K-4S » Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:49 am

I was looking on other social media platforms this morning and it seems as if rivers are starting to swell around Skukuza and there was a flooding incident in Hoedspruit.

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Inyati » Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:09 am

Morning All...

My folks have booked a day pass for the Croc bridge gate on the 1st and 3RD Jan... Is the river still ok to cross?
What is the case if the gate is closed, and you have booked a day entry? Do they go to Malalane?

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by bert » Mon Dec 29, 2014 10:15 am

many reports on FB
All rivers are flowing strongly in Kruger
Even Timbavati
But it all seems okay

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by saraf » Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:48 pm

Seems there are some road closures due to causeways flooding. We'll try to monitor the notices as we get them and Dinky Bird has started a topic for the rainy season where we can put any updates that we get.

viewtopic.php?f=67&t=83379

@Inyati, the bridge was rebuilt a few years ago and while there are still closures they are not as frequent as when the bridge was lower. There should be signs on the approach roads to say the gate is closed.

I'll try to find out if the gate quotas are swapped.
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:58 pm

Yes gate quotas get added to Malelane if CB is closed......and total chaos results at the gate! It becomes frantically busy as you can well imagine. Fortunately I think only 2 or 3 days since the new bridge was opened.
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by watershed » Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:07 pm

We have booked 3 weeks in Kruger in Feb/March. I didn't think about it being the rainy season. So we either cancel our trip and go at a later date or we grin and bear it, cross fingers and toes and pretend the rain isn't happening.
I think it is going to be the latter.

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:34 pm

It is a very special experience to be in the park when the rain is happening ...

Watershed, it seems you will miss Cricket@Skukuza over the weekend of 7 March ... that is a pity. Unless you change your booking :P
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by hilda » Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:10 am

Come rain or snow, nothing (weatherwise) will keep me out of the Park if I have a booking watershed! Enjoy your trip! :dance: :dance:
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by AndreaB » Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:53 pm

Got 2 weeks in the park come 12 Feb, it can snow for all I care, I AM COMING Image
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by 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 post by 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:
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