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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:51 pm

So lovely! :clap: :clap:
Pretoriuskop is lush already, will become difficult to see animals in the long grass by March when I get there... lol.
At least they will have enough food!
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by TheRealShamwari » Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:24 am

I see a couple of people have mentioned that Southern Kruger is nice and lush already which is terrific :clap: .

When I was up in Phalaborwa visiting my folks in December, we stayed in Mopani (my favourite camp) and travelled between Letaba and Shingwedzi. The only green vegetation was the good old Mopani trees, there was really minimal and I mean minimal green grass etc.

With the last bit of rain they have had, does anyone know how the bush in the vicinity of Phalaborwa, Letaba and Mopani is currently looking, I am especially curious about the H14 route as well?

Thanks ya'll!
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:53 am

TheRealShamwari wrote:I see a couple of people have mentioned that Southern Kruger is nice and lush already which is terrific :clap:

This is really the very southern area, and to the west. Around Lower Sabie/Croc Bridge, it is very dry and little vegetation. Around Skukuza the same, but from about 10-15km south of Skukuza it suddenly changes and there are natural pools of water, and lovely green grass and trees.
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:49 pm

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Taken right now from outside Mugg&Bean. Kruger is in a grip of a heatwave; yesterday, today and by all accounts, tomorrow too. All creatures are standing motionless in whatever shade they can find.

The Olifants river is running. Not strongly at all, but running. The veld around is bone dry.
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:29 pm

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Olifants an hour ago. A few drops of rain. Thunder in the distance and rain predicted for this evening. Cooler today.
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Graham_5000 » Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:16 pm

There seemed to be quite heavy rain showers on the Orpen cam last night, but not on the Satara cam. Hope you got some at Olifants DB!
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:23 pm

Just a few drops Graham ... overcast today, but I do not think it is going to rain ... but it is cooler. Even had to heat the water a little for my shower!
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by RemiE » Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:26 pm

Omw, it is truly terrible.

DB I saw you only had droplets here and there and the odd threatening cloud....

Graham, I follow the High pressure and Low pressure formation forecast closely and so far the outlook is grim

EJ it is terrifying to know there is non your side either.

Last year January we where amazed by the overly lush and plush greenery all round and decided to go end February this year as it might be even more green. (I love Kruger all green and full of splendor)

Hopefully I can bring some rain from Gauteng and then have tea with EJ at Malelane... in the rain
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by RemiE » Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:51 pm

That is at least a good sign EJ, the rain is creeping closer. We keep an eye on them for different reasons and from the look of it there isn't much looking forward to................the predators might differ on that opinion. However it seems a few scattered showers might double up in two weeks time, not enough to trigger proper grass growth though.
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Graham_5000 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:35 pm

I heard that plants start shutting down leaf production pretty soon, in preparation for winter. By the sound of it, even a cyclone now wouldn't turn things around in terms of foliage?! At least waterways and potential anthrax would be addressed though.

There is a cyclone heading south from Madagascar at the moment - if only it turned west!
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3 nights Punda Maria
2 nights Mopani
3 nights Talamati
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by RemiE » Thu Feb 11, 2016 3:04 pm

Specially for those who might be interested in the probabilities of rain or the lack of it over Kruger

Here is a link, it was published 27 January 2016

Seasonal Climate Watch February to June 2016

http://www.gfcsa.net/SAWS/saws.pdf
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Feb 13, 2016 12:54 pm

Had lovely light rain in the Croc bridge area yesterday morning which was a joy to experience.
Of course it brought out the tortoises in their hundreds onto the road giving new meaning to zigging and zagging. The Impala were all drinking from the puddles.
But by time we reached Skukuza the sun was beating down again and it was hard to believe there had actually been rain a few kilometres down the road.

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:26 pm

Very light rain around in the south of the park this morning, overcast and much cooler than it has been all week
Just wish there could be more rain.

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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by TheRealShamwari » Thu Feb 18, 2016 7:20 am

Just checking the webcams and Satara just had some nice rain, light, but every drop counts :clap:
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Re: Rain in Kruger

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Fri Feb 19, 2016 4:21 pm

We had some at Skukuza overnight and early this morning, and I got back to Malelane camp to see evidence that they had some too.
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