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Tropical storm Dineo - should I book/updates here

Unread post by stephan groen » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:04 am

One of my dreams is to see some of the big rivers (Letaba, Shingwedzi, Olifants) flowing from side to side.

I see that the storm is expected to hit Limpopo around Friday. The soonest I can be in the Park is Sat midday. Do you think the rivers would still be high?
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Re: Tropical storm Dineo - should I book

Unread post by Rooies » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:13 am

The storm has intensified to a cyclone with winds of about 120km/h but its path is uncertain. It may hit the north-eastern part of Kruger if it stays on its present course.

But what the heck, cyclone or no cyclone, Kruger will always produce some magic.
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Re: Tropical storm Dineo - should I book

Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:27 am

Stephan, a dream of mine too! In March 2013 we did see the Sabie and Olifants come down, it was very impressive. Water is powerful.

My only caution would be if things do get bad, camp flooding for eg, one would not want to add to the strain on the disaster management team in the park, so exercise great caution, don't take risks etc. Take extra water and food with you in your car.
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Re: Tropical storm Dineo - should I book

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:45 am

We arrive in the park on Thursday afternoon, all pre-planned and I guess we should add snorkels and flippers to our cases! :hmz:
We saw the Timbavati come down in flood a couple of years back and it was most impressive but one does need to exercise great caution.
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Re: Tropical storm Dineo - should I book

Unread post by saraf » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:55 am

We once stopped off in Shingwedzi on a trip north, with the river fairly dry.

We went off to stay in Punda Maria for a few days, then to Bateleur and while there we took a drive to Shingwedzi for petrol and some food. While we were gone the river changed completely and we returned to a ranging torrent. I really wish we could have been there to see the river starting to flow but the change was incredible.

Book and go I say.
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Re: Tropical storm Dineo - should I book

Unread post by jaun1 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:34 pm

Well , like you can see below, I'm booked (from a while back). Not what I expected, but Il take it as it comes :whistle:

I'l be in Marloth tomorrow, then B&D Thursday......But what worries me is the drive from B&D to Tamboti Friday and then 2 nights in Tamboti Friday and Saturday night.
gonna wake up all the time to check if the Timbavati river isn't coming up to high...and wash us from our newly renovated tent 40 :cry: :cry: :cry:

I will also keep you guys updated .....if there's power :hmz: ......Packing the gas stove... :hmz: ......... and solar lights ...... :hmz: ........
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Re: Tropical storm Dineo - should I book

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:26 pm

Good luck jaun!
hopefully it will all be :thumbs_up:
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Re: Tropical storm Dineo - should I book

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:54 pm

At this stage it looks like the worst hit areas will be the north of the park...
Maybe Tamboti will be OK...

I am sitting in the drought stricken Cape, wishing my heart out we could experience that rain right now!

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Re: Tropical storm Dineo - should I book

Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:56 pm

Just off the SANParks Kruger Facebook group:

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Re: Tropical storm Dineo - should I book/updates here

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:13 am

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Re: Tropical storm Dineo - should I book/updates here

Unread post by Grantmissy » Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:24 am

May the tropical storm not bring hardship and affect those in the Park in a negative way. Even though that more rain is needed in the Kruger National Park after the long drought. On the radio this morning the presenter said that it is expected that tropical storm Dineo will make landfall on the Mozambican coast this evening.
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Re: Tropical storm Dineo - should I book/updates here

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:22 am

Certainly a big system as seen and also can be monitored on

http://weatherphotos.co.za/
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Re: Tropical storm Dineo - should I book/updates here

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:28 pm

Visitors who are already in the Park have been requested by Mr. William Mabasa, acting head of communications of SANParks, to stay close to the camps on their journeys into the Park so that in case of bad weather they can return quickly.

Visitors who have not yet entered the Park are requested to get into touch with the KNP Emergency Centre which will be operational for enquiries about the Cyclone from tonight.

He said that there is no need to cancel bookings but that a call for an update on the weather in the Park should be made by visitors still on their way.

KNP Emergency Centre: 013 735 4325

See here for article
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Re: Tropical storm Dineo - should I book/updates here

Unread post by Grantmissy » Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:34 pm

Be safe those who will be visiting or who are in the Kruger National Park in the event that the tropical storm affect the Park.
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Re: Tropical storm Dineo - should I book/updates here

Unread post by Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:56 pm

Elsa wrote:Certainly a big system as seen and also can be monitored on

http://weatherphotos.co.za/


It seems to be making landfall in Mozambique currently as can be seen on below link
Strong winds and heavy seas :shock:
https://www.facebook.com/stormreportsaO ... 582266639/
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