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From January to March, the Kruger National Park traditionally experiences heavy rainfall and staff at RETURNAfrica’s Pafuri Collection in the far north of the Kruger continually monitor the weather systems and rainfall in the catchment areas, we have come to call this time “Weather Watch”.

RETURN AFRICA weather watch

As we welcomed the month of love, forecasts predicted heavy rainfalls in the second week of February. Our aim is to ensure the safety of our guests and staff, and so we keep a very close eye on all things rain as well as rising water levels of the Luvuvhu River.

The catchment area for the Luvuvhu River is around Thohoyandou, approximately 150km from Pafuri, and this area received over 150mm of rain in a short amount of time. We watched the Luvuvhu River rise to about 2 metres below the banks, well below the raised decks of the Camp. Thankfully, the water level has now subsided to normal levels.

RETURN AFRICA weather watch
RETURN AFRICA weather watch
RETURN AFRICA weather watch

Pafuri Camp and Baobab Hill Bush House are in full swing and the Pafuri Gate is currently open (despite rumours that it may be closed). Our Pafuri Walking Trails only re-open in April.

The heavy rainfall we received is wonderful news. Following months of drought in Makuleke, we welcome the much-needed rain as 75% of the Kruger’s biodiversity lies within the Pafuri region. The pans that form the RAMSAR listed wetland are replenished and the rain will provide plentiful grazing through the dry winter months.

Should you have any questions or concerns please do get in touch with our offices on res@returnafrica.com | 0116461391

Images in article taken on 13 February 2020.

Last image taken by Morgan Trimble on 18 December 2016, showing “normal” water levels.