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Shumba Oct 2nd, 2007 10:10 PM

Southern Africa - be prepared for ealry rains
Hello all,

This is a message for those of you coming for that peak October game viewing. Just to prepare you that the rains are about a month ahead of schedule. Yesterday in Livingstone there was the first serious shower in the evening, with a afternoon cloud build up being common. Today is an overcast green season morning.

For the last week through Zim, Bots and Zambia you have been able to smell the rain in the air and we have had a small dustings of rain......... SA has had lots of rain and storms

It is still warm, but a rain jacket may be advisable. Not to put a damper of peoples trips, but a few heavy falls could see the back pans come into use.

Happy travels

HariS Oct 2nd, 2007 10:15 PM


Paco: If you are reading this, i didn't mean to jinx you ...... i am reffering to my comment the other day about maybe a lack of rains in November. It appears to have started raining.


PacoAhedo Oct 3rd, 2007 08:56 AM

Hello and thanks for the advice Shumba.

We are going to Botswana the first week of November,we will take some rain coats.

Do not worry Hari, surely that though it rains we go away to entertaining very much.
In addition there is no much to do against the meteorology.

Also being positive,if rain comes the wildlife will relieved. Maybe the birthing season begins and we get plenty of action plus great colors and visibility.


Pula Oct 3rd, 2007 09:09 AM

Just returned from 4 days in Kruger and the weather was decidedly iffy. It had been super hot just before our arrival -- 102 degrees -- but a cold front came through and for us the temps were in the low 70's and mostly overcast. The last day was a complete wash-out. The forecast suggests more of same.

cooncat2 Oct 3rd, 2007 10:22 AM

Hmmm... anyone care to hazard a guess for Zambia in early November???

Shumba Oct 3rd, 2007 11:43 AM

Long term forecasts for Bots show that this is simply a passing weather system, though I wouldn't trust that necessarily.

I think that generally by November there will be a fair amount of rain.In terms of the Luangwa, areas may be inaccessable because of the black cotton soil.

cooncat2 Oct 3rd, 2007 12:29 PM

Oy. I have clients who want to go to the Luangwa in early Nov.

HariS Oct 3rd, 2007 06:13 PM

Paco: That's the spirit! Enjoy!!!

HariS Oct 3rd, 2007 08:45 PM

Newsletter from Savuti camp .... appears like the elephants have headed back into the mopane after the rains.

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