The good news just in from across the province is that apart from the snow and rain experienced in the Maluti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site and the midlands over the weekend of 23, 24 July, many other Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife protected areas are reporting good soaking rains.
Almost the entire KZN Drakensberg, and well into Lesotho, is still blanketed in snow. In the Hluhluwe section of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (HiP) which had 40mm of rain, rivers and streams are flowing strongly and that part of the Park is greening up well already, while pans and water holes throughout the Park are full once more.
The uMfolozi River is also flowing strongly and this is having an excellent effect on the St Lucia estuary. The Hluhluwe River, particularly, is of note in that it carries water into the upper parts of Lake St Lucia, which is also beginning to fill.
The iSimangaliso Wetland Authority reports that the level of the lake has begun to rise, and that the Park, South Africa’s first natural World Heritage Site, is also greening up wonderfully. Both the Eastern and Western Shores sections have had excellent rains and staff there report that most of the pans are full. Apparently the frog choruses have to be heard to be believed! Good rain has fallen in the Mkhuze Game Reserve as well, and the drought there is considered to be broken. The Mkhuze River, another feeder of Lake St Lucia, is also flowing strongly, which bodes well for the Nsumo Pan in the game reserve, and for Lake St Lucia.