MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER
The rains eased off and then stopped in mid-March, after over two months of constant soaking! By the end of March, I had recorded 580mm in Victoria Falls and 553 in the Chamabonda, though most parts of the country are way above this. The pans and dams in the Parks are looking good, and if we get a wet tail-wag in April to just top them up before the end of the rainy season, it would be great.
The Zambezi River is rising fast, and all indications are for an average/above average flood this year, which will be good for Kariba. The dam report for Zimbabwe issued by Zinwa at the end of March shows all the dams in the country full or nearly full (a situation not known for many long years), except for the big three – Kariba ( which is rising fast), the new TokwiMukorsi Dam, which will be the biggest inland water dam in Zimbabwe (nearly three times the volume of Mutirikwe) is at 68% and rising – it was originally anticipated it would take three years to fill – while Mutirikwe (Kyle) is struggling at 36% – it has a poor catchment and was extremely low at the start of the rainy season. To continue reading the newsletter follow the link .. BT- Mar 2017 newsletter