Saturday, November 27, 2010

IMfolozi current conditions

As the flow to the ocean is declining clouds are forming over the ocean. At this rate it seems that the anual allocation of mother natures contribution will waste a way to the ocean.

Very little rain is reported in the catchment area that feed the St. Lucia Lake system and it looks like the wetlands might be able to experience a green drought??? Current conditions is very confusing.

by Petrus Viviers

Monday, November 22, 2010

FW: Eskom Outages Notification

-----Original Message-----
From: info
Sent: 22/11/2010 11:52:16 am
Subject: Eskom Outages Notification

Dear St Lucia Residents,

Kindly note that Eskom has the following electricity outages planned for St Lucia, which may not happen due to rainy weather or any other reason:

22 November 2010 Out from 23 pm to midnight Ref 42333037

23 November 2010 Out from 10am to 2pm Ref 41736163

25 November 2010 Out from 10am to 2pm Ref 41735466

30 November 2010 Out from 7am to 6pm Ref 4304014315

2 December 2010 Out from 7am top 6pm Ref 42231581

You are welcome to phone 08600 37566 customer service centre.

Imelda Du Plessis
Manager - St Lucia Wilds
Self-Catering Holiday Accommodation
Tel/Fax: 035 590 1033

PS: Big Birding Day - 27 November 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Imfolozi current conditions

This photo was taken early Yesturday morning by 16h00 the river was so high in flood I could not cross back over the same low water brige. This type of rain fall will surely have a impact on the long draging dry spell of the past couple of years.

Since it was raining to much by the time I left St Lucia I did not take a photo of the Estuary mouth, but the change in the sediment between mouth and see was not much.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

St Lucia Estuary Mouth Current Conditions

As I took this photo it just started to rain again. It is good news for the wetlands and obviously the town since the holiday season is about to start. We can expect a great Shad run early December and excelent weather over Christmas.

From the sixteenth December people visiting Cape Vidal will have to be up early for only a certain amount of cars are allowed to enter into the park and over this period the limmit is reach soon.

Sadly I cannot report an open mouth in the near future since the sediment between the mouth and the ocean still covers a vast distance but this distance have been reduced a lot. The next two days will play a vital role in the amount of sediment movement.

Only time will tell if we are about to have a breach this year or the next change of season in March next year.

Fishing should be good by Saturday but changing conditions makes predictions very difficult at this time, but I would predict good fishing South of Cape Vidal towards the light house dispite weather conditions for this weekend.

Imfolozi River will be flowing and preveiling wind direction will push the dirty water Northwards towards First Rocks and The Slides.

Tight Lines ...

Imfolozi River current condition

Never stopped flowing since it came in flood. Still muddy and it is all enroute to the ocean at St. Lucia Estuary where it will be deposited on the beaches of The iSimangaliso Wetlands Park.

With all the wtelands systems on the way planed over by Sugar Cane the St Lucia Estuary has no defence against all this sediment. For this reason this water is not channeld into the St Lucia Lake Sytem and are millions of critters suffering due to a water shortage in the Lake.

Hope some good comes from the GEF money that was allocated to The Isimangaliso Wetlands Park.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

St. Lucia Local Kayak Fishing Success Story

Hi Lawrence,


Dankie vir die Lekker kayak surf trials


A friend and I are planning a kayak trip down part of the Mozambican coast. Until we met up with Lawrence from St Lucia Kayak Fishing neither one of us had ever been on a kayak, never mind been out on the ocean. Our surf trials lasted two days. On the first morning, Lawrence briefed us on kayaks, their construction and what we should look out for before purchasing a kayak. Once at the beach, he gave us a quick rundown on the day's surf conditions, and pointed out several structures in the water based on what the surf was doing. A safety briefing followed, including what to do when you come off your kayak.


Next we hit the water and went through several drills, like getting back on your kayak if you come off. Much of the morning was spent getting in and out of the surf, with Lawrence never being too far off to deliver advice and tips. By the time the second morning came around, both my friend and I were fairly proficient in making our way through the waves, reading the conditions and knowing when not to do certain things.


Our two-day training stint with Lawrence from St Lucia Kayak Fishing really exceeded my expectations. His knowledge of the sea, gained from spending a lifetime on the Natal coastline, seemed to never run dry. Aside from sharing his kayak techniques and knowledge, he also gave us a massive amount of info on fishing – what works and what doesn't.


I actually met up with a fairly experienced kayak fisherman the week after our training, and he was pleasantly surprised at how much we learnt in such a short time. From kayaks to reading surf conditions and hooking into a big catch, our two days with Lawrence was worth the drive from Johannesburg.


Francois Delport,