Woke up to the sound of rain this morning.
Minimum:19ºC Average:23ºC Maximum:26ºC
The water clarity during April was muddy due to the very low water level and very little water flowing in from the river.
The water level has decreased drastically and there are several sandbanks in the river section. The very muddy water in the river did not help the tiger fishing in the beginning of the month however once the mud settled the fishing became better at the entrance of the dam.
Fishing Areas (Best spots):
The best spots during this month were at the entrance of the dam.
1kg Tiger fish.
1.5 kg Tiger fish.
3.5 kg was the largest Tiger fish caught in the first week of April. It was caught on sardines.
Details of fish caught:
Guests where very successful this month using sardines and chicken livers.
Barbel (Catfish) were also caught regularly on sardines, chicken livers and chicken hearts.
Bait of the Month:
Sardines and chicken hearts and livers.
The bait trend for April was mostly sardines as the water clarity was muddy. The weather during April was quite warm which helped to keep the water temperature up and therefore the fishing was good.
Guests can still launch at the new launch site at Nkwazi and they can park trailers and easily access their own boats from this site. If you have larger boats we suggest launching at the KZN launch site.
Congratulations Trevor With your 5kg Tiger Fish.
There is nothing like a Pongola Game Reserve River Cruise. Viewing wildlife from the comfort of a steady boat provides the ideal platform for great pictures.
Pictures by Christian Sperka Photography
The Pongola River was almost completely dried up during the current drought, which already lasts for months. All of us at Pongola Game Reserve were very happy for the slight relief from up-river rains which let the river flow again. Within three minutes the dry river bed filled with fresh, sparkling water!
What a day.
This little female Giraffe posed for a Pongola Game Reserve Safari picture.
Seeing a sunset in the African Wild is always special. But being in the presence of these magnificent creatures makes it unforgettable.
Picture taken during a boat cruise on the Pongola River by Christian Sperka
It looks quite threatening, but it is just a yawn. A Hippo in the Pongola River.
Picture by Christian Sperka Photography
Our notorious Elephant twins are fat and healthy, and being sighted quite regularly. They were seen recently crossing the Pongola River from one side of the reserve to other and were in a playful mood which created a wonderful opportunity to get some beautiful images of them. The level of the river is low at the moment, due to the current drought situation in the Province, and they regularly cross from one side of the reserve to the other.
Picturee by Wim Landman