Update on Kruger National Park Flood Notice

 
2012-01-25
Update on Kruger National Park Flood Notice

Media Release: Update on Kruger National Park Flood Notice


Date: 24th January 2012

Following heavy rains encountered in and around the Kruger area.

Kruger Flood update as at 15:30pm 24/01/2012
Camps

Crocodile Bridge

    Camp open and operational. Gate reopened.

Lower Sabie

    Camp open and operational. 6 tents damaged.

Skukuza

    Camp open and operational.

Berg en Dal

    Camp open and operational.

Balule

    Camp closed.

Letaba

    Camp open and operational (swimming pools and day visitors site closed).

Olifants

    Camp open and operational

Talamati

    Camp closed.

Biyamiti

    Camp closed.

Shimuwini

    Camp open and operational.

Satara

    Camp open and operational (Guests to Satara also requested to use electricity sparingly as Eskom supply line at Balule was washed away and camp is operating on standby generator).

Orpen

    Camp operational and open.

Tamboti

    Camp closed - extensively damaged

Maroela

    Camp open and operational.

Sirheni:

    Camp open and operational.

Tsendze Rustic Camp Site:

    Camp open and operational.

Sable Dam

    Hide closed.

Shipindane Hide

    Open.

Roodewal
Camp closed.

All other camps in the north are fine.
Picnic Spots

Tshokwane

    Serious flood damage and closed completely. Toilet facilities also closed.

Nkuhlu

    Open and functional – damage to lower levels.

Letaba Day Visitors Site

    Closed.

Makhadzi

    Closed.

Nhlanguleni

    Closed.

Muzandzeni

    Closed.

Mlondozi

    Closed.

Timbavati

    Closed.

Nwanetsi

    Open.

Afsaal

    Open.

Access roads inside the park

All Tarred roads open except the following:

    T-junction to Olifants at H8 to high level bridge has a section of the road washed away and there is a short gravel detour.
    Olifants River causeway at Balule is still closed.
    Tshokwane to Skukuza is open via H12. Sand River Causeway on H1-2 still closed.
    Tshokwane to Lower Sabie has reopened (causeway over Sabie River below camp has been cleared)
    Skukuza to Malelane is fine (via detour to S114)  (Causeway at Delaporte Waterhole washed away).
    Pretoriuskop to Skukuza – is closed (causeways at Transport Dam and Delaporte Waterhole washed away) alternative route via S3 to Phabeni/ Skukuza road.

All gravel roads south of Letaba Riverclosed except following which have been reopened:

    S37 (Nwanetsi to Tshokwane)
    S41 (Gudzani Road)
    S90 (Balule to Satara –causeway over Olifants still closed)
    S26 (Bumi Road)
    S108 (link between H5 and S26)
    S25 (Crocodile Bridge to S26 turnoff only)
    S82 (Mativuhlungu Loop near Lower Sabie)
    S23 (Biyamiti Loop)
    S3 (Phabeni to Pretoriuskop)
    S28 (Nhlowa Road between Lower Sabie & Crocodile Bridge)
    S27 (Hippo Pool Road near Crocodile Bridge)
    S137 (Duke Road between S130 and S28)
    S130 (Loop on Crocodile Bridge to Lower Sabie Road)
    S114 (Old Malelane to Skukuza gravel road)

Gates that are open

    Crocodile Bridge
    Malelane
    Orpen
    Numbi (to Pretoriuskop and S3 only)
    Phabeni
    Phalaborwa
    Punda Maria
    Pafuri
    Kruger
    Giriyondo Border Post (no water available)

Gates that are closed

    None

Guests are urged to use water sparingly as camps/ gates and picnic spots in many area operate on emergency pumps and boreholes with limited capacity. Guests are Satara also requested to use electricity sparingly as Eskom supply line at Balule was washed away and camp is operating on standby generator.

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Communications 

Emergency Numbers:
Media enquiries:
Reynold Thakhuli 0733734999 / Gabrielle Venter 0826964724  

Tourist Enquiries: Glenn Phillips 083 630 4584 / Joep Stevens 082 802 8093

The South African National Parks would like to take this opportunity to thank all the citizens, guests to the Kruger National Park for their messages of support during the recent floods in the park. Your patience, assistance of other tourists and tolerance did not go unnoticed and it is highly appreciated.

SANParks is busy recovering and repairing the damages caused by the floods and some services might still be down or disrupted during this period. We apologies for inconvenienced that might be experienced and we promise to do everything in power to minimize the disruptions.

Thank you once again and we are looking forward to welcoming you back into our national parks.

 
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