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Media Release: Kruger roads get major facelift

Date: 3rd October 2008

Work has already started on a major upgrade on certain parts of the Kruger National Park’s (KNP) extensive tourist road network which will be completed in 2009.

Work has already started on a major upgrade on certain parts of the Kruger National Park’s (KNP) extensive tourist road network which will be completed in 2009.

“We would like to bring this to the attention of our visitors that although they might experience inconveniences during this time, and for this we apologise but we vow that the end result will be worth it,” said Mr Blake Schraader, the KNP’s head of technical services.

Forming part of the ongoing Infrastructure Development Programme (IDP), this road upgrade will affect 40 kilometres of the approximately 2 500 kilometre-tourist road network in the KNP and will be finished by January 2009.

The roads affected will be the S-3 “Sabie River Road” between Kruger and Phabeni entrance gates, the S-145 access route to Talamati Bush Camp near Orpen Rest Camp and the S-52 access route to Bateleur Bush Camp, Red Rocks and Tshanga Lookout. There is also construction work happening at the Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp/Entrance Gate complex, which should be completed by June 2009.

Visitor's encouraged to heed additional signage

“We know that these routes are very popular with tourists so we have decided to keep them open, in spite of the operation of heavy equipment on these routes. We would therefore ask visitors to take note of the additional signage placed in those locations and the directions from our staff members, who will direct road users accordingly,” concluded Mr Schraader.

Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp and Entrance Gate Complex is in the process of a total upgrade of its facilities. The crossing over the river is being raised and a new gate will be constructed which will include booths. The access route into the park will also bypass the camp. During this construction, the normal operations of this camp and gate complex will continue and visitors will still be able to access the park via Crocodile Bridge throughout the construction phase of the project.

The KNP has a tourist road network of more than 2 500 kilometres. Of this, there are 1 654 kms of gravel roads and 874 kms of tar road.

Issued by:
Raymond Travers, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park, tel: 013 735 4116, cell: 082 908 2677 or e-mail: raymondt@sanparks.org

Enquiries:
William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park, tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: williamm@sanparks.org

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