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Latest update on the Kruger National Park flood damage

Date: 25th February 2013

Kruger National Park flood damage update as at 08:00 on 25 February 2013.

Camps Open:

  • Balule  - Access via Balule Causeway still closed. Use S89 & S90.
  • Bateleur 
  • Berg- en- Dal
  • Biyamiti
  • Boulders
  • Crocodile Bridge
  • Letaba
  • Lower Sabie
  • Malelane
  • Maroela
  • Mopani
  • Olifants - Pump infrastructure washed away and on emergency boreholes
  • Orpen
  • Pretoriuskop
  • Punda Maria
  • Roodewal
  • Sable Dam Hide
  • Satara
  • Shipindane Hide
  • Skukuza
  • Tsendze 

Camps Closed:

  • Shimuwini - Flood damage and inaccessible
  • Shingwedzi - Severely flooded - Camp and Day Visitors area out of bounds for public
  • Sirheni - Flood damage
  • Talamati - Flood damage and inaccessible
  • Tamboti - Fence breached and inaccessible

Picnic Spots / Viewpoints:

  • Afsaal - Open
  • Albasini Ruins - Open
  • Babalala - Open
  • Bobbejaan Krans - Open (Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712)
  • Crooks Corner - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible)
  • Eileen Orpen Memorial - Open
  • Gardenia Hide - Open
  • Kanniedood Hide - Closed (Inaccessible)
  • Lake Panic Hide - Open
  • Makhadzi - Closed (Flooded)
  • Masorini - Open
  • Matambeni Hide - Open
  • Mathekeyane - Open
  • Mlondozi - Open
  • Mooiplaas - Open
  • Muzandzeni - Open
  • Nhlanguleni - Closed (Roads closed)
  • Nkuhlu - Open
  • Nkumbe - Open
  • Nthandanyathi Hide - Open
  • Nwamanzi - Open
  • Nwanetsi - Open
  • Nyawutsi Hide - Closed (Roads closed)
  • Olifants River on S44 - Open
  • Orpen Dam - Open (Accessible from H10 only Tshokwane Lower Sabie tar road)
  • Pafuri Picnic Spot - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible)
  • Paul Kruger Tablets - Open
  • Pioneer Hide - Open
  • Rabelais Museum - Open
  • Ratel Pan Hide - Open
  • Redrocks - Open
  • Sable Dam - Open
  • Shibyatsangela - Closed (Roads closed)
  • Shipandani Hide - Open
  • Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial - Open
  • Sweni Hide - Open
  • Timbavati - Open
  • Tshanga - Open
  • Tshokwane - Open (Temporary ablutions provided no other services)

Access Roads Inside the Park:

All tarred roads except the following, are open:

  • H1-1 (Skukuza to Pretoriuskop) breach near Transport Dam (Temporary detour is available).
  • S63(Pafuri Port of Entry Road).
  • H7 (Orpen to Satara) major breach at S24.404923 E31.549712 (S106 to be used as alternative by light vehicles (under 4 tons) only).

All gravel roads open, except:

  • S3 (Albasini Road)
  • S21 (Nwatimhiri Road) 
  • S32 (Orpen Dam Loop)
  • S33 (Vutomi  Road) 
  • S34 (Munywini Road)
  • S36 (Nhlanguleni/ Muzandzeni Road)(H1-2 to S125 closed)
  • S50 (Shawu Road)(Open from south to S143 turnoff) 
  • S52 (Shingwedzi River Road) (only section on southern bank of Shingwedzi River open) 
  • S53 
  • S56 (Mphongolo Road) 
  • S57 (Sirheni Road) 
  • S63 (Luvuvhu Road) (northern riverside section closed) 
  • S64 (Nyala Drive)  
  • S90 (Old Main Road) (Open from south until S89 turnoff – Balule causeway still inaccessible)
  • S114 (Old Malelane Skukuza Road; Open except at the Biyamiti Weir Causeway) 
  • S134 (Shingwedzi Round Road)
  • S135 (Shingwedzi  Causeway Loop) 

Gates Open:

  • Crocodile Bridge
  • Giriyondo - 4x4 vehicles only
  • Kruger
  • Malelane
  • Numbi
  • Orpen Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712 light vehicles only
  • Pafuri
  • Phabeni
  • Phalaborwa
  • Punda Maria 

Gates Closed:

  • Pafuri Port of Entry - Severe flooding

Important Notes:

Please keep in mind that, due to heavy rainfall,  the status of roads can change without notice. Guests are urged to take special caution when travelling in heavy rain and not to cross submerged roads or flooded causeways and bridges.

Guest are hereby notified that opening or travelling on a road that has been closed constitutes an offence and such offenders can be fined.

Guests are kindly urged to use water sparingly as camps/ gates and picnic spots in many areas operate on emergency pumps and boreholes with limited capacity.

Emergency Numbers:

Media enquiries: Reynold Thakhuli 073 373 4999 / Ike Phaahla 083 673 6974

Tourist Enquiries: Lucy Nhlapo 082 908 4753/ lucy.nhlapo@sanparks.org or Joep Stevens 082 802 8093/ joep.stevens@sanparks.org

For changes to bookings: Please contact our Reservations offices on 012 426 9111 or email reservations@sanparks.org or on the web at www.sanparks.org/tourism/reservations

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