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Latest update on the Kruger National Park flood damage

Date: 28th May 2013

The latest update on the Kruger National Park flood damage as at 20:00 on 27 May 2013.

Changes to previous update:

  • The Nwamuriwa Road (S32), east of Tshokwane and leading to Orpen Dam viewpoint, has been reopened.

Camps Open:

  • Balule  - Access via Balule Causeway still closed. Use S89 & S90. Reopening planned for December 2013.
  • Bateleur 
  • Berg- en- Dal
  • Biyamiti
  • Boulders
  • Crocodile Bridge
  • Letaba
  • Lower Sabie
  • Malelane
  • Maroela
  • Mopani
  • Olifants 
  • Orpen
  • Pretoriuskop
  • Punda Maria
  • Roodewal
  • Sable Dam Hide
  • Satara
  • Shimuwini
  • Shipindane Hide
  • Skukuza
  • Talamati
  • Tamboti
  • Tsendze 

Camps Closed:

  • Shingwedzi - Camp and Day Visitors area out of bounds for public. Camping, Reception and filling station to be reopened by 15 June 2013, B-circle units (EH3, BD2, BD2Z & BG2) gradually reopened by end of June 2013 and remainder of camp open by 31 August 2013.
  • Sirheni - Severely flooded  - Camp to reopen 1 June 2013.

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 - Open
  • Masorini - Open
  • Matambeni Hide - Open
  • Mathekeyane - Open
  • Mlondozi - Open
  • Mooiplaas - Open
  • Muzandzeni - Open
  • Nhlanguleni - Open
  • 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 - Open (Can only be accessed from Luvuvhu Bridge on western portion of S63 or link road to Border Post tar road. S63 east of Picnic Spot to Crooks Corner remains closed.)
  • 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 

Access Roads Inside the Park:

All tarred roads except the following, are open:

  • H1-1 (Skukuza to Pretoriuskop) breach near Transport Dam (Temporary crossing is available)
  • S63 (Pafuri Port of Entry Road) (Port of Entry flooded and closed).
  • H7 (Orpen to Satara) major breach at S24.404923 E31.549712 (S106 to be used as alternative by light vehicles (under 4 tons) only). Expected to reopen by October 2013.

All gravel roads open, except:

  • S3 (Albasini Road) (Open from S1 to H1-1; closed from H11 to S1)
  • S33 (Vutomi Road) 
  • S34 (Munywini Road)
  • S50 (Shawu Road)(Open from south to S143 turnoff) 
  • S57 (Sirheni Road) 
  • S63 (Luvuvhu Road) (Portion from Luvuvhu Bridge to Pafuri Picnic Spot and link road to Pafuri Border Post tar road open – S63 eastwards and Crooks Corner remain closed)
  • S90 (Old Main Road) (Open from south until S89 turnoff – Balule causeway still inaccessible)
  • S134 (Shingwedzi Round Road)
  • S135 (Shingwedzi  Causeway Loop) 

Gates Open:

  • Crocodile Bridge
  • Giriyondo - 4x4 vehicles only
  • Kruger
  • Malelane
  • Numbi
  • Orpen (Orpen to Satara Road (H7) breached at S24.404923 E31.549712. Alternative available (S106 15 km gravel) light vehicles (under 4 tons) only.) Expected to open by October 2013.
  • Pafuri
  • Phabeni
  • Phalaborwa
  • Punda Maria 

Gates Closed:

  • Pafuri Port of Entry - Severe flooding. Possibly reopened by 30 June 2013

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. 

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

Tourist Enquiries: Michelle van der Merwe 082 601 9354/ michelle.vandermerwe@sanparks.org or Joep Stevens 082 802 8093/ joep.stevens@sanparks.org

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