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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:24 am 
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 Post subject: BALULE BRIDGE
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Is the Balule bridge going to be repaired this year? :D

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 Post subject: Re: BALULE BRIDGE
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I am sure that is the plan.
When we saw it last week it was well under water!

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Hi all,

not related to Balule specifically but I heard that they have closed Bangu waterhole. Is this true and if so why have they closed it? Hope someone knows what's the deal


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Yat, I am not sure if the Bangu has been closed but if it has, it might be in line with the closure of waterholes.

You can find a list of them List of Waterholes to be closed Bangu not on the list!

and more on the subject Here with many other links in that Topic.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Hi Yat

I can confirm that the man mad waterhole at Bangu has been closed. Don't forget the natural water source in the form of the Bangu spruit will be flowing in summer, it will still probably have water in considering the amount of rain the area has seen this summer.

Even though it maybe closed, it is still a beautiful place to stop and watch the passing parade.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Thanks everyone,

especially the link to the debate. Going to digest it now so I have a more informed view.


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Hi guys, I am going to do HR duties in Balule over the Easter long weekend.
1. Does anyone have recent photos of the state of repairs of the Balule Causeway at present?
2. What recent issues have guests noticed in the camp over the last month or 2 that need attention or that I might need to prepare for?

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Update on the Balule causeway / low level bridge: I took a look at the causeway this last weekend 20 April 2014 and the route is definitely totally impassable, and will probably be for another year.

Up until December there was active repair work in which the construction folks were building gabions and then laying cement over these at the northern end, and the same had been started at the southern end. However, the February floods washed all of the part-repair work away and even widened the gap between the existing old concrete bridge and the river bank to some 20 metres. Through this gap flows a very strong river current.

Clearly it would be unwise to attempt the same type of repair again, as a solid raised and re-enforced, and properly anchored concrete link would need to be constructed across this gap. At this point there seems to be no work on site and we can only wait for the necessary insurance claims and tenders to be processed.

in the mean time we will all still have to travel the 40 odd kilometres via the Ngotso weir and Olifants bridge to Olifants camp for supplies.

In respect of the Balule Camp: I really MUST compliment the camp caretaker Titus (and his behind-the-scenes support crew) for a really well cared for facility. Ablutions and cooking area / lapa were really clean, no rust on the door-frames, no grime or mildew in the showers, shower curtains that were complete, no broken bathroom hooks etc.

This camp is one of the few remaining facilities in the KNP that reflect the great quality, hygiene and atmosphere of the 'old school" strict park management.

Well done Titus

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Hi Riverrat,

I thought the northern section was fixed before Dec 2012 and that it was just the southern section to complete. Did the original work done by contractor No 1 washed away in Jan 2013. I am sure I saw pics that it was still fine after the summer rains.

If work was done until Dec 2013 then contractor No 2 disappeared and did not complete the work. Now they looking for contractor No 3. I hope SANParks is 3rd time lucky with the new contractor that will fix the bridge. If there is any one that can tender for this job please apply before 29 April so that we can get a bridge soon. :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray:

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KNP-001-13 - Invitation for a suitable service provider for the extension and repair of the Balule low water bridge in the Kruger National Park. Re-advertisement

South African National Parks (SANParks) invites prospective service providers to submit a bid for the extension and repair of the Balule low water bridge in the Kruger National Park. (CIDB Grading: 6 CE PE)

SANParks is a corporate body established in terms of National Environmental Management; Protected Areas Act No 57 of 2003 as amended.

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Invitation to Bid

The bid is issued in accordance with the Preferential Procurement Regulations 2011. SANParks is not obliged to accept the lowest or any bid.

Enquiries
Email & queries to:
Mr Lucky Mahlalela
Email: lucky.mahlalela@sanparks.org
Telephone no: (013) 735 4311

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Compulsory Briefing Session: Balule low level bridge, on the S90 road, Kruger National Park on 17 April 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
The bid documents will only be available at the Supply Chain Management (Procurement) office, Administration Block, Skukuza, as from 7 April 2014. A non-refundable deposit of R500, payable in cash or by bank-guaranteed cheque made out in favour of SANParks, is required on collection of the bid document.
The bid closing date is the 29 April 2014 at 11:00 .
Bid submission address: Supply Chain Management (Procurement) Office, Administrative Block, Skukuza, 1350

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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The Northern end looks complete and pretty satisfactory. But the southern end is a mess.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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I have a booking for 3 nights at Balule at the beginning of October. With the causeway out is it better to enter the park at Orpen and check in at Satara, or should I enter at Phalaborwa and check in at Oliphants? Any advise will be appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Hi Leervis

Definitely Orpen for me, The trip from Olifants to Balule is around 30kms which could be a problem if you are short on time.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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Breaking news.
Work started in building a retaining dam at the damaged section of the bridge.
Hopefully they will allow us to use the wall as a roadway whilst the bridge is being reap aired.


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Satellite Camp
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I love this camp also, it`s my favorite camp togheter with tamboti !
In 7 weeks i been there : hopply the time got quickly .
my trip 2014 .3 n petrioskop, 2 n berg en dal, 1 n Lover sabie, 1 n satara , 2 n balue, 2 n shingwedzi, 2 n, punda marie, 2n letaba, 2 n satara and 2 n tamboti, from 29.8.2014- 19.9.2014
wich all travellers a good time

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