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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:28 am 
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Hi Bushcraft. I share your frustration somewhat although your predicament is more dire than mine.

I have two nights at Balule and one night at Tamboti in August. I hope Sanparks is not going to wait for the last minute to change bookings. I don’t want to jump the gun and change accommodation now when there is a possibility that both camps could be up and running at full steam by then. It would be nice to know some time frames.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Latest Media Update on KNP Floods: There are serious flood damages at Tshokwane and it has been closed completely. Toilet facilities are closed. Guests may not stop there or alight from vehicles as there are no facilities accessible at all. Arrangements are being made for temporary toilet facilities to be erected.

Read here for the full update.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Bushcraft wrote:
I'm refering to the April and July Holidays, as the park is fully booked, so what's the plan to house all that may have these bookings as part of their trip?


Believe the answer is the newest SANparks update
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3.For Balule and Tamboti, where damage was extensive and reconstruction is expected to take several months, guests with bookings will be contacted in order to change bookings

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Hi there, Has anybody any news on Mlondozi Dam. When I was there in December it was almost dry - just a narrow strip of mud. Talking to someone at the picnic site and they said it had been overflowing in April 2011. We have been many times but never seen the 'water' level so low. Has it dried naturally due to lack of rain?
I presume it is now full again after all the recent rain - much to the relief of the resident hippos, etc. I hadn't realised that there were so many hippos as when the water is high you normally only see a few. BondM


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Hi all - my latest blog post is up on my website - http://aboutthebush.com - looking at the road from Satara to Letaba.

Apparently Tamboti will take at least 4 to 6 months to repair and rebuild as tents 1 to 20 were either destroyed completely or damaged extensively. The luxury tents were all fine. SANParks say they will be in touch with those who have bookings.

I wouldn't change a booking at Satara - all roads around the camp are open and it is looking lovely. It is definitely worth going to this camp - one of the best areas in my opinion.

Mlondozi Dam is full and looking great! I will be posting some pictures on my website in the next few days so keep a lookout there.

My next blog post tomorrow will be on the road from Satara to Orpen


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Rookie2009 wrote:
I've heard that some tents at lower sabie are damaged. We have a reservation for a safari tent LST2 in march - does anybody know if they are affected?

Greetings from bavaria


When I spoke to the reception at Lower Sabie on Monday afternoon, all but one tent had been repaired and reopened. So I'm sure your tent for March will be fine. Enjoy!


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Hi There Lesego

Thank you for the updates and communications.

Any details, or specific feedback about Talamati?

It would be greatly appreciated.

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Txs Leigh
Would love to see the pictures

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Hi Ryan :)

On the media release it says that Skukuza&Talamati are temporarily opened. Here

Are you booked at Talamati Ryan? :)

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Thanks Lesego

Yes, we are, but only for much later in the year. We have been coming to Kruger every year for the last 6 years. Talamati was the first camp we ever stayed in on our first visit. It is our favourite camp, and is very special to us.

Our enquiry was more out of concern for Talamati itself.

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Leigh Eggers wrote:
Hi all - my latest blog post is up on my website - http://aboutthebush.com - looking at the road from Satara to Letaba.


Hi Leigh, what a fantastic blog! Your pictures are superb, with a very clear narration next to it! Will definitely visit again! :D Sadly quite a lot of devastation by the recent floods. :(

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Hi Leigh,

I am addicted to your blog as this is first class pictured information :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: especially for those who are about to be there shortly. Sad to hear that one of our favourite roads (the gravel ones from Olifants to Letaba) are still closed but I am confident that they might be re-open again in about 3 weeks. Once more thanks for this interesting stuff :k

Lesego - What does it mean that Skukuza is only open temporarily??? I already cancelled our stay in Biyamiti but would be desperate if our stay in Skukuza might not be realized as well. :pray:


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Does anyone have any specific information about Balule? Any pictures????

I realise the camp was extensively damaged but are they aiming to get the camping side up and running before they tackle repairing the huts or is the camp going to be closed until everything is fixed up?

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We are booked in at Tamboti from 08 July 2012, what should we do? We have paid our deposit as well as the outstanding balance. Should we wait to hear if Tamboti will be up and running by then or should we try make other arrangements at another camp? :hmz: :hmz:

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Lesego wrote:
Latest Media Update on KNP Floods: There are serious flood damages at Tshokwane and it has been closed completely. Toilet facilities are closed. Guests may not stop there or alight from vehicles as there are no facilities accessible at all. Arrangements are being made for temporary toilet facilities to be erected.

Read here for the full update.

Thanks for all the regular updates, Lesego. Much appreciated :thumbs_up:
As I understand from the above, Tshokwane is closed for now for an uncertain period. I'm a bit confused by the above media release and have the following question:

Is it closed permanently forever meaning no more a picnic site in future to have brunch, buy refreshments ect. or will it be restored in the near future as it was to enjoy.


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