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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:10 pm 
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Dear All,

Thanks for all the queries from everybody. The scheduling of the repair projects still has to be finalised, so we are unable to provide a date for reopening. Just a few comments:

1. Tshokwane is extensively damaged and will be repaired but it will be months. I will be recommending a temporary service there in the meantime due to its location. It will be several months before we have Tshokwane restored.
2. At Tamboti the new luxury tents are not seriously damaged and as soon as services, roads and fence can be restored those could be reopened. The 30 budget tents will be replaced or repaired over coming months and my estimate would also be several months.
3. Balule will probably be opened in phases, with camping to be opened first as it has relatively little reconstruction as the ablution is further from the river than the one at the huts.

I hope this will assist until we have more information with dates, once planning has been finalised.

With kind regards.

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Thank you Joep for the feedback! Much appreciated even at this hour of day :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Thanx for the update Joep. A few comments from myself having been there and seeing the damage at all the mentioned places, including the Timbavati picnic spot. I can confirm that there are lots of damage in the area. Even Satara were running on generator power for days after the flooding subsided. It must be a logistical nightmare to sort out all the planning. Well done to Sanparks for repairing the damage to certain dirt roads as quickly as humanly possible, thus allowing us to travel on some of our favorite roads. I will also mention in my TR a few names of staff members that provided nothing less than excellent service to us at Orpen.

I have started our TR over here:-
http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?style=2&f=27&t=59188
where I will post more info in the next couple of days.

By the way Joep, get cracking on putting up a few porta-toilets.......... nah, I'm not going to fess up on a public forum :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Dear Avon,

Many thanks and great pics and account! Would you (and any others) be prepared to share your flood pics with me, as I am putting together a digital archive of this flood as I did with 2000, for future generations. I file them under the name of the contributor and any use will go with recognition of the photographer/ contributor.

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Thank you Joep for the update :thumbs_up: Great to know that Tshokwane will be repaired, even if it takes months. Hopefully the resident monkeys didn't forget how to find their natural food if there are no tourists to feed them :roll:

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Thanks Leigh for the info on Mlondozi Dam. I will post some pics before the rains hopefully tomorrow.
All the best. BondM


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Thanks for the update, Joep. Much appreciated :thumbs_up: .

Hopefully the camping side of Balule will be up and running before we get there in May.

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Joep, you are welcome to use any of my photos - I will post some more in my TR linked above


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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.


Thanks Leigh for a fantastic blog!

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Thanks Dupacc! Glad you are enjoying it. It was an awesome trip.

My next post is up - the road from Satara to Orpen http://aboutthebush.com


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hoyle wrote:
Hi Leigh - just curious, did you manage to visit Sweni? It has been looking so dry and miserable these last couple of years and can be so beautiful. Thanks again for your blog, very interesting and enjoy the rest of your time.


Hi Hoyle
Sorry just saw this comment now. I didn't get to Sweni but am sure it is full of water as that area was hit hard. The nearby picnic site is still closed.


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Excellent blog Leigh. Read it from start to finish and was happy to see all the waterholes filled again. I did the full length of the park in Nov/Dec and most of the dams were very low. I know heavy rain like this does do a lot of damage but it also clears a lot of the debris away. I see the island on the bend in the Olifants river (view from the camp) has disappered again after re-establishing itself after 2000. I was amazed at the damage to the hig bridge, which is normally some 10 metres above the river. After the floods of 2000 the saying in the camps was - 'It all went to Mozambique'. Well done and I look forward to your next installment. Just to take peoples minds off the floods here are a few pics of Mlondozi dam in mid December when the park was crying out for rain, but probably not in the amount that arrived. Bond M (UK)
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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Dear All,

Herewith three pics of the aftermath of the 18 January 2012 flood.


Sabie River high level bridge showing damage to railings



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Tshokwane kitchen showing compressor ripped off its mountings



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Tshokwane ablution showing water level at peak



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Thanks for sharing those Joep. The water level at Tshokwane is amazing.

The loo paper survived :shock:

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Amazing photo's Joep!


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