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 Post subject: Re: Low level bridge at Balule
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:56 am 
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Friedrich von Hörsten wrote:

On Thursday, our last day there, the contractor filled the "coffer dam" to stop water flowing across the southern end of the bridge. Vehicles started using this road, even the Sanparks bus. So the campers started driving across to Olifants -- 12 km instead of 35 km! What a treat. More options to drive. So we did it and spend the afternoon in Olifants camp, but were back at the bridge by 4:45, within sight of Balule.
Bad news. A Sanparks vehicle was parked diagonally across the road to bar any further crossings! So we suddenly had another 20 km to get back home before dark... which turned into good luck for us, as a caracal lynx (my first ever in Kruger!) crossed the road ahead of us, but there was no time for photos!
After the high level bridge crossing, we got onto our dirt road back to camp, to find an aggressive elephant bull in musth walking towards us and hogging the road... spent about 10 minutes waiting while other cars backed up behind us. Eventually we squeezed past and he charged us, but we got back to camp at exactly 5:30!

Hope you have better luck and that the bridge will now be permanently open to all traffic, even while they are still working on the actual structure on the southern end!


According to Friedrich von Hörsten's above post (relevant extract) on the Balule camp thread, it seems that the contractor has already started??? Doesn't tie up to what Lesego has indicated. Lesego, you sure of the information you have received? Those on the ground, so to speak, tell a completely different story to yours. Still quite a bit of confusion...

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 Post subject: Re: Low level bridge at Balule
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:22 pm 
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I don't think Sanparks want people to use this temporary dirt crossing -- it is meant to cut off the running water. I suppose they will have to do another similar wall lower, then pump out the water before they can start laying concrete in that gap. But the following pics will prove that it was being done on Thursday, 3 July 2014.

What a difference when you can cross the river without going 35 km to Olifants! Also spectacular for viewing elephants at sunset from the bridge! Will have to go back to experience that properly!

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I don't know if this man is the "contractor". I do know that there were huge heaps of gravel etc. on the opposite bank, about 500m from the opposite bank T-junction. The trucks were making a hang of a noise, reversing back and forth across the bridge. Even the big white Sanparks bus used the crossing.

I think they would be making a HUGE mistake (same as with Croc Bridge) if they plan to finish this job in 8 months -- it will just get washed away again! The rainy season starts in November, so they need to finish it within the next four months!

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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I'm planning to visit Balule in November and the access or denial through the low-water bridge makes a major difference in opening up roads for game viewing, especially in the first and last hours of the day. Also, the noise of construction, though obviously necessary, can still impede the enjoyment of the rustic atmosphere. There has been uncertainty as to whether tourist cars may traverse the bridge during construction - there have been reports of people doing this but that this later was dissuaded. What is the official stance on this, please?

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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It would be great if it was finished by the end of the year!!! It's been too long indeed! :dance: :clap:

At least work is now underway! :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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I will be staying at Olifants on the 3rd and 4th of October. I was really hoping that the bridge would be open by then!!!

I was last there in October, two years ago and the bridge was out of commission then. I can't understand why it has taken them so long to repair it. It's very disappointing, as this is such a wonderful spot to view all types of birdlife and game. Not to mention easy access, past Balule, to the surrounding roads in the area.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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The way I understand it, Mauxie, is that, due to unprecedented flood damage twice in a relatively short time period, priority was given to other areas. The Balule bridge is one of my favourite in Kruger and I can barely wait for it to be functional again.

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I don't think SanParks could officially give permission for use of the crossing, for safety reasons, while it is a construction site!


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I did think of that, Kite, and the more I do the more it makes sense. So, we'll just have to wait until completion, I suppose.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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Thanks Dinkybird

Doesn't sound good for me - may have to change booking. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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We have booked Balule for 6 nights end Oct, early Nov and also thought about the bridge not being open yet and how it will impact our stay at Balule. Last time we spent a week at Balule while the bridge was closed, and still enjoyed it immensely. The drive 'around' is long, but there are so many options when staying in the area.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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I will be there from the 30th. September to the 3rd. October, can't wait, and so my interest in the topic is high. I will be in the park till the 12th. October, but will post when I get back.


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Thanks leervis. Will wait for your reply in October. Enjoy your trip.

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 Post subject: Low level bridge at Balule
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Can anyone help. Im trying to find out if the low level bridge near Balule connecting the S90 to S91 over the Olifants River is open. Last I heard it was still closed after the last floods. In going there at the end of September so I need to plan which route to take.
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 Post subject: Re: Low level bridge at Balule
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Hi Nubbs

Here is the latest official info we have.

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