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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:00 pm 
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When will Shingwedzi be open again? Where can I see the most detailed images of flooded Shingwedzi camp?

On a regular basis I'm visiting Shingwedzi since 30 years. I love the camp an its surroundings a lot.


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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Bushbuck - Shingwedzi is closed until probably end of the year.
For photos go to the beginning of this topic .

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:52 pm 
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Good day

We are planning a trip to Kruger later in the year and was hoping to stay at Balule. Is there perhaps any indication of when it will be open again?

Thank you :D


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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Dear Kallie,

Damage at Balule was limited to water supply and it is expected that the camp will open by the end of February 2013. With kind regards. Joep

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Is there any indication of how long it is expected to take to restore road communications across the Shingwedzi River?

Johan


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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:28 pm 
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Dear JohanRebel,

Temporary repairs have been made to Shingwedzi and Nkulumbeni bridges and guests are therefore able to travel between Punda Maria and Letaba.

With kind regards.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:37 pm 
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Hi all,
We will visiting KNP for the first time in May ( first time South Africa :D ). Our booking for Shingwedzi is already canceled and we have booked Mopani instead. The following 3nights we have a booking for Pafuri Camp !? Can anybody tell, if Pafuri will reopen until May ? I emailed to Wilderness a week ago, but have no answer yet. Is The Outpost an alternative, or was it badly damaged as well ? Is it even possible to travel the north ? Our plan is leaving the park via Pafuri Gate to go to Mapungubwe. Perhaps we should rearrange our tour ?
Trank you very much, greetings from Cologne/ Germany
Nane


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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Welcome to the forum Nane42 :clap:

As you will have gathered the north of the park was badly affected in the recent floods and the news in is that Pafuri camp is also closed for the year.
My feelings would be to maybe make alternative bookings at this stage and should repairs progress ahead of schedule you could always go back and rebook your original ones.
Good luck.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:57 pm 
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Hi Elsa,
thanks for your fast reply and your warm welcome.
Yes, i think that will be the best; its a shame because the northern KNP was my favorite...
But I think that it will probably not our last journey to SA ... :wink:
Our best wishes for the people suffering from the flood.
Nane


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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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http://metzone.weathersa.co.za/images/P ... th_rai.pdf

January rainfall - extremely high rainfall figures particularly for Graskop , Haenertsburg , Tzaneen , Thohoyandou - which probably caused the flash flooding in KNP .

MPUMALANGA
BELFAST 192
GRASKOP AWS 524
KRUGER MPUMALANGA INT. AIR. 264
NELSPRUIT 245
SKUKUZA 272

LIMPOPO PROVINCE
ALLDAYS HALY ARS 265
GRAVELOTTE ARS 294
HAENERTSBURG ARS 393
HANS MERENSKY N.S 358
HOEDSPRUIT 196
MARA 262
POLOKWANE WO 158
PUNDA MARIA 363
THOHOYANDOU WO 703
TZANEEN-WESTFALIA ESTATE 549

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Wow, those rainfall figures are truly staggering! :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Txs Ndloti
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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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From this link:

More updates on the road openings in KNP

I read this:
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All gravel roads are closed except, S3 (Numbi Gate to Phabeni Gate), S23 (Biyamiti Loop), S25, S26 (Bume Road), S112, S113, S139, S114 (south of Biyamiti Weir).


I assume that the "closed" should read "opened" instead.

Just to confirm. We are in Croc Bridge on Friday. Is the S25 still closed?

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Must be a typo.. :lol:

I can think the S25 must still be closed, it runs so close to the river, I am sure it took a beating.


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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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And also I see the
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S3 (Numbi Gate to Phabeni Gate)
is also still closed. But The S3 is running from Phabeni gate to Paul Kruger gate. So the question is, is the S3 closed? Or is the S1(Numbi Gate to Phabeni Gate) road closed?

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