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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:07 am 
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I really had to search to find what the "Marula Region" actually was. Found maps http://www.sanparks.org/images/parks/kruger/maps/look_out_points.jpg under the Kruger Park Web page (Check under "Travel" and click "Attractions")
The Marula region appears to be demarcated by Skukuza and points east and south.

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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:28 am 
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I see Sanparks has just updated the situation in the park. Its on the main page, don't know how to link it here though. Any clever person out there?
I am sure a lot of people will be watching this closely, with all these long weekends on the way soon, I see the park is just about at capacity for the long weekends, I hope it all clears up and you can all still go and enjoy Krugerparking :D

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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:38 am 
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Here it is, Isinkwe : Kruger National Park heavy rains update :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:23 pm 
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An update on the heavy rains in the Kruger National Park as on 13 March 2014 at 14:00.

Latest update

The closure of the S52 and S56 roads in the Nxanatseni Region.

As a safety precaution it has been decided to close the following facilities:

Talamati Bush camp (closed until Monday, 17 March 2014)
Biyamiti Bush Camp (closed until Monday, 17 March 2014)
Wolhuter Trails Camp (closed until Monday, 24 March 2014)
Boesman Trails Camp (closed until Monday, 24 March 2014)
Olifants Trail Camp (closed until Monday, 24 March 2014)
Nyalaland Fly Camp (closed until Monday, 24 March 2014)
Balule Satellite Camp (closed until Monday, 17 March 2014)
Sirheni Bush Camp (closed until Monday, 17 March 2014)
Bateleur Bush Camp (closed until Monday, 17 March 2014)
Shimuwini Bush Camp (closed until Monday, 17 March 2014)
Berg-en-Dal fence temporarily erected.

Bird Hides

Sable Hide is closed.

Roads and Bridges

Gravel roads in the Marula Region still closed, with the exception of the roads listed below.
H1-1 from Skukuza to Pretoriuskop open
S60 between Punda Maria and Pafuri is open
H14 between Mopani and Phalaborwa open
H1-2 between Skukuza and Tshokwane is open (Sand River low level bridge between Skukuza and Tshokwane is closed).

The following gravel roads have been reopened:

S7
S10
S42
S8
H2-2 (Afsaal - Pretoriuskop)
S11
S28
S107
S130
S137
S39
S36 (from H7 - S145)
S126
S106
S89
S90
S41
S100
S40
S12
S127

The following roads are closed in the Nxanatseni Region:

S52
S56

Gates/Ports of entry:


Crocodile Bridge Gate has been reopened.

Picnic Spots:

Tshokwane Picnic Site is open.
Pafuri Picnic Spot is closed.

H3 from Skukuza - Malelane is now open. The northern part of the park is accessible via H12, high water level bridge.
River Update:

The weather predictions indicate mild rains for the coming few days, however, most rivers have subsided except the Olifants River which is still flowing a bit high.

Please Note:

All main camps are not affected the park is still accessible. For more information call the central reservation on 012 428 9111 or the Emergency number 013 735 4029.

For media enquiries:
Reynold Thakhuli
Acting Head of Communications, SANParks
Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999

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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 4:41 pm 
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Out of interest, why is Sable Hide closed? Has the dam reached the hide or is it an access road issue?
What are the chances it'll be open on Tuesday?

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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 4:58 pm 
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Josh of the Bushveld wrote:
Out of interest, why is Sable Hide closed? Has the dam reached the hide or is it an access road issue?
What are the chances it'll be open on Tuesday?


I saw pictures of the hide being flooded. So I think you will need a winch, snatch rope and 2 land cruisers to get to it. Or one ford...

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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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I suspected as much, thanks!
Got a link for those pics?

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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Thanks Albert those maps are self explanatory.

I am wondering what the situation is in the Tsendze area, we are booked to go camping 29 March to 5 April.

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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:14 am 
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Josh of the Bushveld wrote:
I suspected as much, thanks!
Got a link for those pics?


I received it via the Latest sightings whatsapp group. Think you will find it on their facebook page or maybe twitter. I don't know where to find it now. I don't keep all the pictures I receive.

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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:25 am 
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While anxiety about bookings is understandable, please also understand that nobody can predict what will happen a week or two in advance at the moment. We are having late and unusually heavy rains. So much depends on the weather, how dry/wet it is, and how quickly areas dry out when there is a period of dry weather to allow any repairs or maintenance activities to take place to restore access etc.

SANparks will let you know as soon as they can, and will help you make alternative arrangements if necessary.

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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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An update on the heavy rains in the Kruger National Park as on 14 March 2014 at 07:00.

Latest update

The closure of the S52, S56, S63 and S64 to Thulamela roads in the Nxanatseni Region.
The Nxanatseni Region is currently experiencing heavy rain.

As a safety precaution it has been decided to close the following facilities:

Talamati Bush camp (closed until Monday, 17 March 2014)
Biyamiti Bush Camp (closed until Monday, 17 March 2014)
Wolhuter Trails Camp (closed until Monday, 24 March 2014)
Boesman Trails Camp (closed until Monday, 24 March 2014)
Olifants Trail Camp (closed until Monday, 24 March 2014)
Nyalaland Fly Camp (closed until Monday, 24 March 2014)
Balule Satellite Camp (closed until Monday, 17 March 2014)
Sirheni Bush Camp (closed until Monday, 17 March 2014)
Bateleur Bush Camp (closed until Monday, 17 March 2014)
Shimuwini Bush Camp (closed until Monday, 17 March 2014)

Bird Hides

Sable Hide is open.

Roads and Bridges

Gravel roads in the Marula Region still closed, with the exception of the roads listed below.
The following gravel roads have been reopened:

S7
S10
S42
S8
H2-2 (Afsaal - Pretoriuskop)
S11
S28
S107
S130
S137
S39
S36 (from H7 - S145)
S126
S106
S89
S90
S41
S100
S40
S12
S127

The following roads are closed in the Nxanatseni Region:

S52
S56
S63
S64 to Thulamela
Gates/Ports of entry:

Crocodile Bridge Gate is open.

Picnic Spots:

Tshokwane Picnic Site is open.
Pafuri Picnic Spot is closed.
Please Note:

All main camps are not affected the park is still accessible. For more information call the central reservation on 012 428 9111 or the Emergency number 013 735 4029.

For media enquiries:
Reynold Thakhuli
Acting Head of Communications, SANParks
Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999

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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:06 am 
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DrPhil wrote:
Josh of the Bushveld wrote:
I suspected as much, thanks!
Got a link for those pics?


I received it via the Latest sightings whatsapp group. Think you will find it on their facebook page or maybe twitter. I don't know where to find it now. I don't keep all the pictures I receive.

Here's the photo:
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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:01 pm 
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Lesego wrote:
Sable Hide is open.

Phew!

I was afraid the hide might have been damaged... and we have a booking to stay there in May. Our first stay in an overnight hide! So glad the hide is ok! :dance: (At least for the moment...)


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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:48 am 
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Is there any update on the situation in the park. I believe there was quite a couple of sunny days towards the end of last week and over the weekend.


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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:50 pm 
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Does anybody know whether most of the bushveld camps opened today as per the heavy rains update on the homepage? This page was last updated on Friday.

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