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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:48 am 
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Kruger National Park back to normal after floods

Date: 19th March 2014

The Kruger National Park (KNP), like most of the Mpumalanga Province, experienced a lot of rain in the past two weeks which resulted in the facilities being closed for safety reasons, when rivers started overflowing and dams got filled to capacity.

Acting Head of Communications, Reynold Thakhuli said all facilities that had been closed were now operational, except the S64 road from Punda Maria to Thulamela in the north of the park, the Wolhuter Trails camp and the Boesman Trails camp. “All the bush camps, walking trails, picnic spots and gravel roads are deemed safe enough to be used by our clients. We are happy to be able to welcome them back “said Thakhuli.

The reopened bush camps are Talamati, Biyamiti, Sirheni, Shimuwini, Balule and Bateleur. The trails camps are Olifants and Nyalalaland.

All gravel roads in the KNP have been deemed safe and have also been reopened. All the clients who had cancellations need to reconfirm with our Reservations department on reservations@sanparks.org or 012 428 9111.

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Tel: 012 426 5170

Enquiries:
Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli
SANParks Acting Head of Communication
Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999
Email: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org

Ike Phaahla
Media Specialist, SANParks
Tel: 012 426 5315; Cell: 083 673 6974

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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:52 am 
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JnP - what we saw of the Balule bridge a couple of weeks ago, they still need to repair the damage from a year ago. I daresay with the strong flowing river this is a difficult task, and maybe they will be able to get to it during winter if the river level drops. But I can say for certain that now, the next few weeks, it will not be usable.

Not sure about the weir.

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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:21 pm 
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The Balule low water bridge was damaged in Jan 2012 and after long delays work started too late and was not completed by Dec 2012. No real damaged happened during 2013, but completion was again delayed in 2013 and by now still not completed. The section than needs further repair is about 1/10 of the total bridge.

Also wonder about the Biyamiti weir and S25, because I'll be very surprised if these two bridges were fixed in record time compare to previous records that took more than 8 months. When we visited Biyamiti in Sept 2012 the bridge just opened after the floods in Jan 2012.

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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:22 pm 
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MikeGoss2011 wrote:
Is there any chance of getting an UP TO DATE bulletin on the state of the roads and camp access, particularty to Biyamiti.

To be honest, I am getting a little annoyed at either the total lack of correspondence from SanParks, or the totally wrong information being given out.

Please, SanParks, start considering the paying customers and get the information to us.

Some of us have international flights to consider and do not want or indeed deserve this run around

Mike Goss


Here we are Mike. http://www.sanparks.org/about/news/default.php?id=56048
However, just remember further heavy rains could alter this info again!!!
Have a safe trip. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:05 pm 
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Kruger National Park heavy rains update

Date: 2nd April 2014

An update on the heavy rains in the Kruger National Park as on 24 March 2014 at 09:00.

Latest update

Talamati Bush Camp is open.
Biyamiti Bush Camp is open and can only be accessed via the H2-2 from Afsaal picnic spot.
Wolhuter Trails closed until 29 March 2014.
Boesman Trails closed until 29 March 2014.
Olifants Trail is open.
Nyalaland Fly is open.
Balule Satellite Camp is open.
Sirheni Bush Camp is open.
Bateleur Bush Camp is open.
Shimuwini Bush Camp is open.

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 in the Marula Region:


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
S29
S32
S33
S36
S122
S125
S34
S35
S128
S84
S21
S79
H5
S102
S108
H2-2
S65
S114 (open from H1-1 to S23)
S23
S26
S25 (from H4-2 to S26)
S3 (from H11 to S1)

The following roads are closed in the Nxanatseni Region:

S64 from Punda Maria to Thulamela

Gates/Ports of entry:

Crocodile Bridge Gate is open.

Picnic Spots:

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

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: Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:48 am 
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Have just returned from what was supposed to be 2 nights at Biyamiti and 3 at Lower Sabie. Sunday evening the 30th April on our 2nd night the heavens opened and torrents of rain fell during the night. We watched the Biyamiti River fill with water within a couple of minutes. We were not allowed out of camp at all on the Monday due to the conditions of the roads. It was later established that that there was a breach in the road at one of the drainage lines water was flowing across quite heavily. So we sat and waited and waited and waited. On Tuesday @ about 12 they opened the camp gates and we could drive as far as the Mlambane Bridge which was also under water and been badly damaged. The access bridge near the Talamiti exit is impassable still- repairs have not yet been executed so that road is closed. The roads were very wet and slippery and a challenge in places. We learnt on Tuesday eve that there had been 4 breaches in the road from H2-2 to Biyamiti and that the were working on grading and fixing the roads, so we had to spend another night in camp. By Tuesday eve the guests were getting very angry and frustrated, as well as running out of supplies, and there was very scant information coming through. To make matters worse the camp manager was not at the camp. Surprise and Ezekele did an amazing job of handling everyone's complaints, but they too had very limited info. On Wednesday morning there were a number of guests decided to take matters into their own hands and evacuate via the bridge at Mlambane. So a convoy of about 7/8 cars left crossing at about 11 over a very steep entrance down into a flooded river. News then came to us that work on the drainage line outside camp had begun as well as work on the Mlambane bridge were they were going to execute a temporary repair. We were advised that the drainage line would take most of the day to repair until about 4 by which time it would be too late to go to LS. So we drove to Mlambane bridge at about 2 and watched them make a temporary repair to the bridge and we got over at about 3:30. The weir itself is not damaged, but was impassable due to the sheer volume of water coming over. The road from the H2-2 should be repaired but someone posted on Facebook that the drifts were quiet deep and a bit of a challenge. Mlambane bridge was going to be closed from Thursday so that they could start work on fixing the bridge. The frustrating part was that each day we were told that hopefully by 4 that afternoon we would be able to leave. We had no idea of the progress that had been made on the roads or how far the technical team was from camp. Sanparks should learn to inform their guests. Very exciting time but disappointing service from Sanparks. who knows what would happen in a severe emergency


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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 8:13 pm 
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Gilly Mac,

The S25 is still closed between S114 to S26. You cannot use the S25 to access Biyamiti or Crocodile bridge from Malelane. The Biyamiti weir is open but the small loop towards S139 on the S114 on the left is closed.

S118 still closed, but S121 is opened.

In the north the low water bridge at Balule and Shingwedzi is still closed as well as the S135 toward the low water bridge along the northern bank of the Shingwedzi river.

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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Is the S25 from CB to Malelane open or not?


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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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We were there in May and it was open

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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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All roads in the south were open last week except S118 which they were working on.


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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 6:42 pm 
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What are the surface water levels looking like in the park at the moment. Are the rivers in the south full at the moment, and are there heavy rain falls expected during the month of November?


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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Stickman360 I think its very difficult to predict what the rivers will be like in the weeks or month ahead as they are so dependent on the amount of rainfall at the time.
The start of the rainy season varies from year to year so best to wait and see what happens nearer the time.

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 Post subject: Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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As can be expected after the winter, it is currently very dry in the Park. There is enough water for the animals all over, but the water levels are low. :wink:

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