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March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby alf » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:38 am

Split from January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger.

Now i heard that Limpopo is getting heavy rains. Hopefully this won't cause them to open the gates at Tzaneen dam again. I must visit the park in 17 days time. :?
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby ecojunkie » Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:09 am

Lots of rain about. Roads are closed. Forecast upgraded to more rain right through the week..... Keep an eye on reports.
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Re: Updates/alerts on level of Kruger rivers

Unread postby johanrebel » Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:36 am

Got another 26mm at Johnniesdale overnight. The N'waponi river in front of camp came down in flood at 4 a.m., and is still flowing swiftly. It must have rain a lot more to the south, as the much bigger Nhlaralumi River has risen to a level where you can only just get a proper 4x4 through. The N'waponi flows into the Nhlaralumi, which in turn flows into the Olifants.

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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:16 pm

After 2 very heavy storms in the Orpen area we couldn't believe how much the Timbavati river had risen.
What was just a slow moving stream yesterday had changed overnight into a fast flowing river wall to wall.
Now at Satara and just some thunder about earlier but seems to have gone away for now.
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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby MATTHYS » Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:27 pm

And thanks from me too, EJ and Elsa.

More rain @Orpen this evening.
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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby johanrebel » Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:28 am

MATTHYS wrote:If you are still around/in the area tomorrow, please keep us updated, Johan.
Still around? Hey, I'm stuck, as is everybody else here. Another 46 mm overnight, and the N'waponi is now a raging torrent. I can't imagine even a hardebaard bakkie getting through the Nhlaralumi. Anybody got a kayak?

Still raining lightly, will check the drifts as soon as it gets light. Doubt we will get beyond the first big one.

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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Toddy » Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:10 pm

Lots of rain at Talamati last night but away drive up to Orpen this morning. The Timbavati river is a raging torrent though, have never seen it like this. Currently overcast and humid but no rain. Booked into Bitamiti from Saturday which could prove interesting.

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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby hilda » Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:12 pm

Picture sent by Lion Queen per mms at 10:56 this morning - Lower Sabie low water bridge - closed.

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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Safari Gal » Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:41 pm

Friends currently at Tamboti have advised that the river is lapping at the fence :big_eyes:
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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:21 pm

Lesego wrote:Roads Closed in Kruger National Park due to Heavy Rain

Due to heavy rains in and around the southern part of Kruger National Park (KNP) several roads have been closed. Guests are advised not to use any gravel roads and to stay on the tar roads.

The Crocodile Bridge Gate is closed due to the flooding of the Crocodile River. Guests are advised to use the alternative route from Lower Sabie to access Crocodile Bridge Camp.

The Wolhuter trail, Bushman trail and the Sweni trail are also all closed due to the rain. Guests booked at these Wilderness trails are advised to contact Hester van den Berg 012 426 5117; hesther.vandenberg@sanparks.org for changes to bookings.

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Guest are hereby notified that opening or travelling on a road that has been closed constitutes an offence and such offenders can be fined. Also please note that it is dangerous to cross low level bridges due to the possibility of being washed away.

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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:22 pm

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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby MATTHYS » Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:56 pm

From lion queen's TR :
lion queen wrote:connection in BnD is not of the best, will try and quickly post some photos of early morning here in BnD!!

Camp Fence is down on a lot of places!! "River" came all the way up into camp infront of out chalet......

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I'm sorry photos are terrible but that was just after 5 this morning!!!


lion queen wrote:Fence down in front of Rhino GH.....

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lion queen wrote:S110 river.........

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lion queen wrote:I don't have time now to check spelling of all the river going north on the H3

First bridge.......

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Second bridge

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lion queen wrote:Lower Sabie bridge 10H27 just before we crossed........

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Lower Sabie bridge 11H03..........

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He did make it if you wondered!!!

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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby MATTHYS » Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:03 pm

lion queen wrote:Fence in BnD at chalet 82

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And down towards Chalets 70(???)

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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby judik » Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:13 am

Staying at Letaba- it poured buckets last night with lots of thunder and lightning. Clear in the morning and much much cooker as it was oppressively hot and humid yesterday
Gravel roads not passable with anything but a 4x4- our car is not car enough to make it.
At Oliphants now- power out, river raging but not raining
Not staying here though
Really worried about access to Biyamiti on Sunday with our car
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Re: March 2014 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby saraf » Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:45 am

Today:

http://www.sanparks.org/about/news/default.php?id=56013

An update on the heavy rains in the Kruger National Park as on 6 March 2014.

Roads open as at 10:05

H3 Malelane / Skukuza road open.

Camp Closures:

Talamati Bush Camp (Inaccessible)
Biyamiti Bush Camp (Inaccessible)

Road Closures

All Gravel Roads in the South of the Park
Crocodile Bridge Closed
S60 Road between Punda and Pafuri – tar road can be used
H3 Road between Skukuza and Malelane – enter through Malelane to access Berg-en-Dal
Skukuza is only accessible through Phabeni and Kruger Gate or from the North of the Park
Lower Sabie is accessible through Phabeni and Kruger Gate or from the North of the Park
H1/1 Road between Pretoriuskop and Skukuza Closed. Pretoriuskop only accessible from Numbi Gate.
Talamati low water bridge is flooded.
H14 closed – guests going to Mopnai are advised to use Phalaborwa / Letaba then Mopani
H10 Closed between Lower Sabie and Tshokwane

River Update:

Limpopo river in flood
Letaba river 50% high
Levuvhu river 50% high
Crocodile river in Flood

Damages Affecting Camps/Picnic Sites:

Lower Sabie water pump
Pretoriuskop water pump
Nkuhlu water pump
Croc Bridge Camp Water Pump
Picnic Sites:

A full assessment on picnic sites is being conducted, but up to this far only Nkuhlu Picnic site is cut-off
The main bridge to Skukuza on the H2 Nwa’Tshitsaka water has subsided and vehicles can cross over

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

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