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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:39 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Dear All,

Having been closely in contact with the Kruger team and having been involved in / effected by the 2000 floods of 7 and 24 February 2000, there are a couple of interesting characteristics of the two disasters:
1. 2000 floods generally far more severe especially the 7 February one which hit the southern portion very hard.
2. I would say that this 18 January 2012 flood was worse than the 24 February 2000 one which hit the north and central areas quite hard.
3. My take on bridge damage and reports is that 2012 flood resulted in higher levels (than possibly ever recorded before) in following rivers:
3.1 Nwaswitsontso (catchment in Manyeleti area west of Orpen) was incredibly high, completely engulfing Tshokwane and reaching higher levels in Talamati than in 2000.
3.2 Timbavati (catchment near Klaserie and theefore) severely affected by deluge that hit Hoedspruit and surroundings and also reached very high levels in the Park, flooding the tar road between Orpen and Satara and engulfing the entire Tamboti Camp (40 tents) which has been extensively damaged.
3.3 Olifants (due to Blyde, Timbavati, Selati and other swollen tributaries) also reached highest levels recorded (in my view in Park history, but stand to be corrected) for the first time ever flooding the high level bridge on the tar road between Satara and Letaba. Extensive damage to Balule.
3.4 Nwaswitshaka (catchment Pretoriuskop and south thereof) also reached higher levels than in 2000 and caused extensive damage to high level bridge on road between Kruger Gate and Skukuza.
3.5 There could be others that I am not aware of and certainly those that come to mind would be Nhlanganini (near Letaba), Sand (south), Biyamiti (south) and others.
4. Rivers that did not reach 2000 flood levels are, Sabie, Crocodile, Letaba and of course those that did not come down in flood in north such as Shingwedzi, Luvhuvhu and Limpopo.

Thanks to all for contributing!

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 Post subject: Lake Panic flood damage??
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Any damage to LP in the recent floods? I am going to Kruger for a week next week and booked a few nights at Skukuza to visit LP for bird photography? Do I have to change my reservation (try??) :doh:

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Thank you for the update sofar Joep. Is there any news on the Sweni river and surroundings?

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Very interesting, thank you Joep.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Joep Stevens wrote:
Dear All,

It is with a level of sadness that I inform you that Balule was quite extensively damaged by the 18 January 2012 flood as the Olifants (to my best knowledge) reached record levels not previously recorded (in history of the park). Even the old historic huts have been damaged with doors washed away. Kitchen and ablutions also damaged extensively and then fence of course. Will require careful thinking and planning to restore to former glory!

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Joep Stevens wrote:
Dear All,

Due to 18 January 2012 floods, Tamboti Tented Camp extensively damaged with about half of the 40 tents with flood damage - yes those views will certainly be different. Somehow sad to me as I was very involved during the planning and construction phase and this was a product we were proud of! I am confident the renewed tents will again be attractive and popular!

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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This is really sad ! :(


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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic flood damage??
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The lower dam was washed away, but the top one where the hide is situated is OK. Some minor damage at the hide. But you will be able to take your photos.

Here is the topic: Lake Panic

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic - Lives up to its name
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Some damage to the walk way.

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic - Lives up to its name
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:big_eyes: That is shocking :cry: :thumbs_up: Imberbe

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Many thanks for the comparison Joep.The power of water . . . .

Very sad that there has been so much damage to Balule and, to a lesser extent, Tamboti. I'm sure that with the expertise we have seen in the past, the rebuilding/refurbishing/repair work will result in equally appreciated accommodation. The views - growth happens no matter what so they may be different but one day they will be lovely again.


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