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 Post subject: Re: New Crocodile Bridge Gate between Kruger and Komatipoort
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:47 pm 
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I drove over the new bridge on 24, 25 and 26 Dec. Despite all the heavy rain the river water level was still below the bridge. The new gate is excellent and staff were very friendly and helpful :clap: :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: New Crocodile Bridge Gate between Kruger and Komatipoort
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:07 pm 
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Hi Catman, also drove over the bridge on the 7th at about 5pm, water was starting to splash onto the
bridge in places, but no flooding! Took some great pics.
Last year however was a different story...


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 Post subject: Re: CROCODILE BRIDGE
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 6:30 am 
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Welcome and beware of addiction!

A bit more reading and you would have had your mind set at rest...... Crocodile Bridge now has a new bridge and is not affected by the river rising. The gate remains open.

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 Post subject: Re: CROCODILE BRIDGE
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 7:30 am 
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As said before, no need to change. We were there last week, and although the river was high, the water was no where near the level of the new bridge.

We also saw just about everything, except Leopard and Wild Dogs, within 5 kilometers of the camp.

Enjoy your trip.


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 Post subject: Re: CROCODILE BRIDGE
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:57 pm 
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Just spoke to CB. The bridge is open at the moment.

The bridge at Lower Sabie was also flooded but is open now.

The dirt roads around CB are closed at the moment.

@ gmilliken

I think you should be OK at Crocodile Bridge. Remember that if the bridge at CB is flooded you can still reach it via Malelane, which has a much much higher clearance bridge. It will mean driving the tar road via Skukuza to reach CB.

The dirt roads tend to get closed for a day or two when there is much rain. But not much more. It is worth your while visiting CB as it is a great area of the park. If you reach there and see that the dirt roads are still closed, you can always move your booking then.

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 Post subject: Re: New Crocodile Bridge Gate between Kruger and Komatipoort
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:46 pm 
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After the heavy rains on the night/morning of 14th/15th Jan all the gravel roads between LS and CB were closed. The bridge was bone dry. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Boom Gate at Croc Bridge
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Elsa wrote:
All working well, no need to go into the camp or even to get out the car any longer.
When we were there last month that is! :wink:


....and when I was there last week :D :tongue: and what a friendly bunch in attendance. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile Bridge entry/exit in February.
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There is a new bridge which is higher than the old one which used to go under flood water.

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile Bridge entry/exit in February.
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:38 pm 
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As everyone above mentioned there is a new bridge and there should t be a problem here is a pick I took in June of the new bridge Enjoy your trip :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile Bridge entry/exit in February.
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Yikes... who would have thought we would have this 30 days after my concerns about CB access to Kruger :o

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile Bridge entry/exit in February.
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:16 pm 
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Elsa wrote:
I would think the new bridge would only be closed in exceptional circumstances of prolonged heavy rains now.

This definitely applies now. :roll: Who would have thought?
However, I haven't heard that the bridge collapsed etc, so, holding thumbs, it should be opened again once the flood waters have subsided. Which would mean that you could maybe use it in February.
Not like in 2000 when they had to rebuild it and it was only reopened much, much later.
If I understand correctly it was built to be able to withstand floods of this nature. Holding thumbs.

Will also be in the park in a week's time and I will monitor the situation closely as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile Bridge entry/exit in February.
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Exceptional is the correct word, sheeeesh....
My buddy (who shall remain nameless) works in Kruger and had a bit of an "experience" today, his wife just sent me this email...

We are having a flood like 2000 again. Bad day this side (my nameless friend) went to work and the Olifants river came down he was in the bush and didn't know the next thing he saw was just water and more water!

He got out of the vehicle just in time the Olifants river took the vehicle (bakkie) down with the stream!

He had to walk 3km`s to the road to get someone to help but a Buffalo charged him asswell!

Luckely he got a tree and could hide. He got the Ranger of the area and they helped him! He couldn't come home goes no wheels and the road was closed and flooded by the river!

I spoke to him a hour back he's save and the Army Helikopter will fly him back tomorrow morning the weather was too bad tonight couldn't fly back!


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Will also be in the park in a week's time and I will monitor the situation closely as well.

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I would really appreciate it you could give us an update when you get back, hope you have an awesome time.


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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile Bridge Bridge / Gate
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A year later now.

I would be interested to know if the 'new' bridge has stood the test of another flood this year.

Would a kind soul please post some pics if you go there soon.

Thanks. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile Bridge Bridge / Gate
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It was still well under water last report, lets hope it has stood the test of time and water again! :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile Bridge Bridge / Gate
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As it happens I know the engineer who designed this new bridge, I can assure you it would stand the test of time IF it was built as designed. It was however designed to withstand a specific size of flood, if I can put it that way, and as such somewhere in the future it will fail again which won't be the engineer's fault. Money dictates to what engineering standard and specification one can design such a bridge. In an ideal world you would rather want a proper bridge there which are designed to withstand a 1 in 50 year flood rather than a low water bridge for example. This new bridge has not let us down yet though :-).


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