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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Joep Stevens » Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:10 am

Dear Ruud & others,

Shingwedzi Camp has been extensively flooded on the night of 20 January 2013.
From initial assessments at Bateleur, it is apparent that most of the water came from the Mphongololo River catchment.
Initial assessments indicate that repair work will take several months and estimates at this stage indicate the camp might reopen by August or September.
However, this could still change and thus our decision to remove all availability for the remainder of the year. Guests with bookings will be contacted in due course in order to try and find alternatives.
They are welcome however to contact the reservation offices to initiate any changes themselves.

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Lesego » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:44 pm

Kruger National Park (KNP) flood update as at 11:00 on 25 January 2013


The major change since previous update is the opening of Biyamiti Camp and access from both Crocodile Bridge and Malelane side. Access from Skukuza should be via H2-2 at Afsaal as the S114 is closed from Biyamiti Weir northwards. Crocodile Bridge has been inspected for structural integrity and is open for all vehicles.

Camps Open:

Berg- en- Dal, Biyamiti, Crocodile Bridge, Letaba, Lower Sabie , Malelane, Mopani (via Letaba only), Olifants, Orpen, Pretoriuskop, Punda Maria (only accessible from Punda Maria Gate – no internal access from KNP), Satara & Skukuza.
Camps Closed:

Bateleur (flooded & access),Balule (services), Boulders (access), Maroela (access), Roodewal (access), Shimuwini (partially flooded & access), Shingwedzi (major flood damage), Shipindane Hide (access), Sirheni, Sable Dam Hide, Talamati (partially flooded & access), Tamboti (fencing & access) & Tsendze.
Picnic Spots / Viewpoints:

Afsaal - Open
Albasini Ruins - Open
Babalala - Closed (access)
Bobbejaan Krans - Open
Crooks Corner - Closed
Eileen Orpen Memorial - Open
Gardenia Hide - Closed
Kanniedood Hide - Closed
Lake Panic Birdhide - Closed (access)
Makhadzi - Closed (access & flooded)
Masorini - Open
Matambeni Hide - Closed
Mathekeyane - Open
Mlondozi - Open
Mooiplaas - Open
Muzandzeni - Closed (flooded & access)
Nhlanguleni - Closed (access)
Nkuhlu - Open
Nkumbe - Open
Nthandanyathi Hide - Closed
Nwamanzi - Open
Nwanetsi - Open
Nyawutsi Hide - Closed
Olifants River viewpoint on S44 - Closed
Orpen Dam - Closed
Pafuri Picnic Spot - Closed (flooded & access)
Paul Kruger Tablets - Open
Pioneer Hide - Closed
Rabelais Museum - Open
Ratel Pan Hide - Closed
Redrocks - Closed
Sable Dam - Closed
Shibyatsangela - Closed
Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial - Closed
Sweni Hide - Closed
Timbavati - Closed (access)
Tshanga - Closed
Tshokwane - Closed (services)

Access Roads Inside the Park:

All tarred roads except the following, are open:

Skukuza to Pretoriuskop (H1-1) breach at Transport Dam.
Olifants River causeway at Balule is still closed.
Causeways over Sabie and Sand Rivers between Skukuza and Tshokwane (H1-2) still overflowing and closed. Guests to use alternative via H4-1 and H12.
Orpen to Satara (H7) breach over Phelwani River. S106 to be used as alternative.
Shingwedzi Camp and Day Visitor Site is not accessible to the public.
Shingwedzi to Punda Maria/Pafuri (H1-7) (Shingwedzi & Nkulumbeni bridges and water over road in various other areas).
Phalaborwa Gate to Mopani (H14)(Tsendze causeway).
Tshokwane to Lower Sabie has been reopened (causeway over Sabie River below camp has been cleared).
All gravel roads are closed except, S25, S139, S114 (south of Biyamiti Weir).

Gates Open:

Crocodile Bridge
Malelane
Orpen (only Orpen Camp can be accessed – not into the rest of Kruger)
Numbi
Phabeni
Phalaborwa
Punda Maria (only Punda Maria Camp can be accessed – not into the rest of Kruger)
Kruger
Giriyondo Border Post (4x4 vehicles only)

Gates Closed:

Pafuri
Pafuri Border Facility

Important Notes:

Guests are kindly urged to use water sparingly as camps/ gates and picnic spots in many areas operate on emergency pumps and boreholes with limited capacity.
Emergency Numbers:

Media enquiries: Reynold Thakhuli 073 373 4999 / Gabrielle Venter 082 696 4724

Tourist Enquiries: Lucy Nhlapo 082 908 4753/ Joep Stevens 082 802 8093
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby SarahStu » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:12 pm

Just arrived back in UK after our north Kruger holiday adventure.
Our original itinerary was Olifants/Shimuwini/Sirheni/Pafuri….but needless to say it turned into chaos.
We were more intent on getting to our destinations than taking photos, but we’ve uploaded a few of the better ones to here, including a nice panorama of Luvuvhu taken from highest point at The Outpost.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/86919635@N00/sets/72157632608282414/

I hope the moderators won’t mind me mentioning The Outpost…under such exceptional circumstances I hope the normal rules don’t apply.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks they deserve a big thank you.
For a few days everyone north of the Luvuvhu bridge was evacuated to there.
Guests and staff from Pafuri Camp, and also all the trainee guides and staff from the EcoTraining camp.
There was nowhere else to go, and no way out as the Pafuri gate road was also washed away.
We were able to leave on Tuesday, after they had worked out a 4x4 route through a flooded village at the place the road outside Pafuri gate was damaged.

This was one holiday that we’ll never forget!

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Joep Stevens » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:58 pm

Dear SarahStu,

Many thanks for the pics of your most memorable Kruger visit, they provide a great account of the happening regarding your visit. Would it be possible to obtain full size copies for our record? These pics are archived under the name of the photographer and if used at all, the photographer will be ackniowledged.

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby zivvy&muffin » Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:52 pm

johanrebel wrote:Pafuri Camp closed for the rest of 2013, if not longer.

Johan

Thanks for the insight, again.

I would think some of that extended time-line will also apply to the Pafuri picnic spot, Crooks Corner and the Sanparks plans to re-package the ex-TEBA camp.
I suppose my starting point in trying to think this all through is the recovery time for the Birds using that region, and with that the rest of the fauna and flora.
The operators of the Pafuri Camp presumably have to think not only of (safe) re-building but also what they can offer guests once there. I could imagine, commercially, a late March 2014 grand re-opening might be the safest route.
I will see the area for myself in July. Very interesting to see if I'll be able to take (many) repeat photos from spots I've used in the past.

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Son godin » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:44 pm

Were there any lives lost in the floods or people unaccountable for after the staff were evacuated from camps? According to a media release by Wanda Mkutshulwa on this website there is a possibility that people lost their lives.

Just wondered if must still be determined. :hmz:

Our employees are traumatized enough at the moment, having lost all their possessions in the floods and possibly lost their lives, without having to deal with such disgusting lies from people in an organization that masquerades as an organization which is concerned about our parks.

We are truly disappointed in OSCAP.

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby saraf » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:50 pm

No SG but I'm led to believe that it was touch and go for a while, and that it was a real possibility that people would die.
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:32 am

Some new photos of damage at the staff village on the SANParks Honorary Rangers' Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/SANParks-Honorary-Rangers/372270499455165
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Lesego » Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:43 pm

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK RECEIVES FLOOD RELIEF DONATION

South African National Parks (SANParks) received a donation from Latest Sightings, a website where the public can share sightings. The donations were handed over at the Phalaborwa Gate in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Saturday 2 February 2013 to assist those affected by the recent floods in the park.
SANParks Honorary Rangers (HR’s) coordinated the efforts of Latest Sightings to gather clothes, food and sanitary items for staff members who lost their personal belongings during the floods.

Nadav Ossendryver (16), the founder of Latest Sightings said, "I was so moved by the flood photos that the community sent to my website (Latestsightings.com) and my Facebook page (Latest Sightings – Kruger), that I felt I had to do something to help the SANParks employees that were affected by the floods, some of whom I know personally because of my many visits to Kruger."

The donations were collected at Kind David’s High School Linksfield on Friday 1 February. The Land Rover Owners Club Southern Africa helped transport all the donations to Phalaborwa Gate in KNP. The schools involved with collecting donations are King David School Linksfield, Crawford College, Saheti School, Yeshiva College, Dainfern College and the Torah Academy School.

Louis Lemmer, SANParks Honorary Rangers National Executive Committee, Public Relations and Communication, said "The SANParks Honorary Rangers is proud to work with the public, schools and other organisation to assist the people affected by the floods in Kruger and Mapungubwe National Parks. SANParks staff contributes so much to conserve our parks and make the stay of visitors to our parks comfortable and memorable. Now it is our time to help them in their hour of need."

The SANParks Honorary Rangers have opened a flood relief fund to raise funds for the relief effort specifically aimed at supporting the staff members who lost their belongings during the flood. If you would like to donate, please contact Louis Lemmer at Louis.lemmer@telkomsa.net or go to http://www.sanparksvolunteers.org/disaster


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Tel: 013 735 4262, Cell: 082 807 1441 or Email: laura.mukwevho@sanparks.org

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:03 am

http://metzone.weathersa.co.za/images/P ... th_rai.pdf

January rainfall - extremely high rainfall figures particularly for Graskop , Haenertsburg , Tzaneen , Thohoyandou - which probably caused the flash flooding in KNP .

MPUMALANGA
BELFAST 192
GRASKOP AWS 524
KRUGER MPUMALANGA INT. AIR. 264
NELSPRUIT 245
SKUKUZA 272

LIMPOPO PROVINCE
ALLDAYS HALY ARS 265
GRAVELOTTE ARS 294
HAENERTSBURG ARS 393
HANS MERENSKY N.S 358
HOEDSPRUIT 196
MARA 262
POLOKWANE WO 158
PUNDA MARIA 363
THOHOYANDOU WO 703
TZANEEN-WESTFALIA ESTATE 549
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:47 am

Wow, those rainfall figures are truly staggering! :shock:
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby johanrebel » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:52 pm

Nane42 wrote:Hi all,
We will visiting KNP for the first time in May ( first time South Africa :D ). Our booking for Shingwedzi is already canceled and we have booked Mopani instead. The following 3nights we have a booking for Pafuri Camp !? Can anybody tell, if Pafuri will reopen until May ? I emailed to Wilderness a week ago, but have no answer yet. Is The Outpost an alternative, or was it badly damaged as well ? Is it even possible to travel the north ? Our plan is leaving the park via Pafuri Gate to go to Mapungubwe. Perhaps we should rearrange our tour ?
Trank you very much, greetings from Cologne/ Germany
Nane


I'll see what I can find out. Forget about Pafuri Camp in May, the place took a serious hammering. The Outpost survived (there are advantages to perching on a hillside), although rivers of water were literally running thorugh the buildings when the rain was coming down. I've had no updates on the game viewing road network in the Makuleke CNP, but assume that roads above the floodplain level should be usable, especially on the sandveld plateau which drains water well.

Wilderness Adventures reservations are sure to be in touch, they are having to cope with a year's worth of bookings to cancel and reaccommodate.

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Lesego » Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:21 pm

There have been various changes to some of the gravel roads. A warning has also been included indicating that as a result of rains Kruger has received over previous days could result in the road status changing without warning.


Camps Open:

Berg- en- Dal
Biyamiti
Boulders
Crocodile Bridge
Letaba
Lower Sabie
Malelane
Mopani
Olifants - Pump infrastructure washed away and on emergency boreholes
Orpen
Pretoriuskop
Punda Maria
Roodewal
Sable Dam Hide
Satara
Shipindane Hide
Skukuza

Camps Closed:

Balule - Services affected
Bateleur - Fence and bulk services damaged
Maroela - Waterlogged and inaccessible
Shimuwini - Flood damage and inaccessible
Shingwedzi - Severally flooded - Camp and Day Visitors area out of bounds for public
Sirheni - Flood damage and inaccessible
Talamati - Flood damage and inaccessible
Tamboti - Fence breached and inaccessible
Tsendze - Inaccessible

Picnic Spots / Viewpoints:

Afsaal - Open
Albasini Ruins - Open
Babalala - Open
Bobbejaan Krans - Open Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712
Crooks Corner - Closed Major flood damage and inaccessible
Eileen Orpen Memorial - Open
Gardenia Hide - Open
Kanniedood Hide - Closed Inaccessible
Lake Panic Hide - Open
Makhadzi - Closed Flooded
Masorini - Open
Matambeni Hide - Closed Access road closed
Mathekeyane - Open
Mlondozi - Open
Mooiplaas - Open
Muzandzeni - Closed Roads closed
Nhlanguleni - Closed Roads closed
Nkuhlu - Open
Nkumbe - Open
Nthandanyathi Hide - Open
Nwamanzi - Open
Nwanetsi - Open
Nyawutsi Hide - Closed Roads closed
Olifants River on S44 - Open
Orpen Dam - Closed Roads closed
Pafuri Picnic Spot - Closed Major flood damage and inaccessible
Paul Kruger Tablets - Open
Pioneer Hide - Open
Rabelais Museum - Open
Ratel Pan Hide - Open
Redrocks - Open
Sable Dam - Open
Shibyatsangela - Closed Roads closed
Shipandani Hide - Open
Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial - Open
Sweni Hide - Open
Timbavati - Open
Tshanga - Open
Tshokwane - Closed Services Affected

Access Roads Inside the Park:

All tarred roads except the following, are open:

H1-1 (Skukuza to Pretoriuskop) breach near Transport Dam (Temporary detour is available).
H1-8 (H13-1 intersection to Pafuri) Luvuvhu Bridge closed and severe damage to tar road (open from H13-1 to S63 turnoff to borderpost) Pafuri borderpost flooded and closed.
H7 (Orpen to Satara) major breach at S24.404923 E31.549712 (S106 to be used as alternative by light vehicles (under 4 tons) only).

All gravel roads open, except:
S3 (Albasini Road)
S21 (Nwatimhiri Road)
S32 (Orpen Dam Loop)
S33 (Vutomi Road)
S34 (Munywini Road)
S36 (Nhlanguleni/ Muzandzeni Road)(H1-2 to S125 closed)
S44 (Letaba /Olifants confluence Road)
S47 (Letaba River Road)
S50 (Shawu Road)(Open from south to S143 turnoff)
S52 (Shingwedzi River Road) (only section on southern bank of Shingwedzi River open)
S53
S56 (Mphongolo Road)
S61 (Klopperfontein Loop)
S63 (Luvuvhu Road) (northern riverside section closed)
S64 (Nyala Drive)
S65 (Nwaswitshaka Waterhole Road)
S69 (Nhlanganini Loop)
S79 (Nwatimhiri Loop)
S90 (Old Main Road) (Open from south until S89 turnoff – Balule causeway still inaccessible)
S99 (Mahogany Loop) (Partially open from both ends)
S113 (H3 to Biyamiti Loop Link)
S114 (Old Skukuza to Malelane Road) (open except crossing at Biyamiti weir)
S131 (Old Main Road Malopeni to Letaba)
S134 (Shingwedzi Round Road)
S135 (Shingwedzi Causeway Loop)

Gates Open:


Crocodile Bridge
Giriyondo - 4x4 vehicles only
Kruger
Malelane
Numbi
Orpen Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712 light vehicles only
Phabeni
Phalaborwa
Punda Maria

Gates Closed:


Pafuri
Pafuri Border - Facility Severe flooding

Important Notes:

Guests are kindly urged to use water sparingly as camps/ gates and picnic spots in many areas operate on emergency pumps and boreholes with limited capacity.
Emergency Numbers:

Media enquiries: Reynold Thakhuli 073 373 4999 / Ike Phaahla 083 673 6974

Tourist Enquiries: Lucy Nhlapo 082 908 4753/ lucy.nhlapo@sanparks.org or Joep Stevens 082 802 8093/ joep.stevens@sanparks.org
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Nico » Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:53 pm

Our video about the heavy rains in Kruger and the swollen Olifantsriver. Very Impressive! :shock:
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A3NtrM76aQ[/video]s


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