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Unread postby ndloti » Sat Feb 23, 2008 10:57 am

I saw a report on the sanparks web news archive about the entry gate upgrade . The entry gate is to be moved westwards to take the traffic away from the camp .
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Unread postby wingman » Tue Feb 26, 2008 1:37 pm

Hi All
As I understand it from my last visit last week there will be a tempory bridge alongside the old one I assume of the usual pipe and gravel standard. Maybe the mods can help us here, at this late stage the plans must have been done how about someone getting hold of these and posting a diagram and some details.

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Unread postby Elsa » Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:21 pm

When we left there on the 6th June, there was still no sign of anything happening with regards the upgrade.
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Re: Bridge at Crocodile Bridge

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sun Feb 15, 2009 2:48 pm

New bridge was washed away! The low bridge is open at the moment, and should stay open unless more rain falls in the catchment area.
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Re: Bridge at Crocodile Bridge

Unread postby Freda » Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:16 pm

Croc Bridge opened at 11am yesterday for 4x4's only.
We were the first across, very scary :shock:
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Unread postby crocfan » Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:51 am

Recently visited Croc Bridge and saw much building going on. It seems the entrance gate and reception are being moved as well as the petrol station. Can anyone confirm this? It will probably make this delightful camp even more peaceful. No doubt the best game viewing area in the park!!

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Re: building alterations at croc bridge

Unread postby ecojunkie » Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:37 pm

The petrol station will probably stay where it is as it has just been refurbished! I see gate booths are now going up..... Hopefully not too long before it is operational.

I gather that the aim is to speed things up for check-in, and provide better facitlities for day visitors with more parking, while allowing the traffic to by-pass the camp itself and keep that area quieter. I just went to welcome a new camper (in a camper-van) and found they were just passing through and decided to stop in, hook up to electricity, have a meal and a shower, and then go their way! Meanwhile they blocked a good site which a legitimate camper may have wanted, and used facilities which are there for paying and booked guests not day visitors...... The new entrance facilities should help stop that sort of thing.

No pool planned to the best of my knowledge - but there is always the river of course.....!
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Re: building alterations at croc bridge

Unread postby Tony Park » Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:21 am

Progress needn't be had. Take a look at Orpen, for example.

The lodges have been very nicely rennovated and the pool there must have to rank as one of the best in the park, as it overlooks the waterhole.

The gate is being moved away from the camp so I think the aim of keeping through traffic and day visitors separate from the camp will come to fruition as planned there.

The thing that's always turned me off Croc Bridge (even though it is in great game viewing country) is the through traffic, so I'm looking forward to seeing how the rennovations work out.

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Re: building alterations at croc bridge

Unread postby bert » Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:26 pm

Believe the people staying at croc bridge will have more peace.
Just image the gate during holidays and other peak periods.
A constant stream of cars and now they wont enter camp.

Seen the new building site and its about 100 meters away from the camp.

Swimming in the river :hmz:

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Re: building alterations at croc bridge

Unread postby G@mespotter » Thu Jul 02, 2009 4:30 pm

End of May 2009
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Re: Crocodile Bridge Gate new Bridge question

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Nov 13, 2009 4:50 pm

I know Martie mentioned in her blog of this morning that they were currently dismantling the old bridge so all entry is via the new temporary bridge recently built, as long as there are not heavy rains to wash it away again it should all be fine. :D
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Re: Crocodile Bridge Gate new Bridge question

Unread postby Chappie » Fri Nov 13, 2009 9:01 pm

Here are some photos taken on our recent trip at the end of October.
Will this survive the next heavy rain storm?

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Re: Crocodile Bridge Gate new Bridge question

Unread postby Foxy » Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:15 pm

Doesn't look any better than Dec 2008 when we were there. :shock: And we don't relish using Malalane.
Photo taken about 19 Dec 2008.

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Re: Crocodile Bridge Gate new Bridge question

Unread postby Micetta » Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:27 pm

I think this is the old one in early january 2009 and the new one was nicely covered with water too, we only just managed to get across.

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Re: Crocodile Bridge Gate new Bridge question

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:07 pm

The bridge is closed until further notice! About an hour ago the new one collapsed at one end, stranding a car on it, which has now been rescued.

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Everyone now has to go via Malelane. Strongly suspect this is, as predicted, now a long term closure....... :hmz: :wall:
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