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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby wacktazz » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:25 pm

Power just went out in skukuza. No telephones as well. Spoke to a friend in sabie now. Much more water still on the way to kruger as a few places in sabie is under flood
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Spaniel » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:31 pm

Hi there Forumites
Have just returned from KNP. Was there from Saturday 14 Jan till this morning. We were in Satara
for three nights and the whole region was so dry - the Godzwani dam has almost dried up at the bottom end of S100. Orpen, Olifants, Balule all places extremely dry. We had a group of 50 elephants Monday night storming the water at Satara's webcam and they scattered to get away again which was odd. And then it started raining - a solid drizzling and we were overjoyed after witnessing the barreness of the area and in spite of summer rains not good grazing at all for this time of the year.
We left Satara at 5h00 yesterday morning 17 Jan and drove in a drizzle all the way down - no animals in sight. Maybe a few impala, zebra and giraffe and nothing else. If you remember the tsunami at Phuket - the elephants all ran for high ground. In hindsight I think the animals have been forewarned and that is why we didn't see anything. Went to Lake Panic as we have not known of its existence before and it was very wet. From there we wanted to go to Lower Sabie but didn't feel like traveling the Skukuza area as it is so boring... :wall:

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:35 pm

Message just in from Ecojunkie who is in Lower Sabie now:

"Water at safari tents" (she typed it far more cryptic that than, so I assume things are serious there right now)
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:36 pm

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Spaniel » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:41 pm

Decided to take the road to Malelane and then take the S112 but it was closed so was the S113 and the S114 and then we stopped at Afsaal because we didn't have enough time to go to Malelane then Lower Sabie and then back to Pretoriuskop so we opted for the Voortrekker road. Well I eventually said to my daughter that surely a game ranger should have inspected the road and closed it. We met with two vehicles from the Pretoriuskop side and they had turned around and advised us to do the same as it was impossible to cross at the next dip. We turned around and the couple ensured that we followed through every dip with water and it had risen since we passed through previously. We had no inkling that it had rained so much in the south and nowhere was there a notice to inform us of any road closures due to heavy rains. If something was said we would have stuck to the tar roads so we stopped at Afsaal to ask the road be closed and also thank you to the couple from Sabie in the bakkie who ensured we followed them safely in our car. We then headed to Pretoriuskop via the tar road and apart from a heard of buffalo nothing else on the road. It continued to rain throughout the night. We checked if the road to Phabeni was open and it was and we were at the gate at 8h00 this morning. The low bridge there was coping with the flow and not overflowing although the reeds were under water. A km prior to this bridge there is a sand river with rocks and is usually has puddles of water - this morning it was flooding with about 3 metres of water. We have taken pics but won't have time to download until this weekend. A long winded message but...

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby BushBabe » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:53 pm

I am following news on Hoedspruit: we have property in the area and know people in the town. Those who went to work today and stay in places like Raptor's view, just outside the town, are stranded in the town.
I have just found this blog with pictures:
http://alittleafricanmagic.blogspot.com/2012/01/floods-january-2012.html

The Kruger2Canyons group on facebook also has several pictures, including some amazing pics of the Jonkmanspruit River... roads we have traveled to get to Orpen Gate so often!
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:54 pm

Just in from Ecojunkie at Lower Sabie:

Moving guests around. Trying to save some equipment. Substation flooding.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:09 pm

Just spoken to Ecojunkie who is in Lower Sabie. She was in reception while we spoke.

The water is now over the floor of the front row of the safari tents. They are busy moving guests to bungalows to the back of the camp. It is a case of all hands on deck. The line was not good so if I understood correctly, should the waters rise even further guests will be assembled in the car park. And all this is happening in the dark. It is not raining in the camp at the moment.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:19 pm

Ecojunkie has messaged to say that Skukuza is very bad and as Wacktazz has said, has no electricity ....
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby kallis1786 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:29 pm

DinkyBird wrote:Thank you to Rodgers @ Tsendze for helping us find info on Shingwedzi ...

Shingwedzi is fine,I did phone Jerry,he said rain was not strong like here Dalene,everything is fine.


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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Foxy » Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:38 pm

From News 24

Limpopo floods: 30 evacuated near Hoedspruit

Johannesburg - More than 30 people have been airlifted to safety in Hoedspruit, in Limpopo, due to flooding in the region, the SABC reported on Wednesday.

"The bridge between the air force base and the town has been washed away, and several roads are impassable," air force spokesperson Pete Paxton told the broadcaster.

"There is a lot of water and there is a lot of areas flooded after heavy rainfalls over the past two days, but especially yesterday.

"We then embarked on search and rescue operations with helicopters and we rescued about 30 people from either islands or treetops, or the roofs of houses and we evacuated them to safety in the air force base in Hoedspruit."

Kruger National Park spokesperson William Mabasa said the park had experienced heavy rains, affecting roads in the area.

"The most important thing is to avoid all gravel roads in the Kruger National Park... We have issued a statement this morning to warn people about the water situation. Crocodile Bridge is closed because the bridge is overflowing.

"We have closed Phalaborwa Gate as well, and bridges leading to Letaba and Mopani camps are overflowing at this stage."

Visitors to the park should contact the public relations office to ask about the condition of the roads they intended using.

Mpumalanga community safety department spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said drivers should be extremely careful.

"We received reports that some of the bridges have been affected by rains, so we request all road users to be cautious when using the roads.

If a driver sees water on a bridge or near a bridge that is partially submerged, we request they assess the situation, whether it is safe to cross, and if there is any doubt, they must not use the bridge and find an alternative route."


Mabuza said heavy rains often created pot holes, which led to accidents as drivers tried to avoid them.

SA Weather Service senior forecaster William Msimanga said the strong downpours had been caused by the sub-tropical depression Banbo, the fourth of the season.

"We are still issuing a warning for persistent heavy falls in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo for the rest of this afternoon and tonight [Wednesday]," he said.

Over the past 48 hours, 109mm of rain was recorded around Mbombela, 139mm around Skukuza, and 270.9mm around Hoedspruit.

About 170mm was recorded to have fallen around Phalaborwa over the last 24 hours.

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:39 pm

I just caught wanda speaking on Etv news ... the logistics of arranging and accommodating guests right now must be a nightmare. She mentioned a group of folk who left the park for the day as part of their package, and cannot return to the park and SANParks having to arrange accommodation for them outside the park tonight.

She also said that from this afternoon they started to move guests to higher ground.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Safari Gal » Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:47 pm

First time in 72 hours rain is now down to a drizzle in White River. Hopefully it stays like that from hereon in.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:26 pm

I have just spoken again with EcoJunkie who is at Lower Sabie:

LS still has electricity but if the waters rise any more they will need to switch it off. She is busy helping trying to keep guests in their bungalows so they know where everyone is, but guests are curious to come out and watch the river. The water is coming into the camp on the opposite end facing the river to the restaurant.

Things at Skukuza are serious. But she says it seems the river is receding there. And LS are hoping this will soon be the case with the river there too.

It seems helicopters are to be dispatched to airlift guests out of Talamati.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Lujoli » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:37 pm

Just spoke to my aunt it has stopped raining in Hoedspruit, but more rain was predicted. I hope everyone is safe and like a previous person said here, thank you God that no lives have been reported lost so far. Lets pray that the animals had enough time to move to higher grounds.
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