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Re: Balule Low water bridge

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Nov 03, 2014 7:41 pm

Good call imo Leervis. We have had the most fantastic time at Balule. Never seen so many animals from the camp fence.
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Re: Balule Low water bridge

Unread postby yoda » Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:56 am

DinkyBird wrote:Yoda, I do not want to give wrong info; but according to Titus and also if you refer to Lesego's post above, the bridge will open in about April next year.

There is a construction site at the pump house, and a concrete mixer at the bridge, so obviously work is happening, but it is going to take some time still I think.


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That's a shame. The S91-S92 along the Olifants is one of my fave drives. And I always cross the bridge to see what's in the river. With construction and the bridge being closed, I doubt it will be worth doing this drive in December. :(

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Re: Balule Low water bridge

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:57 pm

Chip, I can confirm that the Balule low-water bridge is very much sealed off to tourist traffic. Assuming that the building trade was closed from mid-December - we saw no-one working on the bridge - they have taken care to seal the bridge with a low wall from the S91-S92 junction, and with barriers on the S90 side. However, the S89 and S90 are beautifully green and full of game, so though I prefer the access across the bridge, we still had a magic time there. The lady at the Olifants reception said that the builders had promised access to the bridge by March/April 2015. I haven't confirmed this, though, so let's hope it is true. :pray:
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Re: Balule Low water bridge

Unread postby Chip » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:58 pm

Thanks so much for that information onewithnature. Much appreciated. We are only going to Balule in May, so hopefully the bridge will be complete by then. :clap:
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Re: Balule Low water bridge

Unread postby MATTHYS » Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:38 pm

An update/photos from Hugh (thank you :gflower: ) who was there in February :


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Re: Balule Low water bridge

Unread postby Hugh » Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:53 pm

Looking at it It might be finished soon or it might not lots of little bits to do still But here hoping Oumie But they were working very hard on it when we were there .
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Re: Balule Low water bridge

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:58 am

Definitely significant progress from when we were there in early Jan; looking good and will be over the moon to use the new bridge. May would be marvellous, meaning we could move our booking forward. :dance: :dance:
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Bridge at Balule camp

Unread postby Johan Squires » Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:25 pm

I plan to visit the KNP during July 2015 and spend some time around Olifants and Balule camp areas. Question: Bridge near Balule, crossing the Olifants river - has this been repaired and open for traffic yet?

Any news on this will be appreciated

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Re: Balule Low water bridge

Unread postby Lesley Nyawo » Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:26 am

Dear Valued Guests

kindly see the below listed response for your consideration.

Dear Lesley,

We are planning to complete the construction works on the 07th of May 2015.

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Re: Balule Low water bridge

Unread postby leervis » Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:26 am

I find this very exciting as I arrive at Balule on the 23rd. Opens up so many options. YAY.
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Re: Balalule Low Water Bridge

Unread postby Lesley Nyawo » Thu May 07, 2015 12:46 pm

Dear Valued Guests

I have exciting news, I have consulted with the Technical Services Department, the bridge will be opened by Friday, 15 May 2015.

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Re: Balalule Low Water Bridge

Unread postby Lynda Krebs » Thu May 07, 2015 12:49 pm

Ah, wonderful news. Thank you very much for taking the time to check on the progress and report back Lesley. Much appreciated. :clap:
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Re: Balalule Low Water Bridge

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu May 07, 2015 12:55 pm

Whooo Hooo! GREAT news, thanks Lesley!
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Re: Balule Low Water Bridge

Unread postby leervis » Fri May 08, 2015 4:57 am

Big YAY! We arrive at Balule on the 23rd and this will make a big difference to our drives. Thanks for the updates.
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Re: Balule Low water bridge

Unread postby Chip » Tue May 12, 2015 9:12 pm

The bad news is that the bridge wasn't completed on 7 May as advised by Lesley Nyawo. I have been at Balule from 8 May to 11 May and was advised by one of the officials in authority that there was a delay by the contractors and that it was only going to be completed on Thursday 14 May. :cry:

The good news is that it will probably open sometime this month. It looks like it is near completion, with just a section leading onto the bridge from Balule side to be finalized. :)
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