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 Post subject: Re: Low level bridge at Balule
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:22 pm 
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I don't think Sanparks want people to use this temporary dirt crossing -- it is meant to cut off the running water. I suppose they will have to do another similar wall lower, then pump out the water before they can start laying concrete in that gap. But the following pics will prove that it was being done on Thursday, 3 July 2014.

What a difference when you can cross the river without going 35 km to Olifants! Also spectacular for viewing elephants at sunset from the bridge! Will have to go back to experience that properly!

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I don't know if this man is the "contractor". I do know that there were huge heaps of gravel etc. on the opposite bank, about 500m from the opposite bank T-junction. The trucks were making a hang of a noise, reversing back and forth across the bridge. Even the big white Sanparks bus used the crossing.

I think they would be making a HUGE mistake (same as with Croc Bridge) if they plan to finish this job in 8 months -- it will just get washed away again! The rainy season starts in November, so they need to finish it within the next four months!

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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I will be staying at Olifants on the 3rd and 4th of October. I was really hoping that the bridge would be open by then!!!

I was last there in October, two years ago and the bridge was out of commission then. I can't understand why it has taken them so long to repair it. It's very disappointing, as this is such a wonderful spot to view all types of birdlife and game. Not to mention easy access, past Balule, to the surrounding roads in the area.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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The way I understand it, Mauxie, is that, due to unprecedented flood damage twice in a relatively short time period, priority was given to other areas. The Balule bridge is one of my favourite in Kruger and I can barely wait for it to be functional again.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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We have booked Balule for 6 nights end Oct, early Nov and also thought about the bridge not being open yet and how it will impact our stay at Balule. Last time we spent a week at Balule while the bridge was closed, and still enjoyed it immensely. The drive 'around' is long, but there are so many options when staying in the area.

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 Post subject: Low level bridge at Balule
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Can anyone help. Im trying to find out if the low level bridge near Balule connecting the S90 to S91 over the Olifants River is open. Last I heard it was still closed after the last floods. In going there at the end of September so I need to plan which route to take.
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 Post subject: Re: Low level bridge at Balule
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Hi Nubbs

Here is the latest official info we have.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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I'm afraid that the causeway at Balule is still closed.
I was there from 30 Sept. to 2nd October and it looks as if it will be closed for a while.
On the positive side however, I must say that the camp itself is a delight.
This was my first Balule camp, and will not be my last.
On the first night I woke at about 2am for a bathroom visit and walking through the camp was magical. Everything at Balule is kept in 100% shape.
The cooking / washing up area is spotless as are the ablutions.
The camp sites are generous in size and all the people who were there during my stay were considerate campers.
We had a serious Hyena serenade on the last night the.....magic.


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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Work is ongoing on the bridge. The road is now closed at the fork to Balule so one can only view the bridge from the northern side of the river.

ImageBalule bridge by dinkybird, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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DB,

Any idea if the bridge will be open by the Festive Season?


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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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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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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I have booked again for late August and although having the bridge open will really enhance the visit, I would not change my booking if it were not open.


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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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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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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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Hi DinkyBird,
Thank you so much for the update and pic. Something is happening. Hope it happens fast enough to withstand the next heavy summer rains in a month or two...
Glad you enjoyed the trip.
We are sitting in front of the fire on a cold summer evening in the Cape!
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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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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.


Thanks DB,
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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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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Give it a try anyway Yoda. Construction companies close for a month in SA from about mid Dec (not sure if this will be the case here in KNP). We were not disturbed on those drives at all.

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