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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:24 am 
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I agree, 3D. I have already swopped my March trip around and taken out the Shingwedzi days.
I think SANParks reservation staff have a huge amount of work on their hands at the moment and visitors should maybe take the initiative.
Also, alternative accommodation will probably become more scarce as time goes on - especially as the Govt. schools have a holiday in March.

Hoping the damaged roads and bridges will be repaired soonest - will keep checking, otherwise I might have to amend booking again (at the moment can't get from first to second camp).

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:25 am 
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More pics

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Northern Luvuvhu Bridge, looking south

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H1-9 ”tar” road, just north of Luvuvhu Bridge, looking north.

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Flood level along the H1-9. The gentleman in the picture is about my height, i.e. 1m84.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:58 am 
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Quite incredible! :shock:
That road is going to have to be completely remade!

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Thanks Johan!

I really appreciate the photos...

I cannot comprehend it though.... :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Thanks Johan for the updates on conditions in the north.

If you have any photos of Pafuri Camp and they are available online somewhere, please PM me the link. I have reservations there for March.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:18 pm 
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Kruger National Park (KNP) flood update as at 12:00 on 24 January 2013

Camps Open:

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

Bateleur (flooded & access),Balule (services), Biyamiti (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 - Closed (access)
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 - Closed (flooded & access)
Paul Kruger Tablets - Open
Pioneer Hide - Closed
Rabelais Museum - Closed
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.
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).
Tshokwane to Lower Sabie has been reopened (causeway over Sabie River below camp has been cleared).
All gravel roads are closed.

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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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:19 pm 
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I will check for you guys now-now :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:46 pm 
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Hi

I paid my booking for June and asked Parks board re Shingwedzi. The lady said she had heard gthe erpaiurs would take nearly a year to fix Shingwedzi.

Just donated to flood on Hon Rangers come on Mites lets help even a small amount will make a difference

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:36 pm 
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ruud wrote:
roaneric wrote:
ruud wrote:
Hi everybody,

just a short question, is it correct that Shingwedzi is closed for the rest of the year?? I looked on availability and it is impossible to make a reservation for the rest of the year.......
And what about the reservations already made for august and september..??

I hope Joep or Lesego can tell the official statement of Sanparks.

Ruud



I was wondering the same thing Ruud. We have a booking in July and I am afraid that if I wait for sanparks to contact us later this year, there will be no alternative camps for us to stay in, because of the school holidays. :hmz: It would be great if you can find that out for us Lesego, then we can make other arrangements now before it's to late.

Thanks so much for the updates SANParks Hon Rangers. I hope lots of mites will assist in helping these people. :pray:



Hi Marijke,

we are not going in july but a little later this year, but I think it is better to change it now. At this moment there are lots of alternatives..... but for howlong...?

I hope Lesego will come with an answer soon. :thumbs_up:

Ruud



Hi there Ruud

Our problem is, our booking is in the middle of the South African school holidays. And as you know LOTS and LOTS of mites go to Kruger in that period.

I just looked at the availability page and the ONLY available accommodation for 4 people is in Punda maria, but it is only for 2 people, so I have to book 2 of them and it will be double the price I've paid now. So I will sleep over it and decide what to do tomorrow.


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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:25 pm 
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Hi can't find any mention of Boulders Camp, is it also closed?
Just asking as I have a booking there ( only May ) and was wondering whether it is closed or if access is a problem? :hmz:

Special occasion with lots of friends so wondering if I should consider alternatives now?

Thanks for details on contributions - will deposit money but may have some clothes etc to donate - is it at St Davids Marist in Inanda?

Thanks for great info over the past week! :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Hi Bush Fan.

Not sure about Boulders, I'll ask if we can get an update for you.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:22 am 
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And the whole time i thought it was the timbavati river that caused the damage on the orpen - satara road. Now i got my map out and by shock saw it is the phelwana river that links to the timbavati. Small river making big damage!!!!!!

Well tomorrow morning this time i'm on the road between phalaborwa and letaba!!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:36 am 
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Dear All,

The breach is actually not over the Phelwana, but at a rather seemingly insignificant spruit at S24.404923 E31.549712. The S106 (Rabelais loop) has in the meantime been opened, so Satara and Orpen are connected again by road.

With kind regards.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:10 am 
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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.

With kind regards.

JOEP STEVENS

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:21 am 
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Hi,

does anybody know, why Sable Dam Hide is closed and when it will be open again?

Bye,
Krausimausi


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