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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:56 pm 
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ndloti wrote:
I drove the S64 Nyala drive on Friday 29 March - it is open .


Great news. Now for the S63....

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Hi ndloti,

That’s Great news! :dance:

But oh dear, you now have every north Kruger addict on the planet, holding their breath to know what you saw! :roll: :doh:

“Landscape laid waste”, –

“undergrowth swept away”, –

“WW 1”,

or maybe,

“looks just the same, would barely know what that anything had happened”?

Please :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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One of the amazing things about Nyala Drive is that SANParks have managed to construct a road that often runs close to the Luvuvhu River, without affording a single view of it.

In reply to your questions, I've not done Nyala Drive, but have been to Crooks' Corner (the other side), various points along the Luvuvhu and the floodplains of both that river and the Limpopo. Yes, there is flood damage. No the landscape has certainly not been laid waste. I was pleasantly surprised at how intact the riverine gallery forest is in most places. The river has shifted course a bit here and there, trees on outer bends where the water flows fastest have been toppled over or washed downstream, and lots of silt has been deposited on the floodplain. But by and large the area is as wonderful and beautiful as always.

I'll post pictures when I get around to it.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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It seems the road route has been changed slightly , I will post some pictures .

I assume the earth mounds alongside the roadway will be smoothed over , the constuction grader tyre tracks as well ...

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Thanks ndloti and johanrebel

More good news! :D

We wait with exitement for the photos. :pray:

As long as there's a loo at Pafuri by late July SO will be happy and smiling and so will I. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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I entered the park at Pafuri this morning heading for Punda. Distressed to say that the S63 and S64 are closed. Still had a great drive down to Punda though - elephant, buffalo etc


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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Grasha wrote:
I entered the park at Pafuri this morning heading for Punda. Distressed to say that the S63 and S64 are closed. Still had a great drive down to Punda though - elephant, buffalo etc


I drove the S64 up till the gate to Thulamela on 29 March ... ?

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Ndloti - yes I saw your post a while back and I thought great just in time for my trip. But definitely closed today and staff at Punda could not confirm when they will re-open


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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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I know its not really got to do with this years floods, but I am sure that the repairs were affected by it. Is there any update or ETA on the Balule bridge, is it likely that another temporary crossing will be built in winter?

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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I am still in Punda for another 2 nights and I see on the reception noticeboard that the S63 and S64 will be opened on the 15th April (yesterday). Maybe Lesego could shed some light on this. I am really hoping they will open while I am still here!!


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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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We have asked Lesego to try and get more info for us! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Grasha wrote:
I am still in Punda for another 2 nights and I see on the reception noticeboard that the S63 and S64 will be opened on the 15th April (yesterday). Maybe Lesego could shed some light on this. I am really hoping they will open while I am still here!!



Hi Graca;

Will find out for you :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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The latest update on the Kruger National Park flood damage, as at 14:00 on 18 April 2013.

Changes to previous update:

The Muzandzeni and Nhlanguleni Road (S36) gravel road between Skukuza and Orpen has been reopened.
The Nhlanguleni Picnic Spot has been reopened.


Camps Open:

Balule - Access via Balule Causeway still closed. Use S89 & S90.
Bateleur
Berg- en- Dal
Biyamiti
Boulders
Crocodile Bridge
Letaba
Lower Sabie
Malelane
Maroela
Mopani
Olifants
Orpen
Pretoriuskop
Punda Maria
Roodewal
Sable Dam Hide
Satara
Shimuwini
Shipindane Hide
Skukuza
Talamati
Tamboti
Tsendze

Camps Closed:

Shingwedzi - Severely flooded - Camp and Day Visitors area out of bounds for public. Camping to be reopened by 15 June 2013, B-circle units (EH3, BD2, BD2Z & BG2) gradually reopened by end of June 2013 and remainder of camp to open by 31 August 2013.
Sirheni - Flood damage. 5 units to be reopened by 26 April 2013 and remaining 10 units by 31 May 2013.

Picnic Spots / Viewpoints:

Afsaal - Open
Albasini Ruins - Open
Babalala - Open
Bobbejaan Krans - Open (Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712)
Crooks Corner - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible)
Eileen Orpen Memorial - Open
Gardenia Hide - Open
Kanniedood Hide - Closed (Inaccessible)
Lake Panic Hide - Open
Makhadzi - Open
Masorini - Open
Matambeni Hide - Open
Mathekeyane - Open
Mlondozi - Open
Mooiplaas - Open
Muzandzeni - Open
Nhlanguleni - Open
Nkuhlu - Open
Nkumbe - Open
Nthandanyathi Hide - Open
Nwamanzi - Open
Nwanetsi - Open
Nyawutsi Hide - Closed (Roads closed)
Olifants River on S44 - Open
Orpen Dam - Open (Accessible from H10 only Tshokwane Lower Sabie tar road)
Pafuri Picnic Spot - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible). Scheduled to reopen 31 May 2013.
Paul Kruger Tablets - Open
Pioneer Hide - Open
Rabelais Museum - Open
Ratel Pan Hide - Open
Redrocks - Open
Sable Dam - Open
Shibyatsangela - Closed (Roads closed)
Shipandani Hide - Open
Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial - Open
Sweni Hide - Open
Timbavati - Open
Tshanga - Open
Tshokwane - Open

Access Roads Inside the Park:

All tarred roads except the following, are open:

H1-1 (Skukuza to Pretoriuskop) breach near Transport Dam (Temporary detour is available).
S63(Pafuri Port of Entry Road).
H7 (Orpen to Satara) major breach at S24.404923 E31.549712 (S106 to be used as alternative by light vehicles (under 4 tons) only).

All gravel roads open, except:

S3 (Albasini Road) (Open from S1 to H1-1; closed from H11 to S1)
S21 (Nwatimhiri Road) (Expected opening on 30 April 2013)
S32 (Orpen Dam Loop) (Only open from H10 to Orpen Dam)
S33 (Vutomi Road)
S34 (Munywini Road)
S50 (Shawu Road)(Open from south to S143 turnoff)
S57 (Sirheni Road)
S63 (Luvuvhu Road) (northern riverside section closed)
S64 (Nyala Drive)
S90 (Old Main Road) (Open from south until S89 turnoff – Balule causeway still inaccessible)
S134 (Shingwedzi Round Road)
S135 (Shingwedzi Causeway Loop)

Gates Open:

Crocodile Bridge
Giriyondo - 4x4 vehicles only
Kruger
Malelane
Numbi
Orpen (Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712 light vehicles only.)
Pafuri
Phabeni
Phalaborwa
Punda Maria

Gates Closed:

Pafuri Port of Entry - Severe flooding. It will possibly be reopened by 30 June 2013.

Important Notes:

Please keep in mind that, due to heavy rainfall, the status of roads can change without notice. Guests are urged to take special caution when travelling in heavy rain and not to cross submerged roads or flooded causeways and bridges.

Guest are hereby notified that opening or travelling on a road that has been closed constitutes an offence and such offenders can be fined.

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 / Ike Phaahla 083 673 6974

Tourist Enquiries: Michelle van der Merwe 082 601 9354/ michelle.vandermerwe@sanparks.org or Joep Stevens 082 802 8093/ joep.stevens@sanparks.org

For changes to bookings: Please contact our Reservations offices on 012 426 9111 or email reservations@sanparks.org or on the web at http://www.sanparks.org/tourism/reservations

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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The latest update on the Kruger National Park flood damage, as at 14:00 on 19 April 2013.

Changes to previous update:

The Nyala Drive (S64) along the Luvuvhu River, west of the high level bridge, has been reopened.


Camps Open:

Balule - Access via Balule Causeway still closed. Use S89 & S90.
Bateleur
Berg- en- Dal
Biyamiti
Boulders
Crocodile Bridge
Letaba
Lower Sabie
Malelane
Maroela
Mopani
Olifants
Orpen
Pretoriuskop
Punda Maria
Roodewal
Sable Dam Hide
Satara
Shimuwini
Shipindane Hide
Skukuza
Talamati
Tamboti
Tsendze

Camps Closed:

Shingwedzi - Severely flooded - Camp and Day Visitors area out of bounds for public. Camping to be reopened by 15 June 2013, B-circle units (EH3, BD2, BD2Z & BG2) gradually reopened by end of June 2013 and remainder of camp to open by 31 August 2013.
Sirheni - Flood damage. 5 units to be reopened by 26 April 2013 and remaining 10 units by 31 May 2013.

Picnic Spots / Viewpoints:

Afsaal - Open
Albasini Ruins - Open
Babalala - Open
Bobbejaan Krans - Open (Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712)
Crooks Corner - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible)
Eileen Orpen Memorial - Open
Gardenia Hide - Open
Kanniedood Hide - Closed (Inaccessible)
Lake Panic Hide - Open
Makhadzi - Open
Masorini - Open
Matambeni Hide - Open
Mathekeyane - Open
Mlondozi - Open
Mooiplaas - Open
Muzandzeni - Open
Nhlanguleni - Open
Nkuhlu - Open
Nkumbe - Open
Nthandanyathi Hide - Open
Nwamanzi - Open
Nwanetsi - Open
Nyawutsi Hide - Closed (Roads closed)
Olifants River on S44 - Open
Orpen Dam - Open (Accessible from H10 only Tshokwane Lower Sabie tar road)
Pafuri Picnic Spot - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible). Scheduled to reopen 31 May 2013.
Paul Kruger Tablets - Open
Pioneer Hide - Open
Rabelais Museum - Open
Ratel Pan Hide - Open
Redrocks - Open
Sable Dam - Open
Shibyatsangela - Closed (Roads closed)
Shipandani Hide - Open
Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial - Open
Sweni Hide - Open
Timbavati - Open
Tshanga - Open
Tshokwane - Open

Access Roads Inside the Park:

All tarred roads except the following, are open:


H1-1 (Skukuza to Pretoriuskop) breach near Transport Dam (Temporary detour is available).
S63(Pafuri Port of Entry Road).
H7 (Orpen to Satara) major breach at S24.404923 E31.549712 (S106 to be used as alternative by light vehicles (under 4 tons) only).

All gravel roads open, except:

S3 (Albasini Road) (Open from S1 to H1-1; closed from H11 to S1)
S21 (Nwatimhiri Road) (Expected opening on 30 April 2013)
S32 (Orpen Dam Loop) (Only open from H10 to Orpen Dam)
S33 (Vutomi Road)
S34 (Munywini Road)
S50 (Shawu Road)(Open from south to S143 turnoff)
S57 (Sirheni Road)
S63 (Luvuvhu Road) (northern riverside section closed)
S90 (Old Main Road) (Open from south until S89 turnoff – Balule causeway still inaccessible)
S134 (Shingwedzi Round Road)
S135 (Shingwedzi Causeway Loop)

Gates Open:

Crocodile Bridge
Giriyondo - 4x4 vehicles only
Kruger
Malelane
Numbi
Orpen (Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712 light vehicles only.)
Pafuri
Phabeni
Phalaborwa
Punda Maria

Gates Closed:

Pafuri Port of Entry - Severe flooding. It will possibly be reopened by 30 June 2013.

Important Notes:

Please keep in mind that, due to heavy rainfall, the status of roads can change without notice. Guests are urged to take special caution when travelling in heavy rain and not to cross submerged roads or flooded causeways and bridges.

Guest are hereby notified that opening or travelling on a road that has been closed constitutes an offence and such offenders can be fined.

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 / Ike Phaahla 083 673 6974

Tourist Enquiries: Michelle van der Merwe 082 601 9354/ michelle.vandermerwe@sanparks.org or Joep Stevens 082 802 8093/ joep.stevens@sanparks.org

For changes to bookings: Please contact our Reservations offices on 012 426 9111 or email reservations@sanparks.org or on the web at http://www.sanparks.org/tourism/reservations

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Lesego wrote:

Changes to previous update:
The Nyala Drive (S64) along the Luvuvhu River, west of the high level bridge, has been reopened.[/color]



Hooray! :dance: :dance: :dance: Just in time for our trip next week.. Now only for the S63, Crook's Corner and Pafuri picnic site. Please! Please! Please! :pray: (I wonder how much can be done in a week's time.. :hmz: )

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