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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:35 pm 
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Anyone have ETA's on the S33 and S34.
Have repairs even started.


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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Anyone have ETA's on the S33 and S34.
Have repairs even started.


Hi,

We are just back from 2 weeks Kruger....unfortunately S33 is still closed. Don't really know if anything has been done on the road. It is already overgrown....but I do really hope the road will be re-opened some day..... :hmz: :hmz:

Maybe Joep or Lesogo has any news??

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Gilbertr14 wrote:
Anyone have ETA's on the S33 and S34.
Have repairs even started.


Hi,

We are just back from 2 weeks Kruger....unfortunately S33 is still closed. Don't really know if anything has been done on the road. It is already overgrown....but I do really hope the road will be re-opened some day..... :hmz: :hmz:

Maybe Joep or Lesogo has any news??



News would be really appreciated on the S33. I see that Shingwedzi bookings are open again - great! There is even room on the public holiday weekend of the 9th August.. Quite tempting to switch from Pkop, in order to escape busy roads! :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 5:04 pm 
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Changes to previous update:

The opening of the S21 (Nwatimhiri Road) in southern Marula.

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 - 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 open by 31 August 2013.
Sirheni - Severely flooded - 5 units open 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 crossing is available)
S63 (Pafuri Port of Entry Road) (Port of Entry flooded and closed).
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)
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)
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 (H7) breached at S24.404923 E31.549712. Alternative available (S106 15 km gravel) light vehicles (under 4 tons) only.)
Pafuri
Phabeni
Phalaborwa
Punda Maria

Gates Closed:

Pafuri Port of Entry - Severe flooding. Possibly 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.

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

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 5:38 pm 
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Thanks Lesego. Is there any news on the S33 and S34?

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Yes :) Kruger must drop everything else and get the S33 and S34 done before I'm there next month....
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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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No :naughty: They must open the Pafuri picnic area TOMORROW so I can go there before heading back down south on Saturday :pray:

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We took a drive up to the Luvuvhu river and Nyala drive and Pafuri Gate yesterday. There is a lot of hard work going to on repair the roads in the area. Here are some pics I took with my cellphone to show you what the area looks like now.

I was lucky to chat to Frank (the legend from the picnic site) this morning and he told us that much has changed at the picnic site. He was talking about specific trees that are gone now, and also how the sand has covered the area. He told us how he stood on the bridge and watched as the water came down and rose and how the Section Ranger came to tell him to move out the area, not even go back and collect his belongings he had left in his house at the picnic area.

The rocks that supported the road just washed away
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Nothing left of the brick wall holding the sign to Pafuri Camp
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This pic cannot do justice to the size of that tree trunk .... it is HUGE. In the river bed under the 'southern bridge'
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The Luvuvhu river from the bridge
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It is amazing to see how the tar washed off the road and some if lying a few metres away from the road. This is also the case near Shingwedzi
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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Road works taking place (they are very patient with tourists driving up and down and keep having to make way for the visitors to the park)
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Nyala loop .... the area is very different in that a layer of sand now covers it.
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The road has been cleared on sand, to the side the height of the sand in a smaller river feeding into the Luvuvhu
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Level with our vehicle window
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Trees now find themselves deeper in the sand
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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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DB, :gflower:

Wow!!! just sand everywhere. :big_eyes: :big_eyes: ...Have the animals started to return to the area. :hmz:

Thanks for posting :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Unbelievable DB :big_eyes: Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up:
Have a stunning evening :D

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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:gflower: DB, thank you for a awesome update. :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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TT, we saw one nyala, a few zebra and impala north of the river. But then with the work going on in the area, I am sure the animals are keeping a bit of distance at the moment. Graders and huge trucks up and down do make a heck of a noise.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Incredible! The force of water....


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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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I will try add some more pics, forgive me if I duplicate, as the internet connection here is very 'wobbly'.

All Nyala Drive:
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