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 Post subject: Balule Low water bridge
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:21 pm 
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Any official feedback on the opening of the Balule low water bridge. The second due date was 15 November and feedback received from other mites was that the game driving vehicles already use the bridge.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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here is a picture from last sunday. I dont think that it will be open soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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Thanks Martin!

I assume the public is not allowed to drive over the Gravel 'bridge' that's shown in the picture? :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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i don't think that they allow it. actually only the game drives are allowed to pass is, but they are driving very carefully. On the picture you can't see it but there is a high difference between the road and the gravel bridge.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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Thanks Martin!

:slap: :slap:

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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Thanks for the pics Martin, it does look a bit of a mess!

anyway, lets keep fingers crossed and wait and see what Lesego finds out as per her post Here

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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Oh yes Bush Baptist, and no problem for these guys either!
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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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Martin and Chacma

Thanks for the feedback. Its however very disappointing to see that so little work has been done on the bridge considering that most roads were open by 15 June including Biyamiti weir, which is of similar structure.

Why all the delays or is it not important to give access to Balule residence to Olifants camp where one must book in. At first it was promise earlier then September and thereafter 15 November, but still not fixed except for a gravel bridge.

I hope provision will be made that one can at least hook off your caravan at Balule before heading to Olifants camp to book in and that vistors to Balule are allowed to cross next month. If its safe to drive guest over the bridge in SANPArks vehicle it must be safe for guest in their own vehicle. :hmz:

leopard74 we will be camping and definitely come and meet you at Balule after Xmas.

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Kruger Flood update as at 16:00 on 15 June 2012

Camps Open
Balule, Bateleur, Berg- en- Dal, Biyamiti, Crocodile Bridge, Letaba , Lower Sabie (except 6 tents), Malelane, Maroela, Mopani, Olifants, Orpen, Pretoriuskop, Punda Maria, Roodewal, Satara, Sable Dam Sleepover Hide, Shimuwini, Shingwedzi, Shipindane Hide, Sirheni, Skukuza & Talamati, Tsendze.

Tamboti has also reopened as a number of tents are operational. The repairs on tents 1 to 20 are nearing completion and are expected to be fully operational by 30 June 2012.

Picnic Spots
Tshokwane Has reopened.
Nkuhlu, Muzandzeni, Mlondozi, Nhlanguleni, Nwanetsi, Afsaal and Timbavati are OPEN
Letaba Day Visitors Site Reopened.
Makhadzi Reopened
Lake Panic Birdhide Open

Access roads inside the park
All roads, except the following, are open:
S25 (From S26 to S139, Biyamiti Low Level Bridge inaccessible), S33, S34 (S34 is expected to reopen by 30 June 2012), S84, Balule Low Level Bridge (detour via S89 and S90) (Balule Bridge is expected to reopen by 30 September 2012), H1-5 (From S91 to H8) (detour via S91, S92 & H8 – detour 17km of which 12 is gravel road) (Breach on H1-5 near N’wamanzi is expected to reopen by 31 July 2012).

Sand River Low Level Bridge on H1-2 (between Skukuza and Tshokwane) has been reopened.

Biyamiti Weir (on S114) has been reopened.

Gates: All are open

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Media Enquiries: Reynold Thakhuli 073 373 4999 / Gabrielle Venter 082 696 4724
Tourist Enquiries: Joep Stevens 082 802 8093

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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Dear All,

It is with much regret that I inform you that the Balule Bridge is not going to be completed before December holidays and probably only by March 2013. I am not going to dwell into reasons for this. A decision will be taken tomorrow whether the (temporary) gravel coffer crossing will be opened for public use or not. For Balule guests, please keep in mind that check-in can also be done at Satara.

With regards.

JOEP (joep.stevens@sanparks.org)

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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Thanks Joep!

Really do hope that the Gravel Crossing will be opened for public as we will be reliant on the Olifants Shop every afternoon. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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Dear All,

Just to confirm that unfortunately Balule bridge will not be accessible for guests until it is completed by about March 2013. Keep in mind, check-in for Balule can also be done at Satara or Olifants camps.

Thank you.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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I've just returned from my visit to Balule. Water was flowing over the temporary sand structure, that was built for construction vehicle to travel over the the bridge on 28 Dec. On the 31 Dec the area had a good rainfall during the night which might have soften the sand even more.

I am not sure if the temporary sand bridge will last much longer and recommend people not to use the bridge at all. Some people are still removing the baracading and crossed it while we were there.

Another point is that guest visiting Balule needs to be aware of the closing of the bridge by the reservation office prior to their visit.

Some guests arrived at ~ 8 pm on the 31 Dec at the camp. They were escort by SANParks to the camp due to the late arrival. At 6pm we notice a vehicle at the Olifants side of the bridge but had to drive on and could not cross. Coming from Olifants there are no warnings that the bridge is closed and guest might feel that they have enough time to book in after 5 pm at Olifants and can still arrive at camp on time. With the detour 21 km it will not be possible. Therefore book-in times need to change to no later than 5 pm and a route need to be provided.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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The weather was really bad and we were also restricted to the tent.
Our stand was the second one from the corner on the hutted side.
Only met Mrs Wild dog during our stay at Balule

Some pics of the low water bridge taken on 29 Dec 2012.

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 Post subject: Re: Balule Low water bridge
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I take it any attempts to fix the low water bridge has gone down the mighty Olifants river again... :wall:

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