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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby SHR Spokesman » Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:16 pm

Staff in the staff village in Shingwedzi has lost everything. Here is a photo of the staff village during the flooding.

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Staff had to be evacuated by helicopter.

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All members of staff are now safe and are receiving trauma counselling. There were no serious injuries.

The people in the village have lost everything.

The SANParks Honorary Rangers will assist these people as much as we can. We have asked our Bushveld region based in Phalaborwa to take the lead in the effort. They will communicate with KNP management and report back on how we can assist.

We will keep you updated on how the public can assist. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Scottm » Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:11 am

Kruger rains should have dissipated, and the satellite photo below should be testament to that.

http://www.weatherphotos.co.za/clouds-high-resolution.html
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:32 pm

Thanks Lesego! :thumbs_up:

I phoned SANParks reservations this morning to book for our holiday in June. Out of curiosity I asked the friendly lady on the other side what is happening currently in terms of reservations. She firstly told me that it is quite sad that a lot of the reservations that now need to be moved are pensioners, who were making use of the discount from Jan to March. Many of them are now moved to times or camps where they have to pay more - which is a pity for them. I then asked her how future reservations are handled currently. Apparently they are not taking bookings for any of the camps that had access roads damaged for the next 2 months. And for now, one cannot make bookings for Shingwedzi for the next YEAR! :shock:
13-19 June 2015 - Lower Sabie
20-23 June 2015 - Satara
24-25 June 2015 - Olifants
26-28 June 2015 - Letaba


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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:35 pm

Graham_5000 wrote:
Bushbuddies wrote:Thanks Lesego! :thumbs_up:

Apparently they are not taking bookings for any of the camps that had access roads damaged for the next 2 months. And for now, one cannot make bookings for Shingwedzi for the next YEAR! :shock:



Does this mean that I cannot book Talamati for December? Will I have to wait 2 months now before I can?


No - they are not taking any bookings to go and stay at places like Talamati for the next 2 months, ie you cannot book to go and stay in Talamati in Feb. I'm sure you can book now for Dec. They are probably just doing this to allow for the next two months for repairs to be done. And if all the repairs are done sooner - I am sure they'll open the bookings sooner.
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20-23 June 2015 - Satara
24-25 June 2015 - Olifants
26-28 June 2015 - Letaba


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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:37 pm

hilda wrote:I can just imagine the state of shock the staff who lost everything are in! We will keep an eye open for when, where and how donations can be made to bring a little bit of relief to them! You are all in our prayers! :pray:


I can only agree with you Hilda! :pray:
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20-23 June 2015 - Satara
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26-28 June 2015 - Letaba


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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby zivvy&muffin » Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:36 pm

johanrebel wrote:Just got a full report on Pafuri Camp. Suffice it to say that it left me speechless. Can't post any pictures here. Sorry.

At the highest point, the water level was estimated to have reached 2.4 m above the floodplain.

Johan

Thanks as ever for your updates. 2.4m is the only thing I need to know.
Frankly, I cannot compute that (I can exactly visualise it in many many spots); its that bad.

My fear is the current would get strong enough to knock down some of the trees which survived 2000; and surely the gravel road along the Levuvu will have caved into the river in some spots. Hope I'm wrong.

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Crested Val » Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:30 pm

Drove to the H14 causeway today, which is still closed.
Work already being carried out.......well done SANparks. :clap:

it was a very eerie drive......hardly any animals and no other cars..

Here is a photo.

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby johanrebel » Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:45 pm

zivvy&muffin wrote:Thanks as ever for your updates. 2.4m is the only thing I need to know.
Frankly, I cannot compute that (I can exactly visualise it in many many spots); its that bad.
I can visualise it, as I have a picture which illustrates it exactly. I'll see if I can get permission to post it here.

Johan

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby johanrebel » Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:18 pm

Bushbuddies wrote:Is Pafuri Camp still standing?
Depends on how you look at it! As you probably know, most of the camp was constructed on raised decks. In a way that's an advantage, as it kept most of the camp above the layers or silt and mud that were deposited by the floodwaters, but where the decks were undermined . . .

I do not have the full picture yet. It looks like some rooms may still be standing more or less intact, but both pools were completely washed away, the big lounge lapa has partially collapsed, boardwalks reduced to matchsticks in places, stone walls to rubble, vehicles rolled down the floodplain like Matchbox cars, etc.

On the other hand, structures away from the river and long stretches of boardwalk seem to have escaped unscathed.

Then you have the generator, water tanks, and so forth. Will take a while to assess everything thoroughly.

So far, the carcasses of about 10 impala have been found draped across boardwalks and in other places within camp, i.e. a strech of just over a km along one bank of the Luvuvhu. Makes you wonder what else is lying out there.

Johan

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby chas » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:22 am

This years foto January Floods 2013

DuQues wrote:Image
Lower Sabie
Photo by Lara Robertson




Last Year's photo January Floods 2012

spargish wrote:Lower Sabie, got the pic from twitter

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Looks pretty much the same to me!!

Lets try and stick to new foto's!

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby johanrebel » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:25 am

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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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:58 am

Quite incredible! :shock:
That road is going to have to be completely remade!
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Lesego » Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:18 pm

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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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby alf » Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:22 am

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!!!!!!
Made my booking for Desember 2014!! Whoohoo

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Joep Stevens » Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:36 am

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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