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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:40 pm 
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The entrance to the S3 close to Phabeni gate was no longer blocked when I passed there on 27 January .

I travelled the S1 on 30 January , there was very little damage - the water was flowing stronly over the causeway river crossing . I assume it is still open ,

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:51 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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wildtuinman wrote:
From this link:

More updates on the road openings in KNP

I read this:
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All gravel roads are closed except, S3 (Numbi Gate to Phabeni Gate), S23 (Biyamiti Loop), S25, S26 (Bume Road), S112, S113, S139, S114 (south of Biyamiti Weir).


I assume that the "closed" should read "opened" instead.

Just to confirm. We are in Croc Bridge on Friday. Is the S25 still closed?



Hi Wildtuinman;
The update you were looking at is dated 25 January. The last update on the KNP floods that we took out was on the 01st of February 2013 which mentions all the updates on the roads and camps open. It can be found here:

Hope this settles the confusion :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:33 pm 
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Joep Stevens wrote:
Dear JohanRebel,

Temporary repairs have been made to Shingwedzi and Nkulumbeni bridges and guests are therefore able to travel between Punda Maria and Letaba.

With kind regards.

JOEP


Thanks a lot for the prompt response Joep. Good to know. At some point I have to pick up my belongings at Maluteni, and should prefer to drive up through the park rather than around.

Johan


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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:52 pm 
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Nane42 wrote:
Hi all,
We will visiting KNP for the first time in May ( first time South Africa :D ). Our booking for Shingwedzi is already canceled and we have booked Mopani instead. The following 3nights we have a booking for Pafuri Camp !? Can anybody tell, if Pafuri will reopen until May ? I emailed to Wilderness a week ago, but have no answer yet. Is The Outpost an alternative, or was it badly damaged as well ? Is it even possible to travel the north ? Our plan is leaving the park via Pafuri Gate to go to Mapungubwe. Perhaps we should rearrange our tour ?
Trank you very much, greetings from Cologne/ Germany
Nane


I'll see what I can find out. Forget about Pafuri Camp in May, the place took a serious hammering. The Outpost survived (there are advantages to perching on a hillside), although rivers of water were literally running thorugh the buildings when the rain was coming down. I've had no updates on the game viewing road network in the Makuleke CNP, but assume that roads above the floodplain level should be usable, especially on the sandveld plateau which drains water well.

Wilderness Adventures reservations are sure to be in touch, they are having to cope with a year's worth of bookings to cancel and reaccommodate.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Thank you very much, Johan !
Regards, Nane :)


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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:45 am 
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Received confirmation that the Pafuri Gate is open with access to the OUT POST but not further south.
Temp access across the Luvuhu should be by mid February 2013 . Permanent repairs will be done during March 2013 to June 2013.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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There have been various changes to some of the gravel roads. A warning has also been included indicating that as a result of rains Kruger has received over previous days could result in the road status changing without warning.


Camps Open:

Berg- en- Dal
Biyamiti
Boulders
Crocodile Bridge
Letaba
Lower Sabie
Malelane
Mopani
Olifants - Pump infrastructure washed away and on emergency boreholes
Orpen
Pretoriuskop
Punda Maria
Roodewal
Sable Dam Hide
Satara
Shipindane Hide
Skukuza

Camps Closed:

Balule - Services affected
Bateleur - Fence and bulk services damaged
Maroela - Waterlogged and inaccessible
Shimuwini - Flood damage and inaccessible
Shingwedzi - Severally flooded - Camp and Day Visitors area out of bounds for public
Sirheni - Flood damage and inaccessible
Talamati - Flood damage and inaccessible
Tamboti - Fence breached and inaccessible
Tsendze - Inaccessible

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 - Closed Flooded
Masorini - Open
Matambeni Hide - Closed Access road closed
Mathekeyane - Open
Mlondozi - Open
Mooiplaas - Open
Muzandzeni - Closed Roads closed
Nhlanguleni - Closed Roads closed
Nkuhlu - Open
Nkumbe - Open
Nthandanyathi Hide - Open
Nwamanzi - Open
Nwanetsi - Open
Nyawutsi Hide - Closed Roads closed
Olifants River on S44 - Open
Orpen Dam - Closed Roads closed
Pafuri Picnic Spot - Closed Major flood damage and inaccessible
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 - Closed Services Affected

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).
H1-8 (H13-1 intersection to Pafuri) Luvuvhu Bridge closed and severe damage to tar road (open from H13-1 to S63 turnoff to borderpost) Pafuri borderpost 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)
S21 (Nwatimhiri Road)
S32 (Orpen Dam Loop)
S33 (Vutomi Road)
S34 (Munywini Road)
S36 (Nhlanguleni/ Muzandzeni Road)(H1-2 to S125 closed)
S44 (Letaba /Olifants confluence Road)
S47 (Letaba River Road)
S50 (Shawu Road)(Open from south to S143 turnoff)
S52 (Shingwedzi River Road) (only section on southern bank of Shingwedzi River open)
S53
S56 (Mphongolo Road)
S61 (Klopperfontein Loop)
S63 (Luvuvhu Road) (northern riverside section closed)
S64 (Nyala Drive)
S65 (Nwaswitshaka Waterhole Road)
S69 (Nhlanganini Loop)
S79 (Nwatimhiri Loop)
S90 (Old Main Road) (Open from south until S89 turnoff – Balule causeway still inaccessible)
S99 (Mahogany Loop) (Partially open from both ends)
S113 (H3 to Biyamiti Loop Link)
S114 (Old Skukuza to Malelane Road) (open except crossing at Biyamiti weir)
S131 (Old Main Road Malopeni to Letaba)
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
Phabeni
Phalaborwa
Punda Maria

Gates Closed:


Pafuri
Pafuri Border - Facility Severe flooding

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 / Ike Phaahla 083 673 6974

Tourist Enquiries: Lucy Nhlapo 082 908 4753/ lucy.nhlapo@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: Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:09 pm 
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:gflower: Lesego :gflower: ....for the update :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:15 pm 
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Wow, how wrong I was in underestimating the damage and financial repurcussions of this disaster!

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:42 pm 
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Location: The planning is on again.....
Thanks Lesogo,

right in time for our departure tomorrow. Hopefully not too much rain expected the next days :pray:


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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Our video about the heavy rains in Kruger and the swollen Olifantsriver. Very Impressive! :shock:
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I'm soooo glad I was able to help the staff a bit, to get back on track.
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We collected 1,000kgs worth of clothing, food and beddings.


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