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 Post subject: 2013 road closures in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:27 am 
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Has anyone noticed if the S33, Vutomi Road has been reopened per chance?

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 road closures in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:29 am 
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Went past Balule low level bridge yesterday 14 November late afternoon and the bridge still closed off. The Vutomi road S33 still closed off.


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 Post subject: Re: 2012 road closures in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:18 pm 
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Elsa,

The final decision if the road is open or not must still be taken. I am still waiting for the feedback from either Joep or Lesego since last week when I asked about the opening of the bridge.

Joep Stevens wrote:
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.

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 Post subject: Re: 2013 road closures in Kruger
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Hi CV
some pictures :pray:


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View from the bench in front of the Letaba Restaurant.

Three days ago it was a dry riverbed!!! :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: 2013 road closures in Kruger
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Joep sent me a pic this morning about Shingwedzi River and it looks terribad ! (terrible and bad)

http://imgur.com/PGRZF

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High level bridge on the H1-6 north of Letaba at 4pm today.

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 Post subject: Re: 2013 road closures in Kruger
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H14 is still closed, but they are already working on it. :thumbs_up:

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Photo taken this pm. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: 2013 road closures in Kruger
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Nicolette, the road between Orpen and Satara is open, there is a detour onto the Rabelais loop to get round the breach in the tar road.
When we were at Tshokwane 2 weeks ago, the shop was not yet open, but the toilets were all operational and many folks were braaing and doing their own thing.

Janine, sure we will get further info on the reopening of camps as soon as possible.

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 Post subject: Re: 2013 road closures in Kruger
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johan rebel wrote on Camps & Roads under the Pafuri thread :

"I left the Makuleke CNP on Monday the 11th. From what I could see from the tar (well, formerly tar) road the previous afternoon, Nyala Drive (S64), looked liked it had just been born again. Lots of graders and other shiny heavy equipment all lined up ready to tackle the S63 to Crooks".

Is there any indication as to whether these roads will be open soon ?

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I emailed SANParks about the S33 and S34. The S34 work is scheduled to be completed by 14/06/2013, and the S33 by 31/08/2013.

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 Post subject: Re: 2013 road closures in Kruger
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any updates on road closures?

How is work progressing in Shingwedzi?
Is Njala road and Crooks corner still closed?


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 Post subject: Re: 2013 road closures in Kruger
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Imax I am sure as further changes happen we will be kept updated. :thumbs_up:

See update for Shingwedzi

S63 Crooks Corner is only open as far as the Pafuri Picnic site.

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S32 (Orpen Dam Loop) is OPENED. We traveled from Tshokwane via Orpen Dam to Lower Sabie using H1-2, H1-3; S35, S32, H10 on Thursday (20 June 2013). :) :) :)

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 Post subject: Re: 2013 road closures in Kruger
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Lesego wrote:
The latest update on the Kruger National Park flood damage as at 11:00 on 2 July 2013.

Changes to previous update:

The latest developments at Shingwedzi Rest Camp - inter alia, diesel available again.
The closure of a small section of the H1-8, near the Luvuvhu Bridge, due to repair works.


Camps Open:

All camps have reopened. However, please take note of the following:

Access to Balule Camp via Olifants River Causeway is still closed and camp can only be accessed via the S89 & S90.
The Shingwedzi Rest Camp has been partially opened. However, the Day Visitors Area, Shop, Restaurant, Swimming Pool, A-circle and Eastern Gate remain closed. There is a small tuck shop with very limited supplies. The Filling Station has reopened, although diesel is not yet available. The Camp Site is fully operational and B-circle has partially reopened ansd is expected to be fully reopened by the end of July 2013 while A-circle and Rentmeester Guest House is expected to reopen by 1 September 2013.
Picnic Spots / Viewpoints:

All picnic spots and viewpoints have reopened, with the exception of:

Crooks Corner
Kanniedood Hide
***Please take note of the following:

Pafuri Picnic Spot can only be accessed from Luvuvhu Bridge on western portion of S63 or link road to Border Post tar road. S63 east of Picnic Spot to Crooks Corner remains closed.
Access Roads Inside the Park:

All tarred roads except the following, are open:

S63 (Pafuri Port of Entry Road) (Port of Entry flooded and closed).
H1-8 (short section between S63 and S64 near the Luvhuvhu Bridge). Guests can use the S63 or S64 loops to circumvent the construction that is expected to be completed by 31 July 2013.
H7 (Orpen to Satara) major breach at S24.404923 E31.549712 (S106 to be used as alternative by light vehicles (under 4 tons) only). Expected to reopen by October 2013.

All gravel roads open, except:

S33 (Vutomi Road)
S34 (Munywini Road)
S63 (Luvuvhu Road) (Portion from Luvuvhu Bridge to Pafuri Picnic Spot and link road to Pafuri Border Post tar road open – S63 eastwards and Crooks Corner remain closed)
S64 (Nyala Drive)
S90 (Old Main Road) (Open from south until S89 turnoff – Balule causeway still inaccessible)
S135 (Shingwedzi Causeway Loop)
Gates Open:

All gates and ports of entry have been reopened, with the exception of:

Pafuri Port of Entry
***Please take note of the following:

Orpen to Satara Road (H7) breached at S24.404923 E31.549712. Alternative available (S106 15 km gravel) light vehicles (under 4 tons) only. Expected to open by October 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: 2013 road closures in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:33 am 
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Thanks for the update.

I just returned from the park. The tar road to Levuvhu bridge is till closed and the bridge and picnic site is accessed from either Njala Loop or the link road from the Pafuri border post road to the Levuvhu river road.

It is unbelievable how the river has changed with some massive old trees being washed away. On the Njala loop there are some large sand banks between the road and the river now, some at least a meter high.

Frank recons that the river road to Crooks Corner will be open very soon, and the barriers have already been removed and onyl the no entry sign remaining.


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