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Latest update on the Kruger National Park floods

Date: 2013-01-25

Camps Open:


Berg- en- Dal,  Biyamiti, Crocodile Bridge, Letaba, Lower Sabie , Malelane,  Mopani (via Letaba only), Olifants, Orpen,  Pretoriuskop,  Punda Maria (only accessible from Punda Maria Gate – no internal access from KNP), Satara &  Skukuza.


Camps Closed:


Bateleur (flooded & access),Balule (services), Boulders (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 - Open

  • 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 Picnic Spot - Closed (flooded & access)

  • Paul Kruger Tablets - Open 

  • Pioneer Hide - Closed

  • Rabelais Museum - Open

  • 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. S106 to be used as alternative.

  • 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).

  • Phalaborwa Gate to Mopani (H14)(Tsendze causeway).

  • Tshokwane to Lower Sabie has been reopened (causeway over Sabie River below camp has been cleared).

  • 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).


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