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Latest update on the Kruger National Park flood damage

21 June 2013

Changes to previous update:

  • The opening (albeit partially) of Sirheni and Shingwedzi Camps.

  • The reopening of some key roads, namely S50 (Shawu Road past Kanniedood Dam, S134 (Shingwedzi Round Road) and S57 (Sirheni Road).

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 will be reopened by the end of June 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).

  • 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/ or Joep Stevens 082 802 8093/