Balule Low water bridge

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Re: Balule Low water bridge

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I've just returned from my visit to Balule. Water was flowing over the temporary sand structure, that was built for construction vehicle to travel over the the bridge on 28 Dec. On the 31 Dec the area had a good rainfall during the night which might have soften the sand even more.

I am not sure if the temporary sand bridge will last much longer and recommend people not to use the bridge at all. Some people are still removing the baracading and crossed it while we were there.

Another point is that guest visiting Balule needs to be aware of the closing of the bridge by the reservation office prior to their visit.

Some guests arrived at ~ 8 pm on the 31 Dec at the camp. They were escort by SANParks to the camp due to the late arrival. At 6pm we notice a vehicle at the Olifants side of the bridge but had to drive on and could not cross. Coming from Olifants there are no warnings that the bridge is closed and guest might feel that they have enough time to book in after 5 pm at Olifants and can still arrive at camp on time. With the detour 21 km it will not be possible. Therefore book-in times need to change to no later than 5 pm and a route need to be provided.
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Re: Low level bridge at Balule

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I don't think Sanparks want people to use this temporary dirt crossing -- it is meant to cut off the running water. I suppose they will have to do another similar wall lower, then pump out the water before they can start laying concrete in that gap. But the following pics will prove that it was being done on Thursday, 3 July 2014.

What a difference when you can cross the river without going 35 km to Olifants! Also spectacular for viewing elephants at sunset from the bridge! Will have to go back to experience that properly!

I don't know if this man is the "contractor". I do know that there were huge heaps of gravel etc. on the opposite bank, about 500m from the opposite bank T-junction. The trucks were making a hang of a noise, reversing back and forth across the bridge. Even the big white Sanparks bus used the crossing.

I think they would be making a HUGE mistake (same as with Croc Bridge) if they plan to finish this job in 8 months -- it will just get washed away again! The rainy season starts in November, so they need to finish it within the next four months!

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Re: Balule Low water bridge

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Work is ongoing on the bridge. The road is now closed at the fork to Balule so one can only view the bridge from the northern side of the river.

ImageBalule bridge by dinkybird, on Flickr
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Thanks so much for that information onewithnature. Much appreciated. We are only going to Balule in May, so hopefully the bridge will be complete by then. :clap:
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Dear Valued Guests

I have exciting news, I have consulted with the Technical Services Department, the bridge will be opened by Friday, 15 May 2015.

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Ah, wonderful news. Thank you very much for taking the time to check on the progress and report back Lesley. Much appreciated. :clap:
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Whooo Hooo! GREAT news, thanks Lesley!
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Re: Balule Low water bridge

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The bridge is now open. :thumbs_up:
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