January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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Pics taken by Grant Knight from SANParks:

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Skukuza 13-15Feb2013
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I've been following here all along. The damage as shown by the pictures is just UNBELIEVABLE! :shock: And to think - there was talk on this forum of Shingwedzi closing down due to drought in December - how ironic! :?

Are there any pics of Wilderness' Pafuri Camp? Is the place still standing? So glad I went in Sept 2012...
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From Facebook:

Michelle Van Der Merwe (SANParks Regional Tourism Manager)
what a heartbreaking visit to Shingwedzi camp today. A true miracle that no lives were lost. All the staff were taken their today in the hope that they can collect some personal belongings, but with no success. These people have nothing left! Emotional and sad to witness!
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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That is just so tragic! :cry:
but thankfully no lives have been lost which is what I guess we should be grateful for.
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger - question for DB &

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Hi DB and Lesego

Do the staff need help in replacing their belongings? For some, it may be the second time in as many years that they have been flooded out.

Is there an official fund ( SANParks or Hon. rangers) that we can contribute to ( via PayPal if possible) to assist staff in replacing their stuff?

Not sure if they are covered by Sanparks insurance.

Please let us know for those who want to contribute ( ESP those of us too far away to donate clothing etc ).

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Staff in the staff village in Shingwedzi has lost everything. Here is a photo of the staff village during the flooding.

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Staff had to be evacuated by helicopter.

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All members of staff are now safe and are receiving trauma counselling. There were no serious injuries.

The people in the village have lost everything.

The SANParks Honorary Rangers will assist these people as much as we can. We have asked our Bushveld region based in Phalaborwa to take the lead in the effort. They will communicate with KNP management and report back on how we can assist.

We will keep you updated on how the public can assist. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

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hilda wrote:I can just imagine the state of shock the staff who lost everything are in! We will keep an eye open for when, where and how donations can be made to bring a little bit of relief to them! You are all in our prayers! :pray:


I can only agree with you Hilda! :pray:
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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Drove to the H14 causeway today, which is still closed.
Work already being carried out.......well done SANparks. :clap:

it was a very eerie drive......hardly any animals and no other cars..

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Bushbuddies wrote:Is Pafuri Camp still standing?
Depends on how you look at it! As you probably know, most of the camp was constructed on raised decks. In a way that's an advantage, as it kept most of the camp above the layers or silt and mud that were deposited by the floodwaters, but where the decks were undermined . . .

I do not have the full picture yet. It looks like some rooms may still be standing more or less intact, but both pools were completely washed away, the big lounge lapa has partially collapsed, boardwalks reduced to matchsticks in places, stone walls to rubble, vehicles rolled down the floodplain like Matchbox cars, etc.

On the other hand, structures away from the river and long stretches of boardwalk seem to have escaped unscathed.

Then you have the generator, water tanks, and so forth. Will take a while to assess everything thoroughly.

So far, the carcasses of about 10 impala have been found draped across boardwalks and in other places within camp, i.e. a strech of just over a km along one bank of the Luvuvhu. Makes you wonder what else is lying out there.

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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Kruger National Park (KNP) flood update as at 12:00 on 24 January 2013

Camps Open:

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

Bateleur (flooded & access),Balule (services), Biyamiti (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 - Closed (access)
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 - Closed (flooded & access)
Paul Kruger Tablets - Open
Pioneer Hide - Closed
Rabelais Museum - Closed
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.
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).
Tshokwane to Lower Sabie has been reopened (causeway over Sabie River below camp has been cleared).
All gravel roads are closed.

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
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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Dear All,

The breach is actually not over the Phelwana, but at a rather seemingly insignificant spruit at S24.404923 E31.549712. The S106 (Rabelais loop) has in the meantime been opened, so Satara and Orpen are connected again by road.

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Dear Ruud & others,

Shingwedzi Camp has been extensively flooded on the night of 20 January 2013.
From initial assessments at Bateleur, it is apparent that most of the water came from the Mphongololo River catchment.
Initial assessments indicate that repair work will take several months and estimates at this stage indicate the camp might reopen by August or September.
However, this could still change and thus our decision to remove all availability for the remainder of the year. Guests with bookings will be contacted in due course in order to try and find alternatives.
They are welcome however to contact the reservation offices to initiate any changes themselves.

With kind regards.

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Kruger National Park (KNP) flood update as at 11:00 on 25 January 2013


The major change since previous update is the opening of Biyamiti Camp and access from both Crocodile Bridge and Malelane side. Access from Skukuza should be via H2-2 at Afsaal as the S114 is closed from Biyamiti Weir northwards. Crocodile Bridge has been inspected for structural integrity and is open for all vehicles.

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, S25, 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
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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Just arrived back in UK after our north Kruger holiday adventure.
Our original itinerary was Olifants/Shimuwini/Sirheni/Pafuri….but needless to say it turned into chaos.
We were more intent on getting to our destinations than taking photos, but we’ve uploaded a few of the better ones to here, including a nice panorama of Luvuvhu taken from highest point at The Outpost.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/86919635@N00/sets/72157632608282414/

I hope the moderators won’t mind me mentioning The Outpost…under such exceptional circumstances I hope the normal rules don’t apply.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks they deserve a big thank you.
For a few days everyone north of the Luvuvhu bridge was evacuated to there.
Guests and staff from Pafuri Camp, and also all the trainee guides and staff from the EcoTraining camp.
There was nowhere else to go, and no way out as the Pafuri gate road was also washed away.
We were able to leave on Tuesday, after they had worked out a 4x4 route through a flooded village at the place the road outside Pafuri gate was damaged.

This was one holiday that we’ll never forget!
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