January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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Dear SarahStu,

Many thanks for the pics of your most memorable Kruger visit, they provide a great account of the happening regarding your visit. Would it be possible to obtain full size copies for our record? These pics are archived under the name of the photographer and if used at all, the photographer will be ackniowledged.

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Some new photos of damage at the staff village on the SANParks Honorary Rangers' Facebook page.

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KRUGER NATIONAL PARK RECEIVES FLOOD RELIEF DONATION

South African National Parks (SANParks) received a donation from Latest Sightings, a website where the public can share sightings. The donations were handed over at the Phalaborwa Gate in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Saturday 2 February 2013 to assist those affected by the recent floods in the park.
SANParks Honorary Rangers (HR’s) coordinated the efforts of Latest Sightings to gather clothes, food and sanitary items for staff members who lost their personal belongings during the floods.

Nadav Ossendryver (16), the founder of Latest Sightings said, "I was so moved by the flood photos that the community sent to my website (Latestsightings.com) and my Facebook page (Latest Sightings – Kruger), that I felt I had to do something to help the SANParks employees that were affected by the floods, some of whom I know personally because of my many visits to Kruger."

The donations were collected at Kind David’s High School Linksfield on Friday 1 February. The Land Rover Owners Club Southern Africa helped transport all the donations to Phalaborwa Gate in KNP. The schools involved with collecting donations are King David School Linksfield, Crawford College, Saheti School, Yeshiva College, Dainfern College and the Torah Academy School.

Louis Lemmer, SANParks Honorary Rangers National Executive Committee, Public Relations and Communication, said "The SANParks Honorary Rangers is proud to work with the public, schools and other organisation to assist the people affected by the floods in Kruger and Mapungubwe National Parks. SANParks staff contributes so much to conserve our parks and make the stay of visitors to our parks comfortable and memorable. Now it is our time to help them in their hour of need."

The SANParks Honorary Rangers have opened a flood relief fund to raise funds for the relief effort specifically aimed at supporting the staff members who lost their belongings during the flood. If you would like to donate, please contact Louis Lemmer at [email protected] or go to http://www.sanparksvolunteers.org/disaster


Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Communications, Tel: 012 426 5170

Media enquiries:
Laura Mukwevho – Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park.
Tel: 013 735 4262, Cell: 082 807 1441 or Email: [email protected]

OR

Gabrielle “Gabby” Venter – Manager: Media and Stakeholder Relations, SANParks
Tel: 012 426 5065, Cell: 083 825 9435 or Email: [email protected]
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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http://metzone.weathersa.co.za/images/P ... th_rai.pdf

January rainfall - extremely high rainfall figures particularly for Graskop , Haenertsburg , Tzaneen , Thohoyandou - which probably caused the flash flooding in KNP .

MPUMALANGA
BELFAST 192
GRASKOP AWS 524
KRUGER MPUMALANGA INT. AIR. 264
NELSPRUIT 245
SKUKUZA 272

LIMPOPO PROVINCE
ALLDAYS HALY ARS 265
GRAVELOTTE ARS 294
HAENERTSBURG ARS 393
HANS MERENSKY N.S 358
HOEDSPRUIT 196
MARA 262
POLOKWANE WO 158
PUNDA MARIA 363
THOHOYANDOU WO 703
TZANEEN-WESTFALIA ESTATE 549
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Wow, those rainfall figures are truly staggering! :shock:
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There have been various changes to some of the gravel roads. A warning has also been included indicating that as a result of rains Kruger has received over previous days could result in the road status changing without warning.


Camps Open:

Berg- en- Dal
Biyamiti
Boulders
Crocodile Bridge
Letaba
Lower Sabie
Malelane
Mopani
Olifants - Pump infrastructure washed away and on emergency boreholes
Orpen
Pretoriuskop
Punda Maria
Roodewal
Sable Dam Hide
Satara
Shipindane Hide
Skukuza

Camps Closed:

Balule - Services affected
Bateleur - Fence and bulk services damaged
Maroela - Waterlogged and inaccessible
Shimuwini - Flood damage and inaccessible
Shingwedzi - Severally flooded - Camp and Day Visitors area out of bounds for public
Sirheni - Flood damage and inaccessible
Talamati - Flood damage and inaccessible
Tamboti - Fence breached and inaccessible
Tsendze - Inaccessible

Picnic Spots / Viewpoints:

Afsaal - Open
Albasini Ruins - Open
Babalala - Open
Bobbejaan Krans - Open Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712
Crooks Corner - Closed Major flood damage and inaccessible
Eileen Orpen Memorial - Open
Gardenia Hide - Open
Kanniedood Hide - Closed Inaccessible
Lake Panic Hide - Open
Makhadzi - Closed Flooded
Masorini - Open
Matambeni Hide - Closed Access road closed
Mathekeyane - Open
Mlondozi - Open
Mooiplaas - Open
Muzandzeni - Closed Roads closed
Nhlanguleni - Closed Roads closed
Nkuhlu - Open
Nkumbe - Open
Nthandanyathi Hide - Open
Nwamanzi - Open
Nwanetsi - Open
Nyawutsi Hide - Closed Roads closed
Olifants River on S44 - Open
Orpen Dam - Closed Roads closed
Pafuri Picnic Spot - Closed Major flood damage and inaccessible
Paul Kruger Tablets - Open
Pioneer Hide - Open
Rabelais Museum - Open
Ratel Pan Hide - Open
Redrocks - Open
Sable Dam - Open
Shibyatsangela - Closed Roads closed
Shipandani Hide - Open
Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial - Open
Sweni Hide - Open
Timbavati - Open
Tshanga - Open
Tshokwane - Closed Services Affected

Access Roads Inside the Park:

All tarred roads except the following, are open:

H1-1 (Skukuza to Pretoriuskop) breach near Transport Dam (Temporary detour is available).
H1-8 (H13-1 intersection to Pafuri) Luvuvhu Bridge closed and severe damage to tar road (open from H13-1 to S63 turnoff to borderpost) Pafuri borderpost 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).

All gravel roads open, except:
S3 (Albasini Road)
S21 (Nwatimhiri Road)
S32 (Orpen Dam Loop)
S33 (Vutomi Road)
S34 (Munywini Road)
S36 (Nhlanguleni/ Muzandzeni Road)(H1-2 to S125 closed)
S44 (Letaba /Olifants confluence Road)
S47 (Letaba River Road)
S50 (Shawu Road)(Open from south to S143 turnoff)
S52 (Shingwedzi River Road) (only section on southern bank of Shingwedzi River open)
S53
S56 (Mphongolo Road)
S61 (Klopperfontein Loop)
S63 (Luvuvhu Road) (northern riverside section closed)
S64 (Nyala Drive)
S65 (Nwaswitshaka Waterhole Road)
S69 (Nhlanganini Loop)
S79 (Nwatimhiri Loop)
S90 (Old Main Road) (Open from south until S89 turnoff – Balule causeway still inaccessible)
S99 (Mahogany Loop) (Partially open from both ends)
S113 (H3 to Biyamiti Loop Link)
S114 (Old Skukuza to Malelane Road) (open except crossing at Biyamiti weir)
S131 (Old Main Road Malopeni to Letaba)
S134 (Shingwedzi Round Road)
S135 (Shingwedzi Causeway Loop)

Gates Open:


Crocodile Bridge
Giriyondo - 4x4 vehicles only
Kruger
Malelane
Numbi
Orpen Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712 light vehicles only
Phabeni
Phalaborwa
Punda Maria

Gates Closed:


Pafuri
Pafuri Border - Facility Severe flooding

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 / Ike Phaahla 083 673 6974

Tourist Enquiries: Lucy Nhlapo 082 908 4753/ [email protected] or Joep Stevens 082 802 8093/ [email protected]
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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Our video about the heavy rains in Kruger and the swollen Olifantsriver. Very Impressive! :shock:
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Remembering the 2000 floods

Joep Stevens, General Manager of Strategic Tourism Services, SANParks writes: "As we are still trying to recover from the recent Shingwedzi flood, with all the additional burden on our managers and staff, we remember this day and are thankful now, as we were then, that no lives were lost. But there were many sacrifices, as we have now again, of people's belongings and livelihoods."
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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Hi 'mites :)
Please see below the KNP Flood Update. There have been various changes to some of the gravel roads and Balule reopens today and Bateleur tomorrow (14 February 2013).


Camps Open:

Balule - Access via Balule Causeway still closed. Use S89 & S90.
Berg- en- Dal
Biyamiti
Boulders
Crocodile Bridge
Letaba
Lower Sabie
Malelane
Mopani
Olifants - Pump infrastructure washed away and on emergency boreholes
Orpen
Pretoriuskop
Punda Maria
Roodewal
Sable Dam Hide
Satara
Shipindane Hide
Skukuza

Camps Closed:


Bateleur - Camp to reopen on Thursday 14 February 2013
Maroela - Waterlogged and inaccessible
Shimuwini - Flood damage and inaccessible
Shingwedzi - Severally flooded - Camp and Day Visitors area out of bounds for public
Sirheni - Flood damage
Talamati - Flood damage and inaccessible
Tamboti - Fence breached and inaccessible
Tsendze - Inaccessible

Picnic Spots / Viewpoints:

Afsaal - Open
Albasini Ruins - Open
Babalala - Open
Bobbejaan Krans - Open Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712
Crooks Corner - Closed Major flood damage and inaccessible
Eileen Orpen Memorial - Open
Gardenia Hide - Open
Kanniedood Hide - Closed Inaccessible
Lake Panic Hide - Open
Makhadzi - Closed Flooded
Masorini - Open
Matambeni Hide - Open
Mathekeyane - Open
Mlondozi - Open
Mooiplaas - Open
Muzandzeni - Closed Flood damage
Nhlanguleni - Closed Roads closed
Nkuhlu - Open
Nkumbe - Open
Nthandanyathi Hide - Open
Nwamanzi - Open
Nwanetsi - Open
Nyawutsi Hide - Closed Roads closed
Olifants River on S44 - Open
Orpen Dam - Open Accessible from H10 only (Tshokwane Lower Sabie tar road)
Pafuri Picnic Spot - Closed Major flood damage and inaccessible
Paul Kruger Tablets - Open
Pioneer Hide - Open
Rabelais Museum - Open
Ratel Pan Hide - Open
Redrocks - Open
Sable Dam - Open
Shibyatsangela - Closed Roads closed
Shipandani Hide - Open
Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial - Open
Sweni Hide - Open
Timbavati - Open
Tshanga - Open
Tshokwane - Closed Temporary ablutions provided no other services

Access Roads Inside the Park:

All tarred roads except the following, are open:


H1-1 (Skukuza to Pretoriuskop) breach near Transport Dam (Temporary detour is available).
H1-8 (H13-1 intersection to Pafuri) Luvuvhu Bridge closed and severe damage to tar road (open from H13-1 to S63 turnoff to borderpost) Pafuri borderpost flooded and closed.
H1-9 (Pafuri Gate to Luvuvhu Bridge).
H7 (Orpen to Satara) major breach at S24.404923 E31.549712 (S106 to be used as alternative by light vehicles (under 4 tons) only).
All gravel roads open, except:
S3 (Albasini Road)
S21 (Nwatimhiri Road)
S32 (Orpen Dam Loop)
S33 (Vutomi Road)
S34 (Munywini Road)
S36 (Nhlanguleni/ Muzandzeni Road)(H1-2 to S125 closed)
S44 (Letaba /Olifants confluence Road)
S50 (Shawu Road)(Open from south to S143 turnoff)
S52 (Shingwedzi River Road) (only section on southern bank of Shingwedzi River open)
S53
S56 (Mphongolo Road)
S61 (Klopperfontein Loop)
S63 (Luvuvhu Road) (northern riverside section closed)
S64 (Nyala Drive)
S79 (Nwatimhiri Loop)
S84 (Nwatindlopfu Loop)
S90 (Old Main Road) (Open from south until S89 turnoff – Balule causeway still inaccessible)
S99 (Mahogany Loop) (Partially open from both ends)
S134 (Shingwedzi Round Road)
S135 (Shingwedzi Causeway Loop)

Gates Open:


Crocodile Bridge
Giriyondo - 4x4 vehicles only
Kruger
Malelane
Numbi
Orpen Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712 light vehicles only
Phabeni
Phalaborwa
Punda Maria

Gates Closed:

Pafuri
Pafuri Border Facility - Severe flooding

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.
Emergency Numbers:

Media enquiries: Reynold Thakhuli 073 373 4999 / Ike Phaahla 083 673 6974

Tourist Enquiries: Lucy Nhlapo 082 908 4753/ [email protected] or Joep Stevens 082 802 8093/ [email protected]
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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Kruger National Park flood update as as 08:00 on 18 February 2013.

Camps Open:

Balule - Access via Balule Causeway still closed. Use S89 & S90.
Bateleur
Berg- en- Dal
Biyamiti
Boulders
Crocodile Bridge
Letaba
Lower Sabie
Malelane
Maroela
Mopani
Olifants - Pump infrastructure washed away and on emergency boreholes
Orpen
Pretoriuskop
Punda Maria
Roodewal
Sable Dam Hide
Satara
Shipindane Hide
Skukuza
Tsendze

Camps Closed:


Shimuwini - Flood damage and inaccessible
Shingwedzi - Severally flooded - Camp and Day Visitors area out of bounds for public
Sirheni - Flood damage
Talamati - Flood damage and inaccessible
Tamboti - Fence breached and inaccessible

Picnic Spots / Viewpoints:


Afsaal - Open
Albasini Ruins - Open
Babalala - Open
Bobbejaan Krans - Open (Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712)
Crooks Corner - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible)
Eileen Orpen Memorial - Open
Gardenia Hide - Open
Kanniedood Hide - Closed (Inaccessible)
Lake Panic Hide - Open
Makhadzi - Closed (Flooded)
Masorini - Open
Matambeni Hide - Open
Mathekeyane - Open
Mlondozi - Open
Mooiplaas - Open
Muzandzeni - Closed (Flood damage)
Nhlanguleni - Closed (Roads closed)
Nkuhlu - Open
Nkumbe - Open
Nthandanyathi Hide - Open
Nwamanzi - Open
Nwanetsi - Open
Nyawutsi Hide - Closed (Roads closed)
Olifants River on S44 - Open
Orpen Dam - Open (Accessible from H10 only Tshokwane Lower Sabie tar road)
Pafuri Picnic Spot - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible)
Paul Kruger Tablets - Open
Pioneer Hide - Open
Rabelais Museum - Open
Ratel Pan Hide - Open
Redrocks - Open
Sable Dam - Open
Shibyatsangela - Closed (Roads closed)
Shipandani Hide - Open
Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial - Open
Sweni Hide - Open
Timbavati - Open
Tshanga - Open
Tshokwane - Open (Temporary ablutions provided no other services)

Access Roads Inside the Park:

All tarred roads except the following, are open:

H1-1 (Skukuza to Pretoriuskop) breach near Transport Dam (Temporary detour is available).
S63(Pafuri Port of Entry Road).
H7 (Orpen to Satara) major breach at S24.404923 E31.549712 (S106 to be used as alternative by light vehicles (under 4 tons) only).


All gravel roads open, except:

S3 (Albasini Road)
S21 (Nwatimhiri Road)
S32 (Orpen Dam Loop)
S33 (Vutomi Road)
S34 (Munywini Road)
S36 (Nhlanguleni/ Muzandzeni Road)(H1-2 to S125 closed)
S44 (Letaba /Olifants confluence Road)
S50 (Shawu Road)(Open from south to S143 turnoff)
S52 (Shingwedzi River Road) (only section on southern bank of Shingwedzi River open)
S53
S56 (Mphongolo Road)
S57 (Sirheni Road)
S63 (Luvuvhu Road) (northern riverside section closed)
S64 (Nyala Drive)
S90 (Old Main Road) (Open from south until S89 turnoff – Balule causeway still inaccessible)
S99 (Mahogany Loop) (Partially open from both ends)
S114 (Old Malelane Skukuza Road; Open except at the Biyamiti Weir Causeway)
S134 (Shingwedzi Round Road)
S135 (Shingwedzi Causeway Loop)

Gates Open:


Crocodile Bridge
Giriyondo - 4x4 vehicles only
Kruger
Malelane
Numbi
Orpen Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712 light vehicles only
Pafuri
Phabeni
Phalaborwa
Punda Maria

Gates Closed:

Pafuri Port of Entry - Severe flooding

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.
Emergency Numbers:

Media enquiries: Reynold Thakhuli 073 373 4999 / Ike Phaahla 083 673 6974

Tourist Enquiries: Lucy Nhlapo 082 908 4753/ [email protected] or Joep Stevens 082 802 8093/ [email protected]

For changes to bookings: Please contact our Reservations offices on 012 426 9111 or email [email protected] or on the web at http://www.sanparks.org/tourism/reservations
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KNP Flood damage update on 20 February 2013

The key changes are the opening of Tshokwane Picnic Spot, which is now fully operational, as well as the opening of S99 (Mahogany Loop) near Punda Maria.

Camps Open:

Balule - Access via Balule Causeway still closed. Use S89 & S90.
Bateleur
Berg- en- Dal
Biyamiti
Boulders
Crocodile Bridge
Letaba
Lower Sabie
Malelane
Maroela
Mopani
Olifants - Pump infrastructure washed away and on emergency boreholes
Orpen
Pretoriuskop
Punda Maria
Roodewal
Sable Dam Hide
Satara
Shipindane Hide
Skukuza
Tsendze

Camps Closed:

Shimuwini - Flood damage and inaccessible
Shingwedzi - Severally flooded - Camp and Day Visitors area out of bounds for public
Sirheni - Flood damage
Talamati - Flood damage and inaccessible
Tamboti - Fence breached and inaccessible

Picnic Spots / Viewpoints:

Afsaal - Open
Albasini Ruins - Open
Babalala - Open
Bobbejaan Krans - Open (Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712)
Crooks Corner - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible)
Eileen Orpen Memorial - Open
Gardenia Hide - Open
Kanniedood Hide - Closed (Inaccessible)
Lake Panic Hide - Open
Makhadzi - Closed (Flooded)
Masorini - Open
Matambeni Hide - Open
Mathekeyane - Open
Mlondozi - Open
Mooiplaas - Open
Muzandzeni - Closed (Flood damage)
Nhlanguleni - Closed (Roads closed)
Nkuhlu - Open
Nkumbe - Open
Nthandanyathi Hide - Open
Nwamanzi - Open
Nwanetsi - Open
Nyawutsi Hide - Closed (Roads closed)
Olifants River on S44 - Open
Orpen Dam - Open (Accessible from H10 only Tshokwane Lower Sabie tar road)
Pafuri Picnic Spot - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible)
Paul Kruger Tablets - Open
Pioneer Hide - Open
Rabelais Museum - Open
Ratel Pan Hide - Open
Redrocks - Open
Sable Dam - Open
Shibyatsangela - Closed (Roads closed)
Shipandani Hide - Open
Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial - Open
Sweni Hide - Open
Timbavati - Open
Tshanga - Open
Tshokwane - Open (Temporary ablutions provided no other services)

Access Roads Inside the Park:

All tarred roads except the following, are open:

H1-1 (Skukuza to Pretoriuskop) breach near Transport Dam (Temporary detour is available).
S63(Pafuri Port of Entry Road).
H7 (Orpen to Satara) major breach at S24.404923 E31.549712 (S106 to be used as alternative by light vehicles (under 4 tons) only).


All gravel roads open, except:


S3 (Albasini Road)
S21 (Nwatimhiri Road)
S32 (Orpen Dam Loop)
S33 (Vutomi Road)
S34 (Munywini Road)
S36 (Nhlanguleni/ Muzandzeni Road)(H1-2 to S125 closed)
S44 (Letaba /Olifants confluence Road)
S50 (Shawu Road)(Open from south to S143 turnoff)
S52 (Shingwedzi River Road) (only section on southern bank of Shingwedzi River open)
S53
S56 (Mphongolo Road)
S57 (Sirheni Road)
S63 (Luvuvhu Road) (northern riverside section closed)
S64 (Nyala Drive)
S90 (Old Main Road) (Open from south until S89 turnoff – Balule causeway still inaccessible)
S114 (Old Malelane Skukuza Road; Open except at the Biyamiti Weir Causeway)
S134 (Shingwedzi Round Road)
S135 (Shingwedzi Causeway Loop)

Gates Open:


Crocodile Bridge
Giriyondo - 4x4 vehicles only
Kruger
Malelane
Numbi
Orpen Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712 light vehicles only
Pafuri
Phabeni
Phalaborwa
Punda Maria

Gates Closed:


Pafuri Port of Entry - Severe flooding

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.
Emergency Numbers:

Media enquiries: Reynold Thakhuli 073 373 4999 / Ike Phaahla 083 673 6974

Tourist Enquiries: Lucy Nhlapo 082 908 4753/ [email protected] or Joep Stevens 082 802 8093/ [email protected]

For changes to bookings: Please contact our Reservations offices on 012 426 9111 or email [email protected] or on the web at http://www.sanparks.org/tourism/reservations
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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KNP Flood Damage Update:

The key changes are the re-opening of Talamati Bush Camp, as well as the opening of S52 (Shingwedzi River Road) and S53 (Nkulumbeni Loop).

Camps Open:
Balule - Access via Balule Causeway still closed. Use S89 & S90.
Bateleur
Berg- en- Dal
Biyamiti
Boulders
Crocodile Bridge
Letaba
Lower Sabie
Malelane
Maroela
Mopani
Olifants - Pump infrastructure washed away and on emergency boreholes
Orpen
Pretoriuskop
Punda Maria
Roodewal
Sable Dam Hide
Satara
Shipindane Hide
Skukuza
Talamati
Tsendze

Camps Closed:
Shimuwini - Flood damage and inaccessible
Shingwedzi - Severely flooded - Camp and Day Visitors area out of bounds for public
Sirheni - Flood damage
Tamboti - Fence breached and inaccessible

Picnic Spots / Viewpoints:
Afsaal - Open
Albasini Ruins - Open
Babalala - Open
Bobbejaan Krans - Open (Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712)
Crooks Corner - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible)
Eileen Orpen Memorial - Open
Gardenia Hide - Open
Kanniedood Hide - Closed (Inaccessible)
Lake Panic Hide - Open
Makhadzi - Closed (Flooded)
Masorini - Open
Matambeni Hide - Open
Mathekeyane - Open
Mlondozi - Open
Mooiplaas - Open
Muzandzeni - Open
Nhlanguleni - Closed (Roads closed)
Nkuhlu - Open
Nkumbe - Open
Nthandanyathi Hide - Open
Nwamanzi - Open
Nwanetsi - Open
Nyawutsi Hide - Closed (Roads closed)
Olifants River on S44 - Open
Orpen Dam - Open (Accessible from H10 only Tshokwane Lower Sabie tar road)
Pafuri Picnic Spot - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible)
Paul Kruger Tablets - Open
Pioneer Hide - Open
Rabelais Museum - Open
Ratel Pan Hide - Open
Redrocks - Open
Sable Dam - Open
Shibyatsangela - Closed (Roads closed)
Shipandani Hide - Open
Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial - Open
Sweni Hide - Open
Timbavati - Open
Tshanga - Open
Tshokwane - Open (Temporary ablutions provided no other services)

Access Roads Inside the Park:

All tarred roads except the following, are open:
H1-1 (Skukuza to Pretoriuskop) breach near Transport Dam (Temporary detour is available).
S63(Pafuri Port of Entry Road).
H7 (Orpen to Satara) major breach at S24.404923 E31.549712 (S106 to be used as alternative by light vehicles (under 4 tons) only).

All gravel roads open, except:
S3 (Albasini Road)
S21 (Nwatimhiri Road)
S30 (Salitje Road
S32 (Orpen Dam Loop)
S33 (Vutomi Road)
S34 (Munywini Road)
S36 (Nhlanguleni/ Muzandzeni Road)(H1-2 to S125 closed)
S50 (Shawu Road)(Open from south to S143 turnoff)
S56 (Mphongolo Road)
S57 (Sirheni Road)
S63 (Luvuvhu Road) (northern riverside section closed)
S64 (Nyala Drive)
S90 (Old Main Road) (Open from south until S89 turnoff – Balule causeway still inaccessible)
S114 (Old Malelane Skukuza Road; Open except at the Biyamiti Weir Causeway)
S134 (Shingwedzi Round Road)
S135 (Shingwedzi Causeway Loop)

Gates Open:
Crocodile Bridge
Giriyondo - 4x4 vehicles only
Kruger
Malelane
Numbi
Orpen Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712 light vehicles only
Pafuri
Phabeni
Phalaborwa
Punda Maria

Gates Closed:
Pafuri Port of Entry - Severe flooding

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.

Emergency Numbers:

Media enquiries: Reynold Thakhuli 073 373 4999 / Ike Phaahla 083 673 6974

Tourist Enquiries: Lucy Nhlapo 082 908 4753/ [email protected] or Joep Stevens 082 802 8093/ [email protected]

For changes to bookings: Please contact our Reservations offices on 012 426 9111 or email [email protected] or on the web at http://www.sanparks.org/tourism/reservations
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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Kruger National Park flood damage update as at 08:00 on 6 March 2013.

The key changes are the re-opening of Shimuwini Bush Camp, as well as the opening of S56 (Mphongolo Road).

Camps Open:
Balule - Access via Balule Causeway still closed. Use S89 & S90.
Bateleur
Berg- en- Dal
Biyamiti
Boulders
Crocodile Bridge
Letaba
Lower Sabie
Malelane
Maroela
Mopani
Olifants - Pump infrastructure washed away and on emergency boreholes
Orpen
Pretoriuskop
Punda Maria
Roodewal
Sable Dam Hide
Satara
Shimuwini
Shipindane Hide
Skukuza
Talamati
Tsendze

Camps Closed:

Shingwedzi - Severely flooded - Camp and Day Visitors area out of bounds for public
Sirheni - Flood damage
Tamboti - scheduled to reopen on 21 March 2013

Picnic Spots / Viewpoints:
Afsaal - Open
Albasini Ruins - Open
Babalala - Open
Bobbejaan Krans - Open (Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712)
Crooks Corner - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible)
Eileen Orpen Memorial - Open
Gardenia Hide - Open
Kanniedood Hide - Closed (Inaccessible)
Lake Panic Hide - Open
Makhadzi - Closed (Flooded)
Masorini - Open
Matambeni Hide - Open
Mathekeyane - Open
Mlondozi - Open
Mooiplaas - Open
Muzandzeni - Open
Nhlanguleni - Closed (Roads closed)
Nkuhlu - Open
Nkumbe - Open
Nthandanyathi Hide - Open
Nwamanzi - Open
Nwanetsi - Open
Nyawutsi Hide - Closed (Roads closed)
Olifants River on S44 - Open
Orpen Dam - Open (Accessible from H10 only Tshokwane Lower Sabie tar road)
Pafuri Picnic Spot - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible)
Paul Kruger Tablets - Open
Pioneer Hide - Open
Rabelais Museum - Open
Ratel Pan Hide - Open
Redrocks - Open
Sable Dam - Open
Shibyatsangela - Closed (Roads closed)
Shipandani Hide - Open
Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial - Open
Sweni Hide - Open
Timbavati - Open
Tshanga - Open
Tshokwane - Open (Temporary ablutions provided no other services)

Access Roads Inside the Park:


All tarred roads except the following, are open:
H1-1 (Skukuza to Pretoriuskop) breach near Transport Dam (Temporary detour is available).
S63(Pafuri Port of Entry Road).
H7 (Orpen to Satara) major breach at S24.404923 E31.549712 (S106 to be used as alternative by light vehicles (under 4 tons) only).

All gravel roads open, except:
S3 (Albasini Road)
S21 (Nwatimhiri Road)
S30 (Salitje Road
S32 (Orpen Dam Loop)
S33 (Vutomi Road)
S34 (Munywini Road)
S36 (Nhlanguleni/ Muzandzeni Road)(H1-2 to S125 closed)
S50 (Shawu Road)(Open from south to S143 turnoff)
S57 (Sirheni Road)
S63 (Luvuvhu Road) (northern riverside section closed)
S64 (Nyala Drive)
S90 (Old Main Road) (Open from south until S89 turnoff – Balule causeway still inaccessible)
S114 (Old Malelane Skukuza Road; Open except at the Biyamiti Weir Causeway)
S134 (Shingwedzi Round Road)
S135 (Shingwedzi Causeway Loop)

Gates Open:
Crocodile Bridge
Giriyondo - 4x4 vehicles only
Kruger
Malelane
Numbi
Orpen Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712 light vehicles only
Pafuri
Phabeni
Phalaborwa
Punda Maria

Gates Closed:

Pafuri Port of Entry - Severe flooding

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.

Emergency Numbers:

Media enquiries: Reynold Thakhuli 073 373 4999 / Ike Phaahla 083 673 6974

Tourist Enquiries: Michelle van der Merwe 082 601 9354/ [email protected] or Joep Stevens 082 802 8093/ [email protected]

For changes to bookings: Please contact our Reservations offices on 012 426 9111 or email [email protected] or on the web at http://www.sanparks.org/tourism/reservations
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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Kruger National Park flood damage update as at 08:00 on 11 March 2013.

Changes to previous update:

The S114 (old main road, Malelane to Skukuza) has been reopened.
Camps Open:


Balule - Access via Balule Causeway still closed. Use S89 & S90.
Bateleur
Berg- en- Dal
Biyamiti
Boulders
Crocodile Bridge
Letaba
Lower Sabie
Malelane
Maroela
Mopani
Olifants
Orpen
Pretoriuskop
Punda Maria
Roodewal
Sable Dam Hide
Satara
Shimuwini
Shipindane Hide
Skukuza
Talamati
Tsendze

Camps Closed:

Shingwedzi - Severely flooded - Camp and Day Visitors area out of bounds for public. Camping and B-circle units (EH3, BD2, BD2Z & BG2) to be reopened by 15 June 2013 and remainder of camp possibly open by 30 September 2013.
Sirheni - Flood damage. 5 units to be reopened by 26 April 2013 and remaining 10 units by 31 May 2013.
Tamboti - scheduled to reopen on 21 March 2013

Picnic Spots / Viewpoints:[/color]


Afsaal - Open
Albasini Ruins - Open
Babalala - Open
Bobbejaan Krans - Open (Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712)
Crooks Corner - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible)
Eileen Orpen Memorial - Open
Gardenia Hide - Open
Kanniedood Hide - Closed (Inaccessible)
Lake Panic Hide - Open
Makhadzi - Closed (Flooded)
Masorini - Open
Matambeni Hide - Open
Mathekeyane - Open
Mlondozi - Open
Mooiplaas - Open
Muzandzeni - Open
Nhlanguleni - Closed (Roads closed)
Nkuhlu - Open
Nkumbe - Open
Nthandanyathi Hide - Open
Nwamanzi - Open
Nwanetsi - Open
Nyawutsi Hide - Closed (Roads closed)
Olifants River on S44 - Open
Orpen Dam - Open (Accessible from H10 only Tshokwane Lower Sabie tar road)
Pafuri Picnic Spot - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible). Scheduled to reopen 31 May 2013.
Paul Kruger Tablets - Open
Pioneer Hide - Open
Rabelais Museum - Open
Ratel Pan Hide - Open
Redrocks - Open
Sable Dam - Open
Shibyatsangela - Closed (Roads closed)
Shipandani Hide - Open
Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial - Open
Sweni Hide - Open
Timbavati - Open
Tshanga - Open
Tshokwane - Open

Access Roads Inside the Park:

All tarred roads except the following, are open:

H1-1 (Skukuza to Pretoriuskop) breach near Transport Dam (Temporary detour is available).
S63(Pafuri Port of Entry Road).
H7 (Orpen to Satara) major breach at S24.404923 E31.549712 (S106 to be used as alternative by light vehicles (under 4 tons) only).

All gravel roads open, except:

S3 (Albasini Road) (Open from S1 to H1-1; closed from H11 to S1)
S21 (Nwatimhiri Road)
S30 (Salitje Road
S32 (Orpen Dam Loop) (Only open from H10 to Orpen Dam)
S33 (Vutomi Road)
S34 (Munywini Road)
S36 (Nhlanguleni/ Muzandzeni Road)(H1-2 to S125 closed)
S50 (Shawu Road)(Open from south to S143 turnoff)
S57 (Sirheni Road)
S63 (Luvuvhu Road) (northern riverside section closed)
S64 (Nyala Drive)
S90 (Old Main Road) (Open from south until S89 turnoff – Balule causeway still inaccessible)
S134 (Shingwedzi Round Road)
S135 (Shingwedzi Causeway Loop)

Gates Open:

Crocodile Bridge
Giriyondo - 4x4 vehicles only
Kruger
Malelane
Numbi
Orpen Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712 light vehicles only
Pafuri
Phabeni
Phalaborwa
Punda Maria

Gates Closed:

Pafuri Port of Entry - Severe flooding. It will possibly be reopened by 30 June 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.
Emergency Numbers:

Media enquiries: Reynold Thakhuli 073 373 4999 / Ike Phaahla 083 673 6974

Tourist Enquiries: Michelle van der Merwe 082 601 9354/ [email protected] or Joep Stevens 082 802 8093/ [email protected]

For changes to bookings: Please contact our Reservations offices on 012 426 9111 or email [email protected] or on the web at http://www.sanparks.org/tourism/reservations
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