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Latest update on the Kruger National Park floods

Date: 2013-01-25

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Kruger National Park (KNP) flood update as at 19:00 on 26 January 2013

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


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