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Media Release: Accessibility to Southern Kruger National Park
Date: 10th February 2000
In the aftermath of the disastrous floods in the Southern part of the Kruger National Park, the Park’s Director, Mr David Mabunda, confirmed that Crocodile Bridge, Pretoriuskop, Lower Sabie and Skukuza rest camps are closed until 22 February 2000. Mopping up operations and re-commissioning of priority services such as power and water is under way.
Depending on the condition of roads outside the KNP, access to the southern part of the Park is available only through the Malelane and Numbi Gates. Day visitors are welcome to enter the Park through these gates but are requested to remain on the tarred roads until further notice. Nkhuhlu and Afsaal picnic spots are available and open to day visitors.
Potential overnight visitors are requested not to visit the camps mentioned above as there are no services such as power, water or sewerage. Damage repair, re-commissioning of services and mopping up operations now receive priority and visitors could be in the way of officials responsible for getting services up and running.
Access to the northern section of the KNP across the Sabie River is not possible. The low level bridges at Skukuza across the Sabie and Sand Rivers are still under water and could be structurally unsafe once the water level drops sufficiently. The high level bridge downstream from Skukuza is severally damaged, as is the bridge below Lower Sabie. These bridges will not be able to carry traffic for some considerable time.
The Northern part of the Park is open and accommodation is available as usual. Services are intact and visitors are advised to acquire accommodation in rest camps from Satara northwards.
The interest shown in the welfare of staff and communities is highly appreciated. The co-operation of visitors is requested for the time it will take to restore services in order to accommodate visitors again as soon as is possible.
Members of the public who wish to make a monetary contribution to the newly established Kruger National Park Disaster Fund (KNPDF) can do so at:
First National Bank
Bank City Branch
Branch Code 250805
Account Number: 6201 4877 156
The dedicated phone line for the Fund is 083 9100 303. Funds collected by the KNPDF will go towards rebuilding infrastructure.
Monetary donations to the badly affected community of Skukuza can be made to:
The Skukuza Community Relief Fund
Skukuza Branch Code: 334652
Account Number: 405 138 8247
Donations in kind can be made by calling:
Carl Louwrens (minister in Kruger Park)
Cell: 082 923 7452;
SANP Public Relations Officer
Head Office, Pretoria
Tel: (012) 343 9770; Cell: 082 679 9071; Fax: (012) 343 0153
Please note that food, clothing, bedding and cleaning stuff are desperately needed.
Dr Salifou Siddo
Head: Corporate Affairs
South African National Parks
Tel: (012) 343 9770; Fax: (012) 343 0153