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Media Release: Kruger National Park affected by heavy rains

Date: 19th January 2013

The recent heavy rains experienced in most parts of the country have resulted in the closure of some of the camps and gravel roads in the Kruger National Park (KNP). The KNP experienced heavy rain in the northern part earlier this week which lead to closure of all the bush camps and gravel roads. Today the southern part of the park is also affected.

“We are pleased to announce that up to this stage there has been no report of loss or threat to human life. Some of our visitors who were in the threatened camps were airlifted to safer camps. We urge visitors not to use gravel roads, not attempt crossing overflowing rivers and to stay alert at all times” said the KNP’s Regional General Manager: Marula, Ms Lucy Nhlapo.

The following roads; camps and facilities in the KNP are currently not accessible and have been temporarily closed.

  • Tamboti camp
  • Talamati camp
  • Muzandzeni picnic spot
  • Biyamiti bush camp
  • Crocodile Bridge camp and entrance gate
  • H10 Tshokwane to Lower Sabie
  • H1 -2 Sand River & Sabie low water bridge
  • H1/1 link road between Skukuza and Pretoriuskop
  • H7 Orpen to Satara 
  • Nwaswitshaka low level bridge
  • Bataleur
  • Shimuwini
  • Sirheni
  • Giriyondo Part of Entry

“All the gravel roads in park have been closed for safety and motorists are requested to stay on tarred roads. We are constantly monitoring the situation around the park and collecting all recorded rainfall levels at different camps to ensure that we keep visitors informed” concluded Nhlapo.

Confirmed bookings between 20 and 22 January 2013 need to be confirmed with Skukuza, Berg en Dal , Pretoriuskop, Satara, Letaba Mopani and Shingwedzi between 07h00 to 18h00. 

Issued by: 

Ike Phaahla;
SANParks Media Specialist
Tel: 013 735 4300 , cell: 0836736974


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