Kruger Park recovers after flooding

2013-02-19 08:37
Kruger Park flooding (Picture: Beeld)

Kruger Park flooding (Picture: Beeld)

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Cape Town - Despite heavy flooding in the Kruger National Park, some access has returned to the park, but many roads and camps remain closed.

On Monday, the South African National Parks (SANParks) announced that several camps had opened after flood damage, but some roads remain closed.

The Shimuwini, Shingwedzi, Sirheni, Talamati and Tamboti camps remain closed due to flood damage from heavy rain in January that saw 15 tourists having to be airlifted to safety.

SANParks said that the road from Skukuza to Pretoriuskop (H1-1) is closed as well as the Pafuri Port of Entry Road and gate, and the route from Orpen to Satara (H7) has been severely damaged.

Visitors to the park should be aware that submerged may represent a danger as the depth of the water may be misjudged.

"Guests are urged to take special caution when travelling in heavy rain and not to cross submerged roads or flooded causeways and bridges," SANParks said.

Several gravel roads in the park are also closed SANParks advised visitors to use water sparingly.

"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."

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