Southern Kruger travel warning

2014-03-05 09:55
Skukuza - Gravel roads in the southern part of the Kruger National Park have been closed to visitors due to heavy rainfall.

The park sent out a tweet on Wednesday morning warning visitors about the closures. More than 140mm of rain has fallen in the south of the Kruger since Sunday, with more rain expected for the next two days.

SANParks spokesman Isaac Phaahla told SAnews.gov.za that constant rain since Sunday has caused extensive flooding in the south of the Kruger, with some roads closed, camps inaccessible and bridges submerged.  

He said that the Crocodile River Bridge had been submerged and closed, while the Biyamiti and Talamati camps are inaccessible. 

Visitors are advised to use the Malelane Gate as an alternative to Crocodile Bridge. 

The Wolhuter, Bushman and Sweni trails have also been closed to guests. 

Guests booked at these Wilderness trails are advised to contact Hester van den Berg 012 426 5117; hesther.vandenberg@sanparks.org for changes to bookings.  

For tourist enquiries please contact Lucy Nhlapo on 082 908 4753 or lucy.nhlapo@sanparks.org.       

Kruger has been badly affected by heavy rainfall in the past - in January 2012 and 2013 large areas of the park were closed to visitors due to flooding.  

Last year the park said that flood damage exceeded R105m. Shingwedzi Rest Camp suffered the worst damage and remained closed to visitors for a number of months. 
 
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