Heavy rains shut Kruger roads, Mapungubwe

2013-01-21 08:11
Johannesburg - Recent heavy rains in Limpopo have resulted in the temporary closure of World Heritage Site Mapungubwe National Park and Kruger National Park

Mapungubwe park is inaccessible from Musina as roads leading to the area have been washed away, while several camps and gravel roads have been closed in Kruger.

In the past week most of the roads within the Mapungubwe park were temporarily closed, but the subsequent rains in the area over the last 72 hours have led to temporary closure until further notice.

According to Divhani Maremba, spokesperson for the park, most clients who were on the park at the time are currently safely in Leokwe camp. "Some tourists who were booked in the park last night and today were asked to postpone their holidays. We appeal to all the people to be very cautious when approaching the area," she said.

She added that more rain is expected over the next two days and that they advise all people with confirmed bookings in the immediate future to contact the reservations office for further details.

The Kruger National Park has also been experiencing major road and camp closures due to the deluge. Gravel roads and some camps inside the Kruger National Park (KNP) remained closed on Monday because of heavy rains, said an official.

"Several camps and gravel roads have been closed since Saturday and remain closed. It is still raining heavily.... We are told that the rain is expected to stop on Wednesday," said KNP spokesman Ike Phaahla.

There had been no fatalities or injuries so far.

Visitors were urged to stay away from rivers and gravel roads and to use only tarred roads. Those who planned to visit Kruger were advised to call the reservation centre and confirm their bookings before making their way to the KNP.

The roads, camps and facilities not accessible are: Tamboti camp; Talamati camp; Muzandzeni picnic spot; Biyamiti bush camp; Crocodile Bridge camp and entrance gate; H10 Tshokwane to Lower Sabie; H1 and 2 Sand River and Sabie low water bridge; H1/1 link road between Skukuza and Pretoriuskop; H7 Orpen to Satara; Nwaswitshaka low level bridge; Bataleur; Shimuwini; Sirheni; and Giriyondo port entry.

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More information will be provided in this regard on the SANParks website periodically and on all social media platforms belonging to the organisation.

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- SAPA
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