Kruger flooding update

2013-02-18 09:11

SANParks has released an update on the flood damage in the Kruger National Park following the recent heavy rains and resultant flooding in the area. Certain camps, roads and picnic spots still remain closed.

Tourism Update reports that Reynold Thakhuli SANParks GM: Media Liaison & Stakeholder Relations, said visitors must please keep in mind that, due to heavy rainfall, the status of roads could change without notice.

He urged visitors to be particularly cautious when travelling in heavy rain and not to cross submerged roads or flooded causeways and bridges. 

He also urged visitors to use water sparingly at camps/gates and picnic spots as many areas operated on emergency pumps and boreholes with limited capacity.

Camps Open:

Balule - Access via Balule Causeway still closed. Use S89 & S90.
Berg- en- Dal
Crocodile Bridge
Lower Sabie
Olifants - Pump infrastructure washed away and on emergency boreholes
Punda Maria
Sable Dam Hide
Shipindane Hide

Camps Closed:

Maroela - Waterlogged and inaccessible
Shimuwini - Flood damage and inaccessible
Shingwedzi - Severally flooded - Camp and Day Visitors area out of bounds for public
Sirheni - Flood damage
Talamati - Flood damage and inaccessible
Tamboti - Fence breached and inaccessible

Picnic Spots / Viewpoints:

Afsaal - Open
Albasini Ruins - Open
Babalala - Open
Bobbejaan Krans - Open (Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712)
Crooks Corner - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible)
Eileen Orpen Memorial - Open
Gardenia Hide - Open
Kanniedood Hide - Closed (Inaccessible)
Lake Panic Hide - Open
Makhadzi - Closed (Flooded)
Masorini - Open
Matambeni Hide - Open
Mathekeyane - Open
Mlondozi - Open
Mooiplaas - Open
Muzandzeni - Closed (Flood damage)
Nhlanguleni - Closed (Roads closed)
Nkuhlu - Open
Nkumbe - Open
Nthandanyathi Hide - Open
Nwamanzi - Open
Nwanetsi - Open
Nyawutsi Hide - Closed (Roads closed)
Olifants River on S44 - Open
Orpen Dam - Open (Accessible from H10 only Tshokwane Lower Sabie tar road)
Pafuri Picnic Spot - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible)
Paul Kruger Tablets - Open
Pioneer Hide - Open
Rabelais Museum - Open
Ratel Pan Hide - Open
Redrocks - Open
Sable Dam - Open
Shibyatsangela - Closed (Roads closed)
Shipandani Hide - Open
Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial - Open
Sweni Hide - Open
Timbavati - Open
Tshanga - Open
Tshokwane - Open (Temporary ablutions provided no other services)
Access Roads Inside the Park:

All tarred roads except the following, are open:

H1-1 (Skukuza to Pretoriuskop) breach near Transport Dam (Temporary detour is available).
S63(Pafuri Port of Entry Road).
H7 (Orpen to Satara) major breach at S24.404923 E31.549712 (S106 to be used as alternative by light vehicles (under 4 tons) only).

All gravel roads open, except:

S3 (Albasini Road)
S21 (Nwatimhiri Road) 
S32 (Orpen Dam Loop)
S33 (Vutomi Road) 
S34 (Munywini Road)
S36 (Nhlanguleni/ Muzandzeni Road)(H1-2 to S125 closed)
S44 (Letaba /Olifants confluence Road) 
S50 (Shawu Road)(Open from south to S143 turnoff) 
S52 (Shingwedzi River Road) (only section on southern bank of Shingwedzi River open) 
S56 (Mphongolo Road) 
S57 (Sirheni Road) 
S63 (Luvuvhu Road) (northern riverside section closed) 
S64 (Nyala Drive) 
S79 (Nwatimhiri Loop)
S84 (Nwatindlopfu Loop)
S90 (Old Main Road) (Open from south until S89 turnoff - Balule causeway still inaccessible)
S99 (Mahogany Loop) (Partially open from both ends)
S114 (Old Malelane Skukuza Road; Open except at the Biyamiti Weir Causeway) 
S134 (Shingwedzi Round Road)
S135 (Shingwedzi Causeway Loop) 

Gates Open:

Crocodile Bridge
Giriyondo - 4x4 vehicles only
Orpen Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712 light vehicles only
Punda Maria 

Gates Closed:

Pafuri Port of Entry - Severe flooding

Emergency Numbers:

Tourist Enquiries: Lucy Nhlapo 082 908 4753/ or Joep Stevens 082 802 8093/

For changes to bookings: Please contact our Reservations offices on 012 426 9111 or email or on the web at

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