Kruger still battling flood damage

2013-03-12 09:02

Skukuza - Major clean-up operations have seen most of the Kruger National Park's camps, roads, picnic spots and gates reopen after it was hit by severe flooding in January. However, a number of areas are still affected, making them inaccessible to visitors. 

According to a statement released by SANParks yesterday, the camps that remain closed are Shingwedzi, which is still severely flooded, Sirheni and Tamboti. Shingwedzi's camping and B-circle units are expected to be reopened by 15 June and the remainder of camp may open by 30 September. Five units are expected to be reopened at Sirheni by 26 April, while the remainder of the camp should be opened by 31 May. They are hoping to have Tamboti up and running again by 21 March, in time for Easter. 

All tarred roads have been reopened with the exception of H1-1 (Skukuza to Pretoriuskop), S63 (Pafuri Port of Entry road) and H7 (Orpen to Satara). 

The only gate that still remains closed is Pafuri Port of Entry. The park is hoping to reopen it by 30 June. 

Reynold Thakhuli SANParks GM: Media Liaison & Stakeholder Relations said that the status of roads can change without notice, due to heavy rainfall and that guests are urged to take special caution when travelling in heavy rain not to cross submerged roads or flooded causeways. 

Park authorities also request visitors to use water sparingly as camps, gates and picnic spots in many areas are operating on emergency pumps and boreholes with limited capacity.

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