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I have some info on the flooding in the Kruger region:

Notice from The Africa Incident Management Centre as well as the Managing Executive of Tourism Development & Marketing SANParks -

There has been some very severe flooding in these regions today. There are unconfirmed reports of over 250mm rain in 24 hours. Many clients are talking about floods worse than those in 2000 in the area. Major destinations severely affected are the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands, Timbavati and surrounding reserves, Hoedspruit and Acornhoek. Hoedspruit is currently completely isolated and travel in and out of the town not possible. Many lodges are calling for evacuations by air as the water is either threatening or has flooded their properties.


Following heavy rains encountered in and around the Kruger area, this is an urgent warning. The following areas have been affected:

The entrance gates listed below have been closed until further notice:

Entrance Gates:

•Crocodile Bridge
•Giriyondo Border post
The road between Letaba and Olifants is not accessible. All gravel roads and low level bridges must be avoided.

Currently, the following three facilities are closed:

•Biyamiti Bush Camp
•Shimuwini Bush Camp
•Talamati Bush Camp
•Tshokwane Picnic site
Road between Letaba & Phalaborwa flooded and Letaba Camp without electricity – generator room flooded.
Causeway on road between Skukuza and Malelane/ Pretoriuskop (6km from Skukuza) flooded.

The Tinga Private Lodge is currently being evacuated and guests that were on the Sweni Wilderness Trail have already been evacuated. The National Parks helicopter is currently being used for evacuations where necessary.

Causeway on road between Skukuza and Malelane/ Pretoriuskop (6km from Skukuza) flooded.

Herewith some additions:

1. Tar road between Nwamanzi Lookout and Olifants River Highlevel bridge on H1-4 extensively damaged and closed
2.Causeway over Nshawu River on tar road between Mopani & Letaba (H1-5) flooded.
3.Causeway over Letaba River on tar road between Mopani and Phalaborwa Gate (H14) flooded.
4.Causeway on tar road between Letaba and Phalaborwa Gate (H9) near Letaba flooded.
5.Phalaborwa Gate closed.
6.Causeway on tar road between Skukuza and Malelane/ Pretoriuskop at Delaporte Waterhole flooded.
7.As a result of above Olifants and Letaba cannot be accessed at the moment.

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Communications

www.sanparks.org/about/news/default.php?id=1794

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