Road/Gate Closures in Kruger Park - 2017/2018

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Re: Road/Gate Closures in Kruger Park - 2017

Post by Richprins » Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:27 pm

The dam broke there, Lis, so an army bridge will be fine indefinitely! \O
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Re: Road/Gate Closures in Kruger Park - 2017

Post by Flutterby » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:06 am

Kruger road flooded, closed indefinitely after dam bursts in heavy rain

2017-03-06 09:36 - Louzel Lombard Steyn

Cape Town - Visitors in the Kruger National Park's Lower Sabie regions should take note of the closure of the popular H1/2 due to severe flooding in the area.

The flooding comes after a small dam bust on Saturday night, 4 March, causing "serious road damage on the way towards Tshokwane from Skukuza, some 5 kilometers after the Sabie River high water bridge".

This is according to William Mabasa, acting head of communications for SANParks, warning visitors about the road closures that may take several months to repair.

"The H1/2 between Tshokwane and Skukuza is closed and might remain closed for a few months," Mabasa says. "The only access road to the North and to the South between Skukuza and Tshokwane will be via the low water bridge just East of Lower Sabie camp," Mabasa says.

While the low-water bridge at Lower Sabie was also closed over the weekend due to the heavy rains, the water has since subsided and the bridge has been reopened.

Mabasa warns, however, that "visitors who will be travelling between Satara and Skukuza or Skukuza to Satara must first check the water situation at Lower Sabie low water bridge at the reception offices" before embarking on their journey.

More rain has been forecast for the area for Monday, the South African Weather Service says: Weather Update: Rain, extreme heat leads in SA's first autumn week

Photos from the flooding show a piece of the road completely destroyed -
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Mabasa says that although "this unforeseen act of nature" is an inconvenience for travellers, SANParks will try their utmost to repair the damages and keep visitors informed on developments.

Most of South Africa’s summer rainfall areas, of which Kruger is part, are delighting in the recent rain, and water levels in SA’s biggest dam – The Gariep Dam – are also expected to swell over 100% any time soon.

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Re: Road/Gate Closures in Kruger Park - 2017

Post by Lisbeth » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:54 am

Or to little water or too much 0*\ The power of water is almost incredible :shock:
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Re: Road/Gate Closures in Kruger Park - 2017

Post by Alf » Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:36 pm

There's a few places on the Saltjie road that you cross these streams and it could be damaged not only at one place
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Re: Road/Gate Closures in Kruger Park - 2017

Post by Flutterby » Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:48 pm

William Mabasa
5 March at 15:39
The low water bridge at Lower Sabie is now open and it now serves as the only link between all areas between South and North of the Sabie River as H1/2 remains closed due to the flood damage of the bridge some 5 KMs North of the Sabie River high water bridge. Please note that this part of the road will remain closed for at least two weeks whilst a detour is created.

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Re: Road/Gate Closures in Kruger Park - 2017

Post by Richprins » Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:56 pm

Oh well, then we are buggered... 0:

Low-water bridge it is!

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Re: Road/Gate Closures in Kruger Park - 2017

Post by okie » Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:57 pm

Richprins wrote:Oh well, then we are buggered... 0:

Low-water bridge it is!

Have sent various suggestions re army! O-/
The army cannot help -- as you know , as supreme commander of the army , our beloved president deployed them in parliament to control the opposition O**
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Re: Road/Gate Closures in Kruger Park - 2017

Post by Bushcraft » Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:33 pm

I think the army of today is very different to the army you remember RP O**

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Re: Road/Gate Closures in Kruger Park - 2017

Post by Richprins » Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:41 pm

Ja, but they bought these things at great expense, so must use them! :twisted:

I think they were used in other floods?



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