18 January 2013

Temporary road and camp closures in northern Kruger

Heavy rains in the northern part of the Kruger National Park have resulted in some temporary road and bush-camp closures.

Giraffes in the Kruger National Park

We took the decision to close some of the roads and bush camps so that we do not compromise the safety of our guests. – Abe Sibiya, Kruger National Park managing executive.

The most severely affected area in the park is the Nxanatseni region. However, more heavy rains are expected this weekend, which could result in more road and camp closures.

Abe Sibiya, Kruger National Park's managing executive, apologised for any inconvenience caused to guests.

‘We took the decision to close bush camps so that we do not compromise the safety of our guests,’ he explained.

‘All roads that are closed are marked with a "No Entry" sign or have been blocked with objects. Motorists are urged not to use these roads and to drive with caution,’ said Sibiya.

Bush camps and roads that were closed at the time of publishing:

  • The Shisha low-level bridge (S57) leading to Sirheni Bush Camp is currently flooding
  • The Shimuwini low-level bridge (S141) leading to Shimuwini Bush Camp
  • Bateleur is closed as a result of the waterlogged road leading to the bush camp
  • Nyala Drive going to Thulamela
  • The S63 loop from the T-Junction to Crook’s Corner
  • The Shongololo loop going to Shipandane Hide and Boulders

The Kruger National Park Road and Maintenance team is closely monitoring the situation to provide guests with alternative routes, where necessary.

Guests visiting the park can view the latest information regarding the state of the roads at the Phalaborwa, Punda Maria and Pafuri gates in the north.

There is also a central information/emergency number to call to get information or report an emergency: +27 (0)13 735 4325. In the event of an emergency, those affected should travel to the nearest camp or park gate, where possible.

At the time of publishing, it was business as usual in the central and southern parts of the Kruger, which remained unaffected by the heavy rains.

Meanwhile, widespread heavy rains across the northern and eastern parts of South Africa have been forecast by the South African Weather Service.

The weather service has forecast heavy rains in the North West, Gauteng, eastern Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces from late Friday, 18 January 2013, to Sunday, 20 January 2013. The rains are being caused by an intense low-pressure weather system moving in from Botswana.

Motorists and pedestrians are urged not to attempt to cross flooding rivers and streams. According to the weather service, there is a high risk of flooding in Mpumalanga and Limpopo as river systems in these provinces are already running high due to the heavy rains experienced in the past week.