Kruger Park closes gates due to floods

The Kruger National Park has closed two of its gates and issued a warning following severe flooding throughout the park, which has also led to a number of camping facilities being closed.

According to a statement issued by SANParks both the Crocodile Bridge and the Giriyondo Border Post have been closed until further notice. The road between Letaba and Olifants is not accessible and all gravel roads and low level bridges must be avoided.

The statement also noted that the Biyamiti Bush Camp, Shimuwini Bush Camp,Talamati Bush Camp and Tshokwane Picnic site had been closed, while the Letaba Camp was currently without any electricity as the generator room had been flooded.

Further, the road between Letaba and Phalaborwa and the causeway on the road between Skukuza and Malelane and Pretoriuskop (about 6km from Skukuza) had also been flooded.

SANParks said the Tinga Private Lodge was currently being evacuated and guests that were on the Sweni Wilderness Trail had already been evacuated.

“The National Parks helicopter is currently being used for evacuations where necessary,” they said in the statement.

Other roads affected are:

  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.

Kruger managing executive Abe Sibiya said heavy rainfall since Tuesday had rendered the low water bridge over the Crocodile River unsafe for human passage.