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KNP flood damage update

SANParks has released an update on the flood damage in the Kruger National Park following the recent heavy rains and resultant flooding in the area. Certain camps, roads and picnic spots still remain closed. 

Reynold Thakhuli SANParks GM: Media Liaison & Stakeholder Relations, said visitors must please keep in mind that, due to heavy rainfall, the status of roads could change without notice. 

He urged visitors to be particularly cautious when travelling in heavy rain and not to cross submerged roads or flooded causeways and bridges. Thakuli warned visitors that opening or travelling on a road that had been closed constituted an offence and such offenders could be fined.

He also urged visitors to use water sparingly at camps/gates and picnic spots as many areas operated on emergency pumps and boreholes with limited capacity.

Camps open:

Balule  - Access via Balule Causeway still closed. Use S89 & S90.


Berg- en- Dal



Crocodile Bridge


Lower Sabie



Olifants - pump infrastructure washed away and on emergency boreholes



Punda Maria


Sable Dam Hide


Shipindane Hide



Camps closed:

Maroela - Waterlogged and inaccessible

Shimuwini - Flood damage and inaccessible

Shingwedzi - Severely flooded - camp and day visitor area out of bounds for public

Sirheni - Flood damage

Talamati - Flood damage and inaccessible

Tamboti - Fence breached and inaccessible

Picnic spots / viewpoints:

Afsaal - Open

Albasini Ruins - Open

Babalala - Open

Bobbejaan Krans - Open (Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712)

Crooks Corner - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible)

Eileen Orpen Memorial - Open

Gardenia Hide - Open

Kanniedood Hide - Closed (Inaccessible)

Lake Panic Hide - Open

Makhadzi - Closed (Flooded)

Masorini - Open

Matambeni Hide - Open

Mathekeyane - Open

Mlondozi - Open

Mooiplaas - Open

Muzandzeni - Closed (Flood damage)

Nhlanguleni - Closed (Roads closed)

Nkuhlu - Open

Nkumbe - Open

Nthandanyathi Hide - Open

Nwamanzi - Open

Nwanetsi - Open

Nyawutsi Hide - Closed (Roads closed)

Olifants River on S44 - Open

Orpen Dam - Open (Accessible from H10 only Tshokwane Lower Sabie tar road)

Pafuri Picnic Spot - Closed (Major flood damage and inaccessible)

Paul Kruger Tablets - Open

Pioneer Hide - Open

Rabelais Museum - Open

Ratel Pan Hide - Open

Redrocks - Open

Sable Dam - Open

Shibyatsangela - Closed (Roads closed)

Shipandani Hide - Open

Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial - Open

Sweni Hide - Open

Timbavati - Open

Tshanga - Open

Tshokwane - Open (Temporary ablutions provided, no other services)

Access roads inside the park:

All tarred roads except the following, are open:

H1-1 (Skukuza to Pretoriuskop) breach near Transport Dam (Temporary detour is available).

S63 (Pafuri port of entry road).

H7 (Orpen to Satara) major breach at S24.404923 E31.549712 (S106 to be used as alternative by light vehicles (under 4 tons) only).

All gravel roads open, except:

S3 (Albasini Road)

S21 (Nwatimhiri Road) 

S32 (Orpen Dam Loop)

S33 (Vutomi  Road) 

S34 (Munywini Road)

S36 (Nhlanguleni/Muzandzeni Road) (H1-2 to S125 closed)

S44 (Letaba/Olifants confluence road) 

S50 (Shawu Road) (Open from south to S143 turn-off) 

S52 (Shingwedzi River Road) (only section on southern bank of Shingwedzi River open) 


S56 (Mphongolo Road) 

S57 (Sirheni Road) 

S63 (Luvuvhu Road) (northern riverside section closed) 

S64 (Nyala Drive)  

S79 (Nwatimhiri Loop)

S84 (Nwatindlopfu Loop)

S90 (Old Main Road) (Open from south until S89 turnoff – Balule causeway still inaccessible)

S99 (Mahogany Loop) (Partially open from both ends)

S114 (Old Malelane Skukuza Road open, except at the Biyamiti Weir Causeway) 

S134 (Shingwedzi Round Road)

S135 (Shingwedzi  Causeway Loop) 

Gates open:

Crocodile Bridge

Giriyondo - 4x4 vehicles only




Orpen to Satara road breached at S24.404923 E31.549712 light vehicles only




Punda Maria 

Gates closed:

Pafuri port of entry - severe flooding

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