Kruger closes four remote camps, moves guests to safer camps

South African Weather Services predicted earlier today that the centre of the tropical depression Dineo will hit Pafuri in the KNP later on today.

SKUKUZA – According to reports from the South African Weather Services, various parts of the Kruger National Park (KNP) in particular the far north of the park are expected to receive heavy rain today in the wake of the tropical storm, Dineo.

Watch Dineo moves toward land.

The rain is expected to last until tomorrow morning.

Storm Report SA updated map of Dineo

 

William Mabasa, SANParks Acting Head of Communications said as a precautionary measure gravel roads and remote camps mostly in the north of the park will be temporarily closed and guests booked in the flagged camps will be moved to safer camps.

“These closures are necessary to ensure visitors’ safety during this time. We would like to advise guests to stick to the tar roads whilst driving inside the Park.”

Mabasa said a decision has been taken close all gravel roads in the park for safety reasons.

“A disaster management team has been set up and periodical updates will be released until the situation improves.”

He further reported that all SA Airlink flights to Skukuza are still operating as normal as no risk has been identified. “Should any change occur, information will be shared accordingly,” he explained.

The remote camps  which will temporarily close are as follows:

• Nyalaland Wilderness Trail
• Olifants Wilderness Trail
• Sirheni Bush Camp
• Bateleur Bush Camp

Bateleur Camp

He advised guests to avoid all roads with a ‘No Entry’ signs or blocked with other objects.

Mabasa also urged visitors who would like to enquire or send communication related to the rainfall to please contact the Emergency Centre Numbers 013 735 0197/4325 or 076 801 9679.

Most of the areas in the Park do not have mobile phone coverage. “We encourage those who have access to social media platforms to assist by posting valuable updates on SANParks – Kruger page,” commented Mabasa.

Watch: Rain in Skukuza

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Elize Parker
Environmental Journalist Lowvelder

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