21 January 2013

South Africa: Mapungubwe National Park Closed Due to Heavy Rains

Photo: Aliyu Adekunle S/Vanguard
Flooding leaves many homeless.

Pretoria — The recent heavy rains experienced in most parts of the country have resulted in the sudden temporary closure of the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage (MNP& WH) site.

Spokesperson for the MNP&WH, Divhani Maremba, said that most of the roads within the park were temporarily closed last week but the subsequent rains over the last 72 hours caused the park to be closed until further notice.

The park is inaccessible from Musina as roads leading to the area are washed away.

"Most clients who were in the park at the time are currently safely kept in Leokwe camp. Some tourists who were booked in the park last night and today [Sunday and Monday] were asked to postpone their holidays," Maremba said.

She appealed to everyone to be cautious when approaching the area.

Maremba said although some people could not be contacted via mobile phone because of network coverage, they were constantly monitoring the situation around the park to ensure that they keep everyone informed of developments.

"Our emergency personnel are also on site trying to prevent potential disaster. More rain is expected over the next two days, and we advise all the people with confirmed bookings in the immediate future to contact our reservations office about the status of their bookings as the park will be temporarily closed until further notice," she said.

More information regarding this will be provided on the SANParks website periodically and on all social media platforms belonging to the organisation.

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