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South Africa: Kruger Reopens More Camps, Gates and Picnic Spots

Skukuza — Kruger National Park guests are being urged to use water sparingly as more camps re-open - following the floods that hit parts of Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

South African National Parks spokesman Reynold Thakhuli said more camps, picnic view points, roads and gates were opened on Friday.

"Guests are kindly urged to use water sparingly as camps/ gates and picnic spots in many areas operate on emergency pumps and boreholes with limited capacity," said Thakhuli.

The camps that have been opened include Berg-en-Dal, Biyamiti, Crocodile Bridge, Letaba, Lower Sabie, Malelane, Mopani (via Letaba only), Olifants, Orpen, Pretoriuskop, Punda Maria (only accessible from Punda Maria Gate - no internal access from the Kruger), Satara and Skukuza.

Camps that remain closed include Bateleur, Balule, Boulders, Maroela, Roodewal, Shimuwini, Shingwedzi, Shipindane Hide, Sirheni, Sable Dam Hide, Talamati, Tamboti and Tsendze.

The picnic spots and viewpoints that have been opened include Afsaal, Albasini Ruins, Bobbejaan Krans, Eileen Orpen Memorial, Masorini, Mathekeyane, Mlondozi, Mooiplaas, Nkuhlu, Nkumbe, Nwamanzi, N'wanetsi, Paul Kruger Tablets and Rabelais Museum.

Those that are closed include Babalala, Crooks Corner, Gardenia Hide, Kanniedood Hide, Lake Panic Birdhide, Makhadzi, Matambeni Hide, Muzandzeni, Nhlanguleni, Nthandanyathi Hide, Nyawutsi Hide and Olifants River viewpoint on S44.

Other still closed include Orpen Dam, Pafuri Picnic Spot, Pioneer Hide, Ratel Pan Hide, Redrocks, Sable Dam, Shibyatsangela, Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial, Sweni Hide, Timbavati, Tshanga and Tshokwane.

Thakhuli said all tarred roads are open, except for the following: Skukuza to Pretoriuskop (H1-1) breach at Transport Dam, Olifants River causeway at Balule, causeways over Sabie and Sand Rivers between Skukuza and Tshokwane (H1-2) and Orpen to Satara (H7) breach over Phelwani River.

"Shingwedzi Camp and Day Visitor Site is not accessible to the public," Thakhuli said.

He said other closed roads include Shingwedzi to Punda Maria/Pafuri (H1-7) and Phalaborwa Gate to Mopani (H14).

"All gravel roads are closed except, S25, S139, S114 (south of Biyamiti Weir)," he said.

The gates that have been opened include Crocodile Bridge, Malelane, Orpen, Numbi, Phabeni, Phalaborwa, Punda Maria, Kruger and Giriyondo Border Post. Only 4x4 vehicles can travel on these roads.

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