Kruger National Park has temporarily closed down many gravel roads and some remote camps after heavy rains early in the week have flooded certain areas, particularly in the north of the park.

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A Kruger park cottage in the Nyalaland Wilderness Trail section.

Reynold Thakhuli, SANParks Acting Head of Communications, said a decision was taken to close most of the gravel roads in the park for safety reasons. These included Nyalaland Wilderness Trail, Sirheni Bush Camp, Bateleur Bush Camp (only accessible via Nkokodzi turn-off), Balule Camp, Talamati Bush Camp, Pafuri Gate, Tshokwane and Muzandzeni Picnic Sites. Sand River low water bridge is inaccessible.

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Letaba River after the rains.

“As a precautionary measure gravel roads and remote camps mostly in the north of the park have temporarily been closed and guests booked in the flagged camps are being moved to safer camps. “These closures are necessary to ensure visitors’ safety during this time and we would like to advise guests to stick to the tar roads whilst driving inside the Park.”

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Punda Maria Gate.

“The high intensity rain, especially in the North of the Park should start clearing by tomorrow, 12 February, but the rivers might continue to rise/peak for some time,” the Kruger management said in a statement.

Anyone with information about the rainfall and its impact, can post it on social media or call the SANParks emergency numbers (013) 735 0197 or (076) 801 9679.