The road between Lower Sabie and Skukuza rest camp in the Kruger National Park has officially been opened again after repairs were completed last week.
Mpumalanga, South Africa (12 June 2023) – Every now and then, the Kruger National Park experiences higher-than-average rains and parts of the park flood. Earlier this year, in February, the park experienced heavy rainfall and major flooding. Many of the low-lying roads and bridges were flooded and damaged. The major route between Lower Sabie and Skukuza rest camps was completely washed away.
While the park quickly recovered from the flooding and secured all the roads and bridges, they had to close the main route between Lower Sabie and Skukuza until the road and bridge were properly repaired. The road maintenance team quickly started the job but as it was an extensive one, they needed a few months to complete it.
Over the weekend, the Kruger National Park team sent out a notice that the road had finally reopened and that they appreciated the “magnificent job” done by the roads team.
“Appreciation Post: KNP Management is proud to announce the re-opening of the Lower Sabie Skukuza road which was washed away by floods earlier this year. The opening of this main road will alleviate congestion and bring joy to many visitors just ahead of the school holidays. The roads team has done a magnificent job!”
Their post was met with great enthusiasm by park regulars who have been awaiting the road’s reopening.
These floods, while worrying for tourists and SANParks employees, play an essential role in the environment. They wash away dense grasses that prevent water flow in river beds. Now, many of the rivers can flow as intended, until the next cleansing flood comes along.