At about 11h30 on Friday January 27, the Crocodile River flowed over and submerged the bridge to Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp in the Park. Visitors had to be rerouted from Malelane, using the tar road only. “The S25 gravel road washed away in places,” said Neels van Wyk, section ranger at Crocodile Bridge.
He says most of the gravel roads have been difficult to travel since the heavy rains and visitors had been advised to use the tar roads until Sunday. Neels told the Kruger Park Times that he had unconfirmed reports of more than 100mm rain reported in Marloth Park. Nelspruit reported 160mm of rain and “that water has not yet reached us.”
According to Neels most of the smaller rivers and spruits in the southern section of the Park, like the Mlambane, Mpambane and Biyamiti are also flowing. Koos Jacobs and others of the technical services department were already assessing the situation on Monday to start with repairs as soon as possible.