South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced that Kruger National Park is on high alert due to the tropical storm Eloise, which is expected to hit various parts and particularly the far north of the National Park with major rainfall and strong winds over the coming weekend (especially on 24 January 2021!). Disaster teams in Kruger National Park and external role-players are on high alert and monitoring the storms path as it approaches landfall. According to Managing Executive at Kruger National Park, Gareth Coleman, SANParks will advise on whether camps in the affected areas need to be evacuated or not. As a precautionary measure, SANParks has already closed all gravel roads and some facilities in the Pafuri area of Kruger National Park after heavy rains which fell in the evening of 20 January 2021.
SANParks advises that those persons with bookings at flagged camps in the far north such as Sirheni, Shimuwini and Bateleur Bushveld Camps as well as Sable Hide will be accommodated at Letaba, Mopani, Shingwedzi and Punda Maria Rest Camps. SANParks urges tourists in Kruger National Park to be extra cautious during this period and to call SANParks emergency number for any assistance only on 076 801 9679 or 013 735 0197/4064. Emergency teams are on standby in Kruger National Park, monitoring the situation and will be activated if there is any danger. Stay safe!