Following heavy rains at Kruger National Park, SANParks has advised that no camps have been damaged but that certain bush and trail camps have been closed as a precautionary measure. More heavy rains are expected from Wednesday.
The following bush camps will remain closed for precautionary measures until Monday, March 17: Talamati, Biyamiti, Balule, Sirheni, Bateleur and Shimuwini. The following Trails camps will remain closed until Monday, March 24: Wolhuter, Boesman and Olifants. The Shishangeni Concession has been closed.
In the last week, like most parts of the country, Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site (MNP&WH) experienced heavy rains, which could result in floods.
The Limpopo River is at full capacity but thus far all the facilities and roads within the park are operational. The temporary Wiepe bridge on the R572 road between the Park and the town of Musina is flooded and therefore offers no access.
Update on Kruger National Park as at 12:00
As a safety precaution it has been decided to close the following three additional facilities:
Water pumps have been repaired at the following:
- Nkuhlu picnic site
- Lower Sabie
- Crocodile Bridge
Roads open as at 10:05
- H3 Malelane / Skukuza road open.
Due to heavy rains in and around the southern part of Kruger National Park (KNP) several roads have been closed. Guests are advised not to use any gravel roads and to stay on the tar roads.
The Crocodile Bridge Gate is closed due to the flooding of the Crocodile River. Guests are advised to use the alternative route from Lower Sabie to access Crocodile Bridge Camp.
Members of the local tourism industry are mourning John Barton who passed away on February 21. John is remembered for his valuable contribution to the industry as deputy director of marketing and exhibitions for SATOUR, a position he held for many years before retiring in 1999. In those days, John played a vital role in organising Indaba as well as the SA stand at WTM and ITB.
Former colleagues fondly remember John as a good friend with a colourful character, great sense of humour and admirable commitment to tourism in SA.
World Travel Market Africa has opened registration for inbound and outbound travel professionals.
WTM Africa will offer attendees sessions featuring senior speakers from the African Business Travel Association, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Digital Tourism Think Tank and Travel Bloggers Unite. The Responsible Tourism Programme, put together by Professor Harold Goodwin, will also form a key component of the sessions
Panjo the pet Bengal tiger from Groblersdal, Limpopo, celebrated his fifth birthday in style this week, racking up a bill of over R10,000.
At least 80 people attended the spitbraai affair on Sunday, with some guests staying overnight.
Panjo did not get a birthday cake, but he got to devour three chickens and some beef.
"We sang happy birthday to him, and he was quite happy, but he looked at everyone quite funny," said Justin Fernandes, son of Goosey Fernandes who raised Panjo since he was a three-week-old cub.
Limpopo is hoping that a three-day meeting with international buyers from the tourism industry in Sandton will lead to spin-offs for the province.
Seipati Tlaka of the Conventions Bureau of Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA), is attending the three day meeting which ends on how to improve tourism.
Provincial Conventions Bureau is a newly formed division of LTA focusing on business events and meetings.
The meeting, known as Meetings Africa 2014 kicked off with the annual Business Opportunity Networking Day (Bond Day) on Monday and ends today.
The Acting Chief Provincial Conventions Bureau of Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA), Ms. Seipati Tlaka, will lead a delegation to another African Mega gathering to participate in Meetings Africa 2014 billed to take place from the 24 -26 February 2014 at the Sandton Conventions Centre, in Johannesburg. Provincial Conventions Bureau is a newly formed division of LTA focusing on business events and meetings.
The annual Limpopo Marula Festival started at the weekend in Phalaborwa and will end on Saturday.
Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile has hailed the festival as an excellent catalyst for local economic development.
“The direct and indirect economic benefits created by the festival makes it a perfect fit for our objective of using the arts, culture and heritage to create jobs and grow the economy, Mashatile said.
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