In January 2013, Shingwedzi Camp in the Kruger National Park was devastated by floods. The camp was cut off from the outside world and staff members had to be airlifted to safety (guests were evacuated prior to the flooding). Grant Knight, chief pilot of SANParks, shares his photos.
Thanks to the tireless work of the South African National Defence Force, South African Police Services and SANParks, all staff members were brought to safety by helicopters.
More than a decade previously, in February 2000, the southern part of Kruger experienced its worst flood in human memory. In both cases, no lives were lost, but the destruction and cost to livelihoods were tremendous.
SANParks’ Joep Stevens, general manager of strategic tourism services, captured the devastation in 2000.