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    Default Kafue National Park - Spinal road access

    Heavy rains in February have unfortunately caused the collapse of access to the bridge across the Musa River cutting off access between the south and central portions of the Park along the spinal road. Discussions are underway between operators and DNPW regarding emergency repairs. In the interim the only alternative route is via Ngoma, Musa Gate, Itezhi-Tezhi and the Lusaka/Mongu road.

    The rains have also caused erosion on the Kalomo/Dundumwezi road so extra caution needs to be taken.

    It is envisaged that the Plains Road between Dundumwezi and Kalenji outpost will be closed until sometime in July, so the alternative route to be used up until then would be the route from Dundumwezi along the southern boundary and up the cordon road. Don't use the Plains Road unless you have reliable information that it is open. Last year we rescued a couple who had been stuck for 6 days.
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    Default Re: Kafue National Park - Spinal road access

    Steve, thank you for these invaluable information!

    If it is not too much trouble, please keep us posted here with new relevant information regarding the access to that part of Kafue NP. Thanks in advance!
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    Default Re: Kafue National Park - Spinal road access

    Just to add to this topic. DNPW are mobilizing equipment today (if things go according to plan) to do a temporary repair to at least enable tourism traffic for the season to pass over the bridge.

    Other infrastructure news:

    The Itezhi Tezhi road rehabilitation is progressing nicely with the Chinese contractor making very good progress.

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    Default Re: Kafue National Park - Spinal road access

    Quote Originally Posted by Tunshiyanshia View Post
    ...............The Itezhi Tezhi road rehabilitation is progressing nicely with the Chinese contractor making very good progress.
    How long has this taken 4 or is it 5yrs .............and it is still not complete??
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    Default Re: Kafue National Park - Spinal road access

    Thanks Steve and Gil for the updates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfuwefarmer View Post
    How long has this taken 4 or is it 5yrs .............and it is still not complete??
    Yep. Basil Read bailed out after achieving basically nothing. Probably 'cause they were not paid. I have no idea really. Chinese contractor was handed the northern section last year and is making very good progress. Very good indeed.

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    Default Re: Kafue National Park - Spinal road access

    The spinal road is open again. DNPW have done a fine job with the repairs. Special thanks to the Konkamoya, Kaingu and Kasabushi for supporting the efforts and providing the diesel. Everybody using the road should be careful. Bush encroachment, a grassy middle mannetjie and some blind corners are encountered, particularly in the first 50kms if travelling from the south.
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    The biggest thanks go to Steve for organising the diesel though!

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    Temporary fix, but great to see guys working together to find a solution, well done!

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