Now that we are back from the park we can give our terrifying experiece of that evening.
We were camped on the 27 May at the lower end of Skukuza at about 7 in the evening the hail and rain started the noise and flood waters were so intense that we could not hear ourselves talking and screaming at one another in the caravan. Eventullay the pop up roof closed due to the weight of the hail and the flood waters kept rising .Four tents below us were simply swepped away.luckily the tourist were at dinner but they last most of there clothing.This was the most terrifying experience my wife and I ever had in a caravan
We were lucky that the flood waters did not cause any damage to our van and it started to subside just in time. As it was dark we could not see the full extend of the damage and mess.
Next morning bulldozers and trucks were brought in to clear the hail which was about 9 inches thick in some places. Damage was every where ,every single caravan ,tent and car was damaged in Skukuza caravan park and in Skukuza camp itself.
An experience we will be happy never to have to go through again.
As we had also booked into Satara we left a few days later after registering the event with our insurance company.
We enjoyed Satara but having to look at our car and caravan damage was no pleasure. But we stayed on for the full holiday,or was it a holiday ?
Back home reality sets in damage to car R90 000 and caravan at least 30 000.Busy with assessors at present and hoping for a positive outcome.
Anyway I hope no other forum memebers had the same experience at Skukuza.
That sounds absolutely terrifying. Hail is really scary when you are at home safe behind closed doors, I can't imagine how horrifying it must have been in a van or a tent. Glad you made it out relatively unscathed. Hope the insurances companies settle all damage without issues.
We forget how powerful Mother Nature is when we have walls and doors to hide behind. She is a Beast.
We visited the KNP just the day before this happened. Saw a pick of the hail here on the forum.
Sorry to hear about your bad experience. Hope and pray for the best on your claim.
It must have been really scary Bushbaby. I am sure you will get all the damage sorted out. Glad you did not let it spoil your holiday completely.
Here at Hazyview we caught the edge of the storm. Some big hailstones but they were scattered.
We were camping opposite Harry and Hazel the night the storm hit us.
Current damage to my Pajero is replacing the bonnet and maybe the roof.
Don’t know the monetary value yet - our Sensation survived relatively unscathed.
It was good to see the retired (mostly) people cleaning up the next day.
Found Harry’s missing sandal the next day btw.
I am glad that you guys survived that ordeal. You actually feel helpless because there is nothing that you can do at that specific moment to prevent any damage.
Harry, we had the same experience quite a few years ago camping at Warmbaths in December when we were hit by two hail storms, one after the other. The sound as you say inside the caravan is deafening. Our car was under the rally unharmed but the caravans roof (still the same Gypsey 3 we have now) looked like a golf ball (impressions). I can remember after the storm surveying all the damaged caused by the hail. The trees were shredded. The insurance back then wanted to write the caravan off but eventually they replaced the whole roof.
Hectic... hail is scary stuff.
Importantly you continued your holiday, nothing should stand before your well deserved holiday.
When looking back at the different experiences we all have in life, this one will be remembered by your family.
All the best with repairs going forward.
As a side note. Can you imagine if this was an imported caravan. Getting spares could be even more costly.
We were in Balule the previous night and were planning a stopover in Malelane or Phalaborwa to break the trip home. We finally decided on Phalaborwa to visit friends - the next day we heard the bad news about the weather in the southern KNP. Very sad to hear about the damage but also grateful that we were led to stopover in Phalaborwa.
Hi Johan on the way home from Satara looked at the area(all cleaned up now ) and my missing sandal but no luck.Just for the record a loose hyena in the camp took my very good leather sandals L&R (must have been intellegent) but left the other shoes.At the time this was a very funny joke and had everyone in fits of laughter,except me.
This was before the hail storm and the hyena was eventually caught twice ,darted and removed.If he came back a 3rd time he would have to be destroyed.
So all in all Skukuza had its moments
Johan at the local panel beaters they had a Fortuner with hail damage ,they have to replace the roof and bonnet total R110000.In my case its only the bonet .Meeting the assessor at 0900 with the panel beater over the quote. Lets see what happenes ,the problem is if you dont respray the pushed back dents will rust in time.Spray painting makes up a considerable portion of the total cost. So my viewpoint is if the scope of work stays the same they can haggle over the price.
All the best with your negotiations. As long as they fix the vehicle properly.
Saw two MB 180’s at the panelbeater (also from KNP) with damages in excess of R300k
Het van die veldwagters se voertuie gesien hoe hulle lyk.
So pas terug van KNP.
Sterkte vir julle.
Got my Pajero back from the 2nd panelbeater after two weeks.
They are waiting for spares .....
Can’t keep the rental car unnessary.
Was a week with the first one who did nothing 😧
My mistake, the Mercedes waiting for repairs is a R2,75 million model - it has bad hail damage.
Just an update both car and caravan in for repairs.Insurance companies, assessors etc all take time .Hope to get them back before Aug.
As a prcaution I cancelled my month long trip north to south in the park and got a full credit (30 days cancellation in advance) so now I have a hefty credit with SANPARKS.I could have also had the money paid back into my account.
So we have now booked for Sept but only for 2 weeks and we still have a hefty credit for future use at any SANPARKS .Cant keep us away from the park otherwise we will suffer from the dreaded Kruger defiency disorder..
Ons het gister n afgetrede predikant vriend hier by ons raakgeloop. Hulle het ook die haelstorm in Skukuza beleef. Sy splinternuwe Polo is tans by die paneelkloppers met skade van R90,000.00 en die karavaan R 35,000.00. Interresant hy se my hulle "plak" nuwe sypanele bo oor die bestaande sypanele van sy karavaan. Die dak word vervang.