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 Post subject: Re: Driving from JHB International to Kruger - Directions
Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:05 pm 
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I use viamichelin.co.uk for planning road trips - both here in SA and overseas. A very comprehensive and useful site.


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 Post subject: Re: Driving from JHB International to Kruger - Directions
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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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How long should I expect it to take to drive from OR Tambo to Lydenburg and the on to Phalaborwa gate? We want to try and see the Taita Falcon on the way to Kruger. Are the roads good and safe? We have travelled to Kruger thru Nelspruit a number of times and also up the N1 through Polokwane to Phalaborwa, but have never taken this route. We will be driving midweek, leaving the Airport by 8AM at the latest.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving Out of JNB Airport to N4 East
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:37 pm 
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Elephantears wrote:
How easy is it to navigate out of Car Rentals from the airport towards Malelane? I am sure a few of us overseas travellers have missed the relevant turn off or the slip road in their time!!
Are there any road works or other hold ups currently on the N4 East bound?
Thank you very much.


Like they say, it's really easy if you know the way....As an frequent visitor to OR Tambo, and having had to navigate from the Car Rental Parking garage several times a year, I can tell you that it is really quite easy. Just remember the following:

1. You need to take the exit to the R 21 (S) to Boksburg.
2. This occurs fairly quickly (about 700 m from the exit of the parking garage where the rental cars are).
3. Even if you do rent a GPS from the car rental company, the GPS will not acquire a satellite by the time you need to make your exit (to the left) onto the R 21. Therefor do not stare at the GPS....you will just miss the exit. I learned this the hard way. Just watch the road signage. It is quite clear.
4. Most of the rental car companies have detailed maps of the exit from OR Tambo, and as such will be able to explain the route in detail to you.
5. The Google directions (maps.google.co.za) (enter Europcar OR Tambo International Airport as your departure point and Malelane Gate, Kruger National Park as your destination) are quite good.
6. In the unlikely event that you miss the exit to the R21 (S), do not panic. Continue with the R 24 towards Johannesburg and then get onto the N12 (East)/N4 at Gillooly's interchange (and by that time you GPS should start working).

Now some more seasoned travellers will join this conversation and point out all the mistakes of the above...

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 Post subject: Re: Driving from JHB International to Kruger - Directions
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:22 am 
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Hi,

Planning a trip to Kruger and we would usually enter the park at Malelane, however our first night this time is most likely going to be at Shingwedzi. We will be travelling from an airport hotel in Jhb and would probably leave between 5am-6am, can anyone advise how long it should take to get to the camp and should we enter at Punda or at Phalaborwa?
We will need to make a stop along the way to do all of our shopping.
Advice on routes and amount of time we should expect it to take would be very useful.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving from JHB International to Kruger - Directions
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:15 pm 
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Hi

It is a long trip and you will need up to 6 hours to get to Phalaborwa. Then another 3 hours in the Park to get to Shingwedzi - assuming you will be keeping to speed limits and stopping to look at the occasional animal!

Some beautiful stretches along the way, especially coming down the escarpment. A friend was in the area recently and says the roads are not too bad. Best route is probably the motorway to Polokwane and then via Tzaneen.

Only once done the Punda route and that was leaving during the chaos of the 2000 floods - and it took ages! Not sure of real life timings.

You might want to rethink your first night - Mopani or even Letaba would be more manageable. Also depends on the time of year - you get an extra hour and half in the summer to get to your destination.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving from JHB International to Kruger - Directions
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Hi KirstyL

I agree with Richard. To drive from Jo'burg airport - even if you get away before 6 am - is a very very long drive to Shingwedzi. I would suggest doing a big shop at Phalaborwa ( excellent Spar about 1Km from gate) and then stopping over at Letaba, then you can drive up to Shing the next day and enjoy whatever you see along the way.

Have a great trip anyway!

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 Post subject: OR Tambo to Phalaborwa
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Rethinking my previous plan of driving from the airport to Phalborwa,staying at a B&B then doing my shopping in the AM for a fairly early entrance ot the park
However,looking over my schedule( I always do this close to leaving when I am less optimistic) I realize i will be trying to get out of the airport around rush hour(taking the earliest flight out of KTP which gets in 1425)so the earliest I could be on the road would be 1530 if all goes smoothly at the car rental place
So...what is a logical half way point to stop out which has a reasonable selection of hotels and restaurants
Or should we just push on arriving really late into Phala?
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 Post subject: Re: OR Tambo to Phalaborwa
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When exiting the parking area at ORT make sure you take the correct lane for the onramp onto the R21 North as this onramp is close to the exit from the parking garages. The R21 towards the N1 near Pretoria is now a double carraige freeway with 4 lanes in both directions. As is the N1 north until just north of Pretoria where it becomes a freeway with 2 lanes in both directions up until Polokwane/Pietersburg. So rush hour traffic will hopefully not be too big a problem. There is electronic e-tolling on the R21 and the N1 until the crossing of the N4 in Pretoria but since you have a hire car this will probably be taken care of by the car hire firm. There are 4 manual toll gates between Pretoria and Polokwane with a total cost of appr. R122.50 (appr. $11).
There is a Protea hotel just before Polokwane/Pietersburg at the Shell Ultra City. I would suggest you stay over here as it is an approximate 3 hour drive from ORT. The bypass road around Polokwane/Pietersburg is appr. 3 km from this point and from here it is still about 200 km to Phalaborwa. The R71 between Moria/Boyne towards Tzaneen has now been rebuilt with wider shoulders so the road condition is excellent. It is possible that the last section near Moria/Boyne is still under construction or being fInished off so there can still be some delays. It is good advice to drive this section during daylight as the scenery is nice especially the section through Magoebaskloof. Hope you enjoy it.


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 Post subject: Re: Driving from JHB International to Kruger - Directions
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Hello everybody !!

Do you think it´s a good idea to drive from ORT the N4, then R539, R37 to Sabie and R532 to Graskop. We would spend the night here and continue the next day along R532 ( Blyde river) heading to Phalaborwa gate.
We have read that R540 to Lydenburg, and R36 are in very bad condition.

I see that many people prefer to drive the N1 to Polokwane.

The last day returning to ORT we plan to depart from Crocodile bridge N4 and we should arrive to ORT before 17pm, we suppose it is a 4:30 hours drive so we shoudn´t have any problem, should we? We are a bit concerned because if we had a traffic jam or any other problem we could miss our international flight so we´ll depart early in the morning ( we prefer to be bored in the airport being too early than worried in the road).

Thank you, discovering this forum has been great ! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Driving from JHB International to Kruger - Directions
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Hi
Arriving back in S.A. and Kruger next month, just wondering what the state of play is with the e-tolls around JNB and if anyone knows how hire cars are being affected by this. Are the cars being fitted with tags and you are billed later for the tolls? Or is there something else? I like to think that when I leave the car at ORT there is nothing left to pay. One of the companies once charged me for topping the fuel tank up even though I had it filled to the brim at the airport filling station.
Spending a night at Montecassino before driving up to the park, entering at Malalene or Crocodile Bridge dependant on timing, I see we are liable to be held up by road-works on the N4.
Re Phalaborwa always used to use the R 71 from Polokwane after spending the night there at the Garden Court though did stay once at a hotel in Phalaborwa which made for a quick and easy entrance. Have entered through Parfuri and Punda Maria without any problems, it's only when you go into Google Earth that you realise how many people live on the outskirts of the park. The routine used to be to enter in the North and work our way South but the years are taking their toll and it is now easier to enter from the South and do a loop.
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 Post subject: Re: Driving from JHB International to Kruger - Directions
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Hi GeorgeM13

Whilst I cannot help you with the condition of the roads, I can tell you about the hire cars and e-tolling as we were out Nov/Dec 2013. Rental cars are now fitted with tags and you are billed for the relevant roads after the vehicle has been returned. This means that (a) you do not know how much it is costing and (b) you are billed for it some time after you have returned home (or returned the car). To be honest we did not even know about the new tolling as had only encountered the toll plazas we passed through on the way to Kruger and paid in cash as needed. We did get an e-mail from the rental company on our return to explain about the tags and that we would be charged on return. Like you, we like to have everything paid up before we get home but can't fathom how else the rental companies could do other than they are doing. In fact, I don't even know on which roads you get e-tolling. Hopefully the South Africans living in country can give you more info on that part.

Hope this helps a bit!

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 Post subject: Re: Driving from JHB International to Kruger - Directions
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Ok, now have another question. Had to totally rearrange the last four days of my visit due to the floods since I was booked into Biyamiti and BED :0((

Availability was slim and now am spending my last night at Orpen
Best way to OR Tambo taking into consideration protests and length of time to get there??
Thanks, all

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 Post subject: Re: Driving from JHB International to Kruger - Directions
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Kruger & Phabeni Gates
Take the
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White River
/ NOT Nelspruit - the road to Nelspruit has a slipway to the left - you don't take that - carry on along the highway - the first road you can exit is for White River take that off ramp and follow till you get the stop street (Please stop - cops watch there often) Turn Right at that stop and go round the first circle and then into the second circle and take the first exit - that is left - you will drive down to the main road - Madiba or Nelson Mandela drive and here you will turn LEFT - go along the R40 to White river and if it is daylight don't exceed the 80 KM hr speed limit

Once in White river Take a left turn at the 1st traffic lights (Toyota Dealer on the opposite Right hand corner) and right turn at the next lights
Stay on this road till you see the big shopping centre on your left and turn left (Caltex Garage on the Right hand corner)
Stay on this road - you will come to a new circle at the Caterbridge Centre - on the Left is the Bagdad Centre) Take the R40 to Hazyview - when you reach Hazyview you reach a T junction just outside Hazyview

DO NOT TAKE THE ROAD TO NUMBI - BAD POTHOLES AND OTHER ISSUES

Turn left and go into the town of Hazyview - You will have several stop streets and TWO traffic lights the first at an Engen Garage and the second at the Blue Haze Mall ( if you need fuel I suggest fill up at the Shell Garage on the left (just where you need to turn right - and then go out along the road Portia Shabangu Drive)
At the Pick 'n Pay (Actually Blue Haze Mall) centre turn right... There is also a KFC on this corner
For Phabeni gate you will have to make a right turn about 10 KM drive out the town

For Kruger gate. Stay on this road until you reach the gate, Be careful of speed limits, stray farm animals and people on this road. Personally I prefer to go in at Phabeni as it takes the same time to get to Skukuza as it would on the road outside the park, with the added benefit of the possibility of a great sighting

Tips - Fuel is available in KP - Total only and it is normally more expensive than the Shell Garage outside
Good Butcher at the Four Way stop just after the Pick and Pay Centre - Oom Kallie se Slaghuis
If you need provisions and want a first class shop - stop over at the Super Spar in Nelspruit - world class store

Have a safe trip.


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