The construction of the highways and e-toll route around Johannesburg is now completed, so here is an update on the route from O.R Tambo to the Southern gates in Kruger.
When leaving the Airport, follow the signs to the R21 south/ Boksburg.
Once on the R21, take the 2nd exit to the N12 east/ Benoni/ eMalhleni.
The roadworks are now complete, and other than the controversial etoll system, the road is now pleasure to use.
Stay on the N12 until it joins the N4 near eMahlaleni.
Continue on the N4 through the Middelburg and Machadadorp Toll plazas.
Once through the Machadadorp plaza, you can choose either the left or right hand fork .
The left hand fork will take you down Schoemans Kloof pass, which for me, is the more scenic route and has slightly fewer trucks.
The right hand route takes you through the tunnel and past the smelly Ngodwana paper mill.
The road is in good condition, I just hate the smelly paper mill.
These routes join again at the bottom of the passes- choice is yours!
Last time I went to Nelspruit, there were some roadworks nearer the town, but that was some months ago.
If you are going to Malelane or Crocodile Bridge gates, stay on the N4 to Malelane/ Maputo.
There were also road works with stop/go delays on the other side of Nelspruit and I'm not sure when that construction will be complete.
Follow the signs to your gate of choice once you have past the toll Plaza and the town of Malelane.
There was also construction near Komatipoort when I was last there (May2014) and they were diverting the Crocodile Bridge traffic via the Ngwenya road.
If you are going to Numbi, Phabeni or Kruger gates, take the White River off ramp and follow the signs.
I am not familiar enough with this area to give exact directions, but follow the signs.
For Numbi gate you will turn right once through the town of White river.
For Phabeni and Kruger gates continue to the town of Hazyview and turn right at the Spar shopping complex and follow the signs from there.
My personal preference is to always use Phabeni gate as the road from there to Kruger has many speed restrictions and goats, donkeys and cows on the road.
The route through Phabeni gate exposes you to the "risk" of an elephant or rhino traffic jam
It does not take much longer to get to Skukuza than the Kruger gate route and is much more fun!