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Re: DRIVING FROM CAPE TOWN

Unread postby camken » Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:50 pm

Thanks o-dog

That is exactly the info I needed!
I think we'll probably opt for 2 nights to get up like you suggested, just to make it a more pleasant trip.


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Re: DRIVING FROM CAPE TOWN

Unread postby jb72 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:25 pm

Hi Camken,

I have to go with o-dog on this one - N1 to Joburg, and N4 east. I tried the scenic route through the OVS and Mpumalanga last year, and ended up on the back of a flatbed. (3 flat tyres thanks to our wonderful roads in this part of the country) It's just not worth it, as you have to drive at max 80km/h while trying to dodge the potholes.

Have a safe trip :thumbs_up:

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Re: DRIVING FROM CAPE TOWN

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:04 pm

Just before you get to Joburg, take the Witbank (I think it is the N10) highway.
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Re: DRIVING FROM CAPE TOWN

Unread postby Hugh » Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:33 pm

I go with the Karoo National Park really is a gem and if you stay in the accommodation Breakfast is included.
We hope to do the trip in reverse in September But leaving the Park at Pafuri . then Mpumgubwe then Marakela and the Mokala and then down to the Cape maybe taking in the Karoo again.or go via Augrabies But we have plenty of time !!!
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Re: DRIVING FROM CAPE TOWN

Unread postby okie » Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:50 pm

Driving the N1 to JHB is a very direct route and certainly the quickest .
But it also is the main route for every truck between CT and JHB and from Colesberg it links up with the main route JHB to Port Elizabeth .
If you do that route , keep awake and count the trucks .
My highest score is 1156 between Beaufort West and Bloemfontein - and that was only the ones that were southbound :big_eyes:
Previously, we used to divert at Beaufort West to Aberdeen and sleep over at Graaf Reinet - lots of B&B's - visit the church - arguably the most beautiful one in South Africa .
Then towards Aliwal North and through the eastern Free State, via Ficksburg, Bethlehem -Warden , Standerton , Ermelo, Nelspruit .
This route is fairly quiet , but the roads have become more like 4x4 routes .
Nowadays, from Three Sisters , we take the road to Kimberley , which is very quiet , very little traffic .
You can take a break at Mokala National park ( magic ) or at Kimberley , and then either direct to JHB - Witbank - Nelspruit , or via Pretoria- Witbank- Nelspruit .

Whatever route you take , observe the posted speedlimits .
Just about every town has at least one speed-check all the time, could be on either side of town .
If you drive too fast you will certainly receive a notice in the post very soon :tongue:
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Re: DRIVING FROM CAPE TOWN

Unread postby camken » Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:51 pm

ok, we've had a long look at the map, and after much debate, we've decided that we really want to do as much driving as possible on our first day, so here's what we came up with:


Cape town- Colesberg (sleep in Colesberg)
Colesberg to Ogies (sleep in Ogies)
Ogies to Kruger

Is this reasonable? Will we find accomodation in these towns?

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Re: DRIVING FROM CAPE TOWN

Unread postby Bushmom » Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:11 pm

I am not so sure about sleeping in Ogies. I remember it as very much a one horse town. Perhaps it has changed since I was there last :huh:
Remember that Witbank's name has changed to Emalahleni - it can be confusing on nameboards.
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Re: DRIVING FROM CAPE TOWN

Unread postby camken » Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:23 pm

Bushmom, i think you might be right about Ogies!!
I just went online to check out any guest houses, and the result was a bit dismal!!
I think I'll look for somewhere nearby that is a bit more promising!!
Thanks for the heads up!

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Re: DRIVING FROM CAPE TOWN

Unread postby Don Stewart » Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:55 pm

:) Camken

"This time we were thinking of braving the long drive in an effort to save some money!!"

Reconsider the flying option:

*CT to KNP is approximately 1900kms
*Return trip approx 3800kms (ignore the distance covered in the park)
*Fuel at (say) 10l/100kms and at average of (say) R8.40 per litre
*Fuel bill = R3200 and that excludes wear and tear/diminution in value etc
*4 night stops (2 each way) = R2400
*Meals etc 4 days = R1200
Total cost so far = R6800 and arrive at KNP tired

1 Time and Kalula are offering deals from CT to JHB at about R389 per person per leg and you can probably get a good price on JHB/Nelspruit return (look like R389 pppl too) - total airfares = R3112
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car hire at Nelspruit - (say) R300 per day (you don't say how long you are going to be in KNP) but 10 days car hire for a reasonable car will cost you about R3000
Total cost R6112 - arrive and depart KNP fresh and relaxed

The numbers are estimates but I would certainly relook at the fly/drive option, especially if I was looking to save costs.

You will have a wonderful holiday either way.

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Re: DRIVING FROM CAPE TOWN

Unread postby o-dog » Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:12 pm

It was a while back but have stayed in Colesburg.
Won't do it again quickly.
More of a trucker area but probably a good guest house around somewhere there as I don't know the town away from N1 too well.
I know my family has stayed on the Gariep Dam which is close to Colesburg. Cape Town - Bloem is an easy days drive if you leave by 7-8am and keep going.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread postby chas » Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:45 am

Hullo- what is the travelling time from Pretoria to Malelane and is it an easy road all in good condition, but busy I suppose? We need to find an alternative route from PE as going through the Free State is not on anymore, roads I believe are in a bad state? Can anyone comment please? Thank you.


Hi Carolynn

You are right. They are still busy with the roads before Bloemfontein. There are a few stop and go's that you will have to go through. There are routes that you can go round them but the roads are narrow and are also not in great condition. NOT suitable for caravans and trailers.

If you go PE - East London - Bloem this way i think it is even worse , also alot of stop and go's .

The other way is via Durban then through Swaziland but the road from PE to Durban is not that great either.This will prob be a very long trip.

Sorry to say unfortunately you are staying in the wrong town.

But the good news is that from Bloem to Nelspruit the roads are in good condition.

Chas

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Cape to Kruger with a Caravan: Stopovers?

Unread postby Albert » Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:01 am

A question in the "best route to Kruger" vein:

We have (very) recently become part of the caravanning fraternity (not that I think said fraternity is aware of the fact as yet). So my question to those with experience in towing a caravan from Cape to Kruger: where would acceptable stopover sites be? I am not only referring to actual campsites/caravan parks en route, but also places where one can comfortably and securely park a caravan and stay over in a hotel/guest house/chalet? This would obviously be weather/season dependent.

(We are assuming that travelling more than 600-odd km per day with a caravan in tow is not really feasible?)
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Re: Cape to Kruger with a Caravan: Stopovers?

Unread postby okie » Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:02 pm

Albert , we are not caravanners or campers , but we regularly do the " pilgrimage " to KNP twice a year , and usually stay over somewhere at least two nights each way .
In any event , have you ever been to Karoo National Park at Beaufort West ? Its 500 km from CT and a great place to stop over :)
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Re: Cape to Kruger with a Caravan: Stopovers?

Unread postby Albert » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:01 am

Okie: Like yourself we do the pilgrimage regularly (at least once or twice a year).
We have often stayed over at Karoo National Park.
With caravan this (or 3 Sisters) would obviously be a stopover.
What we are wondering about is the 2nd night.
Typically we would do Karoo National Park-Pretoria/JhB and then the 3rd evening in the park (or Colesberg-Hazyview, or something like that).
Now we would like to do something like:
1st night on the road: Three sisters or Karoo National Park
2nd night on the road: ?????
3rd night: Mpumalanga Lowveld or even "docking" at Malelane or Berg n Dal.
Obviously, travelling in September/October will be different to May/June (when temperatures in the central part of the country makes camping en route a non-starter)
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Re: Cape to Kruger with a Caravan: Stopovers?

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:17 am

Hi Albert

We towed last year from Cape Town to KNP.

We did Karoo National Park, then Mokala National Park. (Spent a few nights at each.) From there we needed to go to Golden Gate then onto Kruger. Mokala to GG was fine, and GG to Malelane was also fine. We left GG later than we should have, but still just made gate closing.

On return we stopped at Gariep Dam.

You do need to find a stop close to Kruger too though. We have towed up to 900km in a day, but that is really heavy going and it is so much nicer if you can break up the trip and not do more than 600km in a day.
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