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 Post subject: Re: Roads in bad condition (potholed) unrest leading into KN
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:13 pm 
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Yes I can report back on that - the road is bad and the last time I drove it, I remember thinking I must be mad.

There are lots of potholes and they get progressively worse as there has been very little if any repair work done.

Over long weekends the route is made more dangerous by Taxis, bad drivers and pedestrians who appear to have no road sens at all.

I still suggest the Phabeni entrance (as does Sanparks)

I hope this helps.

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 Post subject: Re: Roads in bad condition (potholed) unrest leading into KN
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:18 pm 
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Yip Sanparks suggests avoiding Numbi gate

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 Post subject: Re: Roads in bad condition (potholed) unrest leading into KN
Unread postPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 9:40 am 
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Either road to park via Lydenburg is badly potholed, and then onto Ohrigstad would be bad at night. If leaving park at Phalaborwa then via Pietersburg back is a very good option.

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 Post subject: Re: Road to Punda Gate.
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Hallo Wilde Jan! :yaya:

Welcome to the forums! We drove that Polokwane-Giyani-Punda Rd without any problem in January. I'm sure someone with more recent experience with this road will comment soon. My favourite Rd to Punda Camp is however to continue up North on the N1 and then turn-off to Pafuri via Tshipise. It is a good road in general, and then one drives through a scenic area of the park to the camp. It does require a bit more time though...

Enjoy your holiday! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Road to Punda Gate.
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:08 pm 
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The Polokwane - Giyani - Punda Maria road is fine. We did it 2 weeks ago. Most of it has been upgraded in the last year and the rest is OK - very few small potholes with signs of them currently being repaired. The unrest comes and goes, but I have not heard of any recently. If in doubt, contact Punda Maria and ask them - they are sure to know the local situation.

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 Post subject: Re: Road to Punda Gate.
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:09 pm 
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We travelled the R81 to Giyani then through Malumalele to Punda a few weeks ago and will be travelling back that way this weekend. As Hippotragus said - there are a few potholes (mainly between Giyani and Malumalele) but they are avoidable. We are towing a caravan and did not find any problem in negotiating a way around them. When you turn left at Mooketsi to Giyani - buy some seasonal fruit/veg from the hawkers at the roadside, we find them to usually sell good quality at a good price.

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 Post subject: Condition of the R538 (Nelspruit - Whiteriver - Numbi gate)
Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:24 pm 
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Hi there,

I see on the KNP home page that the route from Nelspruit to Numbi gate is in poor condition. Any one travelled that route recently? We will be going to Pretoriuskop with our caravan in a month's time, and would like to know whether the road has been repaired.

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 Post subject: Re: Roads in bad condition (potholed) unrest leading into KN
Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:15 am 
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Hi Stephan,
Not sure about the entire section of road. Just travelled a short bit (from the White River side before turning off to go to KMIA), and this was in pretty bad condition.
There are boards up on both the Hazyview and White River sides where the R 538 and R 40 meet advising motorists to take the R40 as the Numbi road is being reconstructed (duration from Jan 2014 to June 2015 (if I remember correctly).
As I know what it is like to tow a caravan in that area, I would personally suggest a detour via the R40 to Hazyview and then enter a Phabeni.

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 Post subject: Road from Sabie to Phabeni
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:23 am 
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Dear all

We will be travelling to Paradise on 16 July from Sabie via Graskop and Kolwyns Pass to Hazyview. Can anyone please give me an update on road conditions along this route?
Is the direct route from Sabie to Hazyview the better option?
One more question: what are road conditions like from Belfast to Sabie?

Counting the days (have been doing so for the past 11 months!)

Hope to hear from you

Warm regards on a cold Highveld morning
Loerie


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 Post subject: Re: Road from Sabie to Phabeni
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:27 am 
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Hi Loerie

I have not visited the area since December last year and at the time, the roads were really bad with lots of potholes on basically all the roads, but hopefully they might be fixed by now.

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 Post subject: Re: Roads in bad condition (potholed) unrest leading into KN
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:06 pm 
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Hi Kallis

Thanks for the advice -we'll dodge the potholes (or at least try to dodge most of them). Nelspruit, White River and then on to Hazyview might be the best option but then we will have to dodge taxis, cattle and speed
cameras.
Just to make sure: is the road from Graskop via Kolwyns Pass to White River semi-OK?
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