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 Post subject: Re: Best route Joburg to Letaba camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:47 am 
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Just to let you all know....returned via Hoedspruit, Orighstad, Lydenburg and dullies and apart from a few earth filled pot holes just before and after Lydenburg, the road was great. Most of the pot holed areas were signposted. I will do that road again no problem.


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 Post subject: Re: GOLDEN GATE TO KRUGER - BEST ROUTE?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:09 pm 
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2. More importantly, best suggested route from GGHNP to Malelane Gate (via Chrissiesmeer). My proposed route is Harrismith - Warden - Vrede - Standerton - Ermelo - Chrissiesmeer - Badplaas - Barberton - Malelane


Avoid the R38 between Badplaas to Barberton, very very bad road, more gravel and potholes than tar. Cattle etc on the road aswell. Many townships, didnt feel safe at all. Would rather go this route: Harrismith - Warden - Vrede - Standerton - Ermelo - Chrissiesmeer - Breyton - Carolina - Machadodorp - Waterval-Boven - Nelspruit - Malelane.

I used that road in December with my 4x4, never again......


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 Post subject: Re: GOLDEN GATE TO KRUGER - BEST ROUTE?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:33 pm 
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Stephan groen,

Highlands Retreat is a good choice to start you honeymoon. Wish you all the luck with the wedding plans and a wonderful wedding.

My route to GGNP normally runs through Harrismith, then south to Phuthaditjhaba entering the park on the east. My first connection to the N3 is at Warden and therefore I prefer to continue driving south. The shortest route will be through Bethlehem and Clarens taking the R26, but I am not sure the condition of those roads will be the same as the N3.

Last time I've visited Golden Gate was in April and during that time there was roadworks along the Sterkfontein- Olivierhoekpas section. Best to check TomTom - AA for road advice.

Traveling to Chrissiesmeer you can follow your suggested route, but be careful of potholes about 10 km before Standerton. This section was completed a few years back, while the Free state side was very bad, but they finally completed the Free state section and now Mpumalanga road becomes bad again.

After Standerton most obvious route is Morgenzon, but I have not travelled that road and some-one else might help. A bit of a detour will be Secunda - Bethal- Ermelo on a good road.

I've avoided Badplaas since 2012 due to road works after Carolina. You can travel to Machadodorp R36 or Belfast R33 from Carolina. By avoiding Barberton you now need to travel on the N4 passed Nelspruit where there are road works before and after Nelspruit (there is another thread on this route. Why don't you enter at Phabeni gate? Won't recommend the road to Numbi gate, but rather the R40 to Hazyview.

Hope this helps a lot and enjoy your trip. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: GOLDEN GATE TO KRUGER - BEST ROUTE?
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:29 am 
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Did part of this route in reverse in September last year. Travelled from Croc Bridge to Glen Reenen. Can echo the comments about the Christiana-Badplaas section of road. However, I must add that the section between Carolina and Ermelo was pretty bad as well, not really potholed, but very uneven and rutted in sections.
From GGHP I would take the route via Phutadithjaba to Harrismith, then Warden-Vrede-Standerton-Ermelo. When I did that route in September of 2012, the section between the R103 (which you take from Warden) and Vrede was under (re)construction; this was virtually 20 km of gravel detour. Hopefully that is no longer the case. If you are still forced to travel through Vrede rather than around, be aware of the "pothole" in the main street. It is actually a donga. Equally, the worst parts of the rest of the route are actually the roads through the towns.

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 Post subject: Re: Best route pretoria to berg n dal
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Hi wachinda

If you see you are going to be late you can also call the gate ahead of time and arrange for late entry (fee applicable), they do this up until 21H00 and will then escort you to Berg-en-Dal.

The below info is found here:

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/get_there/default.php

Late entry escorts (at a fee) are available at the following gates for the camp in brackets only. This is only available until 21:00. Escorts depart every half hour until this time:
Paul Kruger (Skukuza)
Numbi (Pretoriuskop)
Malelane (Berg-en-Dal and Malelane)
Crocodile Bridge gate (Crocodile Bridge Camp)
Punda Maria gate (Punda Maria Camp)
Orpen gate (Orpen Camp)
No late admission at Phabeni, Phalaborwa and Pafuri

Gate Security will phone camp duty phone when there are guests and transport is arranged. If guests advise in advance, then trips can be better planned. Fee is currently R150,00 per vehicle.



Gate contact numbers can be found here

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/get_there/gates.php


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 Post subject: Best road to Phabeni Gate
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Which will be the better road to travel to Phabeni Gate form Nelspruit - R40 or R538? :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Best road to Phabeni Gate
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Definitely the R40. One via Numbi is very badly pot-holed

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 Post subject: Re: Best road to Phabeni Gate
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Last month we travelled to Phabeni and used the road via Hazyview (R40). The road is in very good condition, with a short "stop & go" just after the turn-off to Numbi.


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 Post subject: Re: Best road to Phabeni Gate
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:23 am 
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Traveled to Paul Kruger gate via Phabeni last month. We did the N4 then took the R539 , R37, R532 to Sabie and then the R536 to Hazyview, and then to Phabeni. Roads were in perfect nick and it is a quite scenic route, I definitely recommend it as an alternative.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:58 am 
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Just back from a brief trip to Kruger (spur-of-the-moment thing), and I drove some routes to and from Kruger that I had previously done (and recommended). However, six months appears to be a long time in the case of road conditions!

In this case I drove to Pretoria from Orpen, and did what I would normally do: Towards Klaserie-Hoedspruit road-Ohrigstad-Lydenburg-Dullstroom-Belfast-N4. I must admit that it will a long time before I attempt that route again! Quite frankly, the roads are quite good for large portions, but unfortunately the 25 km sections either side of Lydenburg are now getting dangerous. A large proportion of the potholes on these sections (in many cases all across the road) are now of the journey-ending variety. In moderate to heavy traffic (trucks!) it is virtually impossible to miss some of these potholes (other than coming to a complete stop and waiting for the oncoming traffic to clear so that you may use the oncoming traffic lane). I would guess that the safe speed for that 50 km section would be about 40 - 50 km/h.

In the future I will gladly take the pedestrian traffic/taxis/cattle (plenty of that on the other route as well) on the R40!

Anyhow, I wonder if a topic "Roads to Kruger Updates" or something similar might be appropriate? Then people that want to report changes/challenges/etc can do so (rather than this topic which deals with general questions as well as road condition discussions).

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 Post subject: Re: Driving from JHB International to Kruger - Directions
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I haven't done the route in a very long time so would like some advice on the best route from the Vaal Triangle to Phalaborwa.

I used to go via Polokwane. Should we rather go via Orighstad?


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 Post subject: Re: Driving from JHB International to Kruger - Directions
Unread postPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:58 pm 
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Hi GP

I would rather go via Polokwane. The N1 has been upgraded in several areas and is an easy drive. You will have toll booths north of Pretoria and the new e-tolls around Jhb, but I think it is still a better road. You can get on the N1 near Vanderbijlpark and just stay on it. There have been roadworks between Polokwane and Tzaneen, but I don't know the current status - maybe someone else can help.

If you go via Ohrigstad you will still go N1 from Vanderbijlpark and turn onto the N4 at Pretoria. The N4 is also tolled. The N4 itself is a pretty good road. But after you turn off at Belfast to go through Dullstroom, Lydenburg and Ohrigstad the road has many potholes, speed limits, bends and slow traffic. It is scenic in places but, if you want to get from A to B as easily as possible, I would go on the N1.

Good luck with your planning and have a great trip.

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 Post subject: Roadworks - Schoemanskloof
Unread postPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 2:27 pm 
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Hi Mites, can anyone please tell me if there are still roadworks on Schoemanskloof as it's been a while since I've gone that way. Appreciate any feedback.

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 Post subject: Re: Roadworks - Schoemanskloof
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We drove between Polokwane and Tzaneen over the previous weekend. Driving was a pleasure. :lol:

The road works seems completed, including markings. The only thing is that the notice boards at Haenertsburg proposed the alternative route, which was outdated and unnecessary.


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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 9:44 am 
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The road 25 km either side of Lydenburg is BADLY potholed. These are potholes of the journey-ending variety. If you plan to use this route, plan on averaging 40 km/h for that 50 km section (this is imho the safe speed for this section).

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