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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread postby minettest » Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:27 pm

We would also like to know as we will be travelling from sabie via r40 going in at phalaborwa
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread postby Albert » Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:11 pm

Sneeugans wrote:I am anxious to know the condition of the R40 between Mica and Phalaborwa. Last time we travelled on it,it was badly potholed.
We will be going to Shingwedzi from Nelspruit in 2 weeks time, and given the long distance I thought of travelling outside the park in order to make up some distance before the gates open. If it is still bad we will have to detour via Gravelotte, probably 50Km further.
If anybody has been that way lately with advice, it will be much appreciated.


I'm not sure whether this will help; we travelled that section of the R 40 in April: the road was in a far better condition than it had been about 18 months before that (then it was atrocious, large sections of the tar surface was simply non-existent, large holes extending over half the road etc etc). In April it was clear that large sections of the road had been patched fairly efficiently, and there were far fewer bad sections. Having said that, the road was still quite uneven, but OK to use, provided that you accept 80 km/h as a safe travelling speed.

The ONLY proviso that I will add is that the road carries a high volume of ore vehicles (trucks), and it is quite possible that the surface could rapidly deteriorate again.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread postby Sneeugans » Thu Jul 30, 2015 11:33 am

Thank you Albert, since your travels in April I`m afraid the surface will be bad again, except if some work has been done on the road in the meantime. Those huge trucks absolutely play havoc on road surfaces, not to mention the intimidating driving towards other road users.

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Travelling to Punda Maria gate

Unread postby MKoch » Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:51 am

Good morning all.

Haven't been on the forum for a long time, so I'm a bit rusty, not sure if I'm posting this in the right place.

We will be travelling to Shingwedzi coming from JHB side on the N1.

My question is : How is the road to Punda Maria gate? Or should we rather travel to Phalaborwa?

Thank you, and a good day to all.
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Re: Travelling to Punda Maria gate

Unread postby Manitoba » Fri Jul 31, 2015 12:15 pm

Good Morning


Much saver to travel Phalaborwa to Shingwedzi. Slower but worth the while

If you use the R71 Polokwane via magoebaskloof.
Minor roadworks @ Zion City Moria, about 5 km, but not a stop and go.... at this moment of time


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Re: Travelling to Punda Maria gate

Unread postby leervis » Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:53 pm

Hi Mkoch, I do not agree that Phalaborwa gate is an option for Shinwedzi. The route we use is via Polokwane - Giyani - Punda. Good roads all the way, lots of speed traps so stay within the limit and you will save lots of time. Sandton to Phalaborwa Gate = 506 Km. Sandton to Punda Gate = 536 Km. Phalaborwa to Shing. = 136 Km. Punda to Shing. = 76 Km. Remember also that traveling in Kruger is slow, work on 20 kph so you will save about 2 to 3 hours going via Punda.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread postby BirgitJo » Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:21 pm

Hallo, on page 9 Hippotragus wrote, that if one takes the N4 to KNP one should take the Schoemanskloof option.
Does this mean to stay on the N4 ?

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread postby Hippotragus » Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:42 pm

Hi BirgitJo

Yes the Schoemanskloof road is also N4. Shortly after the Machado toll plaza you will see that the N4 divides - straight on is the original road and to the left is the newer road which goes through the Schoemanskloof. We prefer the Schoemanskloof option, but it is up to you. The distance is about the same.
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Re: Travelling to Punda Maria gate

Unread postby ingefl » Sat Aug 01, 2015 8:49 pm

Hello Mkoch, we drove from Polokwane to Shingwedzi via Punda Maria (R81) in June. Roads were in general fine enough. Much people and cattle on and around the road though. Took us about 3.5 to 4 hrs to reach the gate including brief stop for lunch and another 2.5 hrs to Shingwedzi.

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Re: Travelling to Punda Maria gate

Unread postby leervis » Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:03 am

ingelf, That, if you came from Johannesburg, was flying! I see that you say it was from Polokwane, so your time is very doable. I agree that a wary eye must be kept open for the domestic animals that wander over the roads. It is just under 540 Km's from Sandton and we estimate our trips at 6.5 hours to the gate, with another 2+ hours to Shingwedzi.
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Re: Travelling to Punda Maria gate

Unread postby ingefl » Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:24 am

leervis, indeed, we stayed in Polokwane on the way there :) I think it actually took us around 4 hours to get from Johannesburg (Sandton) to Polokwane due to traffic between Johannesburg and Pretoria on the N1.

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Re: Travelling to Punda Maria gate

Unread postby leervis » Sun Aug 02, 2015 4:18 pm

ingefl, that road is so unpredictable. I have done Polokwane in less than 3 hours, but once, along weekend I think, it took us nearly 5. We had to find somewhere to stay that time as we were going to be too late to get to Sirheni.
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Johannesburg to Pafuri gate

Unread postby tapurdon » Mon Aug 03, 2015 1:22 am

Has anyone done this route recently - We are planning on entering Kruger via the Pafuri gate. Our first night is at Pafuri main camp. My question is in regards to driving safety on the R525 up to the gate.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread postby BirgitJo » Mon Aug 03, 2015 4:59 am

Thank you Hippotragus. Now off to work :(

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Re: Johannesburg to Pafuri gate

Unread postby alf » Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:43 am

Hi tapurdon,

When are you planning to drive this road? I will be driving it on Thursday also to enter at pafuri gate. Was also wondering about road conditions on the R525 :hmz:
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