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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:26 pm 
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Hi StevieG
The road is OK between Belfast and Lydenburg. There are some potholes in Belfast and then again between Dullstroom there are also some potholes. One very bad one. I travelled this road last week. Another road to consider is to carry on with the N4 and then take the R36 This road used to be badly potholed but all the potholes have been fixed. The road is still uneven but only has one new pothole.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:33 pm 
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StevieG14 wrote:
I am trying to confirm the best route to Sabie/ Graskop from the N4 as I read on TA (27th July) that the R540 between Belfast and Lydenburg is potholed.

But if this road has now been fixed and is okay I think I will go via the R540 from Belfast to Lydenburg, then the R37 Long Tom pass to Sabie then Graskop.


I can confirm that the potholes are still there on both sides of Lydenburg. We did that drive earlier this month, and there was no sign that repairs were occurring. As a matter of fact, we saw plenty of signs on the roads warning of potholes but no work done to reduce them.


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 Post subject: malelane to joburg
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Hi Elsa is it save to drive from malelane to joburg national airport
hope you see you again next year
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 Post subject: Re: malelane to joburg
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Hi there T & H, :yaya:
yes, perfectly safe leaving from Malelane gate to Jhb.
There are extensive road works in the gorge currently but they should be finished by next year. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: malelane to joburg
Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:21 pm 
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Hi,
I have done this drive on numerous occasions over the past few years. As have a lot of the other "mites" on the Forum.

It is a good road, and as Elsa has said, the road works in the gorge should be done by next year.

Two things I would be mindful of:
Don't speed. better not to have a cop pull you over.
And there are stretches that mine trucks use. Be aware, and don't be impatient to try and pass them. Rather arrive a few minutes later, than not at all!

Enjoy your trip. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:10 am 
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Hello fellow forumites, first post and need some assistance.

I will be travelling from Hazyview to Durban tomorrow, which route is more advisable?

1. Hazyview > Nelspruit > Ermelo > Newcastle > ladysmith > N3

or

2. Hazyview > Nelspruit > Piet Retief > Pongola > Richards bay > N2

Consideration: Non 4x4 vehicle.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:41 am 
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madracer wrote:
1. Hazyview > Nelspruit > Ermelo > Newcastle > ladysmith > N3

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2. Hazyview > Nelspruit > Piet Retief > Pongola > Richards bay > N2



Hi Madracer and welcome to the Forum :clap:

I would go with route 1.

The Piet Retief road is extremely busy with lots of heavy vehicles. Not a very safe road.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:03 pm 
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Thanks JeanniR.

Will avoid the Piet Retief road.
Was also looking at another alternate,

Hazyview >Nelspruit > Carolina > Standerton > Vrede > Warden > N3

Any thought?


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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:10 am 
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According to Google maps the travel time for both the routes are the same, but the Hazyview > Nelspruit > Ermelo > Newcastle > ladysmith > N3 is about 60 km further...

A friend of mine traveled to Standerton on Friday and the road was newly repaired. There were only a few potholes.

So either road should be fine.

Safe travels :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:24 am 
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What is the current situation for the road to Malelane from Kruger intl Airport?
Are there still roadworks and delays and when is this expected to finish?


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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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I saw a photo yesterday, showing a signboard there stating roadworks will be finished on 12th October! So, hopefully, that will be the end of all the delays.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 5:46 pm 
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Hi
Returned from Kruger and the Hoedspruit area on the 18th Septrmber. When we travelled to Kruger, as we were going North, we took the N1 to Polkwane and then the R71 to Phalaborwa. We had decided to stay 1 night at Jo'burg OT Airport so we could leave left early the next day. Our first camp was Letaba- 350miles/563k. This definately was the quickest route to go north and the roads were excellent. We had time to have "comfort stops" and a longer stop at the Mall of the North at Polkawane where we stocked for provisions [ 2 supermarkets Pick and Pay and Checkers] + lots of other shops.

On our return to Jo'Burg from Hoedspruit we decided to drive the R40 to Bushbuckridge. Although there were some big lorries, ? carrying iron ore, we didn't get held up. We turned right at Bushbuckridge onto the R533 to Grasskop. On entering Grasskop, just past the Petrol Station on the right, turn left onto the R532 to Sabie. Drive through Sabie and take the R 37 and then the R 539 to the Sudwala Caves, and then on to the N4 and N12 to OT Airport. The roads were excellent - very few car/lorries and a lovely scenic route. The N4 was quiet and I was impressed at the increased number of Service/Stops on the N4 and N12. Hopes this helps as I appreciated all the up to date advice from the forum to enable us to have a fabulous holiday. Chris McAfrica


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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:10 pm 
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Hi, I was told this morning during a conversation with another Radio-amateur who lives in Nelspruit, that the road is now open. It seems that near the "bridge" there is still a minor problem, but he assured me no more 40 minute stops? Confirmation would be appreciated.









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