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Re: GOLDEN GATE TO KRUGER - BEST ROUTE?

Unread postby Albert » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:29 am

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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Re: Best route pretoria to berg n dal

Unread postby GlenD » Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:40 am

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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Best road to Phabeni Gate

Unread postby Rooivalk » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:10 am

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

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Re: Best road to Phabeni Gate

Unread postby Safari Gal » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:13 am

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

Unread postby WildThing » Tue Nov 05, 2013 5:49 pm

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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Re: Best road to Phabeni Gate

Unread postby spargish » Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:23 am

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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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread postby Albert » Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:58 am

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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Re: Driving from JHB International to Kruger - Directions

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:40 am

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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Re: Driving from JHB International to Kruger - Directions

Unread postby Hippotragus » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:58 pm

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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Re: Driving from JHB International to Kruger - Directions

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:24 pm

We used the route via Belfast/Dullstroom/Lydenburg/Orighstad. Some potholes but nothing that gave me as driver any reason to worry. Still my preferred route.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread postby mancineus » Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:16 pm

hi again

as planned i went to kruger on february 16th and came back today . I took the r538 to numbi both ways and though it is true that it does have serious potholes along the way but no where near every bit of the way, the trip was 45mn from KMIA both ways to/from the gate. The road is decently not suitable for night travel but by daytime it stays an option to seriously consider.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread postby cfraser » Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:56 pm

Anyone know If we can enter at numbi gate? I know wasn't recommended a while back....

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread postby Hippotragus » Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:56 pm

Apparently the road is still bad - potholes and security - rather go into the KNP via Phabeni Gate.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread postby Kicker Cat » Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:17 pm

I can confirm that the Numbi Gate is still not a recommended entry point roads are still bad and traffic on weekends horrific

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread postby wild at heart » Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:29 pm

Going to Shimuweni, Shingwedzi, Letaba, Olifants, Satara and Tamboti. Leaving on Saturday. Anybody been recently from Jhb via Polokwane to Phalaborwa? What are the roads like? Cant wait :D :D :D :D


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