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 Post subject: Re: Pretoria to Phalaborwa gate
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:59 am 
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The route through Belfast, Lydenburg is cheaper as far as tollfees are concerned. The road is not in good condition though. With a caravan I will take Polokwane then to Tzaneen via Duivelskloof, a bit longer bu no serious mountains & a nice road to drive.

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 Post subject: Re: Pretoria to Phalaborwa gate
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:21 am 
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There is another route from Middlebug to Burgersfort then Orichstad. I have not used it but it may be a better option. From Orichstad onwards the road is not too bad, but is slow through the settlements and of course the Abel Erasmus pass is very scenic, but is not designed for anything more than about 80km/h

This is the R555 I think. Used it a couple of times when I was commuting between Jo'burg and a private reserve near Hoedspruit.
I think its quite a lot shorter and quieter, but not all of it is marked so well, so make sure you know where the turns are (I got lost once). If you go this way, get off the N4 after Middelburg, not before it, else you have to go through the town (though I think you miss a toll if you get off before).

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 Post subject: Distance and time from JHB to Pafuri
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:15 pm 
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Hi Guys

Good to be back on the forum :dance:

Going to the Kruger from the 24th Punda the 25th Lataba then Tamboti 26th then staying at Marloth park for a week. :D
I have never traveled to Pufuri gate from JHB :hmz:
Does anyone know how long it takes to travel from JHB to Pufuri. :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Distance and time from JHB to Pufuri
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From the Honeyguide: Via Louis Trichard, 620 kilometers.
I never drove it that way though, but took the leisure trip via Tzaneen, Duiwelskloof, and Giyani. That route is probably slower due to smaller roads and way too much to see.

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 Post subject: Re: Distance and time from JHB to Pafuri
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 3:30 pm 
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Looking at the maps the apparent time required may be slightly conservative , from Jhb to Pafuri gate allow about 7 hours with minimal stopping time .
I far prefer this route to the obvious alternatives .

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 Post subject: Re: Distance and time from JHB to Pafuri
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The Giyani route DQ mentioned will take you to Punda gate unless you are going to travel the sand roads between Thohoyandou and Masisi.

From JHB to Pafuri will take a good 7 to maybe 8 hours. N1 till the Tshipise turn off. I think the last toll gate before the turn-off is Baobab? They've built this toll gate about 150m before the turn-off to Tshipise. Very clever because now they get all the Kruger and Tshipise traffic money as well. The last 100km from Tshipise to the Foot-and-Mouth gate is relatively straight but lots of cattle and donkeys on and next to the road and the also Tshokondeni mines coal trucks that can sometimes race a long that stretch. After passing the control gate you travel in communal land for a couple of kilometers and there is sometimes life stock and people around.

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 Post subject: From JHB to Phallaborwa
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Good Morning all

Please can someone help, I want to travel from Boksburg to Phallaborwa but I dont want to go via Magoebaskloof as I am pulling a caravan and the last time we used this road I had a problem with brakes getting to hot :big_eyes: :redface: .Is there another route?

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 Post subject: Re: From JHB to Phallaborwa
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Mmm even if you use the Strydom tunnels/ Abel Erasmus pass route you will have that problem. Its a long way round but the only other option I can think of is Nelspruit via the waterval onder route and then up the side of the park via Hazyview and Hoedspruit.
Maybe one of the Phalaborw-mites knows another way through the mountains?

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 Post subject: Best route from Jhb to Pafuri Gate
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Hi,
Can anyone please give some info on the best route from Jhb to Pafuri Gate, according to Garmin the trip will take about 8-9 hours?????Is that the quickest route?
All suggestions welcome please.

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 Post subject: Re: Best route from Jhb to Pafuri Gate
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Yes the trip takes about 6 - 7 hours from Pretoria. Best route is up the N1 to Messina and then across to Pafuri.
You could go in at Punda Marie gate as well. Off hand, Just not sure of the route you would take. It's a little shorter.


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 Post subject: Re: Best route from Jhb to Pafuri Gate
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if you are going to punda maria gate- you can drive jhb- polokwane-mooketsi-giyani-malamulele-punda maria gate. from polokwane to punda maria this way is about 3 hours drive (approximately) if pafuri gate then it would be better to drive jhb-polokwane-louis trichardt-musina-pafuri.

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 Post subject: Re: Best route from Jhb to Pafuri Gate
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The quickest route is JHB to Louis Trichard, then once you leave the Soutpansberg keep straight on the N1 until after the Baobab Toll Plaza. Take a right turn to Tshipize and keep straight past Masisi until you reach the gate. This final stretch is quite long and once you get closer to Masisi and Tshikondeni Mine, you will encounter many potholes and even donkeys.

Also look out for pedestrain traffic near Masisi. Depending on what time you reach the area, there could be school children making their way home near Masisi.

In terms of travel time, it all depends on the volume of traffic. Coming back from Pafuri Camp recently, it took us 6.5 hours from the camp to JHB, but on average, it can take between 7 and 8 hours quite easily.

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 Post subject: Which road to Punda?
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We'll be visiting the North for the first time this June. And we need some advise about the roads leading to the North...

We will only be able to leave PTA at about 9:00 on the morning of departure and we are sleeping in Punda that evening. Will we be able to get to Punda in time if we go through Pafuri? (Someone recommended this route to going straight to Punda)

If we decide to head straigth to Punda, how is the R524 between Louis Trichardt and Punda? Heard some bad reports... :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Which road to Punda?
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Hi Bushbuddies :D look at my smile :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

I have done both the Louis Trichart and the Giyani roads. The Giyani road is definately the better in terms of traffic. I found going through Tohoyandou a nighmare. On the Giyani road I had to take care of cattle and goats and a few pedestrians. Tohoyandou was thick with taxis, cattle goats, roadworks and police officers.

If the road works are completed, it might be better, but I won't attempt it again for a while.

The R81 towards Tzaneen and Giyani has been upgraded and you can bypass Polokwane, just keep your eyes peeled for the sign posts as you get close to Polokwane. The turn off is close to an ultra city, or some big petrol station.

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 Post subject: Re: Johannesburg to Orpen
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I was just checking which route Google Maps recommends. They reckon taking the R36 (turn off just after Machadodorp) to Lydenburg is one minute faster than the Dullstroom > Lydenburg route.

Also, what do you find your average times from JHB to Orpen?


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