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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:05 am 
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I've been reading all the replies and am still not sure which way to go. We'll be staying in P'kop - what gate would you guys suggest we enter. Driving from Thabazimbi so we'll not be there early. My feeling is to drive Pretoria Belfast Lydenburg Sabie Hazyview and enter at Kruger gate/Phabeni. Or would you suggest travelling the N4 and enter at Numbi?

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:43 am 
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Philippa,

I would go Pretoria, Nelspruit, Hazeyview and enter at Phabeni. If time gets a little tight you can enter at Numbi, but think you'd prefer Phabeni.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:28 am 
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Philippa wrote:
Thanx for your reply!! Does anybody know what the toll fees are from Pretoria - Nelspruit?

Also: check the sanral website: www.nra.co.za (for future reference)
Can tell you the tolls are:
Diamond Hill: R 27.00
Middelburg: R 45.00
Machadodorp: R 67.00 (you miss this if you go Belfast/Dullstroom/Lydenburg/Sabie/Hazyview)

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 Post subject: Re: duration Sun City - Orpen gate
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:43 pm 
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I would suggest you come from Sun City on the highway about one and a half hours
Continue to polokwane on the highway about 2 hours
From polokwane orpen is about 300km should take you between 3 and 3 half hours
Total about 6 and half to 7 hours

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:09 pm 
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KirstyL wrote:
Hi guys,

We will be picking up a hire car from Jhb airport and then staying overnight at Emperor's Palace complex before making our way to Malelane gate the following morning, somewhere between 6-7am. What's the best route and how easy is it to navigate and get ourselves out of busy, busy Jhb?! I presume the journey from the airport to the hotel shouldn't be too bad, but concerned we may get lost trying to get out of Jhb!!

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The N4 through to Nelspruit and then on to Melalane.
A striaght forward route on a well maintained road.


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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:24 am 
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Graham_5000 wrote:
Going to drive the N4, Lydenburg, Phalaborwa route in a couple of days. From the N4 is the R36 or R540 in better condition do you reckon? Thanks in advance


Avoid the N4-Lydenburg road (R36?) at all costs. Take the N4-Belfast-Dullstroom-Lydenburg option (was OK, not great, when I drove it in May) (is that the R 540?).

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria gate
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Johannesburg to Phalaborwa is 535km depending on what route you take.

Johannesburg to Punda Maria is 570km.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:41 pm 
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Hello Dear forumites,
I will be travelling to South Africa for the 4th time next Sunday. Just felt in love with your country.

we will spend one week in the Kruger and have decided to spend one night at Elephant Plains (Sabi Sabi reserve).
Next night will be at Punda Maria as my brother want to visit the northern area of Kruger.
We plan to drive to Punda Maria outside the park, but I wonder how long it would take and what route to use
Your advices would be again, very helpfull.
Thanks in advance
Looking forward to meeting forumites in the park.
Edie from france :D


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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:05 pm 
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It is about 370 kilometres to Punda , and the quickest would be to travel straight up the R533 , R40 to the R529 through Giyani onwards . Be aware of speedtraps , and animals .

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:50 am 
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I have two questions regarding driving back from the park.
1. Where is the easiest or best place to refuel the car near JNB airport berfore retuning it with out getting lost and loosing all the fuel??
2. On our last day (sunday)we leave Crocodile Bridge to JNB for our flight which leaves at 20.00. I would like to drive through the park,instead of N4, and come out of Malelane gate, when should I plan to leave CB please?
Thank you very much.


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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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There's a petrol station in the airport, SkyStop I think its called and is signposted.

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 Post subject: Protests at Malamulela/Thohoyandou area
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:08 am 
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Morning Mites,

I will be travelling to Puda Maria late this month, i wanted to check how safe is the road from Thohoyandou to Punda Maria as there is Protests in tha Malamulela area regarding municipal issues.

Anyone who had travelled that road recently can advise.


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 Post subject: Re: Protests at Malamulela/Thohoyandou area
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:53 am 
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It is difficult to confirm if the protests will still be there or not when you visit the park. I will advise that you contact the Punda Maria Gate on 013 735 6870 prior to your departure. Our colleagues from Punda Maria gate monitor the situation on a daily basis and they should be able to provide you with the latest information. Alternatively you can use Pafuri or Phalaborwa Gate.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:38 am 
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Hi all

We just traveled the; Belfast-Dullstroom -Lydenburg to Orpen gate route both ways. No road works, but road has lots and very bad potholes for 20kms before Lydenburg, in Lydenburg and about for 30kms outside of Lydenburg. They are all over the road, so slow down and be careful out there.

The rest of the route is pretty easy going and as scenic as ever.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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tent dweller wrote:
silly question :redface: :redface: Are the roadworks still active on the Magoebaskloof and Georges valley routes???? I spoke to a customer the other day and they advised us to use Duiwelskloof when going to the park (entering at Phalaborwa gate) in December, any truth in this :doh: :doh: :doh: thanks for any imput


They are TD and think they will be for a little while yet. They are in the process of building bridges to widen the road, one just outside Haenertsburg and the other near the old lakeside motel which became the private school.

I was there a few weeks back and didn't get caught for long as they are very short stop and go's now. Depending on the time you go through, I would probably still go this route.

I have not been down Georges valley for years, so cannot comment on that route.


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