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H2-2 Voortrekker Road.

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H2-2 Voortrekker Road.

Unread postby alf » Tue Aug 05, 2008 6:45 am

I've done this road a few years ago and you get places that is very narrow. Not enough space to turn around with a trailer if a big ellie stands in the middle of the road. Didn't see much on it. Also 2 places where you cross very narrow low water bridges. If you drive it in the late afternoon with the sun setting before you it can get tricky to get over those bridges because the sun reflects on the water and you can't see the edge of the bridge.
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Unread postby Peter Betts » Tue Aug 05, 2008 7:36 am

I think the Voortrekker road is one of the best drives in S Kruger and no problem at all for a trailer....you have rare antelope..(Sable, Reedbuck, Lichtensteins Hartebeest, etc) Lots of White Rhino, and beautiful ship mountain..ja I would definitely go for it if I were in your position
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Re: H2-2 Pretoriuskop to Afsaal

Unread postby Moira de Swardt » Mon Dec 29, 2008 4:43 pm

Rooikat wrote:Is Voortrekker road now tarred?


No. And there were quite a few "riffles" in it, but it is in good condition. I had an excellent leopard sighting on it a few days ago.
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Re: H2-2 Pretoriuskop to Afsaal

Unread postby Nopflip » Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:27 pm

Yahya wrote:Hows the voortrekker road been recently? Anybody been throught it lately?


We travelled that road a few months ago and it wasn't to bad. But we never used it with a trailer before.

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Re: H2-2 Pretoriuskop to Afsaal

Unread postby Tony Park » Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:54 pm

You'll be fine with a trailer.

The Voortrekker Road has always been a bit hit and miss for us, but on the "hit" end of the scale we've seen all the Big five, plus wild dog.

Also, as others have mentioned, you can see Lichtenstein's Hartebeest and it's the only place I've ever seen a caracal/rooikat.

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Re: H2-2 Pretoriuskop to Afsaal

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:05 pm

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All from Voortrekker road.
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Re: H2-2 Pretoriuskop to Afsaal

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:28 pm

At end of April, I woke a cheetah about 12 km from P/kop and it played in the road for about 10 minutes then trotted away from us and eventually off into the bush.
When we got to Afsaal, the first left turn south of it had wild dogs about 50 metres down, on the road.
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Re: H2-2 Pretoriuskop to Afsaal

Unread postby Adansonia » Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:57 pm

Some of my recent sightings on the Voortrekker road:

Lichtensteins hartebeest on 15 May 2009 - close to Ship mountain

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Two leopards on 8 May 2010 - close to Voortrekker waterhole

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Re: H2-2 Pretoriuskop to Afsaal

Unread postby BunnyHugger » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:15 am

We did this road in 2007 with a trailer and had no problems at all. It was very productive (in July) and we saw many Steenbok, White Rhino and even a Sable, among other general game.

Did it again in 2008 with the same car and trailer and saw ellies close to Pretoriuskop and very little else for the rest of the ride.

So the road was fine for a trailer and imagine that it will be so still.

Hope you have a great trip. Look out for the Scops owl at Afsaal.
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Re: H2-2 Pretoriuskop to Afsaal

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:35 am

Parts of it were bad at the end of April.
Didn't see too much in the way of animals, but birding was reasonable. Took it very slow, especially the first 15km.
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Re: H2-2 Pretoriuskop to Afsaal

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:53 am

As far as I can tell, just general maintenance on it, possibly resurfacing and smoothing, I believe, from comments I have seen that it was in pretty bad shape before.
So hopefully when its reopened at the end of October it should be in much better condition.
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Re: Voortrekker Road

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:55 am

I have just returned from Pretoriuskop, and found the Voortrekker road to have less game than last year, partly due to the heavy rain one night, but improving later on.

Brilliant for wild dog sightings -- saw 2 near Jock of the Bushveld, a pack of 10 closer to Afsaal, and a pack of 7 right at the beginning near Pretoriuskop!

Currently daily sightings of 2 cheetah males around Vervoer Dam, and a single male on the S3 about 5 km before the Phabeni intersection...

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Re: Voortrekker Road

Unread postby Blouaap » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:14 am

Hi, I also enjoy driving this road. That being said, I have only driven the road twice in December '11 for the first time! Very smooth surface. It really looks promising. Only major sighting was a hyena den, but will do it again!

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Re: Voortrekker Road

Unread postby Grantmissy » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:22 am

Meandering Mouse wrote:This is a road of history. Kipling, Jock, Harry Wolhuter.. all our heros travelled there.


For this reason :D we always make time to take a trip on that road when we are in that region - to remember them :thumbs_up:. I think it would be great to have a guide or booklet with a short narrative of all the places of interest which will guide a traveler interested in historical Kruger. I would enjoy undertaking such a historical journey from northern Kruger to southern Kruger :) .
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Re: Voortrekker Road

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:13 pm

Grantmissy, I wish that Harry Wolhuter's "Memories of a Game Ranger" would be republished. It is gold.
Having read his book.. more than a couple of times, the road captures me.
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