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 Post subject: Re: Roads To Marakele
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:21 am 
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The R516 (Bela Bela to R511 Thabazimbi road) is still very narrow for the first 35kms out of Bela Bela. The shoulder is crumbling in places and occassionally there are small potholes but these seem to be patched up fairly quickly. The last 60 odd kms to the junction is in a reasonable condition and carries far less traffic as there are fewer game lodges etc. on that stretch. The R511 Brits to Thabazimbi is in a reasonable condition with the worst stretch being through the mines - from Brits to roughly up to the Northam turn-off.
We have not travelled the Rooiberg road recently but understand that this gravel road is very corrugated in places and is in desperate need of scraping - any update from anyone who has travelled it recently would be appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Roads To Marakele
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:30 am 
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In the past I have used the R510 instead of the R511, its in much better condition generally

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 Post subject: Re: Roads To Marakele
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PNF and Josh of the Bushveld,

Thank you very much for your advice.

Bushbuddies,

We are looking forward to meeting you :D
Yes, we will go to KTP afterwards. A magical place :D

See you,
Nina


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 Post subject: Re: Roads To Marakele
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Great Dane wrote:
Maybe slightly longer - but I recommend N1 up to Bela Bela (Warmbaths). Then R516/R511 to Thabazimbi.

N1 to Bela Bela is also not very interesting but at least in good condition. The R516 part from Bela Bela is quite nice going though Game Farms and Nature Reserves, we have seen everything from Sable to Rhino along the road on that drive. Besides that, although narrow-ish the road is in great condition with very limited traffic once past the Zebula/Mabula turn off.

All the best, Michael


We used this road last weekend - and it was in good condition and an easy drive! Would also recommend it. Took us about 2hr 40min fro Centurion to Marakele. :thumbs_up:


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