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Re: Low maintance roads

Unread postby ndloti » Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:05 am

All soft off roader / SUV 's such as Terios , Honda CRv , Nissan X Trail , Toyota RAV etc will easily manage provided there are no washaways / heavy rain , in which case all gravel roads are closed to tourists !
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Re: Low maintance roads

Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:14 am

A tip - when you do the routes; make sure you have a lot of time and take your time to savour being 'off the beaten track'. Take a picnic along to enjoy half way at Masorini.
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Re: Low maintance roads

Unread postby Foxy » Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:26 pm

We travelled on a few of these low maintenance roads recently around the Phalaborwa area - they great with few other vehicles on them. You do need a 4x4 in some areas.
Thanks Scipio for the info on the one you suggested.

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Re: Low maintance roads

Unread postby granny » Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:10 pm

Just to tell you all, did those roads no problem at all. Big problem for sedan vehicle in front of me, where to my horror, all occupants of car were wandering down the road having hit a rock. ( 10 Hyenas not more than 1 k away) Phoned emergency services and they helped them. Oy vey!!!!!

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Low Maintenance Roads near Phalaborwa

Unread postby Gilly Mac » Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:56 pm

Hi Everyone

Heading up to the Park early next week. We are going to enter through the Phalaborwa gate and then make our way down towards Satara.
Has anyone driven the low maitenance roads around the Phalaborwa Gate recently. Is this a worthwhile exercise - we have driven them before but quite a few years ago and I am wondering if they are still operational after the heavy rains earlier this year.
Looking for your wisdom and guidance

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Re: Low Maintenance Roads near Phalaborwa

Unread postby marindadrake » Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:26 pm

We drove the Low Maintenance Roads on the 1st of May this year. The road to the Letaba river should not be missed, a wonderful experience.

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Re: Low Maintenance Roads near Phalaborwa

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:33 pm

Hi Gilly Mac and welcome,
we drove a few of the low maintenance roads in Feb this year and altho we didn't manage to do any during our recent trip due to time constraints they all seemed to be open and fully operational.
Like any of the roads in the park, its all about the right place at the right time but we enjoy them for their tranquility and peacefulness. :D
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Access on servi'se roads for 4X4

Unread postby HugoAuret » Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:18 pm

According to Drive Out Routes That Rock, the 2013 special edition, that lists 22 great overlanding routes in Southern Africa, Kruger park has opened a few service roads (known as D roads) to the 4x4 fraternity. ( See page 64 of the guide). These are apparently close to Phalaborwa. There are no fees payable to use these roads.

I would like whether this is in fact correct or not?

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Re: Access on servi'se roads for 4X4

Unread postby Crested Val » Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:29 pm

Hello Hugo and welcome to the forums.

Yes there are a few of these roads around Phalaborwa/Mopani/Letaba.

They are called low maintenance roads, and are only open to 4x4 vehicles. :thumbs_up:

We were lucky enough earlier on this year to travel with friends along some of these roads. :dance:
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Re: Access on servi'se roads for 4X4

Unread postby saraf » Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:13 am

Unless they've changed it recently the low-maintenance roads are open to "High Clearance" vehicles so you should be able to do them in a 4x2 or SUV.

Please note you are only supposed to use them in dry conditions, not when it has been raining.
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Re: Access on servi'se roads for 4X4

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:52 pm

It is a nice drive. They are clearly marked and turn off from the main routes near Phalaborwa.

You do need a proper clearance and should it rain it would be better to steer clear. They are crossed by a number of small drainage lines and in a few places there are nice pools in the middle of the road where you could get stuck in wet conditions.

You do not need an extra rugged 4x4. An ordinary SUV is fine.

Driving is slow and these roads should not be rushed through.
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Re: Low maintance roads

Unread postby Nkulu » Wed May 07, 2014 9:41 am

Has anyone used these roads recently in a high clearance vehicle, what was the conditions like after all the earlier rains? Would love to meander on a quiet road
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Re: Low maintance roads

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed May 07, 2014 10:19 am

I cannot comment on the current conditions of the roads Nkulu, but I do recommend that if you can, you drive the one up to the Shimuwini causeway. It joins into the S131, or you can turn onto it off the H14. The road is clearly marked on the latest publication of Tinker's Guide and Map of KNP which seems to be the only map on sale in the park.

I can email you a scan if you wish.

For me it was wonderful to also see the causeway Kobie Kruger wrote about in her books.

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Re: Low maintance roads

Unread postby Elsa » Wed May 07, 2014 10:23 am

We drove a few of them in Feb this year and they all seemed fine, but definitely only for high clearance vehicles, low ones will get into trouble on some of them.
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Re: Low maintance roads

Unread postby Hippotragus » Wed May 07, 2014 4:15 pm

Hi DB. We are going up that way next week. Could you please e-mail be a scan of the relevant map. Having read Kobie Kruger's books, I would absolutely love to see the causeway!! (You have my e-mail address!)
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