In September we'll drive from Kwazulu Natal to KNP-Skukuza.
It seems that I can't take my rental car into Swaziland.
My question: is it feasible to drive from Ithala game reserve to Skukuza in one day on south African roads? How long would that take more or less?
Salva make sure that you cant take your car first, I know of some firms that wont let you, others that demand a HUGE deposit and others that don't mind at all.......... (we have Avis and Budget here so think they are ok,) I think half the hire firms mean Moz as a border, not so much Swaziland!.
Your best bet is Vryheid, Piet Retief, through Piet Retief, turn of the road to Ermelo a few kilometers outside Piet Retief and head to Amsterdam (not in Holland!).
Out of Amsterdam on the R33 (which in fact is the road you have been on since Vryheid) and about 1.5kms after you pass the turn - on your right - to Swaziland, down a dip past a big dam (Westco) on your left hand side and up the other side, and take the R33 to Carolina.
Watch for this turning as its easy to miss......(Ask Loams!)
You will eventually read a T-Junction, DON'T TURN LEFT TO CAROLINA, turn Right To Swaziland........ (yes sounds mad but it isn't!).
Am not sure of the distance you will travel on this road but you will come to a sign post saying BADPLAAS on your left.
Take it. Go to T-Junction, turn Left.
Get to next T-Juncion, just before Badplaas, and watch for speed traps here its 80kph, take road to Barberton, ie turn RIGHT.
Up and over Nelshoogte, and to next T-Junction, take road to Nelspruit which is a Left turn.
Up and over the hills and voila your in Nelspruit.
The road between Piet Retief and Ermelo is yukkie and the road between Piet Retief and Amsterdam and on to the T-Junction where you turn right to Swaziland is good.
So is the Road to Badplaas and to the next T-Junction.
Only road that is a bit narrow is the last one into Nelspruit.