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 Post subject: Punda Maria to Johannesburg airport. Will we make it?
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:37 pm 
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Hi all,

Seems like we're coming back to Kruger :dance: and really would like to visit the North. I try to figure out a route from South to North and looking at availability (4 person). Seems like we can get up to Punda Maria, but would like to stay as long as possible in Kruger.
Would it be possible to drive in 1 day from Punda Maria to Johannesburg airport (we should be there latest 6PM). Routeplanner says it's 552km and 5:49 hour drive, but that seems a little optimistic.

Thank you in advance


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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria to Johannesburg airport. Will we make it?
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:49 pm 
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If you depart when the gates are open you will be at the airport between 16.00-17.00. A lunch stop included :lol:
Traffic can be bit hecticn getting close to Pretoria and between Pretoria and Johannesburg. But its a straight forward road well signposted

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria to Johannesburg airport. Will we make it?
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:50 pm 
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Hi Noeg,

The trip from Punda to Johannesburg is doable in one day. :thumbs_up:

Maybe just a bit more than 6 hours with all the tollgates.

Enjoy the trip!!

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Very doable, noeg, Make sure you leave as early as possible. You don't want to get stuck in the notorious traffic around Pretoria and Joburg. Over a weekend there normally isn't a problem though

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria to Johannesburg airport. Will we make it?
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Make sure you are not travelling that way on a Sunday, the weekend traffic from limpop province to Gauteng is horrendous especially around the toll gates where it can back up quite significantly.


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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria to Johannesburg airport. Will we make it?
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Last year we stayed at Singa safari lodge near Pafuri entrance gate, and my wife and I had to be at OT by 3 pm for a flight... we were low on fuel, so drove very slowly for the first 100 km till Tshipise, filed up, then travelled the normal speed and got there comfortably without any rush...

Just leave early when the gates open!

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria to Johannesburg airport. Will we make it?
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It is certainly doable, but I would take the Giyani route which has much less traffic.

Enjoy your stay :thumbs_up:

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