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 Post subject: Driving from JHB International to Kruger - Directions
Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2005 9:08 am 
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As some people have trouble getting from JHB International to Kruger, here are some directions. Printing this out and putting it in your handluggage may not be a bad idea.

Airport to Kruger in general

Coming out of the rental pick up area you will see a sign with three options. One says to the skystop one the R24 to JHB one the R21S to Boksburg.

Take the R21S to Boksburg. When you come to the N12 Split follow the signs to eMalahleni (Witbank) (to the left) when you come to eMalahleni you will join onto the N4E to Middelburg (This area is notorious for it's early morning fog and coal mine trucks). 1st Tollgate just before Middelburg. You now follow the N4E onto Belfast then Machadorp 2nd Tollgate. Now you have two options one to follow the N4E through Waterval Boven to Nelspruit (Not a nice route because of timbre trucks) or you follow the N4E via Schoemanskloof to Nelspruit (preferred route less traffic) this turn off is just after the tollgate. If you go via Schoemanskloof you will come to T-Junction turn left and this will join you up with the other road on to Nelspruit.

Kruger/Phabeni/Numbi gates.

When you come into Nelspruit the first major intersection will be the one you are looking for it will be marked R40 to White river you will be turning left towards White River (be aware the speed limits yo-yo along this road until White River).
In White River look for the signs to Hazyview (R40) you will be turning left once again. Just outside White River you will find a turning to Numbi gate (R569) follow the signs to Numbi gate. If going to Kruger or Phabeni gate carry on with R40 all the way to Hazyview, you will come to a T-Junction left towards Hazyview right will take you back to Numbi. When you come to Hazyview you will see the signs to Kruger gate (R569) Phabeni gate is also on this road, you will be turning right.
Further along this road you will see a sign to the right for Phabeni and carrying on straight will take you straight into Kruger Gate.

Malelane/Croc bridge gates.

Following the above route to Nelspruit you will carry on towards Nelspruit. There is now a bypass around Nelspruit, just follow the road towards Malelane/Komatipoort and you will come to another Tollgate. Just past Malelane you will see the turn off to the left for Malelane gate. Carrying on with N4E now to Komatipoort follow the signs to Komatipoort Croc Bridge gate once again to the left.

Missed the split in Johannesburg?

If you missed the R21/R24 split at the airport and have found yourself on the R24 to Johannesburg come off the Edenvale off ramp turn left to Bedfordview and just down the road you will see an on ramp for the N12E to Boksburg/eMalahleni (Witbank).

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Alternatively and also advised for the Northern parts of Kruger, you can take the R21 towards Pretoria.
Take the N1 North Pietersburg/Polokwane turn off from it and again the N4 east Witbank from the N1.

For going to Northern Kruger skip the N4 east to Witbank and carry on with the N1 to Pietersburg/Polokwane.

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Hi Susanna and welcome!

Hope this helps you...

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/get_there/distances.php


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No doubt you will other opinions but I always head for Malelane Gate.
Allow 5 hours from Jo'burg airport which will allow a couple of 'comfort' stops.
Actually you will definitely do it in less - but play safe with gate times etc.

Again, Malelane to Skukuza can take any length of time you want but 2 hours should be reasonable and allow time to look at things on the way.
If I arrive on a day time flight around 9pm (eg KLM) I will stop over at the airport, then pick up a car first thing and be on my way by 9 am.
This makes for a very comfortable journey - and barring road works or accidents, traffic should not be a problem.

Some flights arrive late afternoon (eg Emirates) and I have then picked up my car and stopped halfway. Many other flights arrive early morning - usually in plenty of time to get a car and set off by 10, again OK to get to Skukuza.
Personally though I prefer the KLM way - it means you have had a good nights sleep before setting off on what is a fairly long journey.

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I will be driving from JNB airport to Shingwedzi .
what is the quickest in your opinion ? enter at Phalaborwa or Punda Maria ?

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For me I would always go in at Phalaborwa, it is quicker. The last 100km odd stretch of road to Punda can take a long time as it is tricky with all the people and anaimals around and all the traffic lights you have to stop at.


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I agree with Richard.
We did the trip to Tsendze (near Mopani) from JHB a month ago.
I have also done the Ohrigstad route.
The N1 to Polokwane and from there to Phalaborwa is a lot more pleasant and safer than the Ohrigstad route. Have a look at .Shell Geostar to plan your trip.
The trip to Phalaborwa is not too long, you can do it in about 6-7 hours depending on how many times you stop. From Phalaborwa gate (which is right next to Phalaborwa) to Mopani is at least 2-3 hours depending on what you see along the way, and from Mopani to Shigwedzi also about 2-3 hours.

I would rather sleep over in Phalaborwa/Magoebaskloof or even Mopani if you're up to it and then you can have a leisurely drive to Shingwedzi in the morning.

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According to the Shell Route Planner the distance from OR Tambo International to Punda Maria is 551km and the travel time is 5h58.

When traveling with my father-in-laws Landrover at 100km/h and stopping for a break we normally do it in under 7hours.

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Hi Rugbycrew,

(1) The journey to Orpen is, (no map here, so I stand to be corrected) approximately 650 km....so to be save you should allow yourself 7 - 8 hours, as stops at petrol stations and the road from Whiteriver to Klaserie winds through traditional homelands, which will slack your average down quite a bit...

So I would avise to leave EARLY...

(2) The second question sort of depends....If you want to hire the navigator just for finding Orpen gate and in the park, I would say no.
If you are comfortable with a map, just do yourself a favour, buy a decent map of SA.
The road to Orpen is quite easy.
If you are on the N4...its 270 kms straight :wink:
At Nelspruit, just keep the road signs in sight, but check especially the road numbers...take the road to Whiteriver. From Whiteriver, its straight to Hazyview, and from Hazyview its straight to Klaserie.
At Klaserie, just check for the Orpen gate signs, turn right, and your last 40kms on a dead-quiet road! Really, no need for a Navigator, its very easy if you know how to use a map.

A tip, just stick to the speed limit, especially from Nelspruit and on, as there are a lot of traffic cops trying to share with you income :roll:

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 Post subject: Route from Nelspruit/ Sbie to Jhb Airport
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This is in response to a query on the thread directions from JBH international
From, Komatipoort, Malelane, Nelspruit follow the N4 west past Machadadorp, Belfast, Middelburg as far as the town of eMalahleni (Witbank).
Just thru the town you need to keep in the 2 left hand lanes of the highway and follow the signs to the N12 west highway.
Note that this split of the two highways is not well signposted and even local S. Africans miss this split!
So watch for it once in the eMalahleni (Witbank) area.
Follow this highway to Benoni and into Boksburg area.
Take the R21north highway to Airport/ Pretoria .
The 2nd offramp on this highway is the Airport turn off.

If you miss the N12 at Witbank, stay on the N4 until you reach Pretoria.
Take the N1 highway south bound and then the R21 south to Kempton Park and the Airport.
It's a slightly longer route, but gets you there on Highways the whole way and time wise it's only about 30min extra.

From Sabie, take the Long Tom Pass (R37) to Lydenburg .
Follow the signs to the R540 to Dullstroom and Belfast.
Go thru Belfast and join the N12 (route is well signposted in the town) and follow the above directions from Belfast above..

From Hazyview you can either take the route via Sabie or go to White River and Nelspruit along the R 569 and then follow the above directions
Hope this helps

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You need to follow the N12 highway which joins the N4 at Witbank.
This route is well described earlier in this thread (the 1st post I think).
From Randburg you need to get onto the N1 and at the N3 split, take the N3 south.
At Gillooleys interchange, take the N12/R24 east split and move into the right hand lanes as soon as you can as the highway splits almost immediately into R24(to the airport) and the N12 to Boksburg, Benoni, Witbank. If you end up on the R24, don't panic.
When you get close the airport follow the signs to the R21 south and then onto the N12 east/ Witbank.
Its only slightly longer.

Time needed to get to KNP: Malelane gate will take about four and a half hours.
We like to stop at Middelburg Utra city or Millys (both are petrol stations with fast food joints)
Middelburg is closer to Jhb.
Choice of stop depends on the kids toilet needs.
We also like to stop at Erics farm stall which is in the lowveld (ie once you are down the passes) about 1/2hr-45 mins from Nelspruit.
They make great pancakes there.

Crocodile Bridge gate is about 40 mins further than Malelane gate)
The drive to Lower Sabie can be done in an Hour but will usually take longer as this is a great road for sightings.
If you go in at Malelane gate the drive is much longer to Lower Sabie (could be as long as 4 hours),
Another option is Kruger gate, also about four and half hours from JHB and about two and half hours drive to lower Sabie, once again remembering that this is another great sighting road.
All in all, my 1st choice gate with younger kids would be Croc Bridge.
Without kids,
I would probably go in at Kruger gate

Have a great trip :D

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Thoughts on directions from Jo'burg to Punda Maria? And suggestions for a place to stop and stock up on food/camping supplies along the way?


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Hi Fishing Owl.
I would take the N1 north.
If you are leaving from the airport take the R21 north to Pretoria and then follow the signs to the N1 north.
You need to go past a number of smaller towns and once in Polokwane you could replenish stocks there.
I don't know the shops there, but it is a fair sized town and will have a Spar and almost certainly a Pick n Pay. Get back on the N1 as far as Makhado formerly Louis Trichardt .
Take the R524 to Thohoyandou . B
Go through the town and onto Punda Maria

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N12 east is not too bad BUT if you hit JHB between 06.45am and aboutm8.15am Geldenhuys and Gilooleys interchange are horrific. I
f you leave Potch at 7am , you'll only get to this area I guess around 9?
So assuming there's no accident it shouldn't be too busy.
It will then take 4-4/12 hours to get to Malelane so you would get there about 2pm which gives you 6 hours to get to Lower Sabie.
Its possible. Its 65km from Malelane to LS at an average speed of 25km time about 3hours.
But if you are delayed along the way Crocodile Bridge is only about 40min from Malelane and 35km (1and half hour about? to LS

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I'm a new member and have a question about driving to KNP.
I shall arrive in JNB airport on 11:55 am coming from WDH.
Until I finished customs and got the rental car, I expect it will be about 1:00 pm.
Do You think, I could drive to Pietersburg for the first stop or is that to far, because it's already dark?
I'm afraid, it could be danger driving in the dark as I heard, there may be people walking on the roads.

Next day I will drive to Kruger, first stop there shall be in Shingwedzi.
Does anyone know a good hotel near Pietersburg?


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