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 Post subject: Re: OR Tambo to Phalaborwa
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:31 am 
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Judi, I would NOT recommend driving the R71 from Polokwane to Phalaborwa at night. I've done it -- and have also driven it in daylight a few times so it was not terra incognita -- and I would defnitely not do so again. Not only is the R71 often narrow and twisting (it passes through mountains that are breathtaking in daylight, so you can look forward to a very scenic drive), what I had not anticipated is that huge ore-carrying trucks travel that road at night.

I recall that there was a hotel (Protea chain, I think) right before the turnoff to the R71, but I'm sure that others who know the route better than I can give you recommendations of a good stopover. And I'm sure that you will enjoy the drive to Phalaborwa the next morning, it really is a very scenic -- and often spectacular -- drive.

It's also a good idea to check on whether there are any roadworks along the way, and again, I'm sure that someone who knows the route and current conditions can advise.

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 Post subject: Re: OR Tambo to Phalaborwa
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:27 am 
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Hi Judik!

Arks is totally correct. We're even avoiding that road this Saturday in daylight and opting for Orpen Gate.
I wouldn't do that if I were you. The road from Polokwane to Phalaborwa is bad enough as it is during the day with pedestrians and animals all over the place. At night? No way.

There is a perfectly good Protea Hotel , where we've stayed before, at OR Thambo. You'll be dead tired after a flight from America. It just seems wiser and safer to me to chill out at the Hotel, relax, maybe do some shopping at the East Rand Mall just behind the Hotel, and leave very early the next morning. They have a shuttle service at the airport as well, so maybe arrange to pick up the car the next morning. The shuttle service will drop you at the rental place.

Hope that helps.


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 Post subject: Re: OR Tambo to Phalaborwa
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:48 am 
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:hmz: :hmz: I must travel a different road then. Did this road in Dec with no issues and is my preferred road to phalaborwa. I left my place in fourways at 11-45 and got to Phalaborwa gate at 4-45am. I travel a little over the speed limit, in some places, but have never felt insecure on the road.

Road surface is good, road works were finished in the mountains, there is a stretch just before Moria that could have pedestrians etc, but the speed limit is 80 km so you shouldn't get any scares there.

There is a Protea hotel just before Polokwane that Arks mentions or I would push on through to Magoebaskloof hotel, just before the curvy road that Arks mentions. You should arrive there as sun sets or just after, meaning there are cars on the road which you are able to follow to show you the road. I would then leave the next morning at about 7 and you would be in Phalaborwa at about 9am when shops open. Not sure why Arks got ore trucks on this road, heavy vehicles are not allowed down Magoebaskloof but have to use Georges Valley road. They could possible have been heavy duty truck involved in the roadworks at the time.

GP, depending on the route you guys are taking I would be extremely careful and even consider changing, I have heard of potholes etc around Lydenburg and I expect the Mpumulanga roads would be worse after all the rains.


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 Post subject: Re: Driving from JHB International to Kruger - Directions
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We used the route via Belfast/Dullstroom/Lydenburg/Orighstad. Some potholes but nothing that gave me as driver any reason to worry. Still my preferred route.


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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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hi again

as planned i went to kruger on february 16th and came back today . I took the r538 to numbi both ways and though it is true that it does have serious potholes along the way but no where near every bit of the way, the trip was 45mn from KMIA both ways to/from the gate. The road is decently not suitable for night travel but by daytime it stays an option to seriously consider.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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Does anybody perhaps know if there is still stop and goes on the N4 alternative between Machadodorp and Nelspruit via Schoemanskloof

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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Travelled the Schoemanskloof road last week Thursday and again on Tuesday this week. All clear - no road works at all!!

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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Anyone know If we can enter at numbi gate? I know wasn't recommended a while back....


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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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Apparently the road is still bad - potholes and security - rather go into the KNP via Phabeni Gate.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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I can confirm that the Numbi Gate is still not a recommended entry point roads are still bad and traffic on weekends horrific


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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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Going to Shimuweni, Shingwedzi, Letaba, Olifants, Satara and Tamboti. Leaving on Saturday. Anybody been recently from Jhb via Polokwane to Phalaborwa? What are the roads like? Cant wait :D :D :D :D


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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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Roads are good, friend has just driven route this am to Phalaborwa.


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 Post subject: Re: Driving From JNB to Shingwedzi in June-What is best rout
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My suggestion would be, Polokwane, Tzaneen, Gravelotte, Phalaborwa. Took me 5 hours in Dec, decent roads. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Driving From JNB to Shingwedzi in June-What is best rout
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And don't forget if you travel at the maximum speed of 50 ks, with no stops and no dawdling, it's going to take you more than two and a half hours from Phalaborwa to Shingwedzi. I think Shing is the most remote camp in the whole park, it's far from both of the nearest gates. It took me four hours, stopping a lot.

Enjoy your trip. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Driving From JNB to Shingwedzi in June-What is best rout
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Agree with the Pietersburg, Gravelotte and Phalaborwa route, came back that way on the 1st May 2014, the Lydenburg route is badly potholed.

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