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 Post subject: Re: Roadworks between Nelspruit and Malelane
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:18 pm 
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Used the D286 Mara Rd twice last week to bypass the roadworks. Very pleasant and quiet road, but goes through a nature reserve so the speed limit is 60 and you have to sign in at the boom gate. Since the road is quite narrow and steep in places with lots of sharp bends, I wouldn't recommend it for caravans, but fine for normal passenger vehicles, sedans, suv's and the like -- as long as you don't expect to travel at highway speeds.

Only problem I experienced on this road were speedsters bypassing me on solid lines and on sharp turns at 80 kms/hr or more (I refused to drive faster than 60 km/hr, not only because it is the (well-posted) speed limit, but because it goes through a nature reserve) - the Mpumalanga traffic cops could make a killing there with fines if they decided to set up shop there :whistle:


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 Post subject: Re: Roadworks between Nelspruit and Malelane
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ok but how long does it take to do the whole Mara road? ... just to see if and when it's worth it

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 Post subject: Re: Roadworks between Nelspruit and Malelane
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Hi, if we are going from KMIA to Malalane gate, first night in BnD with shopping en route in Malalane, is there any route we could take to bypass the stop and go?

Thanks :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Roadworks between Nelspruit and Malelane
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Any updates from members who have dared the roadworks recently?


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 Post subject: Re: Roadworks between Nelspruit and Malelane
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ok but how long does it take to do the whole Mara road? ... just to see if and when it's worth it


About 30 minutes. Which is about twice what the N4 without roadworks at 120 km/hr would have taken, but still much better than sitting for 90 minutes at the roadblock in my opinion.


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 Post subject: Re: Roadworks between Nelspruit and Malelane
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We drove from Malelane gate to Joburg yesterday using the Nelspruit road. We were stopped for about 10 minutes at the stop and go and it took us about 10 minutes to get through that stretch of road once we got going. I have to say that I don't understand how it would take 90 minutes! I'm not disputing people who say that it has taken that long, just saying that someone hasn't done their job. Even if you got there as they closed it, with what I saw yesterday, I wouldn't say it could take more than about 30 minutes. Just my experience - hope everyone has good luck there!


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 Post subject: Re: Roadworks between Nelspruit and Malelane
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Did the Stop and Go yesterday. Took roughly 60 minutes, plus a really slow passage through the area as there was a lot of trucks and an abnormal vehicle :( It seems the longer times happen during the middle of the day when "daily traffic" uses the road.

Also be vigilant about passing trucks, between the stop and go and Nelspruit there seem to be a few cops looking for easy money. A truck had moved over and my sister passed the truck next to a painted island, one possibly two tires touched the island and we were pulled over with a pack of other cars, given fines of R2000 with the officer dropping hints that he is looking for a bribe. :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Roadworks between Nelspruit and Malelane
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Also be careful after the toll towards Nelspruit, they have speed limits of 60, 80 then100, between the 60 and 80, the traffic police normally sit and pull off vehicles doing 80 :doh: Fine R1500 Very confusing if you don't see the signs

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 Post subject: Re: Roadworks between Nelspruit and Malelane
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Carol g wrote:
Also be careful after the toll towards Nelspruit, they have speed limits of 60, 80 then100, between the 60 and 80, the traffic police normally sit and pull off vehicles doing 80 :doh: Fine R1500 Very confusing if you don't see the signs


In December I got stopped just after the paper mill :evil:
There is a bend where the speed limit drops to 80


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 Post subject: Re: Roadworks between Nelspruit and Malelane
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Keep meaning to ask.

The Stop and Go was suspended over the Xmas period last year.
Is this likely to happen again this year? :pray:


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 Post subject: Re: Roadworks between Nelspruit and Malelane
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yoda wrote:
Carol g wrote:
Also be careful after the toll towards Nelspruit, they have speed limits of 60, 80 then100, between the 60 and 80, the traffic police normally sit and pull off vehicles doing 80 :doh: Fine R1500 Very confusing if you don't see the signs


In December I got stopped just after the paper mill :evil:
There is a bend where the speed limit drops to 80


There too yoda, but I'm specifically referring to just after the Malelane tol gate

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 Post subject: Re: Roadworks between Nelspruit and Malelane
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Carol g wrote:
yoda wrote:
Carol g wrote:
Also be careful after the toll towards Nelspruit, they have speed limits of 60, 80 then100, between the 60 and 80, the traffic police normally sit and pull off vehicles doing 80 :doh: Fine R1500 Very confusing if you don't see the signs


In December I got stopped just after the paper mill :evil:
There is a bend where the speed limit drops to 80


There too yoda, but I'm specifically referring to just after the Malelane tol gate

Ah ok.

It usually takes me a while to "get up to speed"!
After spending a week or so driving at 25km/h, anything faster seems uncomfortable.
And there is also the urge to slow down when seeing an animal, but along the N4, it's usually a cow :P


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Jip yoda, beware of those cows :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Roadworks between Nelspruit and Malelane
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yoda wrote:
but along the N4, it's usually a cow :P


OH , :big_eyes:Image is that the ex is?

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Jip yoda, beware of those cows :lol: :lol:
Is that the ex wives conference ? I had better pick another road.
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Now , all this only in fun , no offence intended to anyone . I just picked this topic to try and learn how to do more than one quote at a time in my posts , for my next travel tale :D :D

Mods please remove as necessary , I don't want to be in the Image again- itsImage and Image

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 Post subject: Re: Roadworks between Nelspruit and Malelane
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