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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 6:02 am 
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Hi All,

I am planning to drive from OR Tambo airport to kruger. Hopefully to leave the airport by 9am and reach the rest camp in time. Can anybody recommend which route to take and where should the first night accomodation be.

Also I will need to drive to Johannesburg train station to catch a 1230pm train few days later. Is this too rush? If I will leave the park one day earlier and make a stop at nelspruit for a night, which route will be good?

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 1:52 am 
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Chang86yik, you don't say if you have any preferences or will just arrive and book when there. I'd suggest, though, that you pre-book, as several camps these days are quite full, especially on weekends.

From Johannesburg, the safest and best route is undoubtedly the N12 that connects to the N4 at eMalahleni (formerly known as Witbank), and then eastwards along the N4 until Nelspruit. At Nelspruit, one can either go northwards towards Phabeni and Numbi gates, or further eastwards to Malelane or Crocodile Bridge gates. Personally, I think the southern-most gates (Malelane, Croc Bridge) are the quickest and easiest to access.

Then you can choose any camp in the South - Berg-en-Dal, Pretoriuskop, Biyamiti, Crocodile Bridge, Skukuza, or Lower Sabie to spend your first night or two. Also end in a southern camp so that you exit at the aforementioned gates for your drive back to Johannesburg for your train. You don't say when you're planning to go, but if December or January, then the camp gates open at 04h30, which means that you could easily drive the approximately 450-500km (depending which gate you exit) back in time for your train - and see excellent game sightings on the way. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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Hi onewithnature,

I will be going in feb. i have booked the camps for lower sabie and letaba (2 nights each)

the plan now is to get from airport through N12 and N4 and enter via crocodile bridge to lower sabie and spend the first 2 nights there. Then move on to letaba and stay another 2 nights. We will exit the park and spend a night in nelspruit so we dont have to rush and worry late for the train.


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 Post subject: Best route JHB to Phalaborwa?
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:32 pm 
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Hi again all,

Just 5 more sleeps til my and SO's Kruger camping trip kicks off this Saturday!!! :dance:

We're travelling from Midrand in JHB to Phalaborwa gate and then on to Letaba. Looking at Google maps the most direct route seems to be on the N1 and R71 via Polokwane & Tzaneen.

First question: anyone travelled this route recently that can comment on its condition? Lots of potholes?

Second question: how many tollgates are there on the N1 before Polokwane? Total cost?

Third question: best place for a pit stop along the way?

Look forward to your feedback!


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 Post subject: Re: Best route JHB to Phalaborwa?
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Mmm just had a look at the alternative of the N4 & R36 route as well - how does condition of this route compare to previous mentioned?


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 Post subject: Re: Best route JHB to Phalaborwa?
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I prefer Polokwane, Tzaneen route.

Think the tolls are about R120, but don't quote me on that, buyt wont be far off.

Pitstop will depend on time of day, Magoebaskloof area is nice to stop in.


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 Post subject: Re: Best route JHB to Phalaborwa?
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Hi AnnaVR

We are entering Phalaborwa gate this Saturday coming and will be travelling the N1 to Polokwane, R71 to Phala via Tzaneen, Gravelotte. Instead of going over Magoebaskloof, we normally turn off at Haenertsberg and use the R528. The last time we travelled that way about two years ago it was a real pleasure.

Personally I would not go anywhere near the R36.


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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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GlenD, that's exactly the route recommended my GMaps - so think that will be it then! Thanks for the input.


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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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AnnaVR, the route via Pholokwane and Tzaneen is definitely the better one; the one via N4, Belfast, Ohrigstad, and Mica is still potholed in places (although many repairs have taken place), but the road within 40km of Phalaborwa is horrific.

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We are traveling to Pafuri Gate at the end of the month. Can anyone please confirm whether there are any places to take a comfort break between Louis Tricahrdt and Pafuri? We are planning to take the N1 and then the R525

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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I will be doing the Belfast, Dullstroom, Lydenburg to Orpen route this week end, will provide some feedback the following week.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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Hi there Pietskiet. We did this route in September and I think your best bet for a comfort break is Louis Trichardt itself. From there it’s a careful drive to Pafuri, first section is open roads, but very twisty with some crazy drivers, so caution is advised, then about 60 kms of 60k/hour zone as you go through settlements that are very close to the road. All in all its about 1 and a half hours to Pafuri gate from LT. We had no issues with the road and enjoyed the drive.

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Thanks for the advise LL. Looking so forward to see that part of Kruger for the first time, have only been as far north as Babalala before.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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Pietskiet, my feedback is null and void, I was thinking of the R524 to Punda.

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Pietskiet, my feedback is null and void, I was thinking of the R524 to Punda.

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