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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread postby Hippotragus » Tue May 05, 2015 1:40 pm

For what it is worth - I heard on the noon news today that there are protests on the R40 between Hazyview and Bushbuckridge. Best one avoids the road today.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread postby ingefl » Wed May 06, 2015 3:44 pm

Hello everybody,

I've searched through the forum and this topic, but still need some specific advice on route to Shingwedzi.

We are going to spend our first night in Kruger in Shingwedzi (Saturday, June 13) and are planning to enter Kruger at the Punda Maria Gate after travelling day 1 from Ficksburg (long drive). In your experience, would the travel time from for instance Graskop to Punda Maria be sufficient to easily get to Shingwedzi on time including scenic drive from Graskop on the panorama route and taking the route R529, R81 through Giyani, R524? Google Maps indicate around 4h30 - 5h.

One alternative is to take the N1 and stay over in Polokwane or Louis Trichardt and skip the panorama route. An other is to still stay at Graskop and on day 2 not go all the way to Punda Maria, but enter Kruger at Phalaborwa. The Minimum Travel time from Phalaborwa to Shingwedzi (3h30) indicates that we need to be there quite early compared to Punda Maria (1h15), this is also one of the reasons we aim to enter at Punda Maria.



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