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 Post subject: GOLDEN GATE TO KRUGER - BEST ROUTE?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:30 pm 
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Hallo All,

In 2 weeks I will happily be on my honeymoon :gflower: :k

As a part of it we will spend time in Golden Gate (Highlands Retreat as well as Brandwag Hotel). From there we will travel to Skukuza, stopping for a overnight in Chrissiesmeer, Mpumalanga.

I have 2 questions that I please need help with:

1. Is the best route from Gauteng to GGHNP over Villiers - Reitz - Clarens?
2. More importantly, best suggested route from GGHNP to Malelane Gate (via Chrissiesmeer). My proposed route is Harrismith - Warden - Vrede - Standerton - Ermelo - Chrissiesmeer - Badplaas - Barberton - Malelane

Any input will be greatly appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: GOLDEN GATE TO KRUGER - BEST ROUTE?
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2. More importantly, best suggested route from GGHNP to Malelane Gate (via Chrissiesmeer). My proposed route is Harrismith - Warden - Vrede - Standerton - Ermelo - Chrissiesmeer - Badplaas - Barberton - Malelane


Avoid the R38 between Badplaas to Barberton, very very bad road, more gravel and potholes than tar. Cattle etc on the road aswell. Many townships, didnt feel safe at all. Would rather go this route: Harrismith - Warden - Vrede - Standerton - Ermelo - Chrissiesmeer - Breyton - Carolina - Machadodorp - Waterval-Boven - Nelspruit - Malelane.

I used that road in December with my 4x4, never again......


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 Post subject: Re: GOLDEN GATE TO KRUGER - BEST ROUTE?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:33 pm 
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Stephan groen,

Highlands Retreat is a good choice to start you honeymoon. Wish you all the luck with the wedding plans and a wonderful wedding.

My route to GGNP normally runs through Harrismith, then south to Phuthaditjhaba entering the park on the east. My first connection to the N3 is at Warden and therefore I prefer to continue driving south. The shortest route will be through Bethlehem and Clarens taking the R26, but I am not sure the condition of those roads will be the same as the N3.

Last time I've visited Golden Gate was in April and during that time there was roadworks along the Sterkfontein- Olivierhoekpas section. Best to check TomTom - AA for road advice.

Traveling to Chrissiesmeer you can follow your suggested route, but be careful of potholes about 10 km before Standerton. This section was completed a few years back, while the Free state side was very bad, but they finally completed the Free state section and now Mpumalanga road becomes bad again.

After Standerton most obvious route is Morgenzon, but I have not travelled that road and some-one else might help. A bit of a detour will be Secunda - Bethal- Ermelo on a good road.

I've avoided Badplaas since 2012 due to road works after Carolina. You can travel to Machadodorp R36 or Belfast R33 from Carolina. By avoiding Barberton you now need to travel on the N4 passed Nelspruit where there are road works before and after Nelspruit (there is another thread on this route. Why don't you enter at Phabeni gate? Won't recommend the road to Numbi gate, but rather the R40 to Hazyview.

Hope this helps a lot and enjoy your trip. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: GOLDEN GATE TO KRUGER - BEST ROUTE?
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Thank you very much.

After reading all this I will definitely go via Machadodorp and enter at Phabeni.

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 Post subject: Re: GOLDEN GATE TO KRUGER - BEST ROUTE?
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 Post subject: Re: GOLDEN GATE TO KRUGER - BEST ROUTE?
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Did part of this route in reverse in September last year. Travelled from Croc Bridge to Glen Reenen. Can echo the comments about the Christiana-Badplaas section of road. However, I must add that the section between Carolina and Ermelo was pretty bad as well, not really potholed, but very uneven and rutted in sections.
From GGHP I would take the route via Phutadithjaba to Harrismith, then Warden-Vrede-Standerton-Ermelo. When I did that route in September of 2012, the section between the R103 (which you take from Warden) and Vrede was under (re)construction; this was virtually 20 km of gravel detour. Hopefully that is no longer the case. If you are still forced to travel through Vrede rather than around, be aware of the "pothole" in the main street. It is actually a donga. Equally, the worst parts of the rest of the route are actually the roads through the towns.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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Hi all Forumites; :)

Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) via Punda Maria Gate are advised to use alternative gates such as Phalaborwa or Pafuri, due to the on-going demonstrations in the Malamulele area and roads are to be blockaded today and tomorrow, 15 October 2013.

We are monitoring the situation; which we hope should be back to normal by Wednesday, 16 October 2013. In the mean time, guests should avoid using that part of the road until further notice. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Protests at Malamulela/Thohoyandou area
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:56 am 
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PICKETING IN AREAS OUTSIDE PUNDA MARIA GATE

Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) via Punda Maria Gate today are advised to use alternative gates such as Phalaborwa or Pafuri because there are demonstrations going on at the moment in the whole of Malamulele area and roads are blockaded today and tomorrow, 14 and 15 October 2013.

We are monitoring the situation; which we hope should be back to normal by Wednesday, 16 October 2013. In the mean time, guests should avoid using that part of the road until further notice.

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 Post subject: Best route pretoria to berg n dal
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:50 am 
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Have heard about all the delays on the road , we were planning to leave lunch time Friday . Will we reach berg and dal in time . Has any one traveled this route recently .. What's happening with the stop and goes ...any recommendations.

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 Post subject: Re: Best route pretoria to berg n dal
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Hi wachinda,

It is normally about a four hour drive from Pretoria to Malelane Gate (nearest gate to Berg & Dal). Add delays of about 20 minutes between Nelspruit & Malelane. So you should be fine, but try to leave closer to 12:00 than to 13:00 to be safe (I'm not sure which you mean when you say "lunch time".) Take the Waterval Boven option rather than the other choice, to avoid one set of roadworks.

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 Post subject: Re: Best route pretoria to berg n dal
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Hi wachinda

If you see you are going to be late you can also call the gate ahead of time and arrange for late entry (fee applicable), they do this up until 21H00 and will then escort you to Berg-en-Dal.

The below info is found here:

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

Late entry escorts (at a fee) are available at the following gates for the camp in brackets only. This is only available until 21:00. Escorts depart every half hour until this time:
Paul Kruger (Skukuza)
Numbi (Pretoriuskop)
Malelane (Berg-en-Dal and Malelane)
Crocodile Bridge gate (Crocodile Bridge Camp)
Punda Maria gate (Punda Maria Camp)
Orpen gate (Orpen Camp)
No late admission at Phabeni, Phalaborwa and Pafuri

Gate Security will phone camp duty phone when there are guests and transport is arranged. If guests advise in advance, then trips can be better planned. Fee is currently R150,00 per vehicle.



Gate contact numbers can be found here

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


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 Post subject: Best road to Phabeni Gate
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Which will be the better road to travel to Phabeni Gate form Nelspruit - R40 or R538? :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Best road to Phabeni Gate
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Definitely the R40. One via Numbi is very badly pot-holed

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 Post subject: Re: Best road to Phabeni Gate
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Last month we travelled to Phabeni and used the road via Hazyview (R40). The road is in very good condition, with a short "stop & go" just after the turn-off to Numbi.


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 Post subject: Re: Best road to Phabeni Gate
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Stop and goes on the R40 - White River to Hazyview - are all now complete, so you should be fine.

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