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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:19 am 
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Hiker2014 wrote:

Majura, we haven´t been to Kruger so I can´t help with road conditions, but R536 is 43km as I see in google maps, luckily not a long drive if bad conditions. We have the same problem with 46km in R40 from Mica to Phalaborwa, it´s in bad shape but have no alternatives coming from Graskop to Phalaborwa.


Thanks Hiker2014 but even careful driving over 43km of road in poor condition is not an option when there are other routes available. We wouldn't take a rental car anywhere that we wouldn't take our own car so if the R536 is badly potholed between Sabie and Hazyview then we will just have to change our plans and travel an alternate route.


The problem is that we don´t think we have another route than R40 from panorama route to Phalaborwa, we are very careful when driving a rental car ( besides that you have to pay an excess if you damage the vehicle and usually tyres and undercarriage are not covered), I suppose that driving at 40km/h would not be a problem to avoid potholes and we´ll have plenty of time to get to the park, so no hurries.

Any advice about where to spend the last night before returning to OR Tambo? We have a reservation at Crocodile Bridge but the roadworks are concerning us...would be better to exit via Kruger or Phabeni gate?

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:02 am 
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I wonder if someone can assist. We are leaving very early Friday orning from Fourways to drive through to Phabeni gate. We have been advised to turn off the N4 onto Schoemans Kloof Road through to Nelspruit - haven't used this road before but apparently its very good.

My question is really around the misty conditions before getting to Witbank. Last year we left Fourways at around 04:30 and the mist was really terrible (the worst we've ever had). We were all a little shaky by the time we got to Witbank. Now I know that at times this mist can carry on till 10 or so in the morning (Sometimes even later). Does anyone know what time it actually starts? We thought of leaving earlier; maybe around 02:30 or 03:00 and hopefully getting past that area before it starts. Will that work? Has anyone tried it? :think: :? :pray: :pray:


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 Post subject: Driving from Hoedspruit to Punda Maria Gate HELP
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:56 pm 
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Good day one and all

We will be going to Kruger this December... We are planning to buy our last supplies in Hoedspruit (we are staying at Moholoholo Mountain View and wants to get some breakfast in Hoedspruit) and then from there driving to Punda Maria Gate.

This is a first time for us! Advise needed for the best route to Punda Maria via Hoedspruit!

Super excited!! :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:15 am 
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Hi there.

We will be going to the North for the first time. As you can imagine, we are very excited, but do have a few final questions.

We will be overnighting in Polokwane, then heading for our first night in the park at Punda Maria.

How far is it from Polokwane to Punda gate, and how long does it take?

Which is the best route to take at the moment?

Is driving up to Pafuri gate and then driving down to Punda Maria an option?

Thanks and best wishes.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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Please can someone advise the best route from Jhb to Orpen. From reading reports it appears most roads are in terrible conditions. We will be going to Maroela 20/9 (cant wait) :D
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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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Hi, we are back from Kruger. Finally drove the R40 from Mica to Phalaborwa, lots of potholes but had no problem driving slowly at 60 km/h and slowing down to 10/20km/h with potholes, we were scared about what we would find, but IMO it wasn´t that bad, luckily had no traffic allowing us to change to the other lane if needed avoiding the potholes.

If you are a reckless driver and like to speed, avoid this road. In this particular case, taking a pothole at 100km/h could result in a severe accident.
If you are in a hurry, avoid this road.
If you are driving a motorhome with porcelain crockery, avoid this road :mrgreen:

Otherwise, I think it´s doable if you are a good driver with no hurries. But consider that we don´t recommend it, we only expose our opinion. As when you alight from your vehicle in Kruger, you do it at your own risk.



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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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Hiker2014 wrote:
Hi, we are back from Kruger. Finally drove the R40 from Mica to Phalaborwa, lots of potholes but had no problem driving slowly at 60 km/h and slowing down to 10/20km/h with potholes, we were scared about what we would find, but IMO it wasn´t that bad, luckily had no traffic allowing us to change to the other lane if needed avoiding the potholes.

If you are a reckless driver and like to speed, avoid this road. In this particular case, taking a pothole at 100km/h could result in a severe accident.
If you are in a hurry, avoid this road.
If you are driving a motorhome with porcelain crockery, avoid this road :mrgreen:

Otherwise, I think it´s doable if you are a good driver with no hurries. But consider that we don´t recommend it, we only expose our opinion. As when you alight from your vehicle in Kruger, you do it at your own risk.


We are visiting for the first time and using a motorhome. We will be coming from Johannesburg airport to White River overnight. From there we go to Moholoholo and then to Kruger. The R40 looks like the only route we can take. What route would you advise please?

Thanks

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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We exited the park via Phabeni gate and R40 to N4 was perfect, no potholes at all.


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

first time poster here :)

Would appreciate some advice on the R539 Road to Sabie/ Graskop. Is it suitable for driving with a small rental car?

How does it compare to the R540 and R36 around the Belfast/ Dullstroom region which I understand are not in good order.

Many thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:53 pm 
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Kaykay wrote:
My question is really around the misty conditions before getting to Witbank. Last year we left Fourways at around 04:30 and the mist was really terrible (the worst we've ever had). We were all a little shaky by the time we got to Witbank. Now I know that at times this mist can carry on till 10 or so in the morning (Sometimes even later). Does anyone know what time it actually starts? We thought of leaving earlier; maybe around 02:30 or 03:00 and hopefully getting past that area before it starts. Will that work? Has anyone tried it?

I don`t see any reply to this question and have a similar question or two please.
We will be towing a caravan to Skukuza on 20 October and plan to leave around 03:00 am from Pretoria.Plan to enter @ Phabeni Gate.
I am also worried about possible mist on the road, not only around Witbank, but also further east eg. Belfast and other places known for early morning mist / fog.
Is October a "high risk" month, and will leaving early get us past the hot spots before the mist sets in?

Thank you.

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:41 am 
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Kaykay wrote:
My question is really around the misty conditions before getting to Witbank. Last year we left Fourways at around 04:30 and the mist was really terrible (the worst we've ever had). We were all a little shaky by the time we got to Witbank. Now I know that at times this mist can carry on till 10 or so in the morning (Sometimes even later). Does anyone know what time it actually starts? We thought of leaving earlier; maybe around 02:30 or 03:00 and hopefully getting past that area before it starts. Will that work? Has anyone tried it?

I don`t see any reply to this question and have a similar question or two please.
We will be towing a caravan to Skukuza on 20 October and plan to leave around 03:00 am from Pretoria.Plan to enter @ Phabeni Gate.
I am also worried about possible mist on the road, not only around Witbank, but also further east eg. Belfast and other places known for early morning mist / fog.
Is October a "high risk" month, and will leaving early get us past the hot spots before the mist sets in?

Thank you.


I really have no answer to this, just some observations: We have hit heavy fog around the Belfast-Dullstroom area in mid-morning (after leaving JHB at around 06:30) in September. We were en route to the park last year in November and actually stayed over in Dullstroom. No fog when we left, but then we encountered heavy for over Long Tom pass in the late morning! We have also encountered heavy fog around the Witbank area in late afternoon in January! I guess it could happen at any time!

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:56 am 
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Hi,

Has anyone any opinion on the R539 Road to Sabie/ Graskop. Is it suitable for driving with a small rental car?

How does it compare to the R540 and R36 around the Belfast/ Dullstroom region for connecting to the N4 and back to Joburg.

Thank-you.


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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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StevieG14 wrote:
Hi,

Has anyone any opinion on the R539 Road to Sabie/ Graskop. Is it suitable for driving with a small rental car?

How does it compare to the R540 and R36 around the Belfast/ Dullstroom region for connecting to the N4 and back to Joburg.

Thank-you.


Welcome to the Forum :thumbs_up:

Where are you driving from?
And which gate do you intend entering?
Which camp are you at the first night?

I personally prefer to use the N4 as much as possible.


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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
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Hi Stevie and welcome to the forum :gflower:

I can't comment on the R539, but the R 36 (Ermelo -> Breyten -> Carolina) is not in a very good condition. In that area I would rather take the N 17 (Ermelo -> Chrissiesmeer -> Carolina). There are quite a few Stop and Go's because of all the roadworks, so it might add about an hour to your travel time. The road between Carolina and Badplaas isn't bad.

The R 540 is also in good condition. I am sure the small rental car will be suitable :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 6:59 pm 
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Hi Folks,

Glad to be here!

I will be travelling early from Joburg airport 5am ish to Lower Sabie.
My plan is to stop at Graskop do a quick short loop of the main sights/ falls around here (panorama lite route if you like) and then enter Kruger via the Paul Kruger gate.

If the weather is cloudy/ misty then I would forgo the above and enter via the Crocodile bridge or Malelane gates.

I am trying to confirm the best route to Sabie/ Graskop from the N4 as I read on TA (27th July) that the R540 between Belfast and Lydenburg is potholed.

But if this road has now been fixed and is okay I think I will go via the R540 from Belfast to Lydenburg, then the R37 Long Tom pass to Sabie then Graskop.

Does this sound good?


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