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 Post subject: Best Route to Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:44 am 
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I'm going to try posting a new thread to see if I have more luck getting a response.

From Johannesburg, we have a hotel reserved in Lydenburg. From what I'm reading, it's best to turn at Belfast and head to Dullstrom and go that route to Lydenburg. Is that correct? Will this take about four hours or will it take longer?

From Lydenburg, we'd like to spend the day doing the Panorama Route and then head into Kruger to our reservation at Pretoriouskop. Google maps tells us to go north on the R36 to the R532 and loop over to the Three Rondavels and head south down the Panorama Route. I'm reading that the more scenic route is to head to east on the R37 through Sabie and up to Graskop and head north on the Panorama Route. Which is preferred for a tourist?

Once we're done with the Panorama Route, we head to Hazyview to do some shopping before entering the park.

Here is the next dilemma. The shortest and quickest route is to go Numbi gate which quite a few people have taken without major problems. Given that we'll probably be short on time, do we just go Numbi gate instead of heading up to Phabeni? How long do we need to allocate to get from Hazyview to Pretoriouskop given that we have to check in at the gate?

If we're running late, I know they will fine us and we'll only be allowed through Numbi gate. What are the ramifications if we're late at Numbi? What are the ramifications if we go either gate and are late at the Pretoriouskop gate?


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 Post subject: Re: Best Route to Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:09 am 
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On May 1, 2014 we travelled from KMIA to Numbi Gate, in spite of warnings about the state of the road and the possibility of trouble from Masoyi residents. We drove carefully to avoid any holes in the road, none of which were present on the bypass to Numbi Gate. At the same time, Masoyi residents were no problem whatsoever, although May 1 was Worker's Day, so that might have had an influence.

We entered the gate smoothly with the help of the gate officials and were quickly into Pretoriuskop (altho a Large Bull Elephant was intent on walking down the road towards Numbi, and looked like being a problem before he kindly went into the bush).

We've never been late, so other people will be able to explain that situation better than us, although it is our understanding that there will be a fine and any late cars will be officially escorted to the restcamp.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Route to Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:20 am 
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duncanblizzard wrote:
The shortest and quickest route is to go Numbi gate which quite a few people have taken without major problems.

Its completely up to you whether you want to take the route to Numbi Gate, it was just an advisory that SANParks put out due to road conditions and occasional outbreak of unrest.
But I would definitely not advise it after dark.

duncanblizzard wrote:
How long do we need to allocate to get from Hazyview to Pretoriouskop given that we have to check in at the gate?

As far as I can see from my map its around 23km from Hazyview to Numbi gate and another 9 to the camp.
How long it will take will depend on road conditions and any animal roadblocks once in the park, so difficult to say accurately.
The distance from Hazyview to Phabeni gate is not very far, can't recall exactly how far and once in, if you take the dirt road S3 to P/kop is 26 kms, once again difficult to estimate due to animals etc.

duncanblizzard wrote:
If we're running late, I know they will fine us and we'll only be allowed through Numbi gate. What are the ramifications if we're late at Numbi? What are the ramifications if we go either gate and are late at the Pretoriuskop gate?

You can get a late entry at Numbi Gate Gate Hours and Late Arrival Think the fee is R200 for an escort to the camp.
You can call the gate beforehand if you know you will be late or arrange it once at the gate.
You can't get this at Phabeni Gate, so if you enter there and they feel you do not have enough time to make it to P/kop you will either not be allowed entry or you will receive a fine on reaching the camp.

Hope this helps.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Route to Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 2:21 pm 
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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?


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