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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Marakele
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:41 pm 
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Hi Josh

Well I live in Little Falls, was thinking og going via Brits, have not been that side in a long time. I know the road to Harties was usualy a nightmare


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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Marakele
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:57 pm 
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The R512 is a lot better than it used to be, but still needs a lot of improvement - there is still a lot of single-lane sections with funny diversions. (Still a lot better, as I said).
Might be an option to go R512 to Brits, either past Pelindaba or cross the dam then head to Brits.

Another option for you might be to take the N14 to the R511/2.

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 Post subject: R511 - A WORD OF WARNING
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:26 am 
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Yesterday, on returning from a timeshare weekend, we decided to return home via the R511.
Words desert me in trying to describe the condition of this road - it is an absolute disaster! Anyone planning on visiting Marakele - PLEASE take note.
In some places the tar surface is non-existing. One such place is just north of the Atlanta Resort's turn-off. There is a new chicken farm on your left if drving towards Thabazimbi - just past this. Extremely dangerous!! Lots of the potholes look like craters - if you should struck one of these the consequences would be dire. In some places there are so many it is virtually impossible to miss them. The road was relatively quiet yesterday - a busy road will really be a problem.
We passed what looked like some of the locals trying to fill potholes with soil!
Do not even think of driving this road in the dark. And if you are towing a caravan - go via Warmbaths.
We joined the R511 via the R516. What the road looks like towards Thabazimbi I cannot comment on. Repairs were done on the R516 - when we went to Marakele during last year there also were a lot of potholes, but the road condition is much better now.


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 Post subject: Re: R511 - A WORD OF WARNING
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:19 pm 
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Thanks so much for this information naomi!!

We will visit Marakele in few days and your info is very important for us. Its our first visit to Marakele so we have now idea about the conditions of the roads.

If you have any other helpful infos for me please send me a pm!!

THANKS! :thumbs_up:

Karin

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 Post subject: Re: R511 - A WORD OF WARNING
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Yip! Avoid that road!

Take the N1 to Bella bella (Warmbaths).

Driving through Bella bella, take the Thabazimbi / Koedoeskop road, leading past places such as Mabalingwe.

At the T-junction at Koedoeskop, turn right towards Thabazimbi.

This road is in an excellent condition.
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 Post subject: Re: R511 - A WORD OF WARNING
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:41 am 
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Imberbe wrote:
Yip! Avoid that road!

Take the N1 to Bella bella (Warmbaths).

Driving through Bella bella, take the Thabazimbi / Koedoeskop road, leading past places such as Mabalingwe.

At the T-junction at Koedoeskop, turn right towards Thabazimbi.

This road is in an excellent condition.
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Travelled this way at the end of December. The road from Bela Bela up to the T-junction is very good. Once you've turned here towards Thabazimbi, it is not so good though. Plenty of big potholes so you still need to drive with extra care.

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 Post subject: Re: R511 - A WORD OF WARNING
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:26 pm 
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Thank you all so much for your help and tips!!!! :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

I am really looking forward to Marakele - I have never been there before!

Of course I will write a TR about our stay there!!

Have a wonderful day!

Karin

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 Post subject: Re: R511 - A WORD OF WARNING
Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 9:11 pm 
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We travelled to Marakele in late October and found the R511 to be potholed in places, and that was before the rains in Dec/Jan. We came back on the R510 past Northam and turned on to the Joburg/Sun City road. At that time the R510 was in good condition and we found it to be a good alternative to the R511.

Depends which side of Joburg you are travelling from.


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: GETTING THERE
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:32 pm 
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Hi can someone please tell me the best route to take to Marakele from JHB?
i heard the Brits road is terrible? i will leave next friday midmorning or early afternoon
How long will it take me to get there from JHB (Does the gates closes at 17h00?)

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: GETTING THERE
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:11 pm 
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Kallie

From what I have heard the R511 between Brits and Thabazimbi is close to non-existent. When I went through there in March this year there were stretches where one drove beside the road with trucks swerving all over to avoid the potholes with no regard for smaller vehicles. And when I say potholes I mean serious holes! Deep and dangerous.

Your only real other option is to take the N1 to Modimolle (Nylstroom). Then take the R33 to Vaalwater. Turn west onto a gravel road towards Alma and follow it in the Direction of Thabazimbi. The gravel road from Alma through Rankin's Pass was in a good condition as of December 2010 when we went through there. We were able to do 80kmh with our Ford Bantam as the road was even and compacted hard! Please consult google maps if you want to take this option and be sure of your directions. This is however a lot further, and although VERY scenic, still quite a trek. It might be easier (and even quicker) to take the R511 and do the real bad stretches slowly.

I suppose this is of no help, but it just gives you more options. Contact Sanparks or Thabazimbi tourism and hear what they have to say.


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: GETTING THERE
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The road between Brits and Thabazimbe is dangerously non existent and I mean dangerous!
I cannot comment on the other roads but I would think the one past Bela-Bela would be the best option to take from Johannesburg at the moment.

Allow yourself about 3 hours for the drive. Remember your break begins the moment you shut the door behind you. :wink: I'm not sure what time the gate closes at the moment but midmorning or early afternoon should get you there in time.

Have fun and spare a thought for this Marakele junkie sitting at home! :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: GETTING THERE
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:51 am 
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Thank u Stephan & JenB
Ok i will think of u when i sit and watch the sun go down over Marakele :D


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: GETTING THERE
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Like this?
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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: GETTING THERE
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:31 am 
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Lol i cant see your pics (firewall at work) but i can imagine what they look like :D


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 Post subject: Re: Marakele: GETTING THERE
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:44 am 
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Driving to Marakele National Park :

From Gauteng(Johannesburg) is 4 hours and from Tshwane 3 hours.

Travellers can take either:

The N1 to Bela-Bela (Warmbaths) and from there follow the R516 via Mabula and Leeupoort to Thabazimbi or travel to Brits and follow the R511 via Beestekraal to Thabazimbi.
The office is approximately 12km from Thabazimbi crossing on the road from Thabazimbi to Alma.

Marakele National Park: GPS Coordinates.

S 24º31.860' and E 027º29.896'

N/B Brits Road is not in good condition with number of potholes, it is advisable not to use it particularly at night for your safety.

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