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H 15 - Giriyondo Border Gate Road.

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H 15 - Giriyondo Border Gate Road.

Unread postby Stoffel » Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:59 pm

Can anybody give me some information about the road to Giriyondo Border?
I know that the border post has been open for a while now and I have read some posts about Makhadzi picnic site.
But did anybody recently travelled between Makhadzi and Giriyondo?
We plan to do this road to Giriyondo and back in three weeks time (while in Letaba).
We do not plan to go through to the Mozambique side, but to turn around at Giriyondo.
Can this be done?
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Unread postby Penny » Wed Apr 26, 2006 5:50 pm

We did that road in October last year.
They were still working on the road and it is in fair condition (that is the stretch from Makhadzi picnic site). They have transplanted massive baobab trees - one from Letaba camp in front of the new border post.
We did the drive up to the new buildings and then turned round and drove back to the picnic site.
There were toilets.

We did not see one animal in the entire trip there and back but this is possibly because of the amount of vehicular traffic and some of it was quite heavy road building equipment which was very noisy.
I am sure it won't take long and the game will slowly return to the area when the workers have finished everything.
Of course the amount of traffic that will be attracted to this route could also possibly have a negative effect although there were some road humps to slow traffic down
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Unread postby Jumbo » Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:58 am

The H15, road to Giriyondo, is a very nice gravel road.
One section has speed humps, as Penny has mentioned.
We went through the border about 1pm, and did not find the road to be busy – however, we did encounter most of the oncoming traffic inside Moz, so the road might be busier earlier in the day.
Due to the time of day and me having a bad case of the flue, we did not really do game viewing.
We did however see some impalas, zebras and ostriches on this road.
We also did not stop at Makhadzi.

You will be able to travel to the border post and turn around there.
I’m however not sure if they will allow you to actually go into the “security area”.
But on the other hand, this is suppose to be a tourist orientated post, so I think you should just ask the gate guard if it will be ok for you to go inside.

This has to be the best looking border post in SA and Moz.
It is actually one building – one part SA, other part Moz.
Both sides also accommodate offices for the respective Park’s administrations.
There are also toilet facilities.

As Penny mentioned, there are two relocated baobabs on the SA side of the post.
I’ve posted a photo of one in the following thread: Baobab Relocation

It is actually a pity that you have to go through the whole border procedure thing to take a drive on the Moz. side – think with this, the whole initiative missed its goal.
The roadwork on the first few km inside the Limpopo Park is almost completed – going to be a nice gravel road that can be done with a normal sedan.
They also have speed humps – bit bigger than that on the SA side….well I think it is speed humps ……pipes under the road… equally spaced. :?

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Giriyondo

Unread postby dianne » Tue May 16, 2006 8:21 am

The information on the Giriyondo access point has been updated here
Feedback welcome. :D

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Unread postby Wildman » Mon Jul 17, 2006 8:37 pm

We drove this road in middle June 2006. A few short comments regarding this secretive and new road:
1.The drive is very interesting, especially the section after the Makhadzi picnic site, as the road leads one into a very wild and quiet section of the park leading to the gate.
2. The Makhadzi picnic site is new, clean and very relaxing and worthwhile.
3. Giriyondo is a beautiful and unique gate.
4. Bird life is exceptional, especially raptors. It think it’s due to the relatively less traffic that is encountered on this road.
5. The animals are there. We saw tsessebe, black backed jackal, elephant, zebra, etc.

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Unread postby DuQues » Tue Jul 18, 2006 1:42 pm

I concur Wildman! I drove it around the same time as you. Near the Lemombo mountains it becomes very nice indeed!
Spotted ± 25 pelicans, tsessebe and mountain reedbuck playing with baboons as well as some general game.
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Giriyondo

Unread postby Wildman » Fri Jul 28, 2006 9:13 pm

I wish to advertise the Giriyondo road. It is truly unique, unspoilt, really wild bushveld. I dont think many people driven
this relatively new road.

If you are in the Mopani/Letaba area, do yourself a huge favour and take the drive and really put Giriyondo on the map!

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Re: Shingwedzi and Mopani

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:39 pm

As an afterthought. It's worthwhile driving South on the H1-6 and taking the Makhadzi-Giriyondo road. That has given me Tsessebe, Mountain Reedbuck and Pelicans. Beautiful scenery on top of that.
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Re: Shingwedzi and Mopani

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Oct 21, 2008 4:34 pm

Just past Makhadzi as you enter the mountains the Pelicans were perching all over the tree tops.
A bit further on baboons and antelope were chasing each other.
Not impala.
All we could agree on were Mountain Reedbuck.
Duques had photographs.
I'll ask him if he can post them and if it's not MR I'll happily stand corrected. 8)
To top it all?
On our way back we got the Tsessebe right where the gravel road joins the H1-6.
It was a lucky day.
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Re: Shingwedzi and Mopani

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:35 pm

Possibly the most underrated road in Kruger....
Especially the part in the Lebombo mountains is gorgeous.
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Re: Shingwedzi and Mopani

Unread postby Bush Andy » Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:13 pm

I stand to be corrected but I believe those 'mountain reedbuck' look a lot like Duiker's :whistle: ?? Also is the last picture not that of a Tsessebe? Either way I love the pelicans!! That road is under-rated... ostrich abundant as well!
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Giriyondo Border Gate

Unread postby GregH » Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:16 pm

Can anyone advise on the road to the Giriyondo border gate?
Never travelled that before.
Is is a worthwhile drive and is there much to see?
Only got 3 days in the area so don't want to waste time exploring new roads if they are "dry".

Not that I think we would plan to but can we drive thru to the other side and back again with only a passport (S.A.) and no visas?

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Re: Giriyondo Border Gate

Unread postby Scipio » Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:23 am

SA nationals don't need Visas, other countries I am not sure but I do think you need one if not from Southern African States. :wink:

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H15 to Giriyondo

Unread postby Stoffel » Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:00 pm

During my visit to Letaba next month, I plan to travel to Makhadzi picnic site and just for curiosity sake up to Giriyondo border post.
Are people, not planning to exit via Giriyondo into Mozambique, allowed to travel further than Makhadzi?
On one of the maps I have (Honeyguide Publications - July 2005) a "no entrance" sign is shown at Makhadzi on the road leading to Giriyondo.
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Re: H15 to Giriyondo

Unread postby Elsa » Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:12 pm

Stoffel, we just last month stopped off at the Makhadzi picnic site for brunch and were contemplating driving further to have a look at the border post, we didn't in the end as the road was quite badly corrugated but there definitely wasn't any sign to stop anyone doing this.

BTW the picnic site is one of Krugers little gems. :thumbs_up:
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