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Re: Time to Upington airport from Twee rivieren

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:06 pm

The service station on 2R does not open until a while after the gates do, so I would reinflate the tyres the night before if you are staying there Judik.
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Re: Time to Upington airport from Twee rivieren

Unread postby judik » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:46 pm

Thanks BB,that's great advice
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Pretoria to Upington

Unread postby otterjasie1 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:18 am

Hi all,

It's been a while since people spoke about the route between Pretoria and Upington and I was hoping someone could give me an update on the condition of the road and the amount of stop/go?

Also, if you have suggestions for alternative/better routes, I would be more than greatful!

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Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington

Unread postby mistral » Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:58 am

Any updates on the road works - N7 and other routes?

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Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington

Unread postby lion queen » Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:05 am

Hi Mistral,

When we drove the VanRhynsdorp / Upington road a few weeks ago there were quite a lot of stop goes between VR and Calvinia, calvinia and Brandvlei and Brandvlei and Kenhardt.

We drove down to Van Rhynsdorp via Springbuck and on that part of the N7 there was no road works.

There are two stop go between Upington and Kakamas.
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Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington

Unread postby roberte » Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:03 am

We've just come back from KTP and rathr returned via Springbok. Going there via Brandvlei, the stop-and-goes were extremely frustrating.

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Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington

Unread postby NicoleCT » Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:37 pm

Hello

Does anyone know if it is fairly safe (if there is such a thing in South Africa) to drive the CT - Springbok/Upington route on the N7 at night / very early morning around 2 am ?

We are 2 females wanting to leave CT as early as possible in order to still have some time left once arriving at TR. Or is it not really adviseable to drive in the dark / night time ? I am thinking of trucks, roadworks etc.

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Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington

Unread postby mistral » Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:23 pm

Thanks everyone. :) I think the N7 (Springbok) is the preferred route.

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Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington

Unread postby mistral » Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:28 pm

Nicole I don't think this is advisable nowadays for males let alone two females. Let's see what other forum members say.....

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Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington

Unread postby Scouter » Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:01 am

Just got back yesterday from a solo trip to KTP - 19 STOP/G's on the way up 2 weeks ago between CT and Upington so on the way back I wrote them all down so here goes - fresh update :D

They start just past Citrusdal after Piekenierskloof Pass and there are 2 long ones there - past all the little farmstalls ) then its clear till just after Vanrhyns Pass going to Nieuwoudville and to Calvinia - 3 bad ones ( 2 had a board saying 20 min waiting time and 1 was a 10 min waiting time )

From Calvinia they start just outside the town at the petrol station and they end about 50kms past Calvinia - 6 of them .....

And then between Brandvlei and Kenhardt - 8

Going up I left Hout Bay at 5.30am and by the time I got to the Calvinia/Brandvlei/Kenhardt ones they were awful because of Friday afternoon traffic - only got through 2 of the 19 without stopping.... Coming home yesterday I left Keimoes at just after 4.30 am and sailed though all of the C/B/K ones and had a short stop at 2 of the others - it was Sunday morning though. Rose said it took them 3 1/2 hours longer on this past Friday to get up to Upington.......

They are also still working on the bridges at Keimoes so there are 2 short stop/go's there but just to let the traffic over the bridges - going up I hit them at about 5pm on Friday night so had to stop but came through them on Sat afternoon no problem so I think it really depends on what time you hit them .....

The N7 seems like a better bet even though it is about 150km longer and there are all the trucks going to Namibia ....
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Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington

Unread postby WeskusKlong » Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:52 am

Thanks for the detailed update Scouter. :thumbs_up: Since we were planning to take this route in a few weeks time it is bad news! The question now is what is the situation with the Springbok - Pofadder route? Does anybody know how many STOP/Go's are on that route?

One other option may be to leave the R27 at Nieuwhoudtville, take the R357 to Brandvlei. First 65 km seems to be tar, the last 120 km is gravel but it is 37km shorter than the R27, seems to skip the 6 stops to Brandvlei. Anybody done this route recently?
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Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington

Unread postby lion queen » Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:02 am

WKK no stop goes between Pofadder and Springbok. They are working on the Kakamas bridge and there is a stop go and then between Keimoes and Kakamas there's two stop go.

We've done the Nieuwoudtsville Loeriesfontein a few weeks ago and the tar road is not that bad, just a few potholes.
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Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington

Unread postby WeskusKlong » Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:56 am

Thanks a lot lion queen! According to my calculations the Pofadder route is 108km longer than the Brandvlei one FROM LANGEBAAN. 995km vs 1103 km. That is if you skip Clanwilliam, do the Ratelfontein dirt road from Graafwater to Traval - saving 34km.

Given the fact that I then know there are minimal stops it seems to be the better route at this point in time. The forumites on this forum make it an invaluable tool to do one's planning to the KTP. Thank you :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington

Unread postby lion queen » Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:16 pm

SO and I drove the gravel road from Bitterfontein to Pofadder end June. If you don't mind traveling an odd 290 km without a town and no cell phone reception this is another possibility. At that stage the road has just been graded and it was a real pleasure to drive!!!

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Re: Stop-go's Cape Town to Upington

Unread postby picnic » Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:31 pm

The best route is via Springbok. (80km's longer on my map than via Calvinia)
The dirt road from Loeriesfontein to Brandvlei is not a good option. (sharp rock that can damage your tires and not many vehicles travel on that road)
We have done the R358(dirt road from Bitterfontein to Pofadder) one time this year. It was in a very good condition, it is a very flat road with no passes and is 268km long, but there are no cellphone reception. The distance via the R358 is the same as via Calvinia.
Now after the rains I would say go the Springbok way and enjoy the flowers while missing the stop and go's. :thumbs_up:


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