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Re: Marakele map(s)

Unread postby ROB QS » Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:54 pm

Hey Everyone,

Scrolling through everyones advise has been most helpful. So thank you.
Just a quick question, I have seen it mentioned a couple times that Lourie is the best tent, followed by cormorant and barbet.
But, how do you go about booking a specific tent? Or do you have to rely on luck of the draw.

Thanks again.

Rob

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Best route from Joburg (Melville) to Marakele?

Unread postby arks » Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:52 pm

Imberbe wrote:The R511 used to be the logical route, but it is in a bad state of repair. I drove it a few weeks back, and would avoid it in the future. Maintenance is being done, but not fast enough and sections are in such a state that it should be rebuilt. It can be done, but absolutely not at night.

Rather take the N1 to Warmbaths (Bela Bela) then the R 516 which joins the R 511 at Koedoeskop. From there the R511 to Thabazimbi. This road is generally in good condition.

I would be adventurous and take the suggested R 510 and R 572 from there to Mapungubwe. I haven't driven those roads, so someone else should give advice on their state. The N1 to Polokwane (Pietersburg) and then the R521 to Alldays is an excelent alternative.

Any further input/updates on the road conditions? (Imberbe posted in early November, nearly 5 months ago, so perhaps there have been improvements?) Is the R511 still best avoided? I'll be traveling to Marakele on Easter monday (morning), which I think is a holiday (family day)? Would that make any difference in which route to choose?

I'm fairly used to secondary roads, actually prefer them to motorways, so will definitely be adventurous and take the R510/R572 route from Marakele to Mapungubwe. And unless the R511 is still considered to be in a really terrible condition, I may risk that :whistle:

Any and all current advice will be much appreciated! I'll be heading to Marakele in less than two weeks! :dance:
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Roads To Marakele

Unread postby big5spotter » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:16 pm

Hi

Can anyone give me some advice in regards to the road condition travelling from Roodepoort to Marakele please.

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Re: Roads To Marakele

Unread postby Scipio » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:21 pm

Go through Brits, Thabazimbi, some bad patches but we did it in a golf. :thumbs_up:

Dunno about the "mining situation"though. :whistle:

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Re: Roads To Marakele

Unread postby big5spotter » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:26 pm

Tnx my parent heading that way in a month or so hopefully all will be sorted out by then
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Re: Roads To Marakele

Unread postby Great Dane » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:17 pm

Maybe slightly longer - but I recommend N1 up to Bela Bela (Warmbaths). Then R516/R511 to Thabazimbi.

Brits - Thabazimbi is most boring though mining areas and lots of villages. The road also have some serious potholes, have seen several cars standing next to the road with more than one flat tire. :wall:

N1 to Bela Bela is also not very interesting but at least in good condition. The R516 part from Bela Bela is quite nice going though Game Farms and Nature Reserves, we have seen everything from Sable to Rhino along the road on that drive. Besides that, although narrow-ish the road is in great condition with very limited traffic once past the Zebula/Mabula turn off.

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Re: Roads To Marakele

Unread postby big5spotter » Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:07 pm

Tnx

i will give them the update. They wont mind longer. Rather longer but safety comes 1ste
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Re: Roads To Marakele

Unread postby wbclodge » Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:20 pm

Road between Brits and Thabazimbi quite good. Most potholes patched with tar. Just note it could change drastically again in the next few weeks, but for now is OK.

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Re: Roads To Marakele

Unread postby RichardS » Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:15 pm

Great Dane wrote:Maybe slightly longer - but I recommend N1 up to Bela Bela (Warmbaths). Then R516/R511 to Thabazimbi.


Have to agree with Great Dane here. N1 to Bela Bela and left towards Thabazimbi is not as challenging as Brits to Thabazimbi.

It's a little longer via Bela Bela (About a 3.5 hour trip from JHB on a Friday afternoon), but the road is in a much better condition.

I've just realized that I'm getting withdrawals and am going to have to make a plan to go back. I hear anteaters abound in winter and will have to go on a photo hunt for one....

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Re: Roads To Marakele

Unread postby Joep Stevens » Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:05 pm

Dear All,

I also prefer the Bela Bela route, although Bela Bela Leeupoort section is narrow and carries quite heavy traffic, road condition fine though. I usually turn off to Rooiberg from where road is gravel and joins the tar road near the park gate. Gravel road is not too bad, a bit scruffy in some areas. So if you have a robust vehicle try that out as an alternative, cuts out a lot of traffic close to Thabazimbi.

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Re: Roads To Marakele

Unread postby RichardS » Mon May 27, 2013 11:52 am

Joep Stevens wrote:I also prefer the Bela Bela route, although Bela Bela Leeupoort section is narrow and carries quite heavy traffic, road condition fine though. I usually turn off to Rooiberg from where road is gravel and joins the tar road near the park gate. Gravel road is not too bad, a bit scruffy in some areas. So if you have a robust vehicle try that out as an alternative, cuts out a lot of traffic close to Thabazimbi.


Hi Joep,

Thanks for this. I do have a robust "Tank". Can you give me a bit more info on the route to Rooiberg?

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Re: Roads To Marakele

Unread postby Nina! » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:09 am

Hello,

Are there any news regarding the road conditions from Johannesburg to Marakele?
Any roadworks ongoing?

We will drive to Marakele beginning of October and plan to take the Bela Bela route as it sounds best according to your posts.

Any updates are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Nina

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Re: Roads To Marakele

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:17 pm

Interesting.... We also just booked a short weekend away to Marakele - it will be our first - the first weekend in October. Maybe our time there will overlap Nina!?

We'll be coming from Pretoria. Any change to the road conditions? Is the N1 still the suggested route?
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Re: Roads To Marakele

Unread postby Nina! » Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:22 pm

Hello Bushbuddies,

This will also be our first trip to Marakele :D
Would be great to meet you there. :D
We will arrive on Saturday, Oct. 5th in the late afternoon (from Johannesburg Airport) and are staying at Tlopi Tented Camp for 4 nights.

4 weeks to go!

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Re: Roads To Marakele

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:46 pm

I saw in the "Meets and Greets" thread - our time will be overlapping. We will, however, only be staying for 2 nights. I did see you have a nice long trip booked for the Kgalagadi after that - looks great! :mrgreen:

Fly that yellow ribbon - and we'll definitely see each other! We'll also be at Tlopi for the 2 nights, from that Sat afternoon (the 5th). See you then! :D
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