Post subject: Kgalagadi: Getting there from Johannesburg
Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 2:13 pm
Joined: Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:14 am Posts: 35 Location: Johannesburg
I wonder if anyone can help please...
We are coming to the KTP in April & are going to have to drive through from JHB in one shot so we will probably have to leave at 4am or so. Which route is the quickest - Via Upington or via Kuruman, Hotazel and Vanzylrus with all that gravel? We drive a 4x4 so gravel roads aren't a huge problem, it's just the time issue that's worrying me. Once we are in the park we still have to get to the KTC as well so it's going to be a loooong drive.
Any advice would be appreciated (so excited I'm counting the sleeps!)
Last December I drove to KTP from Roodepoort to KTP via the R24 to Krugersdorp and then the N14 to Kuruman. I continued on the N14 to Upington and then the R360 to Twee Rivieren. The gravel road from Kuruman through Hotazel and Van Zylsrus is shorter, but it will take you longer.
It took me ten and a half hours to get from Roodepoort to Twee Rivieren including a stop in Kuruman at Pick 'n Pay (buy a savoury bread there, it's awesome!). If you still have to drive to Mata Mata from Twee Rivieren then you'll have another 2,5 hours to go in the park. The gates close at 18:30pm in April so the latest you can leave Jo'burg is around 06:00am. If you leave at 04:00am you should make it in time, but it's a looooong drive.
Joined: Sun Oct 30, 2005 9:31 pm Posts: 576 Location: Benoni, RSA
I also live on the East Rand and have unfortunately only been to KTP once before. We didn't go through Potch though, we took the N14 via Venterdorp, Coligny, Delareyville, Vryburg, Kuruman. This section of the road was very quiet with no hassles. We just kept to the N14 all the way to Upington so unfortunately can't give you any firther into on other routes. We are off to KTP in July again and will probably use the same route.
Could someone please advise us. We are in our 60's but still reasonably adventurous. We are travelling alone in our Ford Courier so a little afraid about whether the road from Kuruman to Kgalagadi via Hotazel is ok for us to travel. We have never been this route before and would be grateful for some advice. Thank you.
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 12:30 am Posts: 40155 Location: Worcester, South Africa
Warm welcome to the forums, Winky I am from the Western Cape and have not traveled to KTP via Hotazel. I am going to move your post to the Arid Park forum and am sure you will get lots of valuable advice there.
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