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Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:08 am 
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Can someone please provide an explanation or link to driving directions from Jo'burg to Punda Maria?


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Really easy

take the N1 towards Polokwane, travel straight through to Makhado (Louis Trichard). When you enter Makhado, you will get the sign that turns right to Punda.

Sorry, can't remember the exactdistanceor roadnumbers

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Hi FishngOwl

Yes like amanzi says it is really easy. From JHB to Makhado is about 4-5 hours. The turnoff to Punda Maria gate (and to Thoyandau - pardon the spelling) is at a new shopping center right next to the N1 right before Makhado. A good place to do some shopping. From there it is straight through Thoyandau to the gate - about an hour's drive.

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 Post subject: Pretoria to Punda gate
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We will be traveling from Pretoria to Punda Maria Gate in a couple of weeks time. I have not traveled this route in more than a year.

We will leave Pretoria very early so will travel mostly during the dark hours.

My question is, which of the following routes will bring us to our destination the quickest?

1) Pretoria to Louis Trichardt (Makhado) on N1 then R524 to Punda Maria gate via Thohoyando.

2) Pretoria to Pietersburg (Polokwane) on N1 then take the R81 over Mooketsi/"Giyani", jpin up with R524 30km before Punda gate.

Route 1 is about 30km shorter than Route 2 but I'm more interested in the time factor.

Any one has experience driving both these routes?

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Hi francoisd,
My personal opinion would be option 1, less time spend and distance on the secondary roads. You must remember that you will be travelling in the dark, and have to be on the alert for animals which can be a problem on the secodary roads. I don't know what the road condition is at the moment for the R81, but last time i have driven it (more than year ago) it was quite bad with huge potholes. Lost a tire in the process :?


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 Post subject: Re: Pretoria to Punda gate
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Option 1 .. Will be shorter time & km ..

Note that the last 100km's will be very slow due to road conditions, speed limits and yes .. do look out for stray cows etc.

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Yes also agree with option 1 - much more convenient and faster. The section from Louis Trichardt to the Punda gate is about 80 km (If I remember correctly) but will take at least an hour if not more. There are many traffic lights through Thohoyando (it is quite a large place!) and the speed limit is 60 kmph for long stretches (which I would advise you stick to since there are many pedestrians and stray animals).

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We visited the park (Mopani) in December, entering at the Phalaborwa gate and used the Lydenburg/Hoedspruit route to get there. It's about 100 kilometers shorter than the Polokwane route.

However, when we returned home, we decided to drive the Magoebaskloof, Polokwane, Pretoria route and even though the kilometres are more, we actually arrived home an hour earlier than we we arrived at camp - and we left at the same time in the morning and had breakfast for about an hour both times.

This has made me decide to use the Polokwane route from now on when I visit the north of the park. It may be longer, but my experience was that it is most definitely faster.


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Hi Pooky

If you want to, you can still use the Punda gate as well. I see someone said it is a longer drive, but actually, if you take the Mojadjiskloof (Duiwelskloof) road and turn left at Mooketsi, it is an odd 150 km to the gate. You go via Giyani to the gate at Punda and we did that route a number of times already. (From Mooketsi to Phalaborwa is about 200+ km). This way, you get to bypass Magoebaskloof, Tzaneen, Letsitele, Gravelotte and Phalaborwa.

From Punda down to Shingwedzi is not that far either. I stand to be corrected, but I think it is approx. 108-110 km from there to Shingwedzi.

But if you want the scenic route, Polokwane, Magoebaskloof or Georges Valley, Haenertsburg, Tzaneen, Letsitele, Gravelotte is the way to go.


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 Post subject: Re: Driving from Estcourt/Ladysmith to Phalaborwa
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MattfromEngland wrote:

1: Drive straight up the N11, joining the N1 just before Potgietersrus - N1 up to Pietersburg then turn right via Tzaneen etc
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If you go this route, you can check out Magoebas Kloof.

you will be driving through towns and cities, slowing down your average speed.

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2: N11 to Ermelo, then Breyten - Carolina - joining the N4 at Machadodorp, then N4 to to Nelspruit then the R40 to Hoedspruit and that way?
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you will be driving through towns and cities, slowing down your average speed.

If you go this way, you could enter the park at a closer gate and travel inside the park rather than outside. You will have to make sure that you plan it so that you have sufficient time to get to your first night camp though.


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Option 1 though being a longer router seems easier keeping to one or two main roads until Pietersburg.

I am aiming at about a ten hour drive? It's hard to fathom such distances from where I am.

I wont be breaking overnight and plan to leave at around 4 am.

Appreciate any advice in advance, thankyou.

Matt


Matt if you leave earlier, you could get to the gate earlier and increase your time in the park.

Just my 5 cents worth and I hope that you enjoy your trip and have a safe one.

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 Post subject: Re: JHB airport to Paul Kruger Gate
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Johannesburg to Paul Kruger Gate is 456 kms, to Numbi Gate it is 405 kms. The Numbi distance is taken using the R528 from White River. It does cut some distance off, but it does bypass Hazyview.
If you need provisions, it would be better to stop at Hazyview.

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 Post subject: Travelling from Hoedspruit Airport to Orpen Gate ...
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Hi all,

I'm considering flying into Hoedpsruit Airport and then driving to Orpen Gate for our next Kruger trip (1st night in the park is at Olifants). How safe is this road to travel on and are there sign posts along the way for directions?


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 Post subject: Re: Travelling from Hoedspruit Airport to Orpen Gate ...
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Safe and good road
Travelled a part from Orpen gate to Klaserie a few days ago
Watch out for ellies when you are near the Orpen gate 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Travelling from Hoedspruit Airport to Orpen Gate ...
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I agree. It is quite safe and the road is in good condition. Animals are the biggest worry, especially near Orpen. There are not that much human activity. It is game country with lots of wild animals. So do check the speed, and keep your eyes open. In places there are fences that are down, so antelope and even elephant is a possibility. But even the best game fences do not easily stop antelope such as kudu, and warthog.

I would not like driving that area at night, because of the animals, it is very risky. But I imagine you will be doing it by day.

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