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Best route to drive from KTP to Marakele and is it doable?

Unread post by Elephantears » Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:46 pm

Can anyone please give some info regarding a long drive from Kieliekrankie camp to Marakele NP? According to google maps it estimates 12.26hrs via Ashkam, Vanzyl & Hotazel and 13,06hrs via Upington. Is this correct?
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Re: Best route to drive from KTP to Marakele and is it doable?

Unread post by Paul2504 » Fri Oct 23, 2015 11:19 am

That is one long days drive and doubtful that you would make it before Marakele gate close at 6 pm

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Re: Best route to drive from KTP to Marakele and is it doable?

Unread post by PNF » Sat Oct 24, 2015 8:06 am

It is certainly do-able but as Paul says you would likely miss the Marakele gate. Would suggest you take the Upington route and overnight at a B+B (possibly at Potchefstroom) then continue the next day. The shorter route via Ashkam/VanZylsrus/Hotazel is gravel from Ashkam to near Kuruman and the road may be in a poor (e.g corrugated) condition.
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Re: Best route to drive from KTP to Marakele and is it doable?

Unread post by Elephantears » Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:13 am

Thank you very much both of you for the replies.
I have abandoned the idea of going to Marakele. As you suggested, PNF, I am going to drive via Upington on the tar road as far as Vryburg and spend the night there and then going on to KNP the next day. From Vryburg one gets 3 options on Google maps to Malelane taking just around 8hrs driving time. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Vrybu ... e0!4e1!5i2
N14, N4: 7h.53min;
N14, N12, N4: 8h;
N4: 8h.5m
Could anyone please give some advice on which route is the least complicated of the three to navigate in terms of merging on and exiting out of motorways? I am not that bothered by how many tolls are there as long as its an easy route to navigate without getting lost in Jo'Burg, Centurion or Pretoria!.
I usually drive out of OR Tambo on R21, N12, N4 East to Malelane.
Appreciate your advice
Thank you very much.

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Re: Best route to drive from KTP to Marakele and is it doable?

Unread post by Jacani » Tue Nov 03, 2015 9:25 pm

That's a long distance to travel, taking into account fuel, toll, traffic and pit stops.

But if I were doing it I I would probably use the N14 and N4 route via Pretoria.

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Re: Best route to drive from KTP to Marakele and is it doable?

Unread post by PNF » Wed Nov 04, 2015 7:00 am

I partially agree with the N14/N4 route - but that would mean following the N14 into the centre of Pretoria - not a good idea! Would suggest N14 to Centurion area where it crosses N1 - take N1 North to other side Pretoria and then onto N4 (eMlahlahleni/Witbank). Plenty of tolls but less chance of a) getting lost or b) getting frustrated at traffic :)
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Re: Best route to drive from KTP to Marakele and is it doable?

Unread post by barryels » Wed Nov 04, 2015 7:39 am

I agree that the route that PNF suggests is the best way to go :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Best route to drive from KTP to Marakele and is it doable?

Unread post by lion queen » Wed Nov 04, 2015 7:50 am

When we drive from Upington to Malelane, we don't turn of at Biesiesvlei to stay on the N14, but drive via Lichtenburg and Koster to Rustenburg and take the N4 from there.
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Re: Best route to drive from KTP to Marakele and is it doable?

Unread post by Elephantears » Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:42 am

Thank you very much all of you for the replies. I was very much hoping to avoid going anywhere near Pretoria, PNF thank you for firming that up!
So, now I will concentrate on the two routes suggested by PNF and lion queen, and take the best route on the day according to the Google/Waze traffic conditions!. Thanks again and best wishes.


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