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Re: Low Maintenance Roads near Phalaborwa

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:33 pm

Hi Gilly Mac and welcome,
we drove a few of the low maintenance roads in Feb this year and altho we didn't manage to do any during our recent trip due to time constraints they all seemed to be open and fully operational.
Like any of the roads in the park, its all about the right place at the right time but we enjoy them for their tranquility and peacefulness. :D

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Re: Access on servi'se roads for 4X4

Unread post by Crested Val » Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:29 pm

There are a few of these roads around Phalaborwa/Mopani/Letaba.

They are called low maintenance roads, and are only open to high clearance vehicles. :thumbs_up:

We were lucky enough earlier on this year to travel with friends along some of these roads. :dance:

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Re: Access on servi'se roads for 4X4

Unread post by saraf » Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:13 am

Unless they've changed it recently the low-maintenance roads are open to "High Clearance" vehicles so you should be able to do them in a 4x2 or SUV.

Please note you are only supposed to use them in dry conditions, not when it has been raining.
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Re: Access on servi'se roads for 4X4

Unread post by Imberbe » Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:52 pm

It is a nice drive. They are clearly marked and turn off from the main routes near Phalaborwa.

You do need a proper clearance and should it rain it would be better to steer clear. They are crossed by a number of small drainage lines and in a few places there are nice pools in the middle of the road where you could get stuck in wet conditions.

You do not need an extra rugged 4x4. An ordinary SUV is fine.

Driving is slow and these roads should not be rushed through.
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Re: Low maintance roads

Unread post by Nkulu » Wed May 07, 2014 9:41 am

Has anyone used these roads recently in a high clearance vehicle, what was the conditions like after all the earlier rains? Would love to meander on a quiet road
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Re: Low maintance roads

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed May 07, 2014 10:19 am

I cannot comment on the current conditions of the roads Nkulu, but I do recommend that if you can, you drive the one up to the Shimuwini causeway. It joins into the S131, or you can turn onto it off the H14. The road is clearly marked on the latest publication of Tinker's Guide and Map of KNP which seems to be the only map on sale in the park.

I can email you a scan if you wish.

For me it was wonderful to also see the causeway Kobie Kruger wrote about in her books.

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Re: Low maintance roads

Unread post by Elsa » Wed May 07, 2014 10:23 am

We drove a few of them in Feb this year and they all seemed fine, but definitely only for high clearance vehicles, low ones will get into trouble on some of them.

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Re: Low maintance roads

Unread post by Hippotragus » Sat May 17, 2014 4:52 pm

Did the road near Phalaborwa, mentioned by DB. Enjoyed it - didn't see much, except huge black mamba in the road and lovely herd of waterbuck at the river.
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HIGH CLEARANCE ROADS AROUND PHALABORWA GATE

Unread post by stephan groen » Thu May 21, 2015 8:48 am

I have searched the index and cannot find anything, if I have missed it, please merge my query with the correct thread :roll:

Is there a map available for these roads? None of the Kruger Map books seem to have them?

Also, has anyone driven them recently and are they worth it?

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Re: HIGH CLEARANCE ROADS AROUND PHALABORWA GATE

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu May 21, 2015 9:10 am

Hi Stephan

Low maintenance roads. Watch your email addy linked to the forums for map.
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Re: Low Maintenance Roads

Unread post by stephan groen » Thu May 21, 2015 10:29 am

Thanks DB. Am I correct in understanding that you have to turn around at the causeway, ie you may not cross to Shimuwini?
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Re: Low Maintenance Roads

Unread post by Elsa » Thu May 21, 2015 10:57 am

Yes, that is correct, certainly when we were there anyway!
We did a sunset drive from Shimuwini and the guide took us across but told us that guests were not allowed to drive across the causeway.
In any case it leads to the private access road to Shimuwini guests only.

We love doing all those roads, not that one generally sees anything different to what you can see on the other roads, its just nice to meander along not seeing any other vehicles.

My latest Andy and Lorraine Tinker's map book does actually show the Low Maintenance roads, drawn in white.

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Re: Low Maintenance Roads

Unread post by George_Brits » Thu May 21, 2015 12:20 pm

Its such a lovely road, you really get the feeling of being "alone" in the bush when driving down these low maintenance roads!

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Re: Low Maintenance Roads

Unread post by stephan groen » Thu May 21, 2015 12:24 pm

Thank you for all the info.

I will drive it when we go up there in 3 weeks.
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