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Re: Numbi Gate

Unread post by hamboneco » Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:36 pm

Hallo: We four Americans are flying into Kruger-Nelspruit airport after a tortuous flight from the USA, renting a vehicle, and heading for Skukuza after a stop in White River for groceries. I had thought we would enter thru Numbi Gate instead of Kruger Gate simply so we could drive in Park longer. Now, from the Forum, I see there may be some "issues" getting to Numbi Gate, possibly related to safety or road conditions. Could someone please explain these to me clearly? Would it be better to go to Kruger Gate?? Thank-you.

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Unread post by Elsa » Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:20 pm

Warm welcome to the forum hamboneco! :clap:

I would say 90% of the time its perfectly fine to drive to Numbi gate, there is the odd time there are a few issues but usually these are fairly isolated and we do try and keep the forum updated whenever I hear of any so as long as you are driving this area during the day and remain aware it should be fine.
So do check in here before your trip! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Numbi Gate

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:12 am

A warm welcome hamboneco :D

If you go through Hazyview to stock up, you should miss the trouble spots. The areas where there might be protests are usually before the intersection that turns off from Hazyview to Kruger. It is worth checking on the day though.

I often use the Phabeni Gate when I enter Kruger from Hazyview. It is a seamless drive to the gate and the S1 often provides a lovely start to the holiday. If you are tired, it might be a better option than Numbi.
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Re: Numbi Gate

Unread post by Mischief » Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:08 am

Hi There Hamboneco,

We live relatively close to Numbi Gate and in the past couple of months there have been no reported unsafe incidents at all.However they are still doing some road repairs to the huge potholes and resurfacing the road..so you may encounter a Stop/Go situation as well as fine gravel stones being flung up from the resurfacing.The people and livestock still tend to be a bit reckless crossing the road and that can make for some tense driving.

I support MMouse's suggestion,rather go in through Phabeni gate.Not much further about 35 minutes tops and excellent streamlining of traffic and visitors at the gate itself.

Have a simply awesome trip :D !
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Re: Numbi Gate

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:40 pm

Please all do be aware of the report posted by Mischief on the road conditions to Numbi Gate.
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Re: Numbi Gate

Unread post by Reza » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:42 am

Hi All

Plan on doing a sneaky day trip in to Kruger on the 19th of March , expect it to be busy as the 21st is a Public holiday , I plan on entering Numbi gate as this, I think ,is closest coming from Lydenburg ?

Once entering through Numbi Gate, are there any recommended routes or loops ?
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Unread post by Albert » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:13 pm

Lydenburg-Long Tom-Sabie-Hazyview-Phabeni should be the shortest route?
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Re: Numbi Gate

Unread post by Son godin » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:32 pm

Reza wrote:Hi All

Plan on doing a sneaky day trip in to Kruger on the 19th of March , expect it to be busy as the 21st is a Public holiday , I plan on entering Numbi gate as this, I think ,is closest coming from Lydenburg ?

Once entering through Numbi Gate, are there any recommended routes or loops ?


If you are hoping Numbi will have less traffic than Phabeni turn-off the R40 in Hazyview onto the R538 heading south for 8 km and turn left towards Numbi gate about 7 km away.

The routes I enjoy at Pretoriuskop are S3-S7-S10. Can't say you will be lucky but saw wild dog there and lions. Also try out Fayi loop for leopard. Then head east to Shitlhave dam, Nap rocks and Transport dam. Cheetah often seen on this road. East of transport traffic can become very busy. I avoid H4-1 and rather go to Renosterkoppies, Kwaggaspan and Biyamiti weir.

Will be in the park at the same time from 17 to 20 March. Will drive a lot as I've booked a few week back. 17 and 19 March at Berg en Dal and 18 March at Letaba.
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Re: Numbi Gate

Unread post by Mischief » Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:02 am

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Hi Reza,

This is a report I posted after going through Numbi Gate on the 19 December 2016.Not much has changed at all and in fact the fringes of the tar roads after all the rain we have had in this area are also rather dicey.For a quickie day trip,I would still strongly recommend Phabeni Gate and would take the route the Albert has suggested in this thread.

Once you go through Phabeni you can take the S3 Albasini Road towards Numbi gate.We have always been lucky with grey one sightings and Meestel Dam is an absolute must.
An even nicer route is the S3 Sabie River Road towards Skukuza which is literally the first turn off to your left after Phabeni Gate but again with all the rain we have had this road may be slightly worse for wear.

Aaahhh I could go on and on,I may visit the Park this weekend....will definitely go through Phabeni and could give you some feedback during the course of next week. :gflower: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Numbi Gate

Unread post by Reza » Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:17 am

As always, thanks for the awesome advice

@ Albert - Yes, on checking again , this is the shortest route :thumbs_up:

@ Son Godin - Thanks , hope you enjoy your weekend 17 - 19 March !

@ Mischief - Thank you , I am jealous ! yes some feedback will be awesome !
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