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Re: Travelling to KNP through Swaziland

Unread post by Penny » Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:16 am

Just as long as you have all your necessary paperwork to hand it is still the quickest way to the Park.

You will need

1. Passports that are valid for at least 6 months before the expiry date.
2. Forms for the Swaziland side (if the are not unline at Golela but always for Mananga
3. A letter of undertaking from your insurance broker to say you are covered.
4. A letter from your bank if you are still paying off your vehicle.
5. A list of all your electronic goods i.e. cell phones, laptop, cameras with their relevant serial numbers.
6. The road toll slip which you buy as you go in at Golela

Its important to tell anyone who asks about your provisions that you are merely in transit and that you are not staying in Swaziland.

We always try and be as pleasant as possible but some of the customs officials just have bad attitudes.

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Re: Travelling to KNP through Swaziland

Unread post by Fizzpop » Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:45 pm

Hi All...

As someone who recently went that way again recently, KZN Dbn to KNP, I can confirm that you will STILL have problems if you are trying to take any Fresh meat and Milk through from RSA, into Swaziland.
I still have not found a solution to this, even trying to "declare it" for "re-import" does not help.

The police roadblocks are fine, just make sure you have a roadworthy car and trailer.

And just be patient. Smile and be friendly, no matter what, and you will be surprised how that helps ease the tensions!

I agree with Penny, still worth the time and distance saved.... and stock up in Komati or Malelane for your meat/ milk (and beers), as an option.

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Kruger via Swaziland

Unread post by peter_1949 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:31 am

We are planning to go throug Swaziland from KZN to Kruger on 16th Dec.
Has anyone experienced any problems with the border posts going into or leaving Swaziland recently?
What are the road conditions like Golela, Big Bend, Jeppe's Reef?
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North-east to south east Swaziland route?

Unread post by Graham_5000 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:12 am

http://routes.tomtom.com/#/route/Lower% ... &map=basic


Is this a good route through Swaziland, or are the roads here awful? They appear to be M roads. I know that other parts have good roads, but this seems nice and direct!
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Re: North-east to south east Swaziland route?

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:28 am

That route looks right Graham!
The route we take is in at Golela/Lavumiso and out at Mananga, there is only 1 stretch of road from the turn off to Siteki from Big Bend that is potholed but if you take it slowly it is fine.

If you would like a more detailed map which you can print out, just PM me your e-mail address.

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Re: Kruger via Swaziland

Unread post by Linkoe » Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:16 pm

we done this end of August no problems at all with the border post either side, We go to Swaziland every year and all the problems we have picked up have been on the South African side, it takes ages to declare something so we decided not to do that again, always know where your engine number is they take so long to find it. Swazi side stamp pay road tax and there you go no probs.

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Re: North-east to south east Swaziland route?

Unread post by Graham_5000 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:16 pm

Thank-you for the map - it is very useful. According to the a post here http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/t ... ID=2059420 there are some gravel roads on this route.. How much of the route is gravel, or are they incorrect?
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Re: North-east to south east Swaziland route?

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:25 pm

Hi Graham,
the route I described going between Golela/Lavumiso and Managa Border posts through Big Bend and on the Siteki road has no gravel sections, some potholes on the Siteki section but otherwise the roads are all in quite good condition.

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Re: Travelling to KNP through Swaziland

Unread post by kujo » Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:18 pm

Bushcraft wrote:
kujo wrote:Just for interest, how much time do you save going through Swaziland compared to travelling only the SA route from Durbs to Kruger....??


I would say that you save about 3 hours, which is substantial when you have 3 small kids in the back.



Thats a fair amount of time Bushcraft, I know the feeling with kids in the car, 10 minutes out the driveway and my little one is asking, ''are we there yet''.... :wall: :D ... The in-car dual DVD players have been my saving grace on many trips.... :dance:

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Re: Travelling to KNP through Swaziland

Unread post by Penny » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:58 pm

If we eat padkos and just stop to use toilets along the way we make it in under 7 hours. I would say that the average time using the Volksrust, Ermelo, Waterval Boven and onder route is around 11 hours so I would put the time saving at closer to 4 hours using Swaziland. Just never get behind a tour bus at the border post. BTW I am wondering when the Lavumisa entry into Swaziland is ever going to be commissioned - its been standing finished for nearly a year now and the badly signposted detour still wends its rough path through the staff village.
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Re: Travelling to KNP through Swaziland

Unread post by Graham_5000 » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:47 pm

I am planning a similar trip to St Lucia from Croc bridge in Aug - thinking about entering at Mananga and going put at Lavumisa. Tempted to go round via PR after reading these stories - I have also heard to PR roadworks have improved and are being finished in July?
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Re: Travelling to KNP through Swaziland

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:56 am

We have just done the trip through Swaziland, also in Feb this year and had absolutely no problems whatsoever.
In fact the piece from Big bend to Siteki that was so badly potholed has now been largely patched and altho still quite rough, nothing like it used to be.
We even took all our meat etc through with not a second glance.
Did declare the serial numbers for cameras, laptops etc as per the list at the border posts.

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Re: Travelling to KNP through Swaziland

Unread post by Penny » Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:10 am

We have travelled the Swaziland route out of preference for many years now because of the huge chunk of time saved and although there are minor irritations and warnings to be heeded. I would never travel to Kruger any other way!
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Re: Travelling to KNP through Swaziland

Unread post by kite » Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:38 am

We had trips through Swaziland in Dec, March and April.
Even though there were delays at Golela (as long as 40 mins once), because of long weekends, it went smoothly.
Lavumisa side always seems to check our vehicle for meat but don't mind the groceries they see. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Travelling to KNP through Swaziland

Unread post by Sparrow » Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:09 pm

We have now pulled the caravan this route for the past 6 trips to KNP and as Kite, Penny and Elsa says no problems. It`s the way to go :thumbs_up:
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