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Re: Polokwane to Phalaborwa

Unread post by alf » Mon May 26, 2014 11:20 am

H Hansie11,

I have done this road middle March and it was fine. Just make sure you stay on the R71 (recently upgraded) and stay off the R528 turning right from Haenertsburg towards Tzaneen, this road have a lot of really bad potholes. I made the mistake to drive this road in the night.
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Re: Polokwane to Phalaborwa

Unread post by SAF » Mon May 26, 2014 11:18 pm

Hi Hansie

I have done this road this past weekend from polokwane to Letaba
The road is in excellent condition no roadworks
Took me 2 hours from Polokwane to Phalaborwa gate

Very pleasant drive

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Hiker2014 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:20 pm

We exited the park via Phabeni gate and R40 to N4 was perfect, no potholes at all.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by JeanniR » Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:41 am

madracer wrote:1. Hazyview > Nelspruit > Ermelo > Newcastle > ladysmith > N3

or

2. Hazyview > Nelspruit > Piet Retief > Pongola > Richards bay > N2



Hi Madracer and welcome to the Forum :clap:

I would go with route 1.

The Piet Retief road is extremely busy with lots of heavy vehicles. Not a very safe road.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by JeanniR » Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:10 am

According to Google maps the travel time for both the routes are the same, but the Hazyview > Nelspruit > Ermelo > Newcastle > ladysmith > N3 is about 60 km further...

A friend of mine traveled to Standerton on Friday and the road was newly repaired. There were only a few potholes.

So either road should be fine.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by PietSkiet » Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:33 am

We are traveling to Pafuri Gate at the end of the month. Can anyone please confirm whether there are any places to take a comfort break between Louis Tricahrdt and Pafuri? We are planning to take the N1 and then the R525
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Leaping Lizards » Tue Dec 09, 2014 2:00 pm

Hi there Pietskiet. We did this route in September and I think your best bet for a comfort break is Louis Trichardt itself. From there it’s a careful drive to Pafuri, first section is open roads, but very twisty with some crazy drivers, so caution is advised, then about 60 kms of 60k/hour zone as you go through settlements that are very close to the road. All in all its about 1 and a half hours to Pafuri gate from LT. We had no issues with the road and enjoyed the drive.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Indiajane » Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:18 pm

We are travelling from Pretoria to Orpen Gate next week - I am from CT so don't know the roads well. It seems that the R36 is difficult now - does it make sense to go to Nelspruit then take the R40 up to Hazyview / Klaserie and turn off to Orpen Gate at Klaserie? It mentions on the KNP homepage that the R40 is good at the moment. I would appreciate any advice. thanks

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Hippotragus » Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:27 pm

Indiajane the R40 is a good road, most of the way. It is just slow through the Bushbuckridge area - speed limits, pedestrians, animals in road etc. The road was, when we last did it, free of potholes, which is a blessing.
It is probably preferable to the R36 with all its potholes now.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Ngiri » Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:02 am

Good morning Mites.

We'll be travelling to Pretoriuskop at the end of Feb. I was planning on going via Dullstroom and on to Lydenburg on the R540. Does anyone know the state of the R540 since the R36 is in such a bad state at the moment?

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Hippotragus » Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:47 am

Ngiri - I would tend to stay on the N4 for as long as possible - it is a well-maintained, fast road. The Belfast - Dullstroom - Lydenburg road is notorious for potholes - as soon as they fix them, more appear!

I would then either continue to Malelane Gate and then take the dirt Voortrekker Road (H2-2) across to Pretoriuskop or continue up the tar H3 to the tar H1-1 across to Pretoriuskop.

You could also turn off the Nelspruit bypass onto the R40 and go up through White River to Hazyview and enter at Phabeni Gate and drive down to Pretoriuskop. You could, at a pinch, enter at Numbi Gate off the R40, but recently visitors have been advised to avoid Numbi and enter at Phabeni.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Snoobab » Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:28 am

Hi Hansie11

Where in the north are you staying? We stayed at Shingwedzi in Dec/Jan and it is actually quicker to drive up to Punda gate and down to Shingwedzi than enter at Phalaborwa. I'm a camper so like to get to camps as soon as possible to get a good site.
The road from Louis Trichardt to Punda Gate is in good condition. In Nov I did the R81 which to me is a better option than the R71, so if you want to enter at Phalaborwa then to me take the R81. It is slightly longer than R71 but no potholes and you miss the steep Magoebaskloof pass and avoid going past Moria

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by RobertT » Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:30 pm

You don't have to go down Magoebaskloof, you could turn off just after Haenerstburg and take the Georges Valley road. It is the recommended road for caravans and trucks. It is a more gentle descent than Magoebaskloof.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Snoobab » Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:01 am

Just a word of advice if you take the R81, it is not very well sign posted. When travelling north on the N1 you actually take the R71 off-ramp but then instead of turning right onto the R71 you go straight and travel next to the N1 to the next off-Ramp and then turn right onto the R81. For some weird reason there is no off-ramp for the R81.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by carolv » Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:20 pm

Hi Albert,

There was no problem at all between Hazyview and Sabie, the road was good and no roadworks. We actually drove this section 2 or 3 times whilst we were out in SA
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