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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by johanclassen » Sat May 02, 2015 3:02 pm

leervis » Sat May 02, 2015 1:35 pm
The road from Polokwane - Tzaneen - Phalaborwa is good, all repairs finished, and as of today perfectly safe.

Thanks a lot Leervis, appreciated. :clap:

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by stephie » Fri May 08, 2015 4:43 am

Can someone tell me the approximate driving time from Mpumalanga Airport to Skukuza driving on R40 through Phabeni Gate? Thank you.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Fri May 08, 2015 11:16 am

Warm welcome to the forum Stephie!

KMIA to Phabeni gate is about 70kms and after that a further 40kms to Skukuza!
To Kruger its around 84 kms and then only 12 kms to Skukuza.

Do also have a read through Driving KMIA to/from Kruger

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Safest route from Pretoria to Skukuza?

Unread post by EddieL » Sat May 16, 2015 9:41 pm

What route is safest to drive from Pretoria to Skukuza and what gate can you recommend? I recall some violent protests near Numbi last year.

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Re: Safest route from Pretoria to Skukuza?

Unread post by Imberbe » Sat May 16, 2015 10:47 pm

I would recommend:

N4 to Nelspruit

Nelspruit to Witrivier

Witrivier to Hazyview - Take the R40 not the R538. They split just outside Witrivier and the R538 is indicated to take you to Numbi gate.

Use the Phabeni gate which is just outside Hazyview.
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Re: Safest route from Pretoria to Skukuza?

Unread post by leander09 » Mon May 18, 2015 8:04 am

Hi Eddie

I Completely agree with Imberde. We have done that road 6 times the last 5 months and it is a beautiful road. It takes about four hours from Pretoria to Phabeni gate if driving normal speed and not stopping. Just remember to take the R40.

The other option is to go to Malelane Gate which is also a very good road but with an extra toll gate that is about R60. Both roads are safe and in my opinion will take you about the same time.

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Re: Safest route from Pretoria to Skukuza?

Unread post by Nkulu » Mon May 18, 2015 8:39 am

As a "senior" lady driving alone :lol: I always prefer direct to Malelane.
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Re: Advisory - road conditions en route to Kruger gates

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed May 20, 2015 9:18 am

I always prefer the N4 - and in the park at Malelane. Longer in the park too then :dance:
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Re: Road R71

Unread post by George_Brits » Wed May 20, 2015 6:46 pm

karibaeve wrote:Please can you let me know the condition of the road R71 from Polokwane to Phalaborwa


The road condition is fair to good, at magoebaskloof you may find potholes (if not already filled) and you may encounter road maintenance teams along the route.

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Re: Road R71

Unread post by kallis1786 » Thu May 21, 2015 8:25 am

Its an awesome road to travel on to get to Phalaborwa Gate. You will encounter the odd group of potholes but ovarall very good road condition.

My little C Class can travel on that road without difficulties so you should be fine.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Boslaaitie » Thu May 28, 2015 8:57 am

Good morning.

We are driving from heidelberg gauteng to orpen gate on the morning of the 27th. My plan is to leave heidelberg at 4am to get to our beloved place.

I would just like to know, what is the safest and fastest road to get to orpen? I am driving a bakkie so no probleme with the roads.

thanx alot

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Thu May 28, 2015 8:15 pm

Hi Boslaaitie!

We usually drive N4 then R540 through Dullstroom, Lydenburg, R36 through Orighstad then R531 through Klaserie to Orpen.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by RobertT » Fri May 29, 2015 7:54 am

Schnooks wrote:Hi Forumites :)

We are going to Letaba in June from Johannesburg and wondering what the roads are like once off the N1 and through Tzaneen to the Phalaborwa gate

Also Is there an option of going in through Kruger Gate and then up to Letaba - is that do-able if we get to Kruger Gate early? What time is suggested?

Thanks for any advise for the safest route as I am getting a tad paranoid with all the issues of stone throwing / unrest etc en route to the Park


This is my preferred route for Letaba/Phalaborwa gate and above coming from Fourways area. The highway up to Polokwane is in good condition and also the road works on Magoebaskloof were finished. You just need to watch out between Polokwane and Moria, they regularly trap there especially the one section by Nobody. Then I take Magoebaskloof at split by Haenertsburg, love going down the pass and looking over the valley or even have a cup of coffee at Magoebaskloof hotel on deck overlooking the valley. Road from Tzaneen to Gravelotte is also decent, just watch out for speed trap as you enter Gravellote.

Also the reverse is good. The trip normally takes me around 5-30 minutes, I do push limits in terms of speed limits, so 6 hours or so is fair.

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Re: R71 to Phalabora

Unread post by cheetahlady » Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:27 pm

Drove this route today. Road condition is good. Some roadworks between University of Limpopo turnoff and Moria turnoff. Road from Gravelotte to Phalaborwa in reasonable condition. A few small potholes.

We did see quite a few traffic police on the road generally.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Albert » Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:52 am

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