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Re: Johannesburg to Phalaborwa - how long?

Unread post by RobertT » Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:20 pm

N1 to Polokwane, then R71 to Haenertsburg / Magoebaskloof. Just outside Haenertsburg,I take split down Magoebaskloof instead of Georges valley. Georges valley also nice, totally different and drier vegetation than Magoebaskloof and a longer more gentle drop. Then Tzaneen, Letsitele, Gravellot ( they trap here quite regular where it slows to 60 Km's), then Phalaborwa.

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Road to Pafuri Gate

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:42 pm

We are planning to enter Kruger via Pafuri Gate on Friday. Anyone out there who drove that road recently? What is the condition of that road?
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Re: Road to Pafuri Gate

Unread post by arks » Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:40 pm

I drove that road in late April, BB, and it was fine. Just very few sightings, but the road condition was no problem.
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Re: Road to Pafuri Gate

Unread post by Shidzidzii » Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:46 am

There is a short deviation at Masisi (27km from Pafuri gate) around the washed away bridge.
It is well worn so easy to follow although signposting is " irregular". I have done it in darkness very early morning, and also with a caravan. Also went with 4x4 into the river bed crossing below the bridge.
If you are coming from Mapungubwe on the R527 Pontdrif road about 11 km before Messina there is a "German Farm Butchery" on the south side in at the same gate as Limpopo Safaris for about 500meter. They have a website but I recommend them. Do yourself a favour and buy some game biltong and dry wors at bargain price. Game meat etc. too - I fill my deep freeze in caravan and home with it all.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by camken » Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:03 am

Good morning
I've read this whole thread but I can't see any info on the route from Joburg to Croc Bridge. I've been very lucky and we usually fly to KMIA or Skukuza, but this time we will be driving from OR Tambo.
I've driven to Malelane before (about 6 years ago!), and from the map it looks like the N4 goes straight through Malelane town and carries on until you turn off to Croc Bridge, is this correct? Does the route take us straight through Malelane town where we can do some shopping?

Also I remember when we drove to Malelane many years ago, we used a very nice post on the forum with directions straight from the car rental garage at OR Tambo, can someone point me in the direction of the very useful post?

Thanks for your help

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Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Horrace » Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:58 pm

Hi camken, you are correct. The route passes through Malelane town, then one gets Malelane gate, Hectorspruit and if one continues down the N4, you will come to Komatipoort, which is the town just outside Croc Bridge

Komatipoort also has quite a large Spar in town. Most people don't go all the way into Komatipoort, but rather take a detour well sign posted before town which by-passes the town and brings one out just before Croc Bridge gate (other mites can correct me but I think it's around 2kms)

On the whole, it's an easy journey and quite difficult to get lost...

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Road condition to Orpen

Unread post by garrow » Sun Aug 21, 2016 12:14 pm

I would appreciate it if anyone who has traveled to Satara recently on the Belfast-Dullstroom-Lydenburg-Origstad-Strydom Tunnel-Orpen road can advise me if the road is riddled with potholes or if maintenance has been done recently on this road to repair the potholes. I am going in 10 days time so would appreciate this info so that I can plan my route.

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Re: Road condition to Orpen

Unread post by Shidzidzii » Sun Aug 21, 2016 6:52 pm

I used the road on 2nd August to go to Randburg and then back again on the 3rd after voting.
No major problems maybe an odd small pothole. Can do 100km/hour safely with any vehicle - average speed a little lower. Watch out in towns for speed traps, especialy Lydenburg.
What is nice is that there is very low density of traffic. And Lydenburg had diesel notwithstanding the strike to top-up both ways. Here in Hoedspruit there was also no shortage.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Blydeboer » Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:06 pm

The best route in my opinion from Pilgrims Rest to Phalaborwa would be to take the R533 towards the R36. Turn right at the T-junction on the R36 and continue through Ohrigstad down the Abel Erasmus pass through the tunnel and continue straight on the R527 at the Tzaneen turn-off towards Hoedspruit. Then through Hoedspruit, turn left on the R40 towards Phalaborwa. Continue to the R71 T-junction and turn right towards Phalaborwa. Keep straight on this road, as it will take you straight to the Phalaborwa entrance gate to the Kruger Park. It is approximately 210 kilometers and about two and a half hours drive.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:09 pm

Mocamps wrote: Are we allowing enough time for the gate? I have no idea whether to allow minutes or hours for the admin and possible queue??? :hmz:
The process at the gate should not take long especially by mid morning when there should not be a queue.
You can download the Indemnity Form before hand and fill it in to save a little bit of time.
If you do want to follow the river road that I suggested from Letaba to Olifants I would not do it if pushed for time as the optimum speed on those roads is around 25-30 kmph and then you have to factor in stopping time for sightings.
Tar road 34kms where you can do 40kms if need be.
Dirt road, river route = 33 short route and the total longer scenic last piece would be about 40kms

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Best Route to Orpen gate from JHB

Unread post by wit111 » Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:46 am

Hi all,

I know this is generally a pretty well covered topic elsewhere but there doesn't seem to be anything very recent.

Can anyone provide an update as to the road conditions between Dullstroom - Lydenburg - Ohrigstad - Hoedspruit? It seems the road condition between Dullstroom and Lydenburg is not great?

Any other suggested route?

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Re: Best Route to Orpen gate from JHB

Unread post by Rooies » Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:57 am

We did the Dullstroom - Lydenburg - Ohrigstad - tunnel - Hoedspruit road 2 weeks ago. Slow, but no problem. Watch out for stray cattle on the road between Ohrigstad and Hoedspuit.
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Re: Best Route to Orpen gate from JHB

Unread post by Hippotragus » Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:16 pm

I tend to agree with Rooies - I normally take that route, but haven't been in that area as recently as him.

Just be on the lookout for potholes all the way!! Take it easy and enjoy the scenery - quite spectacular in places. Yes, watch out for cattle when you go past some of the little villages.

Remember to take the R531 to the right, about 15km before hitting Hoedspruit. It is clearly marked "Orpen Gate", Klaserie. It cuts off quite a bit and avoids the town.
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Driving from Phalaborwa to Pont Drift?

Unread post by Schoemanskloof » Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:39 pm

Good morning all.
We are going to be visiting Kruger in late August 2017, flying into Skukuza and renting cars there. We will be staying in Skukuza for two nights, then Letaba for one, and then Bateleur for three nights. We will be leaving the park in the north (Phalaborwa or Punda Maria?), as we head to the Pont Drift border-crossing, as we are spending a few nights at Mashatu.

What are the road-conditions like on that route between Phalaborwa and Pont Drift? How long should it take to drive?

Any guidance on what/not to do? We will be leaving our rental cars in SA, as the Mashatu vehicles will pick us up. Apparently, Avis waives the fees for this "leaving the country" excursion (at least that's per the contact at Mashatu).

We will be returning to pick up the cars and driving back to Joburg, to drop the cars off and get onto our return flights.
What are road-conditions like on that route back from Pont Drift to JNB? How long should it take to drive?

Thanks in advance!!

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Hippotragus » Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:52 pm

Hi Schoemanskloof (I love the name!).

We haven't done the Pont Drift road for some time, so maybe things have changed, but when we last did it, it was a good fast tar road, with a few villages on the way.

At the border post you leave your vehicle in a secure pound right next to the police/border post. We have often done that with no problems - your vehicle is not really leaving South Africa. Once we did drive across the dry Limpopo river bed, but other times left vehicle at border post.

I can't quite remember the Pont Drift to Johannesburg time - but I guess 5-6 hours. From Polokwane you will be on highway, so fast driving with no hold ups. Just after Pretoria, you will take the R21 (also highway) the ORT airport.

I am very envious of your trip to Mashatu - we have very fond memories of that area. Enjoy Kruger too!! You will see a marked difference in landscapes between the two.
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