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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:03 am

We did that route - N1 and across to (Polokwane/Pietersburg - Tzaneen) Phalaborwa, earlier this year, and it is totally fine, roads are good all the way. Just found the drivers on the last 100km drive fast and take risks, so give yourself time not to have to rush and be under pressure.

You will then need to go to Olifants to check in, so add that time in too, before gate closing, so you are well paced :thumbs_up:

Unless someone has used the Orpen entrance and can assist you on that.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by saraf » Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:34 pm

I wouldn't go the R40/R531 route.

I don't know what kind of bottleneck you would get in Joburg but my preference would be stick with the N1 to Polokwane and go in via Phalaborwa. Otherwise the N12/N4/Dullstroom/Orpen route isn't too bad - just be watchful around Lydenburg.
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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: Road to Pafuri Gate

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:03 am

Thank you, Shidzidzii! A man/woman from Tshipise should know... :D That bridge has been washed away for years now! :doh: I think it happened with the floods of early 2013, if I remeber correctly. :hmz: It is a pity they have not repaired it yet... :roll: But we have driven the detour through the village there. Poor signposting, as you said, but I can imagine by now that road should be worn. We also found the locals very helpful last time we passed through. Really appreciate your help - and advice on the biltong! :wink:
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