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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Nkulu » Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:20 pm

Beautiful road all the way, I averaged about 4 hours Pretoria to Malelane - non stop.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Hippotragus » Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:52 pm

Hi john n poppy.

The N4 is in very good condition now and a pleasure to drive.

If you are driving in the early morning (don't know when you land), watch out for thick mist until Middleburg.

Also, keep to the speed limit as there are often cameras hidden in odd places!! I was once caught by one and I have no idea where they had hidden it!

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Albert » Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:11 pm

Sneeugans wrote:I am anxious to know the condition of the R40 between Mica and Phalaborwa. Last time we travelled on it,it was badly potholed.
We will be going to Shingwedzi from Nelspruit in 2 weeks time, and given the long distance I thought of travelling outside the park in order to make up some distance before the gates open. If it is still bad we will have to detour via Gravelotte, probably 50Km further.
If anybody has been that way lately with advice, it will be much appreciated.


I'm not sure whether this will help; we travelled that section of the R 40 in April: the road was in a far better condition than it had been about 18 months before that (then it was atrocious, large sections of the tar surface was simply non-existent, large holes extending over half the road etc etc). In April it was clear that large sections of the road had been patched fairly efficiently, and there were far fewer bad sections. Having said that, the road was still quite uneven, but OK to use, provided that you accept 80 km/h as a safe travelling speed.

The ONLY proviso that I will add is that the road carries a high volume of ore vehicles (trucks), and it is quite possible that the surface could rapidly deteriorate again.
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Travelling to Punda Maria gate

Unread post by MKoch » Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:51 am

Good morning all.

Haven't been on the forum for a long time, so I'm a bit rusty, not sure if I'm posting this in the right place.

We will be travelling to Shingwedzi coming from JHB side on the N1.

My question is : How is the road to Punda Maria gate? Or should we rather travel to Phalaborwa?

Thank you, and a good day to all.
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Re: Travelling to Punda Maria gate

Unread post by leervis » Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:53 pm

Hi Mkoch, I do not agree that Phalaborwa gate is an option for Shinwedzi. The route we use is via Polokwane - Giyani - Punda. Good roads all the way, lots of speed traps so stay within the limit and you will save lots of time. Sandton to Phalaborwa Gate = 506 Km. Sandton to Punda Gate = 536 Km. Phalaborwa to Shing. = 136 Km. Punda to Shing. = 76 Km. Remember also that traveling in Kruger is slow, work on 20 kph so you will save about 2 to 3 hours going via Punda.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Hippotragus » Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:42 pm

Hi BirgitJo

Yes the Schoemanskloof road is also N4. Shortly after the Machado toll plaza you will see that the N4 divides - straight on is the original road and to the left is the newer road which goes through the Schoemanskloof. We prefer the Schoemanskloof option, but it is up to you. The distance is about the same.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by arthas » Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:54 pm

Hello!

Leaping Lizards wrote:Any update on the stretch of road about 20kms before (R540) Lydenburg and 20kms after (R36)Lydenburg?
We rearranged our plans last year to avoid that stretch of road after a very scary drive in 2013. :big_eyes:


I drove it in May (2015) and it was OK in my opinion: there are still some potholes so it's wise to drive slow, but I saw many apparently new small tar patches so I think many potholes were fixed.
The worst potholes were actually inside Lydenburg, but one has to drive slowly there anyway.

I don't know how it was in 2013, but it was a pleasant drive last May.

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Best route to punda

Unread post by tosha » Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:14 pm

Whats the best route to Punda gate from Polokwane - Louis Trichardt/Thoyoundou or R81 via Giyani? :hmz:
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Gilbertr14 » Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:29 pm

Are you stopping over in Pietersburg?
If so, try stop over at ben lavin in Louis Trichardt. Awesome small game reserve.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Fuzzy_Ant » Sat Sep 12, 2015 7:36 am

Hi all,

Just looking for any recent updates on routes to Orpen Gate.

Anyone recently take the N4 - Belfast - lydenburg route and are the potholes a problem?

The N4 - Bushbuckridge route? Any delays, traffic congestion? Recommend over Lydenburg?

Then a question? Has anyone done JHB to Satara through Malelane Gate and is that too much driving or worth it?

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Bartman » Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:24 pm

Fuzzy ant we did n4, belfast, lydenburg, orpen mid July. It was fine. Some potholes in places but not too bad.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Riaanf31 » Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:32 pm

Hi all,

For a future trip we'll have to enter via the Phalaborwa gate. We'll be leaving from the West Rand and I'm wondering what others consider the best route?

I'm thinking N1 to Polokwane, then take the R71 to the gate. We'll not be rushed for time as we will be leaving early in the morning.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Hippotragus » Mon Oct 05, 2015 2:03 pm

Hi Riaanf31.

Your planned route sounds OK, but I hate the R71 Polokwane-Tzaneen - lots of speed limits, goes through a lot of habitation with animals, pedestrians etc.

What we have done a few times now is take the R81 from Polokwane up to Mooketsi, then R36 to Tzaneen and then on to the R71 to Phalaborwa. To get to the R81, you take the R71 signed off ramp off the N1 just south of Polokwane. Then at one of the cross-road junctions the R71 goes right and the R81 goes straight on. It is well signed, but keep awake!!

Have a great trip, whichever route you take.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Hansie11 » Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:23 am

Riaanf31,
I did that route in July this year. The roads were very good.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by George_Brits » Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:26 pm

I agree with Hansie11, the roads are in a good condition and is a pleasure to drive


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