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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by gbird » Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:50 pm

I think you can now fly in to Wonderboom airport in Pretoria. It is a very new route so can't offer any opinion. At a guess it might save about an hour.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by gbird » Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:57 pm

Look at the Haenertsberg and Magoebaskloof area. I'm sure you will find something suitable there. Apart from guest houses, there are self catering places which might suit you better.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Hippotragus » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:42 am

ORT is convenient for highways - take R21 from airport, then on to N1 and go north.

Wonderboom is slightly north of Pretoria city centre, and not too far from the N1. Check the availability of the type of vehicle they have for hire and, as I said before, the penalty for picking up and dropping off at different airports.

Lanseria is southwest of Pretoria and quite a long drive (albeit on a highway) to get to the N1. Again, check the car hire questions.

I would opt for ORT - several car hire firms, easy to get on to highway etc.

Yes, Haenertsberg/Tzaneen also good for B&Bs - depends how far you can get in the day.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by gbird » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:43 am

Google maps shows

OR Tambo to Haenertsberg 360km (3:40)
Lanseria to Haenertsberg 370km (3:47)

You will more than make up the extra time at Lanseria because it is small, the planes park right outside the terminal building, baggage collection is fast and the car hire companies are right outside the front door. For me Lanseria is by far the better option unless you need to return the car to OR Tambo and extra charges apply.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Hippotragus » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:43 pm

That is very interesting gbird! I am amazed at the almost same distance.

I think Lewisman will have fun trying to work out costs and distances!

Looking forward to hearing what is decided.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Lewisman » Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:00 pm

Thanks guys, plenty food for thought.

I note that your accommodation suggestions for Joburg to Punda Maria generally involve taking the R71 - R36 from Polokwane, presumably rejoining R81 at Mooketsi, rather than going R81 all the way. Is that because the places on the R81 are less suitable for an overnight stop /accommodation?

I've a few other questions but am aware that this thread is specifically for driving route queries, so will post them elsewhere.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Hippotragus » Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:20 pm

Sorry - I think messages have got confused. The Haenertsberg accommodation suggestions were probably if you were going to Phalaborwa via Tzaneen.

If you are going to Punda Maria you stay on the R81 all the way. I'm not sure, but probably no suitable accommodation on the R81 - it goes through very rural areas. Your best bet, if going that way, would be in or very near Polokwane.

R71 goes to Haenertsberg and Tzaneen and then Phalaborwa. If going to Tzaneen you can also start on the R81 then at Mooketsi take R36 and join R71 at Tzaneen (I do that only if I want to avoid Zion City at festival times).

If going to Punda Maria you don't need to go on R71 or R36 - it would be an unecessary long way round! If you want to stay at Haenertsberg it would work, but a long detour.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Snoobab » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:45 am

As mentioned earlier I did the R81 route to Punda last week. Giyani is not such a small town as one would believe, the Oasis Lodge there is a wonderful place to sleep over (Google it to see what it is like). The one thing to note is that Giyani is however the only place between Polokwane and Punda to sleep over.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Lewisman » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:22 pm

Thanks again to gbird for stopover suggestions, to hippotragus for route clarification and snoobab for flagging up Giyani. I'd been coming down in favour of overnighting at Polokwane. My main reason for being keen to push on beyond there is that it seems to be only about three hours drive from the airport and I thought we'd be able to get further towards Kruger before stopping, but obviously not if there's nowhere suitable. But Giyani sounds like a possibility - online search suggests it's 5 hours' drive from Joburg, would that be about right? And within a couple of hours of PM gate?

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Hippotragus » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:44 pm

Lewisman - remember that you will have to do your shopping somewhere. The Park shops are much better than they were, but you will get a larger and cheaper selection at one of the large stores in a shopping mall (suggest Mall of the North).

I don't know the accommodation in Giyani, but I would not rely on shopping there - no large shopping mall, lots of people and possible safety issues. We do not stop there - just drive slowly through.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by amecullen » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:39 am

Thank you again hippotragus
We travelled to Punda Maria on the N1/R81
We left Rosebank at 6am, traffic was moving ok, got a delay due to an accident which cost us about 30 minutes.
Arrived at the ranch for breakfast 9.30, roads from there on in good condition, traffic ok, some roadworks around polokwane, but this did not affect us too much.
Arrived at Punda Maria about 2.30, in time to book a sunset drive with a lovely lady called Promise.
Our first time this far north, the scenery is wonderful and quite green, with the added bonus of finding a sleepy female leopard on top of a termite mound on the loop not far from camp, an amazing magical first day in Kruger.
All thanks to the advice on this forum.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Hippotragus » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:21 pm

Thanks for the update. I’m so glad it all worked out and you had a good trip to the north of park.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Reza » Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:25 pm

Hi Guys

Wanted to find out what the road condition is driving from Johannesburg to Pafuri gate
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