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Re: JHB to Punda Maria - best route and where best to victua

Unread post by PNF » Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:17 am


From Jo'burg head North on the N1 Toll road to Pietersburg (Polokwane) (4 Toll gates to go through)
1. Take the R71 leading to R81 via Giyane up to the junction with the R524; turn right to Punda Gate +/- 35kms. (No Toll gates)
2. Carry on the N1 to Louis Trichard (Machado) and turn left onto the R524 via Thoyandou direct to Punda Gate. (2 Tollgates)
3. N1 to Banderlierkop - 10kms North turn right onto un-numbered road to Elim; 100kms further at 4 way stop turn left on R81 for 10kms and right on R524 to Punda Gate. (1 Tollgate).

For those arriving at O R Tambo International Airport - Take the R21 to Pretoria and then onto the N1.

On all the above roads - watch out for speed traps as well as the odd road block where they check driver's and vehicle licenses and sometimes whether the vehicles lights/brakes etc are working.
On the rural roads, watch out for cattle/donkeys/goats/pedestrians and the usual cowboy driver that is resident in every town.

Shopping: On Sundays especially, shop at Irene Mall just off the R21 (take the Nelmapius Drive off ramp) Food and Liquor is available here until at least 3 pm. North of Pretoria, on a Sunday, you will not find any liquor stores open and most supermarkets are closed by 2 pm.
Other good shopping places during the week: Potgeitersrus (Mokapane); Louis Trichard (Machado).
(Haven't seen the Elim Mall - it is not on this road but will get more info from others)

Roadside vendors on all three routes can provide good quality, reasonably priced fruit/veg that is in season.

Scenery - it all depends on what you define as scenic! Via Giyane is probably the most scenic - Thoyandou is bush and Elim is bush and villages............(and good for towing)

So, there you have it...........take the option best suited and enjoy the trip. (Watch out for Ndloti's chickens, you can find them in the towns up here as well :wink: )
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Re: Benoni to Olifants via Satara advice needed on route/roa

Unread post by Madalla » Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:52 pm

I use to plan my trips in Europe and Engeland and it works just as well for South Africa. Very useful site.

I have obtained the following distances from Benoni:

Via Lydenburg, Origstad, Phalaborwa to Olifants: 560 Km

Via Lydenburg, Origstad, Klaserie, Orpen Gate to Olifants: 588 Km

Via Polokwane, Tzaneen, Phalaborwa to Olifants: 612 Km.

Via Nelspruit, Skukuza to Olifants: 573 Km

I will recommend going via Polokwane even if it is slightly longer. Better roads by far and you pay less on toll fees.
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Re: Fastest Route Middleburg MP to Orpen Gate

Unread post by onewithnature » Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:33 am

Absolutely an excellent route. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Punda Maria gate

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:43 am

Johannesburg to Phalaborwa is 535km depending on what route you take.

Johannesburg to Punda Maria is 570km.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by JeanniR » Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:10 am

According to Google maps the travel time for both the routes are the same, but the Hazyview > Nelspruit > Ermelo > Newcastle > ladysmith > N3 is about 60 km further...

A friend of mine traveled to Standerton on Friday and the road was newly repaired. There were only a few potholes.

So either road should be fine.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:57 am

I am sure the flights are more expensive than driving but I think the convenience and time saved is a factor to be considered.
Here are some links that will hopefully help with the decision although I'm sure others will also help.
Hoedspruit Airport
Travelling to/from KMIA
and not sure if you are aware there are now regular flights right into Skukuza Airport

As long as you drive around during the daylight hours and stay on all the regular roads you should be safe.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Mar 07, 2015 11:18 am

They consists of 49 gantries on Gauteng highways. The gantries charge people by electronically identifying the number plates of vehicles that drive under them. Each time a vehicle passes, a toll is charged. The cost is determined by the kilometre distance which the gantry represents.
So basically a toll road that one doesn't stop at but gets charged electronically and an a/c is sent out.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by carolv » Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:03 pm

Well explained Elsa. For anyone driving a rental car, you are billed afterwards. On its return the rental company will raise the toll fee on the credit card which has been used for the car rental. From personal experience the charge shows on the next credit card bill after we have returned home. The only niggle is that it is all put together with any other items which are billed afterwards eg additional driver. If you need anything more exact Brawler, pm me and I will look up on my Jan bill to see the exact amount charged which I know on that occasion was an additional driver fee plus the e-toll fees from the Airport until out of Gauteng and back.

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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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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 Nkulu » Mon May 18, 2015 8:39 am

As a "senior" lady driving alone :lol: I always prefer direct to Malelane.
Lovely to arrive at gate at 6am and first game drive up to Skukuza.
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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 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.

Enjoy your trip.

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