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Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Jun 27, 2006 8:54 pm

We travel from EL to Kruger fairly often and after trying many different routes we now always stick to the N1 onto the N12 through Joburg. The traffic is a bit daunting but it is just a far easier and nicer road to travel.
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Travelling from Eastern Cape to KNP

Unread post by Readles » Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:18 am

Hoping that one of the Eastern Cape experts can help. I am planning a trip to the KNP in December 2007 (Croc Bridge), but I will be driving from Kenton-on-Sea (about an hour North of PE). I was wondering if someone could tell me which is the best route to take and approximate timing.
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:46 am

Hi Readles, we drive up from EL and have done the routes via Bethlehem and through Jhb each a few times. We prefer the Jhb way - one just has to be on the ball to get onto all the correct off ramps/on ramps but the roads are good and wide most of the way. And it is a bit more costly because of all the toll gates. The other way is fairly scenic but disjointed and the roads when we last drove it had sections that were bad pothole wise.

So if you choose to go through Gauteng - make sure you have a good map of the Jhb area.
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:48 am

Oops timing - from EL to Croc Bridge is just short of 1500kms. We tow a caravan and it takes us a full day and 2/3's to do the trip. I'd say not towing, one can get pretty far the first day and to the Park before lunch on the second day.
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Unread post by Boulder » Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:04 pm

Readles we used to live in Grahamstown just up the road so this is the route Grahamstown.... Bedford.... Cradock .... Hofmeyr... Steynsburg.... Venterstad.... Gariepdam.... Springfontein.... Bloemfontein..... Kroonstad...... JHB .... Pretoria.... Witbank.... Belfast (we normally go north from there to Phalaborwa) but you go to Nelspruit.... Komatipoort and in... Hope that helps
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Unread post by Albert » Mon May 28, 2007 11:40 am

Restio,
Travel from CT to Beaufort-West the first day, and stay over at the Karoo National Park. Then do a long day's travel the second day (dunno about missing JHB, tried that a couple of times but did not work out that well... :shock: )

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Port Elizabeth to Kruger National Park

Unread post by carolynn » Mon May 03, 2010 10:19 am

Has anyone form PE been to Kruger recently and if so, what route did you follow and what were the road conditions like?
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Re: Port Elizabeth to Kruger National Park

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon May 03, 2010 10:34 am

Hi carolynn,

Not from PE, but close enough ... we always stick to the N6 (EL to the N1) and then the N1 via Bloem to Jhb area, and onto the N12 to the N4.

The Jhb traffic is nerve wreaking so try to avoid peak times like early mornings and the later afternoons, and have a good map so you know when to change lanes in good time to take the off ramps. We just find this is a much easier and less stressful trip than to go via Bethlehem for eg because we tow a caravan to Kruger, and prefer to use the good toll roads which are wide.
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Re: Port Elizabeth to Kruger National Park

Unread post by hoyle » Wed May 05, 2010 3:03 pm

Hi Carolynn - we drive from Uitenhage to Kruger - takes us 2 days, we sleep in Bethlehem and then on to Croc. Bridge.
Our route - Uitenhage - Bloemfontein via Graaff Reinet and Colesburg - then Bethlehem, sleep over and then take the Warden, Vrede road - Standerton, Morgenzon, Ermelo, Breyton, Carolina, Nelspruit - on to Malelane etc. We find these roads pretty good, the roads via Zastron are bad to say the least.
If you like I can send you my printed road info that we follow each year. (this shows the mileage and route no.s.)
Uitenhage to Croc. Bridge is 1537 kil. Uitenhage to Bethlehem is 901 km. Only put on about 29 km.s from P.E.
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Driving from Cape Town to Kruger

Unread post by Munchkin » Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:29 pm

We are driving up from Cape Town on our very first Kruger Trip - see dates in signature - I would like to know from fellow Capetonians that also drive up, how they split their journey.
I was thinking that we would leave early-ish from CT (say 5am) and drive to Bloem on our first day and then drive from Bloem to Kruger - entering at Malelane - spending our first night camping at BnD. Yes, No???

When I did an earlier search, it seems like some folks prefer to go via Kimberley and also that maybe 3 days instead of 2 should be budgeted for the trip...........Your thoughts and advice please.

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Re: Driving from Cape Town to Kruger

Unread post by okie » Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:57 pm

Hi Munchkin . We live in CT and start our next trip to KNP from farm in Worcester this coming Sunday .
We used to drive Beaufort West ( overnight at Karoo Nat Park ) - then Aberdeen ,Graaf Reinet , Aliwal North , Bethlehem ( optional overnight ) , Vredefort , Standerton ( optional overnight ) Ermelo, Badplaas, Barberton, N4 to Malelane - distance 1890 km.
This is not too bad, but the roads especially Mpumalanga are now almost non-existent .
Also, CT to Bloemfontein road you encounter at least 1 truck per kilometer, both directions - no kidding !
We drive between 700 to 800 kilometers per day, that's why those optional stays - lots of B&B's all over .
So now we drive via Kimberley - first stop Mokala, then Bloemhof , Wolmaranstad, via Rustenburg, then N4 to just north of Pretoria - second night probably anywhere between Rustenburg and Potgietersrus ( Mokopane ) , leaving an easy reach of about 450 km via Phalaborwa .
This is relatively quite, almost no traffic at all until you get to the N4 at Rustenburg, but that is quite fast and you can take it right down to Malelane .
If you have more questions , please feel welcome . :lol:
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Re: Driving from Cape Town to Kruger

Unread post by okie » Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:00 pm

By the way, you can get cheaper diesel at the truck-stops this side of Beaufort West and there are others along the way you should look for .
Avoid filling up at the usual tourist garages - Kimberley is expensive .
We make a list of prices and compare as we drive .
You will find the cheaper ones outside and on the outskirts of towns and cities .
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Re: Driving from Cape Town to Kruger

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:16 pm

Traveling from CTN to Kruger in 2 days might seem doable, but it hits you when travelling back. :wall:
Last year with my first trip, I did 3 days via Gariepdam (sleepover - about halfway between Cape and Jhb), then Golden Gate (sleepover) and on our way to Kruger.
Our travel back was stay over at Pta (at friends) next day to Gariepdam (sleepover) then home for the last 800km.
We are leaving Sat 18th Sept. for Kruger, but with Premier Class train from CTN to JHB with car loaded (09h00) and the next morning arrive at JHB (11H00) we then travel the 400+km to Kruger = 2 days and we will feel rested and holiday starts immediately.
Our down run: from Kruger to Golden Gate (spending two nights) then Karoo NP (sleepover and spend morning there) with last 400+km home.

Another assistance is that the AA website got a facility that gives you a road condition report and a calculator re km and travel duration if you need to explore this option.
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Re: Driving from Cape Town to Kruger

Unread post by Munchkin » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:46 pm

We have also heard from someone else that they travel via train - CT to Jozi, with car aboard as well - however the option I Googled seemed quite expensive and mentioned that the vehicle cannot be loaded (ie full of stuff) - because we camp, our bakkie is loaded with everything including the kitchen sink.
Will try and google the one you mentioned - not sure if it's the same one that I initially checked out.

Re the trip home, we have given ourselves an entire week to make it back home - so no rush on that front - in fact we would also like to spend at least 2 nights at Karoo NP on the way home. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Driving from Cape Town to Kruger

Unread post by wild bill » Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:30 pm

Hi Kaapsedraai and Munchkin- we did the train option last year from Cpt to Jozi.
No problem with fully loading the bakkie and putting it on the train.
Just make sure you cover the contents in the back with a sheet or something-to keep prying eyes out.
Only problem was that the train arrived 2 hours late in Jozi and we only arrived at our destination near Nelspruit as the sun was setting-imagine this with to small kids in the back asking every 5 minutes when we're going to arrive at destination.
We will however definitely do the train option again-especially with 2 small kids-it's a long drive.


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