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Golden Gate: Getting there

Unread post by baconkips » Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:51 am

Hi everyone

Wanted to ask if anyone can suggest a good route from Golden Gate to Nelspruit. We are driving from Cradock to KNP and staying at Golden Gate en route - we do not want to take big freeways just so thinking up via Hendrina Carolina Badplas we want to do one night in vicinity of Nelspruit to shop before heading into park via Croc Bridge.
Also if anyone knows of a reasonable place to overnight in Cosmos country.

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Re: Driving Golden Gate to Nelspruit

Unread post by Son godin » Sun Oct 31, 2010 2:04 pm

@ Baconkips,

Hope you did not already leave for your trip to KNP. If you want to avoid all the Jo'burg traffic, roadworks and Gillooleys intersection you can take the following route from the N3:

Turn off at Heidelberg at the Nigel R42 off-ramp and follow the R42 to Nigel. At Nigel you can either continue through to Springs and connect to the N12 via R51 . An alternative country road, without city traffic is to continue through Nigel on the R42 to Delmas.
From Delmas you can continue on the R42 to Bronhorstspruit or take the R50 to Pretoria. Either way you will get to the N12 within 8 km and can then take the off-ramp to Witbank (now eMalahleni) where after you connect to the N4 to Nelspruit.

Places you can visit on this route is Suikerbosrand near Heidelberg and Marievale near Nigel. There is a caravanpark at Kareekloof in Suikerbosrand.
Marievale is a small nature reserve with about 5 birdhides. It is not the same nature reserve atmosphere you will get in the Kruger, but if you keen in bird photography or birdwatching it is very nice place to stop for a few hours. The reserve is hidden between mines and when approaching the area looks a neglect and you will feel a bit lost. If you want to visit Marievale let me know and I can give you better directions.

Just another word of advice do not take the short cut through Balfour past Grootvlei dam. When we wanted to miss the Vrede road to travel to Harrismith, we took this road and past two accidents of vehicle that overtuned due to ditches and potholes. One was a truck carrying cars that overtuned.
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Golden Gate - route from Kestell

Unread post by gmorrison » Tue May 28, 2013 8:47 pm

There's a dirt road that goes from Kestell to Golden Gate National Park and joins the R712 in middle Golden Gate. I've checked google maps and I can't find a name for this road but it kind of runs parallel to the R57 which goes from Kestell to Phuthaditjhaba. Has anyone driven this road and if so would a sedan be able to use this road. It looks like an interesting detour to the normal tar road routes.

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Re: Golden Gate - route from Kestell

Unread post by Ernest J » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:09 pm

Hi there,

I can say that the road can be used in a sedan it is sand with a bit of corrugation but otherwise in a fair condition and the sites are stunning
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Re: Golden Gate: Getting there

Unread post by Goronta » Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:23 am

Hi 'mites
Driving quite soon (in less than 2 weeks) :D from Jo'burg airport to Glen Reenen rest camp .
Which road will you advice : N3 through Harrismith ? Other road ?
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Re: Golden Gate: Getting there

Unread post by Sky » Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:06 pm

Hi Goronta
N3 Harrismith sounds good
After Harrismith take the road to Putadijaba not the Bethlehem road. The Bethlehem road has long Stop and Go's , so even travelling from Harrismith to Bethlehem this the preferred road. Don't take the turnoff at Villiers and drive via Reitz and Bethlehem. This road is very badly potholed
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