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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

Summary.

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 viamichelin.co.uk 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 Elephantears » Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:50 am

I have two questions regarding driving back from the park.
1. Where is the easiest or best place to refuel the car near JNB airport berfore retuning it with out getting lost and loosing all the fuel??
2. On our last day (sunday)we leave Crocodile Bridge to JNB for our flight which leaves at 20.00. I would like to drive through the park,instead of N4, and come out of Malelane gate, when should I plan to leave CB please?
Thank you very much.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by saraf » Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:57 am

There's a petrol station in the airport, SkyStop I think its called and is signposted.
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Re: Best route pretoria to berg n dal

Unread post by GlenD » Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:40 am

Hi wachinda

If you see you are going to be late you can also call the gate ahead of time and arrange for late entry (fee applicable), they do this up until 21H00 and will then escort you to Berg-en-Dal.

The below info is found here:

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/get_there/default.php

Late entry escorts (at a fee) are available at the following gates for the camp in brackets only. This is only available until 21:00. Escorts depart every half hour until this time:
Paul Kruger (Skukuza)
Numbi (Pretoriuskop)
Malelane (Berg-en-Dal and Malelane)
Crocodile Bridge gate (Crocodile Bridge Camp)
Punda Maria gate (Punda Maria Camp)
Orpen gate (Orpen Camp)
No late admission at Phabeni, Phalaborwa and Pafuri

Gate Security will phone camp duty phone when there are guests and transport is arranged. If guests advise in advance, then trips can be better planned. Fee is currently R150,00 per vehicle.



Gate contact numbers can be found here

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/get_there/gates.php

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Hiker2014 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:20 pm

We exited the park via Phabeni gate and R40 to N4 was perfect, no potholes at all.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by JeanniR » Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:41 am

madracer wrote:1. Hazyview > Nelspruit > Ermelo > Newcastle > ladysmith > N3

or

2. Hazyview > Nelspruit > Piet Retief > Pongola > Richards bay > N2



Hi Madracer and welcome to the Forum :clap:

I would go with route 1.

The Piet Retief road is extremely busy with lots of heavy vehicles. Not a very safe road.
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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 PietSkiet » Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:33 am

We are traveling to Pafuri Gate at the end of the month. Can anyone please confirm whether there are any places to take a comfort break between Louis Tricahrdt and Pafuri? We are planning to take the N1 and then the R525
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Leaping Lizards » Tue Dec 09, 2014 2:00 pm

Hi there Pietskiet. We did this route in September and I think your best bet for a comfort break is Louis Trichardt itself. From there it’s a careful drive to Pafuri, first section is open roads, but very twisty with some crazy drivers, so caution is advised, then about 60 kms of 60k/hour zone as you go through settlements that are very close to the road. All in all its about 1 and a half hours to Pafuri gate from LT. We had no issues with the road and enjoyed the drive.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Hippotragus » Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:27 pm

Indiajane the R40 is a good road, most of the way. It is just slow through the Bushbuckridge area - speed limits, pedestrians, animals in road etc. The road was, when we last did it, free of potholes, which is a blessing.
It is probably preferable to the R36 with all its potholes now.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Ngiri » Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:02 am

Good morning Mites.

We'll be travelling to Pretoriuskop at the end of Feb. I was planning on going via Dullstroom and on to Lydenburg on the R540. Does anyone know the state of the R540 since the R36 is in such a bad state at the moment?

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