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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: Road to Shingwedzi with caravan

Unread post by PNF » Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:30 am

For those towing trailers or caravans, try the following route:

N1 (bypass Polokwane) to Banderlierkop.
Approx: 10kms north turn right onto the Elim/Luvuhu road ( no road number )
Continue through Elim for about 90 kms. to a 4-way stop (actually it's the first one after Elim!)
There's a garage on the left.
Turn left - you are now on the R81.
Travel for about 15kms to a t-junction with the R524
Turn right - Punda gate is about 35kms further on.

The reason we use this route is because there are few potholes, less traffic (especially after Elim) and no hills to speak of - took us about 2 hours from N1 to Punda gate - and we were towing!
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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: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by spydr » Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:03 am

An update, having just returned from 11 days in KNP, towing a caravan.
We took the N4 from Pta to Nelspruit, then up to White River - Hazyview - entering at Phabeni Gate.
I would recommend this route, since the Nelspruit - Hazyview road is in excellent condition.
A few road repairs are under way between White River and Hazyview with 2 slight stop/go delays, but nothing to worry about.
Apparently the real delays are through Bushbuck Ridge after Hazyview, so entering at Phabeni and using the excuse to drive through the park up to Satara makes sense.

Stick to the R40 up to Hazyview and then to Phabeni or even Kruger gate.
Don't even think about using the direct route from White River to Numbi or Phabeni which is in a terrible state - potholes, numerous delays and very poor signage to KNP.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by onewithnature » Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:00 am

carolynn wrote:Hullo- what is the travelling time from Pretoria to Malelane and is it an easy road all in good condition, but busy I suppose? We need to find an alternative route from PE as going through the Free State is not on anymore, roads I believe are in a bad state? Can anyone comment please? Thank you.


The travelling time from Pretoria to Malelane is about 3.5-4 hours, depending how you drive; the last time I drove it (a few months back) it was in fine condition; the N4, like most of our N-roads, is usually in top form. Since they opened the double lane for most of the way, travelling it can be busy but at least you know you should have an incident-free trip.

I'm not sure which roads in the Free State you are referring to, Carolynn, but the N1 has always been in excellent condition from Colesberg through to Johannesburg. By P.E. I assume you mean Port Elizabeth? If that is the case, I would meet up with the N1, drive from there to Jo'burg, then via the N12 to Witbank/Middelburg, and down the N4 to Malelane. There are still restrictive roadworks around the East Rand for several kilometres on the N12, but if you drive them carefully and slowly, the road soon opens up to an easy drive to Witbank.
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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 Kicker Cat » Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:17 pm

I can confirm that the Numbi Gate is still not a recommended entry point roads are still bad and traffic on weekends horrific

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by josey » Thu May 15, 2014 3:48 pm

Anyone driven from Durban to Punda Maria in one shot? How long does it take?

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by kite » Thu May 15, 2014 9:31 pm

Josey, we once did Olifants to Durban through Swaziland.
We had intended to stop overnight somewhere, but just felt like heading home.
It took at least 12 hours ( can't be sure how long ) but we resolved not to try that again!

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Polokwane to Phalaborwa

Unread post by Hansie11 » Mon May 26, 2014 9:55 am

Hi all,
Can anyone tell me the condition of the R71 from Polokwane to Phalaborwa?

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