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Re: Best route from Graskop to Waterval Boven

Unread post by Dikkes » Sun Jan 24, 2016 6:37 am

Thanks Madalla

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Noordkaap road to Malelane condition

Unread post by Sharpy » Sun Jan 24, 2016 7:02 pm

Hi all, could any one please give me some up to date information on the road from Barbeton to Malelane via Noordkaap.
Looking forward to joining the Big bird day at Shingwetzi.
Considering coming from Durban thru Swaziland but worried about transporting food? Any advice.
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Phalaborwa town tips?

Unread post by jeroenvm » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:56 am

Halfway though our Kruger trip we intend to leave the park at Phalaborwa to stop up for stocks and quickly contact the world.
Can someone recommend a large supermarket and a cafe or restaurant with wifi, not too far from the gate?
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:06 am

Hi jeroenvm

There is a Woolworths food store in Phalaborwa, and a nice Pick n Pay that we shopped at a few weeks ago. There is a new mall that houses the Pick n Pay, Woolworths is in center of town. You will find it on google maps.

I am sure you will find a cafe that will have wifi - we carry a portable 3G modem with us for our data connection. If you decide to get one, Vodacom has the best coverage in the park.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Stoffel » Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:50 pm

Has anybody driven the R81 via Giyani towards Punda gate in recent times? If so, was the road in okay condition for towing a caravan?
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by minettest » Mon Feb 08, 2016 10:08 pm

We will be sleeping over at waterval boven what's the best route to orpen gate from there? :wall: :hmz:
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by RemiE » Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:02 am

minettest if you guys sleep over in Waterval Boven I would suggest entering the park at Phabeni Gate
Bonus is you'll be in the park earlier
Take the S1 to Skukuza, then take the H1-2 and S36. Prepare a 'skottel braai' breakfast at Nhlanguleni.
Travel straight up past Muzandzene, or take the S145, and take the H7 Tar Road back to Orpen for Check-in at 14:00
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by minettest » Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:43 am

Thanks RemiE I did not even know about the Phabeni gate. Had to grab my Kruger map to see where it is. Defnitlity think its a great idea entering there. Would we then take the N4 to Nelspruit and then R40 to hazyview or do we take the R36 to lydenbrg en then to sabie and then hazyview?
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28/06/16 - tamboti
29/06/16 - tamboti
30/06/16 - tamboti
1/07/16 - berg en dal
2/07/16 - berg en dal
3/07/16 - lower sabie
4/07/16 - lower sabie
5/07/16 - crocodile bridge
6/07/16 - crocodile bridge

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by RemiE » Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:08 am

minettest, we normally leave Gauteng around 04:30 and travel directly to Phabeni Gate.
We travel at the legal speed limit and normally enter the park around 08:00.
You're correct, you travel to Nelspruit, take the N40 past Witrivier and into Hazyview.
By the Blue Haze Mall turn right onto the R536, Portia Shabangu Drive and travel all the way till you get the KNP Phabeni Gate turn off.
(If by what ever means you've missed the turnoff the R536 becomes the H11 at Paul Kruger Gate)
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by holmesneg » Sun Feb 28, 2016 6:09 pm

Hi, can anyone help me with advice on a realistic driving time from Wakkerstroom to Malelane gate? Thanks
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by andreakamerman » Mon Feb 29, 2016 4:23 pm

Wakkerstroom to Malelane would be about 4 (no stops) to 5 hours (couple of stops on the way).

Can anyone advise me on the best route to Punda Maria gate, from Johannesburg. Is it best to travel to Louis Trichardt, or is the R81 from Polokwane better? Thanks

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by holmesneg » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:12 pm

Thanks for the info, Andreakamerman.

Cheers, Nick

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by chas » Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:10 pm

Hi Guys

Any updates on how the roads are from Pretoria to Phalaborwa?

I was thinking of taking the N1 up to Polokwane then taking the R71.

Can anyone help with advice?

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by chas » Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:42 am

Any LIMPOPO guys out there?

Hi Guys

Any updates on how the roads are from Pretoria to Phalaborwa?

I was thinking of taking the N1 up to Polokwane then taking the R71.

Can anyone help with advice?

Thanks
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by chirinda » Thu Mar 10, 2016 6:42 pm

I was talking to someone the other day who said that the road from Polokwane through Haenertsburg to Tzaneen (R71) is very nice now that the upgrade has been finished. I have not travelled this road recently, I am only repeating what someone told me.

I travelled to Orpen a week ago, turning off the N4 at Belfast and travelling on the R540 through Dullstroom to Lydenburg (Mashishing), and then on the R36 through Orighstad to the Abel Erasmus pass and on to Orpen gate.

That route was, on the whole, in good condition. There were some baby potholes both sides of Lydenburg, but nothing serious, although that was before the heavy rain we have had the last few days. I had forgotten what a pretty drive it is as you go down the escarpment.


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