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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by squirrel_asc » Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:40 am

THILO2512 wrote:Hello I am new in the forum.

We will spend the night in Polokwane.
Want to go to Punda Maria.
Which is the best way?
N1 to Makhado then the R524 or over the R81?
We are on a Sunday.
Looking forward to a few tips

We very much prefer the R81 though Giyani over the R524. Less traffic, shorter distances where you have to drive 60km/h through never-ending settlements (complete with livestock in the roads etc), and of course you don't have to fight your way through the Thohoyandou traffic. The last time we drove the R81 (which is admittedly a few years back) the road surface was also quite good.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by amino » Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:28 pm

Need to enter the KNP via the Numbi gate. Is the road ok from Nelspruit to Numbi at the moment? Thanx in advance

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:44 am

Amino, I have not driven the direct route for a while. I often go via Hazyview so that I can do a bit of shopping. I have never had a problem with that route. I am sure someone can fill you in on the latest road conditions.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Mischief » Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:48 am

Hi amino...there are certainly no current problem areas on the road between Nelspruit and Numbi.We choose not to travel from White River to Numbi because the road has very high speed hills which are not clearly marked at all and the hills themselves are extremely high and difficult to traverse with a normal small sedan vehicle.Even in a 4 X 4 this road will not be pleasant to travel.
Also bear in mind that the road is very busy with people,public transport vehicles,animals etc.around dawn and dusk and has no proper street lighting,definitely do not travel in the dark.

For us the preference has always been to travel straight through to Hazyview and enter either at Phabeni or Kruger gate.This route only adds about 45 minutes to your trip and really is worth it.

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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by Mask » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:54 pm

Hi all,

Any first-hand advice on the current best route from Pietermaritzburg up to Marloth Park as first stop? Swaziland not an option so really between main N11 via Newcastle / Ermelo / Barbeton or quieter route of Vryheid / Piet Retief / Amsterdam / Barbeton. Any issues on either routes?

Then later we will be leaving an overnight stay at Letaba to get to next overnight in Graskop - best route out the park for that?

Thanks in advance...

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