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Cape to Kruger with a Caravan: Stopovers?

Unread post by Albert » Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:01 am

A question in the "best route to Kruger" vein:

We have (very) recently become part of the caravanning fraternity (not that I think said fraternity is aware of the fact as yet). So my question to those with experience in towing a caravan from Cape to Kruger: where would acceptable stopover sites be? I am not only referring to actual campsites/caravan parks en route, but also places where one can comfortably and securely park a caravan and stay over in a hotel/guest house/chalet? This would obviously be weather/season dependent.

(We are assuming that travelling more than 600-odd km per day with a caravan in tow is not really feasible?)
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Re: Cape to Kruger with a Caravan: Stopovers?

Unread post by okie » Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:02 pm

Albert , we are not caravanners or campers , but we regularly do the " pilgrimage " to KNP twice a year , and usually stay over somewhere at least two nights each way .
In any event , have you ever been to Karoo National Park at Beaufort West ? Its 500 km from CT and a great place to stop over :)
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Re: Cape to Kruger with a Caravan: Stopovers?

Unread post by Albert » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:01 am

Okie: Like yourself we do the pilgrimage regularly (at least once or twice a year).
We have often stayed over at Karoo National Park.
With caravan this (or 3 Sisters) would obviously be a stopover.
What we are wondering about is the 2nd night.
Typically we would do Karoo National Park-Pretoria/JhB and then the 3rd evening in the park (or Colesberg-Hazyview, or something like that).
Now we would like to do something like:
1st night on the road: Three sisters or Karoo National Park
2nd night on the road: ?????
3rd night: Mpumalanga Lowveld or even "docking" at Malelane or Berg n Dal.
Obviously, travelling in September/October will be different to May/June (when temperatures in the central part of the country makes camping en route a non-starter)
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Re: Cape to Kruger with a Caravan: Stopovers?

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:17 am

Hi Albert

We towed last year from Cape Town to KNP.

We did Karoo National Park, then Mokala National Park. (Spent a few nights at each.) From there we needed to go to Golden Gate then onto Kruger. Mokala to GG was fine, and GG to Malelane was also fine. We left GG later than we should have, but still just made gate closing.

On return we stopped at Gariep Dam.

You do need to find a stop close to Kruger too though. We have towed up to 900km in a day, but that is really heavy going and it is so much nicer if you can break up the trip and not do more than 600km in a day.
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Route to Kruger from Western Cape

Unread post by bewilderd » Fri Nov 23, 2012 3:12 pm

Could anyone please advice with the best route to travel from Swellendam (Western Cape) to Kruger National Park. We want to travel via Witbank and if possible missing Johannesburg.

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Re: Route to Kruger from Western Cape

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:40 pm

Hi bewilderd

We drive up from Somerset West and go along the N1, (at times along the N12 via Mokala NP) and then in Jo'berg area, turn onto the N12, and then the N4 to southern Kruger. A long trip, and busy road with many trucks between Jhb and CT, but not a bad road. Much easier than trying to go via 'back routes' where roads are pot holed and slower.

We stop at Karoo NP, Mokala, and then somewhere close to KNP. But we do this trip towing a van.
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Re: Route to Kruger from Western Cape

Unread post by Lonehill_Birders » Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:59 pm

bewilderd, there is unfortunately no route that won't take you past Johannesburg.
You will have to time your journey so that you don't pass through the area during rush hour, which is roughly between 6-9am and 4-6.30pm daily.
Travelling on weekends makes traffic a bit lighter.
You just stick to the N1, which is highway all the way, it will become congested during rush hour, otherwise the traffic flows fairly quickly.
All you need to do is take care that you don't miss the N1 ramp onto the section that goes to Pretoria/Polokwane, it can be a bit confusing, but if you have a Garmin you shouldn't have a problem.
Then you carry on with this N1 till you reach the N4 split in Pretoria East, you travel along the N4 which will take you through Witbank, and onto Kruger.
I would suggest a sleep-over in Bloemfontein or thereabouts, and leaving Bloem at about 7am, you will pass through Jhb at about midday, which shouldn't be too congested.
The N1 is in the best condition and although the tolls are quite crippling, it's worth paying to travel on a good quality road.
Which part of Kruger are you visiting?
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Re: Route to Kruger from Western Cape

Unread post by Tiko » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:14 pm

I think you will have go via Oudtshoorn and Graaff Reinet to Colesberg.
From there on the N1.
Near JHB we normally take the N12 past Benoni and then link with the N4.Witbank is on the N4.

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Re: Route to Kruger from Western Cape

Unread post by DSouter » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:55 am

Hi - I travel almost every year from Napier to Kruger. We go via Robertson up to Touws River then up to Bloemfontein then turn off to Bethlehem & Warden from then it is cross country to Senekal and Ermelo and then Carolina and Barberton and then up to Kruger via the Malelane Gate.

It is a little longer but it is a much more pleasant route and you miss joburg entirely. :dance:

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Re: Route to Kruger from Western Cape

Unread post by Munchkin » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:13 pm

:| We've only been once, but travelled 1st day, CT to Mokala NP, Kimberly, 2nd day Kimberly to family in Pretoria and 3rd day, Pretoria to Malelane - destination Berg n Dal for the first few nights. Was advised by forumites to avoid BFN - too many trucks on the road. Happily paid tolls on the way to Malelane ( N4?) - road was excellent - Long trip from CT, but if you break up the trip and enjoy the towns en route - not too bad and you get to enjoy SA's little dorpies.
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by issi » Thu May 23, 2013 10:17 am

HELP HELP HELP!
Hi to all the forumites,

We will be travelling from Cape Town to Kruger for the first time in I don’t know how many years.
(Use to fly... but no more MONEY!) We don’t have much time, only 2 days to Satara! One stopover!
My Moto: Will rather sleep in Kruger on the ground that on road in a hotel!

I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS:
1. Best road to take:
a. Cape Town – Bloem - Jo’burg (Pretoria)
b. Cape Town – Kimberly – Jo’burg (Pretoria)?
2. Does anyone have info on the roads through the eastern Freestate?
Winburg- Senekal- Bethlehem- Warden- Vrede Standerton- Ermelo- Baberton- N4
3. Could someone recommend a place to stay on the N12 or N4 close to Jo’burg on the Kruger side?
4. Best road from Jo’burg to Satara?
5. Best gate to enter?
Orpen, Crocodile Bridge, Phabeni or Numbi
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Re: Driving (best route) to/from Kruger

Unread post by okie » Thu May 23, 2013 10:41 am

Issi , we usually visit Kruger about twice a year and have driven all those routes suggested by you . Roadworks are off course the bane for any traveller , and can cause huge frustration :evil: .
Our last trip in October 2012 , for the UP part , we travelled VIA Kimberly , but at Wolmaransstad , veered off towards Rustenburg then onto Pretoria and northwards - overnighting at Klein Kariba outside Warmbaths . This way , we avoided traffic in JHB area .
We have found the roads thru the eastern Freestate deteriorating and has become as bad as the roads in Mpumalanga - potholes , potholes , and dangerous to travel :twisted:
Coming back was over weekend , so we took advantage of light traffic thru JHB - then towards Bloem , etc .
We generally sleep over at least two nights -there are plenty B&B's all over , as well as Self-caterings . We do not make reservations for these , but try to stop the day's travel by around 5 pm - it can become dark very quickly after that , and it is easier to find suitable accom while it is still light .
In April last year , we travelled Cape Town - Matjiesfontein - Sutherland - Fraserburg - Carnarvon - Prieska-Douglas- Kimberley , etc which was a long , long dirt road , but absolutely quiet and no traffic , and a really delightful B&B at the end of a long day in Douglas .
You see , we consider the travelling as part of our holiday , so try to avoid stress, take it easy , and by the time we get to Kruger we are really in great mood to enjoy the park :D
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7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
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Capetown to Kruger Park

Unread post by Sheama » Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:24 am

How far away is Capetown from Paul Kruger Gate? Is it possible to drive, and if so, how long. Which is the nearest airport?

Does it really get very hot in January?

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Re: Capetown to Kruger Park

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:42 am

1900 km or 1200 miles.
Yes 20-23 hours.
Nelspruit.
Yes, unless storms & possibly flooding cool it down.
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Re: Capetown to Kruger Park

Unread post by Yoda » Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:10 am

Hi,
And welcome to the Forum.

I am not a big fan of driving long distance.
So if I was you, I would investigate flying.
As far as I am aware, SA Airlink fly from Cape Town to KMIA/Nelspruit.

Yup, Jan would be quite hot. Especially the middle of the day.


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