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Unread postby luislang » Sun Jul 02, 2006 4:34 pm

Numbi Gate

Curio shop at the gate
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Nov 15, 2006 11:38 am

Lourenco wrote:Hi

Can anyone tell me what the road to Numbi is like? Is it safe for two women & a child to travel this road, what are the road conditions like?

Hi there, it’s safe as long as you stay observant. Don’t go do something that will get you into trouble, as long as you adhere to that rule, you can travel thru there without any worries.

The road is pretty good. There are domestic animals crossing the road together with pedestrians, and although they are pretty streetwise by now, stay on the lookout for them. If you can, don’t go thru there when its dark.

And don’t expect any coffee shops there on the way either.
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Cheetahs at Numbi

Unread postby cadac » Thu Aug 16, 2007 9:42 pm

On the 11th of Aug 2007 we entered the KRUGER at Numbi at 6:00am.
We just went there for the day. It was very very busy because of the long weekend.
About 2km from the gate we spotted a hyena in the road ahead of us.
While we were looking at the Hyena, there was another car in front of us.
At first we thought they were also looking at the hyena, but it was not to be....
TWO CHEETAHS!!! this is what they were looking at.
At first the couple was sitting on ant hill looking at zebras in the distance. We didn’t want to lose so we waited until they got up and that wasn’t more than 10min.
We followed them for 45 min as they walked a long the road next to us...

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Unread postby Elsa » Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:25 am

Hi cadac, and welcome

In June we had a sighting of 4 Cheetah, I would say about the same place as yours, so it seems they are hanging around that area.
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animals at pretoriuskop

Unread postby cadac » Fri Aug 17, 2007 3:28 pm

We regularly visit the Kruger park as day visitors because we live in White River.
We enter at Numbi gate and love the Fayi loop and other circle roads around the koppies at Pretoriuskop because we always see lots of animal sightings.
Between Numbi and pretoriuskop we nearly always see buffalo, rhino, lions (at least 4 times the last year), zebras, giraffe, and lots of small game.
We were especially lucky the last time to see "rooi ribbok" and "rietbok", and a Leopard.
I'll post some photos of the sightings...all we haven't seen is wild dogs :lol:
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Re: Main Road from Pretoruskop to Skukuza

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:04 pm

I do agree :thumbs_up:

How often do you see this?

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Re: R538 to Numbi Gate

Unread postby Tony Park » Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:37 am

I've used it plenty of times without trouble. I'm usually coming from Joburg and prefer to go through the hills from White River on the R40 to Hazyview and then enter via Phabeni if I have time, because then you get a nicer drive through the park to P/Kop.

One piece of advice I would give you about the R538 is to avoid it early morning and late afternoon as there are plenty of big buses and taxis on the road then.



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Re: R538 to Numbi Gate

Unread postby DJ_MM » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:45 am


Thanks, we are flying from Cape Town tomorrow morning and will land at 08:30. We still have some shopping to do in Nelspruit and then on to Pretoriuskop.

How long is the drive from the Phabeni gate to Pretoriuskop? All my wildlife and Kruger Park books with the distances is packed in already?

My timeline: JBurg airport: 09:00
Nelspruit: 14:00
Leave Nelsruit at 15:00 after shopping..

How far is the Phabeni gate from Nelspruit?

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Re: R538 to Numbi Gate

Unread postby Safari Gal » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:52 am

If you use the R40 from Nelspruit, it is 19 kms to White River, 47kms from White River to Hazyview (still on the R40) and then 12kms from Hazyview to Phabeni.
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Re: Travelling to Numbi Gate

Unread postby Wildtuinman87 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:43 pm

Hi there RiaanF,
I personally prefer Numbi Gate for a quick visit to our most hallowed haunt!
The N4 is glorious all the way up to Nelspruit, however beware the dreaded highveld mist early in the morning, and lots of speedtraps in the 80 zones.
The stretch between Nelspruit & White River is a breeze(but drive slowly)
The Connecting road between the old homeland & Numbi gate is riddled with man-sized potholes!
So watch out for them & the odd cow & mule! Pedestrians & taxis also abound in the first part.

But overall it's a great entry point & as long as you're focused and aware you should make great time!
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Re: Travelling to Numbi Gate

Unread postby bert » Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:52 pm

Hi Riaan
Traveled a different route last november
N4 past Nelspruit
Turnof to the airport/White river R538
Before White River turn right on the R538 (Numbi gate sign)
stayed on the R538 till the turnof Numbi

Then, saw few minor potholes and had not trouble with taxis, pedestrians etc.

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Re: Travelling to Numbi Gate

Unread postby pedro maia » Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:53 pm

I drove that road last August from Numbi gate to the airport and it was ok, there was one part (forgot which one) with some potholes but they weren´t that big and travelling within the speed limit it was easy to see and avoid them.

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Re: Numbi Gate

Unread postby Joep Stevens » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:07 am

Dear Boskabous and others,

I regularly use the Numbi Road as it is the most direct from Gauteng to Skukuza. However, the road has some challenges, both in the surface quality and then traffic density and character. If you are hasty, do not use Numbi! If you have the patience and take it easy it's an nice drive. Yes, potholes there still are and I noted the turnoff sign to Numbi from the southern approach is missing, so guests that don't know the road, could well miss the turnoff and end up in Hazyview. Alternatives are Phabeni and Malelane.

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Re: Numbi Gate

Unread postby Wildkyker » Sun Nov 23, 2014 12:47 pm

Has anyone used Numbi gate lately? There cant possibly still be an alert for unrest? If there is anyone that have used this gate lately please share what your experience was. :pray:

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Re: Numbi Gate

Unread postby Elsa » Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:04 pm

Wildkyker, I think its really up to you, SANParks will try and advise asap when there are problems.
Unless there are serious time constraints my choice would be to use the Phabeni gate.
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