We will be flying from Port Elizabeth to Durban and we are trying to decide between 2 flights. One would get us into Durban at 5pm and the other at 9pm. We are leaning toward the later flight as that would give us a more leisurely trip along the Garden Route before catching our flight. Our main concern is how safe the route is between King Shaka Airport and The Benjamin Hotel on Florida Road late at night. Of course, we will exercise as much caution as possible but I would just like the locals to chime in if we will be passing through a "red" zone and would be better off taking the earlier flight even if it means being more rushed.
Secondly, we have 2.5 days to drive from Durban up to Gomo Gomo Lodge, which is not far from Hoedspruit. We would like to stop at Kamberg to hike to the Game Shelter Pass with an overnight at Dundee and then another overnight further north, probably at Nelspruit. (We'd be open to any suggestions for a better overnight option in that area!) I've been mapping things out on Google maps but it doesn't really help me understand what the road conditions are like in that region. So any feedback on the driving conditions in that area would be much appreciated!