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Nelspruit to Hazyview via Kruger park

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Nelspruit to Hazyview via Kruger park


We are staying one night in Nelspruit and then driving to Hazyview for a 2 night stay. Whilst in Hazyview, we have made a booking for an escorted safari in Kruger.

What I would like to know is if it is worthwhile for our first encounter into Kruger, to self drive , entering the Malelane gate from Nelspruit, and then exiting at Paul Kruger Gate.Rather than just driving directly there.

Another question I have is , should we drive along the S114 (which is a more direct route, or travel onto the H5 to Lower Sabie, and then along the Lower Sabie road.

I see that there is also a road S21 which connects the S114 to the Lower Sabie Road. Is this another good option we could have.

We will be devoting the entire day to the journey, and naturally would like to see as many animals as possible.

What time do you recommend we arrive at the Malelane gate?

Looking forward to all replies.



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1. Re: Nelspruit to Hazyview via Kruger park

Definitely do your self drive! I can't recommend which specific roads to take (we haven't been that far south yet!) but it is a busy area of the park so I would keep off the main tar as much as possible. Get to the gate as close to gate opening time as you can.

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2. Re: Nelspruit to Hazyview via Kruger park

I would definately prefer to spend the day driving in Kruger NP than simply going from Nelspruit to Hazyview on the main road.

Before deciding on routes please consider some of the statistics.

Get to Malelane Gate as early as possible - gates open 0530 Jan/Feb/Mar/Oct and 0600 other months. From Nelspruit to Malelane is about 65 km, this is a good road but will probably take getting on for an hour to drive.

Distances inside the Park

Malelane > Paul Kruger 74 km

Malelane > Phabeni 105 km

Malelane > Lower Sabie 105 km

Lower Sabie > Paul Kruger 53 km

Lower Sabie > Phabeni 91 km

You must adhere to the speed limits, 50 kmh on tarred roads and 45 kmh on dirt/gravel roads. There are hidden speed traps so don't be tempted to break the speed limits. Taking in to account repeated stops as you sight animals (hopefully) I would calculate your journey based on an overall speed of about 20-25 kmh.

Also bear in mind you will want to stop in either a Rest Camp or designated picnic area for lunch/toilet break.

So you now have to decide on your route.

I am sure others will give you their suggestions but my choice would be, after entering the gate get on to the S114, I would take this all the way to Skukuza where you could stop for lunch and a break. From Skukuza take the H4-1 - H12 - H1-2 - this is a loop along the Sabie/Sand Rivers We have always seen hippos/elephant/kudus and ground hornbills on this loop.

Once back near Skukuza, head for Paul Kruger Gate (H11) just past the gate drop on to the S3 which takes you along the Sabie River and will eventually bring you to Phabeni Gate which is closer to Hazyview than Paul Kruger Gate.

Animals being animals there are no guarantees what you will see but having often driven this route we have never been disappointed. It will get you from Malelane Gate to very close to Hazyview so should fit in with your plans and give you a great day in Kruger.

Just a footnote on eating. You can of course buy a meal or picnic in Skukuza or you could buy the makings of a picnic in one of the supermarkets in Malelane town, there is a SuperSpar and a Pick n Pay.

Enjoy your trip whichever route you take

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3. Re: Nelspruit to Hazyview via Kruger park

The drive from Nelspruit to Hazyview is not long, will be a short day. If you've nothing else planned for the day, definitely head into the KNP area for a bit of self drive! This is a world class activity so why not!

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4. Re: Nelspruit to Hazyview via Kruger park

I agree with everyone here.....self-drive into the Park for sure. As always, get to the gate as early as possible.

Somersetal has made some very good recommendations.

When you are in Skukuza, you will take stock of your day. I highly recommend the H4-1 - H12 - H1-2 loop. Once you've done this, you can go the route suggested above, or you could also take the S1 back through Phabeni. If you're really tight for time, you can leave Kruger Gate.

When leaving the camps and approaching gates close to closing time, please, please watch your speed. You should never rush in the Park but the traffic officers are out and will ticket you.

Where in Hazyview are you staying?

Are you spending a night in Nelspruit for sight-seeing? Have you considered the Panorama Route (Blyde River Canyon etc.)?


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5. Re: Nelspruit to Hazyview via Kruger park

Hello, Thank you for your replies to my post. We will certainly travel via Kruger. Plan to stay at Jackalberry Lodge Hazyview for 2 nights (have game drive booked there), then travel along the Panorama route to Hoedspruit. Staying at Khaya Ndlovu Manor House for a further 2 nights,(have game drives booked there) before heading off to Kololo Game Lodge 3 nights, near Vaalwater.

Somersetal has some good recommendations, and others on this post have added to it. Great .Very much appreciated.

Many Thanks RSA

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