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Getting to Kruger

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Getting to Kruger

Hi,

Would you spend $200 pp and fly from Joberg to Nelspruit return? Or take the drive, googlemaps says its 3.5hrs. (To me, by the time you get to the airport early, check in, fly, collect luggage etc it might not be much of a time saving).

Would appreciate your thoughts.

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1. Re: Getting to Kruger

Hi there!

Which lodge are you staying at, if you don't mind me asking? This would influence my decision :-)

Warm regards,

Jacqui

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We're self-driving through the park, staying at Lower Sabie first

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Hi Miffstoy

Firstly are you travelling Qantas via Sydney arriving late afternoon ? Or via Perth (SAA) arriving early morning?

We have done both and it is a factor, and always start at the South end of Kruger like you will be.

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Hi Sandmans,

We're actually coming from Egypt and arrive at 7am. Its part of our "explore the world before we have kids" trip to europe and africa. LOL

After KNP, we will head to Cape Town.

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Sandmans - did you self-drive KNP? If so, did you drive from JoBerg?

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As you are arriving JNB at 7 am I would arrange a hire car and drive to KNP. You can easily be in the area by lunchtime. Depending on whether you are staying in Sanparks accommodation in a Rest Camp or heading for a private reserve, you can be in your accommodation by mid afternoon. The road from JNB to Hazyview is good,

After you leave the airport get on the N12 this will lead you eventually on to the N4 which will take you all the way to Nelspruit, then the R40 to Hazyview and Kruger NP, very straightforward if not very exciting. There are service stations at intervals for petrol/snacks/toilets. Ther are also a couple of toll stretches so have some cash available for those.

We drive it every year. As you are heading for Cape Town after Kruger, there is one flight, I think about 2.15 every afternoon direct from Kruger Mpumalanga In.t Airport (near Nelspruit) direct to Cape Town, saves you heading back to Johannesburg and then Cape Town.

Enjoy

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Hi Somersetal,

We are staying at Lower Sabie. We actually have one day in JoBerg, and will be driving to KNP the next morning. What time do you think we should head off? Would there be lots of traffic in the early morning (between 7-9) or is traffic pretty consistent throughout the day?

Thanks in advance

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Most of the JohannesbUrg metro has a traffic problem most of the time but yes it is worse at peak times. You would be going in the opposite direction to the worst of it though.

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9. Re: Getting to Kruger

I'll chime in here - First, the most useful gate for Lower Sabie is Crocodile Bridge. You can stay on the N4 all the way to almost the Mozambique border and then turn north. Driving up from Nelspruit to Hazyview and entering the park at Paul Kruger gate adds some serious local traffic to your trip.

Second.. that 3.5 hours mentioned is a fantasy, a Google fantasy, apparently. Rebuilding and widening of the R12 east of Johannesburg - (it's the road you take from the city, before you connect to the R4) - those roadworks include some stop-and-go places that will detain you. Some of it is currently made up of hair-raising stretches where those movable concrete lane separators leave you barely enough space to get through (or at least, it seems that way). Your map shows a point where the N4 separates into two separate stretches. The north one, the one I prefer, called Schoemanskloof, is being 100% totally rebuilt and will be under construction for who-knows-how-long. More delays. How do I know? I drove all of these roads within the past two weeks except the straight shot from Nelspruit to Komatiepoort, where you turn north to go to Crocodile Bridge.

But your real question is - does it make sense to rent the car in Johannesburg? Absolutely.

Dave Patterson - Owner - The Africa Safari

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Excellent uptodate info from Dave. When I drove JNB to Kruger it was last November and the road was fine but having experienced SA roads during extensive roadwork, like just prior to the Football World Cup, they really can be a pain (Got stuck at Robots (traffic lights) on Abel Erasmus Pass for 1-1/2 hours and we were only the 4th car in the queue when we got to the robots - yes honest !)

Also the two additional bits of info that you are staying overnight in Johannesburg and then heading for Lower Sabie are governing factors. I would definately stay near the airport or at least that side of the city. I would now estimate the journey to Lower Sabie (via Crocodile Bridge gate) would take something like 8 - 9 hours. It will be worth it though ! So still vote for hire car all the way rather than flying to Nelspruit. Enjoy