Access roads to the Drakensberg

07 Jul 2015 11:07 #64482 by Papa Dragon

Smurfatefrog wrote:
Injisuthi (036) 431 9000
Altitude: 1450m
The last 10km to 15km used to be tarred but is now mostly dirt. Manageable by all cars at a reasonable speed.
30km from Loskop


Any changes, or is the Injasuthi road still ok?

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07 Jul 2015 11:35 #64484 by eisbein
was up there 2 wkends ago. Road still manageable, just take it slow on that dirt section
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07 Jul 2015 12:02 #64486 by diverian
@Papa Dragon

You planning a trip up there ? we are going up tomorrow for a weeks camping and day hikes.

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07 Jul 2015 12:18 #64487 by Papa Dragon
Thanks for the info eisbein.
Plan to drop kit at Wonder Valley Cave, day walk along Shadda and overnight back at the cave Ian. Enjoy yourselves!

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17 Mar 2016 14:54 - 17 Mar 2016 15:08 #67384 by ghaznavid
Hi guys

According to Google, the quickest route to Lotheni from PMB is to leave R617 at Boston, and take the Impendle Road, the Stoffelton Road and then the Lotheni Road (the latter being a dirt road). The satellite images make it look like its tarred as far as somewhere between Compensation and Stepmore. It is 60km shorter than the Underberg route and looks like it is about the same amount of dirt road.

Anyone know anything about this route? I am seriously considering trying it out, but am wary of trying something unknown in a standard clearance non-4X4

Update: phoned EKZN Lotheni Office, they say that it is a difficult route to follow, but it is shorter and recently tarred.

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17 Mar 2016 15:06 #67385 by Papa Dragon
Hi Ghaz, if it's the same road that goes between Nottingham Road and Lotheni, then I was advised by a guy who used to live about 12km along that road from Nottingham Road, not to use it.

That was a month ago.

No personal experience of the road though.
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17 Mar 2016 15:12 #67386 by ghaznavid

Papa Dragon wrote: if it's the same road that goes between Nottingham Road and Lotheni

Different road, that route is about 5km further. This one joins the Lotheni Road (the road between Notties and Underberg) between the Lotheni and Vergelegen turnoff.

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18 Mar 2016 15:05 #67393 by Viking
I'm almost certain that's a much slower route than via Underberg or Notties. The route is much more winding and your speed would be a lot slower.

If anything I'd try the Stoffelton/Inzinga route as a third option to Lotheni but this is also a winding route and on dirt.

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18 Mar 2016 16:11 #67394 by Richard Hunt
I dont think the Impendle road will be safe especially if travelling in the early hours of the morning. The best way to Lotheni is through Nottingham Road. The first section is tar then dirt the rest of the way. Even with a bakkie its bumpy and a car very very slow!!

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18 Mar 2016 16:59 #67395 by Stijn
We'll be driving through from Oliviershoek to Sani Pass on Monday and were hoping to take the more direct and scenic route from Notties via the Lotheni rd. We'll be in a normal sedan though so I'm wondering whether the road will be ok after the recent rains? Don't mind driving slowly as long as it’s passable..

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