Access roads to the Drakensberg

21 Mar 2016 18:25 #67404 by ghaznavid
So the route I took was:
- R617 to just past Boston
- Right to Impendle
- Left at the "Lower Lotheni 47km" sign
- At the T-junction, turn right
- After 7km, turn left to Lotheni

The route was great, they are tarring the route right now, about 35km of it is on dirt, but the rest is tar. It is under 150km from PMB to Lotheni via this route, and the dirt road is mostly fine (occasional bits are bad). It also doesn't have trucks like the Underberg Road. I will definitely use this one again.

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22 Mar 2016 08:21 #67416 by Viking
Good to know those roads are getting some attention.
What was your travelling time?

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22 Mar 2016 08:44 #67417 by ghaznavid
I did 30-40km/h on the dirt roads (with the occasional very slow bits), and about 80km/h on the rest. Took about 3 hours each way.

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23 Apr 2016 10:46 #67950 by Papa Dragon
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22 May 2016 18:51 - 22 May 2016 18:55 #68524 by ghaznavid
Just got back from Giants Castle - the road between the last town and the reserve is now a fully dirt road. Ironically it is in a better state because of this :laugh:

The potholes before the town are really bad, literally had to almost stop to get through some of them. Lots of the potholes near Kamberg town have been fixed though, so on average the road is better, but the bad spots are worse than they were when I last went there.

Ps. a really odd hike report will be coming soon. And yes, readers may wonder what on earth we were doing starting and finishing at Giants :laugh:

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12 Sep 2016 08:58 #69742 by Rhinoandhedgehog
Just wondering if any one has an update on the road to Giants Castle?

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12 Sep 2016 09:42 #69744 by ghaznavid
I was there a week ago, it is still a good quality dirt road. The tar bit before it becomes dirt is a bit rough, as it has been for years.

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30 Aug 2017 11:08 - 30 Aug 2017 14:59 #72068 by HenkSeevinck
Hey Guys,

Does anybody know what the road conditions are like the 31km from Enkomokazini (I think the name of the Village) - Injisuthi Camp, would a normal car be able to drive to the Camp or would we need a SUV?

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30 Aug 2017 11:15 #72069 by Dave
The road is pretty bad in places - eroded, half-tarred, rocky. The oil sump of my hatchback was punctured a few years ago, and I was going slowly and carefully. So I would recommend a SUV. If you have to take a normal car, go very, very slowly over the tricky bits. Patience is key.
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30 Aug 2017 11:17 - 30 Aug 2017 11:22 #72070 by diverian
You can do it easily in a car provided you drive slowly on the tarred sections and keep a good lookout for potholes, animals on the road etc. I wouldn't drive it in the dark. The unpaved sections approaching tthe gate have a couple of rutted sections but going slowly and carefully are easily done in a car, provided it is not a low sports model with low profile tyres that is! These pics are from April, but was there a couple of weeks ago and no change.

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