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    Default Re: Ithala Doornkraal Campsite

    Peter, the road isn't that steep going down to Ithala?

    Talking about driving, out of interest, you are going to Hluhluwe via which route? Magudu and then Mkhuze or through Nongoma and then Hlabisa to Mtuba?

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    If I had the weight of a trailer behind my vehicle, I might very well elect to use low range, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian.McM View Post
    If I had the weight of a trailer behind my vehicle, I might very well elect to use low range, too.
    Peter has a light trailer or so it seemed when I saw them, also the road down is tar if I remember correctly but I might be mistaken.

    Regardless, just thought I'd ask, no worries.

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    Road down is tar yes. Just watch out for cattle going down, community have moved in next to the reserve main gate and are grazing their cattle there. They often herd them up and down the road to louwsburg

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    Evening,
    I went down and up with the Echo 4 and my 2.5 Ranger.
    Contacted them up front and the comment was that no road or heavy caravans are allowed (they could not define heavy).

    Used 4H, could feel the Echo 4 braking as we went down.
    Up started off in 4H and switched to 4L about halfway before the one corner - decided to go around in a slower mode.

    Pics: At the gate, Campsite, Sad departure.

    Edit : Loaded the Echo 4 => approx 900kg
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    Love Ithala.

    Just need to use lots of tick repellent. Worst place for pepper ticks that I can think of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian.McM View Post

    Just need to use lots of tick repellent. Worst place for pepper ticks that I can think of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danie S View Post
    Evening,
    I went down and up with the Echo 4 and my 2.5 Ranger.
    Contacted them up front and the comment was that no road or heavy caravans are allowed (they could not define heavy).

    Used 4H, could feel the Echo 4 braking as we went down.
    Up started off in 4H and switched to 4L about halfway before the one corner - decided to go around in a slower mode.

    Pics: At the gate, Campsite, Sad departure.

    Edit : Loaded the Echo 4 => approx 900kg
    I guess it depends on the mood of the day or something because on my booking papers it states "NO CARAVANS" - no reference to "heavy" or not.
    Thanks also to Riaan for the tick info.

    The main reason for using low range going down is to spare my brake pads!! However it is very steep although good tar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Talking about driving, out of interest, you are going to Hluhluwe via which route? Magudu and then Mkhuze or through Nongoma and then Hlabisa to Mtuba?
    I was actually speaking about a day trip from False Bay to Hluhluwe for those interested so that would just be back accross the N2 via the village I guess?
    Going up we were thinking of via Mkuze but you have raised an interesting alternative.
    What is the route like via Nongoma etc.? With passing through the park it may be too long time wise to get to the campsite and set up, or not?
    What are the road conditions along that route should we decide to return that way? (If you know.)
    I just love you intimate knowledge of the area and it's history, flora and fauna.
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    Awesome campsite, I got down there in a Mazda String 1.3 in my 20s (Broken leg and all), the road was good, not sure why they don't allow caravans, theres no doubt an offroad caravan/trailer can get down there though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1949 View Post
    I was actually speaking about a day trip from False Bay to Hluhluwe for those interested so that would just be back accross the N2 via the village I guess?
    Going up we were thinking of via Mkuze but you have raised an interesting alternative.
    What is the route like via Nongoma etc.? With passing through the park it may be too long time wise to get to the campsite and set up, or not?
    What are the road conditions along that route should we decide to return that way? (If you know.)
    I just love you intimate knowledge of the area and it's history, flora and fauna.
    Thanks, Peter
    The road from Nongoma is tarred AFAIK. Certainly the section from Hlabisa through the GR is very good tar as it is a provincial road and not a park road. Just go a bit slower for the animals. But then you come out at Matubatuba.

    Not sure about the section from Louwsberg to Nongoma.

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    Peter, I would not use the Nongoma route while on holiday and trailer in tow as the town is a mess ( you drive through a section of it and through the outskirts) and is prone to unpleasantness like strikes, taxi violence etc. Rather go via Mkhuze.

    Going up, past Mkhuze take the Candover turnoff on LHS about 10km ( ?) past the Jozini turnoff. Gravel road +-30km -I am useless at remembering distances! - which will bring you to the R66 which connects Phongolo with Nongoma. Turn left to Nongoma and then Louwsburg turnoff to R69 is on RHS not to far from there.

    The Candover road used to be called the "Rooi rante pad" - from the Berea Red clay soil found there I assume. Quite a fun section of gravel when it has rained for more than two days - it gets slippery like Lux soap

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Peter, I would not use the Nongoma route while on holiday and trailer in tow as the town is a mess ( you drive through a section of it and through the outskirts) and is prone to unpleasantness like strikes, taxi violence etc. Rather go via Mkhuze.

    Going up, past Mkhuze take the Candover turnoff on LHS about 10km ( ?) past the Jozini turnoff. Gravel road +-30km -I am useless at remembering distances! - which will bring you to the R66 which connects Phongolo with Nongoma. Turn left to Nongoma and then Louwsburg turnoff to R69 is on RHS not to far from there.

    The Candover road used to be called the "Rooi rante pad" - from the Berea Red clay soil found there I assume. Quite a fun section of gravel when it has rained for more than two days - it gets slippery like Lux soap
    The previous time I'd travelled, I'd opted for the tar road to Pongola, and tar back down to Louwsburg, as the going is slower on the gravel, and although less in distance, more so in time. It was also a bit stressful as I was pushing for time, and there are many blindrises on the gravel.
    If you have time to spare and are not in a hurry, as one should be on a holiday, then I'd take the gravel cutaway.
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    Hi Gents,

    (Especially) This time of the year I would avoid the Candover road or "Rooi Rante Pad" as Riaan stated. The first section from Jozini side is badly corrugated and sidewall cuts are fairly common on the loose and stoney surface. Besides one place where there is an epic view of Jozini in the distance you really gain nothing versus travelling via Pongola - except dust and lots of it. Because the going is so slow on this road your travel time via Pongola to Louwsburg will only be slightly more and you still have beautiful scenery. If it has been graded very recently it may be a different matter but I highly doubt it.

    Anyway - it remains God's own Country.

    Enjoy your trips.

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    Agreed, take the tar road via Pongola
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    Just to update - being the crazy "road less travelled" people that we are, we DID take the Candover road both ways from and back to the N2 near the Josini Dam.
    Road was good gravel, a bit of corrugation for the first 4 or 5 km but nothing compared to others we have been on.
    If worried, deflate your tyres a little, but probably not necessary.

    At Ithala we met up with "Leeubok" on this forum who is the resident ecologist there.
    He was extremely helpful and took us on the Bivane 4x4 trail due to one of our CVs having packed in due to a ripped rubber boot. Hence no 4x4!!

    However while away with him (turned into a mini night drive since it took longer than expected.) an ellie decided that the old Suuz may be a good playmate - no damage done, just some muddy marks!

    STILL HAVN'T WASHED IT!!!!!!

    I hope the pics have loaded successfully - I always struggle with this.
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    Awesome pics. Thanks for sharing Peter.

    I am there later this month. Hope I am as fortunate.
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    AWK!!! Paul - would you be able to handle a wild ellie rubbing it's muddy trunk against your beloved 4x4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1949 View Post
    AWK!!! Paul - would you be able to handle a wild ellie rubbing it's muddy trunk against your beloved 4x4
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    LOL! hmmm, Peter, your insight is true. Let me rephrase.

    I hope I am as fortunate as you, from an appropriate distance!
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