East London to Mabua-best route





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    Default East London to Mabua-best route

    Looking for some advice regarding the best route to Mabua from East London?Was planning to go through mcarthy rest to Tsabong then to Mabua?Where i have a query is what road should i take from Kimberley to mcarthy rest?The shortest route might not be the best or it could be in bad condition so if anyone could advice that would be great!
    Secondly can any one recomend a good stop over before Mcarthy rest border post ?

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    Default Re: East London to Mabua-best route

    Kuruman, R31, Hotazel, R380, Mc Cauthys Rest.
    You are 100% correct. The shortest route is NO WAY the best route.
    We got hammered on some of those gravel roads, my BF Goods could not handle the heavily loaded Defender and threw rubber off the edges.
    So choose your route with as much tar as possible. After Hotazel the road is gravel from Black Rock. I think from your direction you should find mostly tar until Blackrock. In Hind site we should have stayed on the tar and not try and find gravel roads until you really have to.
    We stayed at Cullinan Guest Farm. Very nice, very clean, very well run.
    If you leave the camp or chalot at6am you are at the Mabua gate at 2pm.
    WARNING, no firewood at Mabua gates at all. Tshabong you can find but I would next time rather purchase 2 weeks worth of wood in S.A.
    Tshabong has Diesel. When I was last in Tshabong.
    In may I am going to run via Nossop as a tester because I felt the route we chose was a hell of a ride, again choose your route carefully or hopefully a local in the area will reply. They are fairly strict at the Bots border post, no fruit or veg that is on the (banned) list.
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    Default Re: East London to Mabua-best route

    Thanks imgreg- hopefully someone from Kimberley will update me on the local conditions and what route to take?

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