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    Default Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    Hi Offroaders

    I am planning a trip to Sodwana Bay at the end of the year. We are going in quite a number of vehicles, all of which are normal cars except for my Fortuner BEAST. Anyway i wan to use the route through Jozini as it is about 30 km shorter in distance compared to the Hluhluwe route. i remember something about a gravel road section which is not too long. Please can someone with more facts confirm what is the distance of actual gravel that i should expect. Also can the road be travelled by normal cars like mazda 3, vw combi, vw caddy and a polo.

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    Default Re: Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    Yaasen. Dont do it. Unless you remove all denture and don some sports bra's

    That gravel road is unpredictable to its condition. You wont save time, travel via Hluhluwe, and do note the speed limits between Hluhluwe and Mbazwana especially inside the reserve you enter midway between HluHluwe and Mbazwane, they do prosecute! (from experience)

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    Default Re: Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    To ad some info, its only about 40km gravel. We usually only use it if we have time to spare and not towing, not recommend for cars unless its a cresida....that the locals use. Also, we always deflate tyres to about 1.5 if using it.

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    Default Re: Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    Don't use it. Go via Hluhluwe.
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    Default Re: Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    Very strong warnings I was under the impression it saves about half an hour of travelling time. is it a bad gravel road?

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    Default Re: Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    Time-wise they are very similar in your Fortuner, but you've said you have other vehicles in tow which will slow you down considerably.

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    That gravel road can very fast ruin the start of a holiday for someone in a small car.

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    Default Re: Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    Quote Originally Posted by carlp View Post
    Yaasen. Dont do it. Unless you remove all denture and don some sports bra's
    You know the road then Carl

    Hluhluwe way is better, I agree.
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    Default Re: Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    What's a half an hour when you are on holiday? The journey is part of the holiday. Relax

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    Default Re: Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    So true.Rather safe than sorry.Thanks guys i will avoid it.

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    Default Re: Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    The other issue is Jozini itself. We went through on 23 Dec last year going to Mabibi, and it took about 45 mins just to transit the town! The reason is that it is a transportation hub for the region, so everyone, their brother, cousin, uncle, aunt, etc., who's traveling for the holidays passes through Jozini. There are no alternate routes/back streets, so you just sit. It was a nightmare we'll never repeat.
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    Default Re: Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    Hi all....

    7 months later, is there any change in this route? is there still that 40km gravel section? Should we still use Hluhluwe. Heading from PTA to Kosi.

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    Default Re: Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    Same old gravel.

    Go over the dam wall north and then head east on the tar road that run paralel to the border to Kosi

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    Default Re: Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    Same old gravel.

    Go over the dam wall north and then head east on the tar road that run paralel to the border to Kosi
    So this route?

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    Has there been any protest action on the route like there was this time last year?

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    Default Re: Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    Only inside Jozini and on the hluhluwe roads. Not north if Jozini as far as I know.

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    Default Re: Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    Quote Originally Posted by tyrant View Post
    Hi all....

    7 months later, is there any change in this route? is there still that 40km gravel section? Should we still use Hluhluwe. Heading from PTA to Kosi.

    Regards

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    Default Re: Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    I would suggest though be careful of the speed humps on the Hluhluwe road especially in a platkar.
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    Default Re: Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    Riaan & Shemula, he is going to Kosi, is it worth it to go the northern route?

    PS: Biltong by Allen in Hluhluwe is baie goed!

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    Default Re: Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    Quote Originally Posted by tyrant View Post
    So this route?

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    Has there been any protest action on the route like there was this time last year?

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    I travelled this route about a month ago. Roads were in good condition.
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    Default Re: Joburg to Sodwana via Jozini

    Quote Originally Posted by carlp View Post
    Riaan & Shemula, he is going to Kosi, is it worth it to go the northern route?

    PS: Biltong by Allen in Hluhluwe is baie goed!
    Aah..I somehow read Sodwana, appologies. If Kosi then the Northern route is fine, provided it is during daylight hours. Beware of cattle as Shemula noted, they have a habit of lying down in the middle of the road after dark to soak up the warmth of the asphalt. Previous poster did the route a month ago as above and noted road is fine.
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