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    Default Richards bay to Nelspruit via Swaziland

    Planning a trip to Nelspruit and was thinking of going via Swaziland.

    Anyone done this route lately ?

    What are roads like?
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    Default Re: Richards bay to Nelspruit via Swaziland

    We did this a year or so ago. Roads were in fairly good state. I will post my track log later. Plenty of speed restrictions though. So you will have to go slow and enjoy the trip.

    Se overview map below and attached GDB for detail. We spent one night at the Hlane Royal National Park. A pity it was one night only. Did not have time to drive around. They have mountain bike trails also.
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    The road we took going in a northerly direction lead us towards Malelane. If you choose this road it might be better to carry on straight towards Komatipoort and then on the N4 towards Nelspruit. The road we took was slow going through plenty villages etc. The nicest route will be the one that will lead you through Barberton. Although from about Pigs Peak to the Bulembo/Josefsdal Border Post it is gravel road that can be rough at times. But this will take you down the Geo Trail between the border and Barberton. If you are into geology this will be a must. Otherwise the view are stunning. If it is an issue, you will miss the one toll gate between Malalane & Nelspruit on this route.
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    Default Re: Richards bay to Nelspruit via Swaziland

    Thanks Danie will check it out

    Been a while since I travelled back to Nelspruit and dont feel like going via Piet Retief

    Recon via Komatipoort is the best option
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    Default Re: Richards bay to Nelspruit via Swaziland

    Via Piet Retief will be quicker I reckon, considered the same question when we went to Ngwenya Lodge and didn't feel like border posts with a car full of family. In SD when the speed limit says 60 you drive 50..

    But I am guessing and surmising.
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    Default Re: Richards bay to Nelspruit via Swaziland

    That is why I said that you should not be in a hurry and suggested a stop over on the way, like at Hlane.

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    Default Re: Richards bay to Nelspruit via Swaziland

    Thanks for the feedback guys.

    Riaan that is also my concern.

    On second thoughts maybe I should make a "wrong" turn and go via Kosi

    In no major hurry only have to be in Nelspruit on Saterday.
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    Default Re: Richards bay to Nelspruit via Swaziland

    HI guys I have a mate who is going to Kruger on Saturday and was also thinking of driving around rather than through Swaziland. Anyone know what the road between Pongola and Piet Retief is like? Are the roadworks finished?

    Any other issues on the "around route?
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