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    Default Hoedspruit to graskop via mariepskop pass.

    Good evening all.

    Me and one of my friends is planning a trip from hoedspruit up to mariepskop pass to the radio tower station and will be moving south below the cliffs of Gods window all the way to graskop and then wil move over to orig stad.

    Anyone done this before and any secrets hidden along the way? That we can go explore??
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    Default Re: Hoedspruit to graskop via mariepskop pass.

    Yes I have. No secrets.
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    The road up Mariepskop below the Rohrbeck Road (cement) is rough nowadays, did it last year. I've last driven your blue route south of Mariepskop (formerly known as the Watt Scenic Road) to Graskop in 2011 and it was rough; it seemed like no maintenance was done for years but in a 4x4 it will be a nice adventure (I did it in an Almera). You get close to the indigenous forest edge at Welgevonden Forest Station; there are some lovely pools in the crystal clear forest streams but it will be 'leeu koud' to swim there in winter. There is some spectacular scenery with the escarpment always looming over you towards the west, but there is also a lot of horrific erosion due to sloppy forestry practices in the past. Be careful where you stop and if you plan to leave the car for a time, park it inconspicuously or at a forestry station as that area really is a patch of deepest, darkest Africa... Go for it, and please report back with pics!
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    Thank you verry much.. yes know its in a rural area. And will be a day drive only. As for erosion/ bad maintainance of the roads it wont be to much a problem as we really looking for a adventure. Haha tnx if it was wad then it would be perfect now

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    Update: Swambo and I did this road last week and I am happy to report that it is still a gem of a route. Epic scenery and the road is doable in an AWD or 4x2 with good clearance. Let the pictures do the talking...

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    Default Re: Hoedspruit to graskop via mariepskop pass.

    Did the Acornhoek - Mariepskop route twice the past two years. But was not aware of the fact that you can actually drive through to the "other" side - Ohrigstad road. Care to share the details, please.
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    Yes please. A track from the GPS if possible.
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    It's the blue route on the OP's map! I'll upload a map in a while.
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    See here: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Klas...24.9327665!3e0. Make a whole day of it!
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    Default Re: Hoedspruit to graskop via mariepskop pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henris View Post
    Yes please. A track from the GPS if possible.
    We did Mariepskop from Nelspruit in Oct 2018. From here we took the R40 through Bushbuckridge. On the way back we took the back road as discussed (I think it is the same route). For some unknown reason, I don't have the track logs for this trip. However I also did this road in 2011. See attached GPX file.

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    Default Re: Hoedspruit to graskop via mariepskop pass.

    I see the attachment did not attach in my post above. I changed the GPX to a GDB file as the GPX could not be uploaded.
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    Default Re: Hoedspruit to graskop via mariepskop pass.

    Jens78, this is not the route that is on your link?
    Just want to make sure in terms of difficulty of the route?
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    Default Re: Hoedspruit to graskop via mariepskop pass.

    Jens78, Do you by any chance have your route in Mapsource or Basecamp? When I send your Google link to my phone it shows the shortest route and not the one you traveled.

    Going to Swadini later this year and this could be a nice day trip.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dzombo4 View Post
    Jens78, this is not the route that is on your link?
    Just want to make sure in terms of difficulty of the route?
    Yes, that's the one. Sorry, I thought the link would show my modifications.
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    Drove the part marked red in September 2018. Nice drive, nothing challenging, but much better than the chaos that is the main road along Bushbuckridge. Did not see another vehicle, except a forestry truck.
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    Default Re: Hoedspruit to graskop via mariepskop pass.

    Swambo and I did this on my motorcycle a couple of months back. There was some grading taking place on two occasions, so there is some maintenance happening. One part of the route (red arrow) was washed away, though, with about a 2m deep (and 3m wide) chasm. We approached from the south and headed west until we got to the washed away section, then turned around and followed the loop anti-clockwise to still reach the top.
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    Never got around to doing it as some problems arised from both our sides.. hope to be doing is sometime this year winter time, Thanks to all on the feedback of the main road. We will be driving all the 2 spoor paatjies as close to the foot of the mountain as we can. Friend also able to arrange some permits for restricted roads in the area.

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