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    Default Mabibi to Bhanga Nek

    Hi All
    Planning a trip to Nth KZN soon.
    I see there is a track North from Mabibi to Bhanga Nek (T4A & Google Maps - D1850) that basically hugs the coast.
    Is this track possible/viable/open?
    Anyone done it recently?
    Any info appreciated
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    Default Re: Mabibi to Bhanga Nek

    I did it in December 2017. You have to buy a permit from an iSimangaliso office if you don't have an Ezemvelo Rhino Card; a SanParks Wild Card isn't valid. AFAIK you can get the permit at Mabibi gate; I always got mine at the Kosi Bay office. It's very beautiful, enjoy!
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    Default Re: Mabibi to Bhanga Nek

    It really is a lovely drive. From Mabibi we used to apply for a permit at the Manzengwenya Park offices which is part of iSimangaliso. Make some time and stop off at Blackrock Beach as well. There are a multitude of sand tracks once you near Bhanga Nek so it is advisable to have Tracks4Africa as it is very easy to go down the wrong track.

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    Default Re: Mabibi to Bhanga Nek

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    Was in this area over the weekend, can be done.

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    Is this route doable when towing a trailer?

    Need to go from Banga to Mabibi. Would love to do this scenic route but the trailer needs to go with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DC Polokwane View Post
    Is this route doable when towing a trailer?

    Need to go from Banga to Mabibi. Would love to do this scenic route but the trailer needs to go with.
    Yes and no. Describe your trailer... It can be no wider or higher than your vehicle. Very low overhanging tree and narrow sections. Also be prepared to get some scratches on your vehicle.

    My Trailvan would probably not get through; - too high for some places.
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    Default Re: Mabibi to Bhanga Nek

    Also did this route during November last year (2020).

    Thick coastal forest section in the vicinity of Lala Nek inside the protected area and then sandy bush traks up to Banga Nek.

    l enyoyed this route very much and for me the most scenic route to Banga Nek.

    And yes, pinstripes is a given.

    Enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kortgat View Post
    Yes and no. Describe your trailer... It can be no wider or higher than your vehicle. Very low overhanging tree and narrow sections. Also be prepared to get some scratches on your vehicle.

    My Trailvan would probably not get through; - too high for some places.
    Trailer sits flush behind the Jeep, nothing sticks out on the sides or top.

    I am more worried about the sand and big long climbs where one might run out of moment with the trailer attached.

    Scratches is not an issue, wouldn't notice new ones
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    Quote Originally Posted by DC Polokwane View Post
    Trailer sits flush behind the Jeep, nothing sticks out on the sides or top.

    I am more worried about the sand and big long climbs where one might run out of moment with the trailer attached.

    Scratches is not an issue, wouldn't notice new ones
    No, you will be fine in that regard. Obviously tyres deflated and reasonable driving skill. Last drove the track September 2020. Going next week again, can update then. Iíd take my Trailvan if it was not for the height.
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    Default Mabibi to Bhanga Nek

    Hi Gentlemen,

    Bhanga nek and Mabibi is on my itinerary for a Northern KZN trip as well. Considering youíre saying youíll struggle with a offroad caravan/trailer because of height then Iím going to have a problem with an RTT as well, not (2,3m high)?

    Tx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christoff View Post
    Hi Gentlemen,

    Bhanga nek and Mabibi is on my itinerary for a Northern KZN trip as well. Considering youíre saying youíll struggle with a offroad caravan/trailer because of height then Iím going to have a problem with an RTT as well, not (2,3m high)?

    Tx
    Yes when I was there last that might have been just too high. Iíll check next week again. This is specifically the section between Mabibi and Bhanga Nek. The Treg with roof rack only was no problem, but I remember thinking if I had the Trailvan hitched Iíd have problems now and would need the Stihl with me to get through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christoff View Post
    Hi Gentlemen,

    Bhanga nek and Mabibi is on my itinerary for a Northern KZN trip as well. Considering you’re saying you’ll struggle with a offroad caravan/trailer because of height then I’m going to have a problem with an RTT as well, not (2,3m high)?

    Tx
    A Friend of mine traveled this route last year October (2020) with this rig.

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    When we traveled it a month later, we had a Land Rover Defender in convoy with a roof rack and tied on top were an Oztent. Quite a tall setup as well. He did catch a vew low hanging branches but nothing to serious. He just took it slow in the thicker sections.

    The pictures attached were taken from a video I made during the trip (pardon the quality) to give you an idea of the conditions of the coastal forest track.

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    Hope this will help you to decide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kortgat View Post
    Yes when I was there last that might have been just too high. Iíll check next week again. This is specifically the section between Mabibi and Bhanga Nek. The Treg with roof rack only was no problem, but I remember thinking if I had the Trailvan hitched Iíd have problems now and would need the Stihl with me to get through.
    Measured the Trailvan quick, it is 215 cm high.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viertrek View Post
    Also did this route during November last year (2020).

    Thick coastal forest section in the vicinity of Lala Nek inside the protected area and then sandy bush traks up to Banga Nek.

    l enyoyed this route very much and for me the most scenic route to Banga Nek.

    And yes, pinstripes is a given.

    Enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kobus Odendaal View Post
    Sorry...what is pinstripes...newby to this jargon
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    Default Re: Mabibi to Bhanga Nek

    I would not worry about your fortuner and the rtt, it will not be a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christoff View Post
    Hi Gentlemen,

    Bhanga nek and Mabibi is on my itinerary for a Northern KZN trip as well. Considering youíre saying youíll struggle with a offroad caravan/trailer because of height then Iím going to have a problem with an RTT as well, not (2,3m high)?

    Tx

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    Default Re: Mabibi to Bhanga Nek

    I'm going camping in the next week or so at Utshwayelo camp

    What is the current best / advisable route from Centurion at this stage ?

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    Yup. My brother did that route 2 days ago and said it was fine. He stays near Mthuba. You would turn off towards Jozini from the N2.
    There were protests in Piet Retief about a week ago, but seems like that has since dissipated. Worst section u will travel through is Jozini. Try not stop there if u can help it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christoff View Post
    Hi Gentlemen,

    Bhanga nek and Mabibi is on my itinerary for a Northern KZN trip as well. Considering you’re saying you’ll struggle with a offroad caravan/trailer because of height then I’m going to have a problem with an RTT as well, not (2,3m high)?

    Tx
    I just got got back from a two week trip, one week at Banga and one week at Mabibi, and this is my advice.

    1. From Pongola travel via Hluhluwe to Manguzi and then on to Banga Nek. This route is 100km longer but will be much more relaxed and have better average travel speeds. If you decide to travel via Jozini try to do so early in the morning. On our way back we had to take a 80km detour via a bad gravel road because the road to Jozini was blocked due to unrest.

    2. From Manguzi to Banga Nek the road is freshly cleared and scraped all the way and can now be reached even with a "plat kar". See attached pics. The narrow "twee spoor" sand road is no more.

    3. From Banga we returned to Manguzi for fuel and to stock-up on some food and drink items. (SPAR and the TOTAL garage seems to be the go to places, but do it early morning!)

    4. From Manguzi the best route to Mabibi is back to the R22 and then down to the Coastal Cashews road. Follow the main gravel road until you pickup the Thonga Lodge signs, these will lead you to Mabibi campsite. This road is wide and open.

    5. I decided against the scenic Banga Nek/Mabibi coastal road because I couldn't get confirmation on the road conditions before my departure, I was traveling alone and I had to stock-up at Manguzi anyway.

    6. On all these roads I only engaged low range maybe four times, more as a precautionary measure (because I was traveling alone) than necessity. Inside the camps you must have/will use low range, especially with a trailer/caravan or you will get stuck.

    7. There are numerous other routes to reach these destinations, your group size/vehicle setup/time available etc. will determine the route.

    Hope this helps.
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