Road access to Santa Maria

HelanaK created the topic: Road access to Santa Maria

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Good day Mike,

We would like to visit Santa Maria in December and would like to know what the best route will be from Jhb? Via Maputo - Lebombo or Kosi Bay POE? Also what is the condition and safety of the roads.

Take Care
H

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mozman replied the topic: Road access to Santa Maria

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Hi Helana

I would go via Kosi Bay border. Most of the road is now new tarmac from the border to the North entrance gate to the Maputo Reserve (signposted off the main road). You will pay your R140 pp and per car entrance fee at the gate. You must have a good 4x4 with low-range to manage the very thick sand and deep ruts on sections of the road. Reduce tire pressure to 1.5bar so carry a compressor to reinflate once back on the tarmac. Last October, 2016, I drove to Anvil Bay which is en-route to Santa Maria (correct name is Machangulo) and the track is slow but quite scenic with beautiful forests, pans and grassland. Beware of any elephants and rather wait for them to move away if they are on the road and if they come towards you, start reversing immediately. They are your real danger - no problems from criminals or bandits have been reported recently - other than on the SA side of the border where some 4x4 owners camping have been hijacked over the past years, but really no reason to worry.

Have a great trip!

Mike

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