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PTA to PE, best route?
« on: August 07, 2013, 09:58:16 am »
Hi everyone,
I am relatively new in SA so I don't know many roads.
I am supposed to drive down to Port Elizabeth from Pretoria in 10 days and I was wondering if you have suggestions on the route. I will have to come back after few days so I am ready to select a couple of routes from your suggestions.
I would also like to go through Lesotho but I am not sure how many hours it would add to it. I am also not an expert of off-road driving and I will have my lady as pillion so I would prefer not to do it, if I can avoid (at least for now).
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Re: PTA to PE, best route?
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2013, 10:18:55 am »
Hello Emilliano and welcome. :thumleft:
First let me suggest you buy some sort of map.
Road down to PE on tar is about 1100km.
From PTA it is all the way south on the N1 to Kroonstad - Bloemfontein then Colesberg. Just outside  Colesberg  (PE side) you leave the N1 onto the N10 going through Noupoort - Middelburg - Cradock and PE.
This is the main tar route.  As you are not sure about your abilities offroad probably best to stick to it.
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Re: PTA to PE, best route?
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2013, 10:32:50 am »
Welcome!

Secondary roads would be Pta - Jhb - Heidelburg - follow the R26, Heilbron, Frankfort, Reitz, Bthlehem, Fouriesburg, then west along the Lesotho border - Ladybrand, Hobhouse, Wepener, Zastron, Rouxville, N6 to Aliwal North, R58 to Burgersdorp, R391 to Hofmeyer, R390 to Cradock and down the N10 to the N2 and into PE.

These are pretty much all secondary tar roads, so you might have some potholes, maybe a few stop & go penalties (roadworks) but you will see places other than the Engen 1-stops......

You could also slab it down the N3 to Harrismith then take the R712 through the Golden Gate national park - awesome ride - tou Fouriesburg and carry on from there....

Either way, look at a 2-day ride!
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Re: PTA to PE, best route?
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2013, 10:54:27 am »
Welcome!

Secondary roads would be Pta - Jhb - Heidelburg - follow the R26, Heilbron, Frankfort, Reitz, Bthlehem, Fouriesburg, then west along the Lesotho border - Ladybrand, Hobhouse, Wepener, Zastron, Rouxville, N6 to Aliwal North, R58 to Burgersdorp, R391 to Hofmeyer, R390 to Cradock and down the N10 to the N2 and into PE.

These are pretty much all secondary tar roads, so you might have some potholes, maybe a few stop & go penalties (roadworks) but you will see places other than the Engen 1-stops......

You could also slab it down the N3 to Harrismith then take the R712 through the Golden Gate national park - awesome ride - tou Fouriesburg and carry on from there....

Either way, look at a 2-day ride!
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Re: PTA to PE, best route?
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2013, 02:10:00 pm »
Thank you all for the replies and "directions"!
Any specific suggestion on where to stay between PTA and PE? I am flexible, from camping to any other (relatively cheap) solution.

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Re: PTA to PE, best route?
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2013, 02:15:20 pm »
Also, the road past Wepener / Zastron is absolutely farked.  More pothole than road.
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Re: PTA to PE, best route?
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2013, 07:00:26 pm »
What the turtle said. There also dirt roads between most the towns, check them out on your phones gps.
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Re: PTA to PE, best route?
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2013, 09:19:51 pm »
when are you planning on doing the trip ?
im planning a trip to knysna from pta  starting on around 10 /9 /2013
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Re: PTA to PE, best route?
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2013, 11:03:04 pm »


Two of us are Riding pretoria to PE direct on 28 August via Graaf Rienette stop every approx 200 km for leg stretch

We then going on down to Cape Town for the weekend and back to PTA on Monday.


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