Today’s Best Route features the best route to take from Paul Kruger Gate to Lower Sabie,
Paul Kruger gate is a 5 hour drive from Johannesburg with an approximate distance of 450km. This is probably the main gain to to Kruger for its close proximity to Skukuza which is the central hub of Kruger.
The entrance to the gate also has a historic statue of Paul Kruger.
Our best route is to drive on the H11 , turn right onto H4-1 and carry on this road all the way to Lower Sabie.
As you enter the Paul Kruger gate you will follow the H11 to Skukuza. It’s about 12km to Skukuza from the gate and it can get pretty busy at times but still offers frequent sightings of elephant, leopard and wild dog. A stop at Lake Panic hide can also be very productive offering great viewing of birds, crocodiles and hippos.
Once you reach Skukuza you continue straight until you reach a T-junction where you turn right on to the H4-1.
The H4-1 is a 47km tar road between Skukuza and Lower Sabie. The H4-1 is probably one of the most rewarding roads for predators in the Kruger Park. This road runs along the Sabie River and, the H4-1 is popular for having one of the highest density’s of leopards in the world. We have been lucky to see the big 5 in an hour on this road including the black rhino. We highly recommend this road as it is very scenic as well as worthwhile for game viewing. The only down side is during the holiday seasons it does get very busy which can make it difficult to get a nice viewing at a sighting.
There is a large pride of lions known as the Lubyelubye pride who are usually seen between the Lubyelubye bridge and Lower Sabie. We suggest stopping at Sunset Dam which is right before you reach Lower Sabie, the dam attracts a lot of animals including hippos and crocodile. We have also seen leopard and lion around the dam.
The Total travel distance: 60km
Travel time: 2 hours
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