We (self, wife + 3 year old) are flying into Jo'burg from Cape Town in the evening (end of Aug 2013).
We plan to spend the night in Jp'burg and then drive to the Paul Kruger Gate (central kruger) via hazyview the next morning (leave joburg at about 6 am). After 1 night at Kruger, we plan to drive back to Jo'burg. I realise it's a 6 hour drive one way but this seems to be more economical than flying into MQP and then driving (or taking transfers to KNP).
Ashton's tours were mentioned in this forum, but it seems they don't go all the way to Paul Kruger Gate. I have emailed them to clarify.
Could some frequent/ recent traveler let me know about the road condition and safety issues (car jacking/ looting, etc) .
Thanks in advance.
With a game drive on same day, It could be too much driving in 1 day and i am still evaluating that. I am also aware of the scenery (or the lack of it) and we are indifferent to that. We don't plan to get too adventurous by taking too many stops/ detours and will probably stop at busy rest areas.