We stayed 4 nights at lovely Inyati,great lodge with superb game drives but I want to post some comments to all those travelling by car into the lodge(and others) via Newington gate as a warning.We had a dreadful nearly 4 hour drive from Kruger airport to the lodge (2 hours is suggested in their info).This was due to 3 factors:-
1) there is NO SIGN for Newington gate 9km into the gravel road.There are many junctions/crossroads, many small villages and nothing to indicate which is the correct 'right turn'.
2) The gravel road is shockingly bad,almost undriveable in many places due to the number and depth of potholes.We found out there has been a long term dispute about the road's condition between the various villages and the local council and the road repair machine was set on fire some time ago.Result - the road resembles the surface of an Edam cheese,easily the worst we have ever driven (don't think that even describes the tortured progress we and other drivers were making). Absolutely no fun.
3) We had a Volkswagon Polo,having been given the info all the lodges give that a 4X4 isn't necessary.Plus we'd driven into another lodge 3 years ago, a bit uncomfortable, but didn't want to fork out on a car that was basically sitting parked for 4 days.Big, big mistake this time! You need something with high clearance , a Nissan Cab or suchlike.As we bumped and bounced along the gravel road I was sure it was only a matter of time before the sump took one hit too many and off the road we would be plus the cost of repairs/rescue etc.
We have driven bad gravel roads before - into Arathusa 3 years ago, similar car,it was pretty bad but a dawdle compared to this experience.
We phoned Inyati after driving what turned out to be another 15 tortuous minutes beyond the turn off we should have taken and they were no help at all.To be fair I don't think the receptionist had a clue how to help us (staff stay on site or are transported by minibus so I suppose are unaware of the problems of driving in when you don't know the road).She kept telling us to look for a T-Junction - there were millions of them!
In fact, the turn off is a cross roads with a long, low slightly industrial-looking building on the right hand side which turned out to be our turn-off. A long straight road heads off from there.A few Kms after this,is a Newington Gate sign and it's fairly straightforward(if still a horrific road) from there.
On arrival, we soon calmed down as Inyati is so lovely....but were bemused at best to hear the receptionist say with a bit of a chuckle 'oh everyone gets lost!' The Manager also remarked later about the road condition and laughed at the small cars parked at the Lodge, which he remarked ' must have been driven in on their sumps!'.
If you can afford it - fly in - it was my only regret re our holiday.They need to be more truthful about the road condition/problems and the time it can take.
I kept a detailed record of our times coming back and we were 3hrs to the airport on the way back, having at least not got lost trying to make the correct turns.
Also watch out leaving White River as one road is signposted to Hazyview (the Panorama route) and is pretty dire - loads of speed restricitons as you go through so many townships and it's not very scenic.The much better,faster less populated road is straight on but not actually signposted at the T junction.