We have been told that it a tricky journey from Durban to Mboyti River Lodge & could be dangerous. Also does it take about 8hours? I’d be interested in your views as we are due to travel there on Saturday. Can you recommend petrol stops etc etc and general dos and don’ts? Thank you
Hi Jennie. I personally travel from Ifafa to Mbotyi regularly and have not had any problems on the way. The route that most of our guests have taken is Port Edward, Bizana (Bypass), Magusheni (Yaka Garage), Flagstaff, Lusikisiki then Mbotyi. I normally either fill at Yaka Garage Magusheni or Lusikiski without problems. The times really depends on what time you leave as I generally travel at 4am in the morning then it only takes 4 to 4.5 hours as you tend to miss the hustle and bustle in towns. Please feel free to call and speak to any onme of us at the lodge if you are needing any furher information
If you travel the N2 and then the R61 it takes 5.5 to 6 hours. The roads are bad in small patches, but much better than they used to be. There are a number of fuel stops along the way. There's a decent one on the N2 about 10km before Port Edward and a Sasol before Lusikisiki. Don't do what we did and stop in Bizana... you get stuck in town and add half an hour to your trip. The dirt road to Mbotyi is not great, so it's nicer to drive in a vehicle with higher ground clearance.
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