Hazyview is a medium sized town situated in Mpumalanga on the edge of the Sabie River. Not only is it the gate way to the Southern Section of the Kruger National Park, via the Paul Kruger Gate – the main entrance into the park, as well as via the newer Phabeni Gate, but it is also the main entrance into the Sabie Sands Private Nature Reserve.
Both Phalaborwa and Tzaneen will access Hazyview and the Sabie Sands via Bushbuckridge and its surrounding rural communities.
Bushbuckridge is a very busy town in the middle of rural settlements and can offer a very good view on modern life in rural Africa. It sites high on the edge of a mountain ridge over looking the surrounding areas. The road then slowly winds down the valley as it crosses over the Sabie River and enters into the town of Hazyview. Hazyview itself is also a very busy town servicing the surrounding farm, rural, tourism and conservation communities.
Hoedspruit to Hazyview is a distance of 90km, however, with speed limits varying between 60, 80 and 100 km/h along the way, as well as the many rural obstacles such as goats and cattle in the road and at certain times and areas there can be a very high density of pedestrians along the sides of the road, it is recommended that this route is driven as patiently, carefully and slowly as possible. Thus it would be recommended that an average of 1 hour is expected for this leg of the route.
From Hazyview, it is then a short distance of 38 km to the Paul Kruger Gate and a lesser 35 km to the Sabie Sands gate leading into the plethora of private and luxury lodges within.
Similarly Hazyview can also be reached via the towns of Graskop and Sabie. Both of these roads lead through spectacular mountain scenery scattered with deep commercial forestry plantations along the way. Sabie is a distance of 44km from Hazyview and Graskop being a slightly closer 40 km. Due to the nature of the roads, driving can be a little slower than in other areas, however, this allows for a better view of the spectacular scenery alongside the roads and is clearly a positive addition to this route.