Road tripping from Joburg to Durban? Don’t forget the toll fees!

The N3 to Durban from Joburg is one of the most popular roads in the country. Earlier this year, the N3 Toll Concession said about 1800 cars passed through the Mooi River Plaza tollgate every hour! Durban has some of the best beaches in the country and definitely the best weather conditions, it’s no wonder it’s a favourite South African holiday destination. 

 Below, we have a few additional tips on how you can get the most fun out of your road trip to Durban from Joburg:

There are five tollgates between Joburg and Durban and each year the price increases. This year they increased from R242.50 to R263.50 for light vehicles. However, toll fees don’t have to suck the fun out of your road trip, you can make up games to play along the way and change to a new one after each toll gate, or you can create a different playlist and change it after each toll gate.  

Why not leave earlier and take the scenic route? You can skip both the Tugela Plaza toll gate and the Mooi River Plaza tollgate (and save yourself R124 in N3 toll fees!). If you choose to skip Tugela Plaza toll gate (and Van Reenans Pass), you can go through Harrismith, catch the N5, then the R74 and back on the N3. It’ll take you 16 minutes longer (15 km), but you’ll get to pass Sterkfontein Dam and if you have time, you can visit the Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve. 

You can also skip Mooi River Toll Plaza on the Exit 168 toward Estcourt on the N6, right on the R103 driving through Mooi River town then get back on the N3 via Nottingham Road. It’s 17km longer than if you go via the N3 but the scenery is far more breathtaking. If you continue on the R103, you can go through the Midlands Meander, famous for its tranquil surrounds and treasure box of tourist attractions. 

They say it’s advisable to stop every two hours along your road trip, to stretch your legs and freshen up. On your road trip to Durban from Joburg, the pitstops along the way could end up being a highlight of your holiday. 

Make a stop at the Vaal Stop 1, one of the most popular stops along the N3, for a bite to eat and a drink. Next stop is the Puma Service Station with the Thanda Tau complex. Here you can relax at one of the restaurants and even catch sight of lions, rhinos, and cheetahs – if enclosed animals are your cup of tea! 

There’s a lot more to explore if you take it easy on the road and enjoy the journey to your destination. Happy holidays!

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