The closest petrol station is in Tshipise, and the closest diesel is at the local village of Masisi, which has petrol too, although sometimes runs out.  Despite what your guidebook or GPS may tell you, the nearby Tshikondeni Mine has been closed, and the fuel station has been shut.


On the R525, a tar road that runs from the N1 to Kruger’s Pafuri Gate, Awelani is accessible by any class of vehicle.

  • Pafuri Gate: 12kms / 15 minutes
  • Makuya Reserve Main Gate: 30kms / 1hr
  • Thohoyandou: 93kms / 2 hrs
  • Louis Trichardt: 176kms / 2hrs 30 mins
  • Beit Bridge: 231kms / 2hrs 15 mins