20 most dangerous routes to drive in South Africa

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The 20 most dangerous routes to drive in South Africa have been preliminarily identified by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).

The list is made up of priority routes, based on the number of road crashes and fatalities that take place in all nine provinces in the country.

According to the RTMC, the country’s most dangerous provinces for road users are the Eastern Cape (EC), Limpopo (LM) and Mpumalanga (MP).


It says provincial road traffic information has identified particular routes in all provinces that require a “concentration of resources” in preventing road crashes.

The RTMC believes traffic authorities ought to pay priority attention to hazardous locations and routes in the deployment of their resources.

The following roads and routes have been identified as particularly hazardous to road users in South Africa:

PositionRoadRouteDistanceProvince
1N2East London - Umtata231 KmEC
2N2Umtata - Kokstad188 KmEC
3N1Mokopane - Polokwane58.4 KmLM
4N1Polokwane - Makhado109 KmLM
5N4Middelburg - Belfast71.6 KmMP
6N2Durban - Tongaat48.4 KmKZN
7N12Springs - Witbank101 KmGP
8R573Pretoria - Kwamhlanga73.8 KmGP
9N1Naboomspruit - Mokopane44.3 KmLM
10R71Polokwane - Tzaneen94.9 KmLM
11R40Hazyview - Hoedspruit99.3 KmMP
12R61Port St Johns - Bizana149 KmEC
13N2Cape Town - Somerset West48.1 KmWC
14N2King Williams Town - East London69.7 KmEC
15R61Queenstown - Umtata226 KmEC
16N3Warden - Villiers104 KmKZN
17N4Waterval Boven - Nelspruit90.7 KmMP
18R573Moloto Road140 KmNW
19N14Coligny - Beisiesvlei47.1 KmNW
20N17Liandra - Ermelo120 KmMP
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