According to the authorities the last section of road needing repair has now been fixed from the Free State side and sand road detours are a thing of the past.
The Sterkfontein Dam is the third largest dam in South Africa boasting 7000ha of water and is the centre of attraction to the 18,000ha nature reserve. Activities like angling, game viewing, biking and hiking are popular here.
The area also offers many guest houses, self catering chalets and upmarket hotels should you care to take a break and want to explore.
Directions: Take the Harrismith turn-off from the N3 (or N5) and follow the R74 for 23km to get to the dam. You will be able to get back onto the N3 from the R74 after Winterton.
If you are nostalgic and would like to go back in history a great place to stop is Ladysmith, almost halfway between Johannesburg and Durban.
Ladysmith has many historical sites as several battles were fought between the Boers, British and Zulus in this area.
The Ladysmith Siege Museum is one of the best Anglo Boer War museums in South Africa and is certainly worth a visit. You will find displays on the famous Siege and Relief of Ladysmith here. There is also a comprehensive display of memorabilia, maps, uniforms, relics and interpretive panels relating to the Siege of Ladysmith and the Anglo Boer War of 1899 to1902.
Visitors will be able to obtain details of the historical walks and drives about the town and surrounding areas at the museum.
Directions: From JHB before the Tugela Plaza take off-ramp to Ladysmith town.
And in case you were wondering what the toll fees will cost you on the N3 Johannesburg - Durban here we go: (this is for light vehicles with or without a trailer and includes motorcycles, motorcars, minibuses and light delivery vehicles)
De Hoek (from Heidelberg – Villiers) R40,00
Wilge (Villiers – Warden) R55,00
Tugela (Warden – Frere) R59,00
*Tugela East Ramp (Harrismith – Ladysmith) R37,00
*Bergville Ramp (Ladysmith – Escourt) R18,00
Mooi (Frere – Cedara) R41,00
*Mooi N Ramp (Mooi River – Frere) R12,00
*Mooi S Ramp (Mooi River – Cedara) R29,00
*Mooi Treverton R12,00
Marianne Hill (Key Ridge – Paradise Valley) R9,50
* Ramps off from the main N3 line.