Welcome to TRAC N4 Toll Route
|Offering some of the most scenic vistas in South Africa, the N4 route also offers travellers a veritable feast of historical, scenic and geological features that make stopping along the road a must for the inquisitive-minded; in addition, there are a multitude of leisure options to explore, including sports and nature activities, as well as sumptuous eateries.|
|N4 TOLL ROUTE: Tshwane to MaputoTrans African Concessions (TRAC) is responsible for the 570km of the road between Solomon Mahlangu off-ramp in Tshwane and the Port of Maputo in Mozambique. Six toll plazas operate on this stretch of the road, all of which are also managed by TRAC.
The Highveld section of the route starts in eMalahleni, which means ‘place of coal’ – a name symbolic to the town’s historical and current status as the coal mining capital of the province. The farming and industrial town of Middelburg is in close proximity to eMalahleni and is known as the Stainless Steel Capital of Africa. Heading East, the route takes travelers through the mystical, mist-shrouded trout, cattle and sheep farming areas of Belfast and Machadodorp before splitting into two – one through Waterval Boven and the other through Schoemanskloof.
The drop from the Highveld escarpment to the lush Lowveld is quite pronounced on both the Schoemanskloof and Waterval Boven routes. To get the best of both worlds regular travelers often alternate between the two. The two routes join again at the Montrose T-junction situated about 30km from Nelspruit/Mbombela. At this point one has entered the Lowveld officially and if the lushness of the surroundings doesn’t give it away, the hot, humid weather commonly associated with this part of the world will.
Lebombo Border Post
Komatipoort is the last South African town on the N4 (Eastbound) and the Lebombo Border Post to Mozambique is situated just kilometres away. This bustling border post marks the start of the final 91km stretch of the TRAC N4 Toll Route which is known as the EN4. The Lebombo Border Post, together with its counterpart – Ressano Garcia in Mozambique – are the busiest border posts in Southern Africa. These border posts play a critical role in the economic alliance of both countries and are always abuzz with road cargo carriers, business travelers as well as tourists.
The EN4 in Mozambique is today a far cry from the landmine-ridden passage it used to be in the 80’s and 90’s. After the country was ravaged by civil war the stretch of road between the Lebombo Border Post and Maputo was in fact considered as one of the most dangerous in the world.
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