Directions to Joy River Backpackers
Map & Directions
From Graskop-head north on the R352 for 40kms. You will see the backpacker sign and a the Vaalhoek turn-off to the left. Turn onto the Vaalhoek/Pilgrim's Rest road and you will see Joy River Backpacker sign before the road becomes dirt. Follow the track.
From the north you will be on the R36 coming either from Ohrigstad, Tzaneen or Hoedspruit. Turn off to Graskop on the R352 for 35kms. Drive past the Bourkes Luck Potholes Gate, over the Blyde River and turn right at the Vaalhoek turn-off. You will see Joy River Backpacker sign before the road becomes dirt. Follow the track.
From Pilgrim's Rest you will see the sign as the dirt road becomes tar just before the T junction. Follow the track. Be brave and persevere. The road looks worse than it is...you may be pleasantly surprized.