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From the West Rand

 

To get to Swartkop from the West Rand you can use the N14 from Krugersdorp or the Ben Schoeman Highway from Johannesburg, whichever is most convenient for you as both come together at the Brakfontein Interchange in Centurion.

Then taking it from this interchange stay/get (as applicable depending on which highway you decided to use) onto the N14 Ben Schoeman Highway towards Pretoria. On the N14 you’ll cross over Jean Avenue followed by passing under the M10 (Trichardt Road). Shortly after passing under the M10 there is an off ramp to your left which will indicate the M24 (Snake Valley Road) and Trichardt Road again, as well. Take this off ramp (be careful, as it’s quite a sharp left turn) to the ‘T’ junction which is the M24 Snake Valley Road. At this ‘T’ junction turn right into Snake Valley Road which now passes an obvious military depot called Mobile Deployment Wing on your left hand side. Follow Snake Valley Road as it winds up the hill and swings to the left.

At the top of the hill you’ll see the S.A. Air Force Memorial on your left and you’ll catch a glimpse of Swartkop Air Force Base, also on your left. Continue to a set of traffic lights which is where Snake Valley Road intersects the Old Jo’burg Road (R101). At this intersection turn left into the R101 and you’ll pass the S.A. Air Force Gymnasium on your right hand side closely followed by the entrance to Swartkop Air Force Base on your left hand side at the traffic lights. The gate is guarded so you’ll be stopped and asked where you want to go. Once through the gate turn right at the ‘T’ junction and the Harvard Club office is an old military-style red-brick building on your right hand side, about 80 metres from the main gate. The Harvard Club hangar is directly opposite the Club offices and is an old grey historical hangar dating back many decades. You can park right in front of the Club if you like and there is normally enough parking in the immediate area.

From Pretoria North

 

To get to Swartkop Air Force base you get onto the N1 (Pietersburg bypass) southbound towards Jo’burg, and take the Rigel Avenue off-ramp, which will take you directly towards Hans Strydom Drive where there are traffic lights. At these traffic lights you turn right into Hans Strydom which will then take you across the N1 again, down the hill through Waterkloof Ridge Extension on your right hand side to cross over the N14 highway (road from Jo’burg International Airport into Pretoria central), through more traffic lights.

Hans Strydom then goes up a short hill and winds around Waterkloof Air Force Base on your left hand side. Continue on this road and cross over the bridge, underneath which are a railway line and a road (M18), still on Hans Strydom which now becomes Trichardt Road. After the bridge you’ll pass a Caltex garage on your left hand side.

Still on Trichardt Road you’ll come to a set of traffic lights and the big road signs will say Sunderland and Selbourne roads. There is a petrol garage on your right hand side on this corner. At this traffic light you turn right (slightly more than 90 degrees) into Selbourne Road and at the next traffic lights only about 150 metres from Trichardt Road, you turn left into Snake Valley Road (M24). Immediately you’ll find yourself in between Air Force camps such as 68 Air School. Continue on this road which will cross over the next highway, the Ben Schoeman highway (M14) into Pretoria west.

The Snake Valley Road (M24) now goes through a shallow dip and you will pass an obvious Air Force Unit on your left hand side, with radar and missile equipment displayed outside their gate (Mobile Deployment Wing). Continue on this road which now starts to go uphill and winds at the top to the left, where you will pass the S.A. Air Force Memorial also on your left hand side. A short distance after the Memorial you’ll be able to see Swartkop Air Force Base on your left. Continue on Snake Valley Road until you get to traffic lights which will be the Old Jo’burg Road (R101). There, turn left into this road towards Jo’burg and you’ll find the entrance to Swartkop Air Force Base on your left hand side after passing the Air Force Gymnasium entrance on your right hand side.

At the Swartkop Base gate you’ll find guards and once through the gate turn right at the T junction and the Harvard Club will be about 80 metres on your right hand side, an old military style red brick building with parking right in front of the door (usually).

From Johannesburg

 

To get to Swartkop from Jo’burg take the Ben Schoeman Highway (N1 north bound) towards the Brakfontein Interchange in Centurion.

From this interchange get onto the N14 Ben Schoeman Highway towards Pretoria. At the Brakfontein Interchange do NOT continue on the N1 (John Vorster) towards Polokwane, but straight ahead through this interchange towards Pretoria and it will automatically become the N14.

On the N14 you’ll cross over Jean Avenue followed by passing under the M10 (Trichardt Road). Shortly after passing under the M10 there is an off ramp to your left which will indicate the M24 (Snake Valley Road) and Trichardt Road again, as well. Take this off ramp (be careful, as it’s quite a sharp left turn) to the ‘T’ junction which is the M24 Snake Valley Road. At this ‘T’ junction turn right into Snake Valley Road which now passes an obvious military depot called Mobile Deployment Wing on your left hand side. Follow Snake Valley Road as it winds up the hill and swings to the left.

At the top of the hill you’ll see the S.A. Air Force Memorial on your left and you’ll catch a glimpse of Swartkop Air Force Base, also on your left. Continue to a set of traffic lights which is where Snake Valley Road intersects the Old Jo’burg Road (R101). At this intersection turn left into the R101 and you’ll pass the S.A. Air Force Gymnasium on your right hand side closely followed by the entrance to Swartkop Air Force Base on your left hand side at the traffic lights. The gate is guarded so you’ll be stopped and asked where you want to go. Once through the gate turn right at the ‘T’ junction and the Harvard Club office is an old military-style red-brick building on your right hand side, about 80 metres from the main gate. The Harvard Club hangar is directly opposite the Club offices and is an old grey historical hangar dating back many decades. You can park right in front of the Club if you like and there is normally enough parking in the immediate area.

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