N11 (South Africa)

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National route N11 shield

National route N11
Route information
Maintained by SANRAL
Major junctions
North end Botswana border at Groblersbrug
  N1 near Mokopane
N4 near Middelburg
N2 / N17 in Ermelo
South end N3 near Ladysmith
Major cities Mokopane, Middelburg, Ermelo, Volksrust, Newcastle, Ladysmith
Highway system

Numbered routes of South Africa

N10 N12

The N11 is a national route in South Africa which runs from the Botswana border through Mokopane, Middelburg, Ermelo and Newcastle to end at the N3 near Ladysmith.[1]


From the border post at Grobler's Bridge, the N11 runs south-east through Limpopo province to Mokopane (where it meets the N1) and then southwards to enter Mpumalanga near Marble Hall. In Mpumalanga it continues south-east to Ermelo, where it meets the N17 and the eastern end of the N2. From Ermelo it runs south to enter KwaZulu-Natal at Volksrust. In KwaZulu-Natal it continues south through Newcastle, where it meets the R34 and then south-west through Ladysmith to end at the N3 freeway.

The N11 is arguably the worst road in South Africa, as it carries 1000 trucks a day due to being an alternate route between Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal to the N3 freeway.

Newcastle is the largest and main city along this scenic route. SANRAL has plans for upgrading the Newcastle bypass which encompass bulking up of the various interchanges and partial realignment of the route.

Currently this route is experiencing major roadwork and upgrade between Middelburg and Ermelo, Volksrust and Newcastle, Newcastle to the R68 Dundee interchange and Ladysmith to the N3 freeway.


  1. ^ Falkner, John (May 2012). South African Numbered Route Description and Destination Analysis (Report). National Department of Transport. pp. 25–26. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 

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Coordinates: 25°46′06″S 29°27′20″E / 25.768204°S 29.455462°E / -25.768204; 29.455462