R38 (South Africa)

The R38 is a provincial route in South Africa that connects Standerton with Kaapmuiden via Bethal and Barberton. It is a main route through the province of Mpumalanga. [1]

Provincial route R38 shield
Provincial route R38
Route information
Maintained by MDPWRT and SANRAL
Length300 km (200 mi)
Major junctions
Southwest end R39 near Standerton
  N17 / R35 in Bethal
N11 in Hendrina
R33 / R36 in Carolina
R40 in Barberton
Northeast end N4 in Kaapmuiden
Major citiesStanderton, Bethal, Hendrina, Carolina, Badplaas, Barberton
Highway system
Numbered routes of South Africa
R37 R39


The R38 starts at a junction with the R39 Road 16 kilometres north-east of Standerton, just north-east of the Grootdraai Dam. It begins by heading north-north-east for 44 kilometres to the town of Bethal. It bypasses the Emziinoni Township and enters Bethal as Anderson Street. At the Simon Street junction, the R38 becomes Simon Street eastwards.

At the junction just after Bethal Police Station, the R38 meets the N17 National Route and the R35 Route and all 3 routes join to become the main road through Bethal Central northwards (Moses Kotane Street). At the sixth junction afterwards, just after crossing the Blesbokspruit, the R35 and R38 leave Moses Kotane Street (which remains designated as the N17) and become the road eastwards. At the second junction afterwards, the R38 splits from the R35 to become its own road eastwards (Station Road). At the Holland Street junction in Bethal East, the R38 becomes the road northwards.

From Bethal East, the R38 goes north-east for 38 kilometres, crossing the Olifants River, to the town of Hendrina. It passes through Hendrina eastwards as Beukes Street and meets the N11 National Route (Church Street) in the town centre. The R38 leaves the town in an easterly direction and goes for 38 kilometres, crossing the Klein Olifants River and the Vaalwaterspruit, to reach a T-junction with the R36 Road just west of the Boesmanspruitdam. The R38 joins the R36 and they form one road into the Carolina town centre, crossing the Boesmanspruit.

At the Voortrekker Street junction in Carolina town centre, the R38/R36 meet the R33 Route & the R38 leaves the R36 to become co-signed with the R33 on Voortrekker Street eastwards. Just south of the Carolina Railway Station, the R33 splits and becomes the road southwards, leaving the R38 as the road eastwards.

From Carolina, the R38 heads east-north-east for 50 kilometres to Badplaas, where it is joined by the R541 Route and crosses the Seekoeispruit. After 5 kilometres, the R541 becomes its own road northwards while the R38 continues east-north-east for another 56 kilometres as the Nelshoogte Pass, crossing the Komati River south of the Vygeboom Dam, to reach a T-junction with the R40 Road south of Barberton Airport. The R38 joins the R40 and they are one road south-east for 7 kilometres (Dikbas Avenue) up to a junction with Sheba Road north of the town centre of Barberton. At this junction, the R40 remains on Dikbas Avenue while the R38 becomes the road northwards (Sheba Road).

The R38 goes north-east for 49 kilometres, bypasses the Mountainlands Nature Reserve, following the Kaap River, up to Kaapmuiden (south of Matsulu), where it ends at a T-junction with the N4 National Route (Maputo Corridor).



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