R81 (South Africa)
|Maintained by SANRAL and RAL|
|Length||193 km (120 mi)|
|Southwest end||R71 / N1 in Polokwane|
|R36 near Modjadjiskloof R529 at Giyani|
|Northeast end||R524 at Malamulele|
|Major cities||Polokwane, Giyani and Malamulele|
|Numbered routes of South Africa
The R81 begins at a junction with the R71 Road in Polokwane (Capital of the Limpopo Province), in the suburb of Fauna Park (just east of the town centre). It heads north-east as Munnik Avenue to form an interchange with the Polokwane Eastern Bypass (N1 National Route) adjacent to the Mall of the North before exiting the city.
From the N1 interchange, the R81 heads north-east for 71 kilometres to reach a junction with the R36 Road north-west of Modjadjiskloof. The R36 joins the R81 and they are one road eastwards for 1.5 kilometres before the R81 becomes its own road north-east.
From the junction with the R36 near Modjadjiskloof, the R81 goes north-east for 70 kilometres, bypassing the Mooketsi Baobab, to enter the town of Giyani. It meets the eastern terminus of the R578 Road and the northern terminus of the R529 Road before turning northwards to cross the Klein Letaba River into the town centre of Giyani.
- "RDDA SOUTH AFRICAN NUMBERED ROUTE DESCRIPTION AND DESTINATION ANALYSIS". NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT. May 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2021.