Skip to Content

Addo: Mathyolweni camp

Addo, Camdeboo, Karoo, Mountain Zebra

Moderator: lion queen

User avatar
Haupie
Posts: 299
Joined: Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:09 pm
Location: East London, South Africa

Unread postby Haupie » Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:15 pm

thank you for the update Megan. That was quite valuable.

have a nice evening and enjoy the job! :)
Camdeboo a real gem


I say 'no bail to poachers', name and shame them, even at a sniff of suspicion. Lets get rid of them quickly

LukeAfrica
Posts: 1
Joined: Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:04 am

Addo Matyholweni Help

Unread postby LukeAfrica » Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:15 am

Hi all

Hope someone can help. My girlfriend and i are going to visit Addo NP in Feb but are not sure what to expect. We have booked to stay at Camp Matyholweni for three nights as the main camp was fully booked.

Has anyone stayed at the Matyholweni camp, are we making a good move staying here or should we look to try and stay somewhere else? Is there any game around this camp site?

Also is it ok to drive a hire car from the matyholweni camp up through the park?

Lots of questions, as i have no idea what to expect.

Would be very thankful of any information anyone has.

Luke

User avatar
Addo Elephant
Guru
Guru
Posts: 808
Joined: Wed Nov 24, 2004 4:15 pm

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Thu Dec 13, 2007 8:05 am

Hi LukeAfrica

Matyholweni is a great camp in that it is small - only 12 units - quiet and surrounded by bush. It is also coveniently located near the N2 highway and close to the coastline and river mouth.

Although the large game have not yet been introduced into this area yet (planned for late 2008), there is wildlife such as kudu, bushbuck, bushpig, caracal and other small antelope plus a variety of bird species.

It's a 16km drive into the main game area of the park where you can see the rest of the wildlife component, and another 20km or so to the main camp where facilities and activities are located.

Enjoy your visit!
Megan Taplin
Communications Manager: Frontier Region

User avatar
kathy sa
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 792
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 8:09 am
Location: gauteng

Unread postby kathy sa » Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:42 pm

Hi LukeAfrica
We have just spent 4 nights at Matyhoweni camp and we can thoroughly recommend it. It is a beautiful place to stay and we didn't mind the drive to the main animal viewing section at all.We were there each morning as the gate opened and got back in the evening intime to watch the birds, have a few beers and cook our braai!! On our way to and from the gate we saw lots of Kudu, Jackal, Warthog and lots of birds including a Secretary Bird.

Skukuza Cricket ..March 2008 :dance: :dance:

wtuck
Posts: 3
Joined: Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:25 pm

ADDO Matyholweni Camp

Unread postby wtuck » Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:38 pm

Hi

We are going to be staying in Matyholweni restcamp. Do one have access to the waterholes and restaurants at the maincamp and till what time?

If you are go out for the day, what time must you be back at Matyholweni?


Thank you.

User avatar
DinkyBird
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 45322
Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:54 pm
Location: Somerset West, Cape Town

Re: ADDO Matyholweni Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:51 am

Hi wtuck! Welcome to the forums.

Answer to your first questions is a most definite yes :D

Answer to the second one is that there is a gate between the main game area and the area Matyholweni is in. Enquire at reception what time the gate opens and closes (it might vary between seasons) and make sure you are back through it in time. The other alternative is to drive round outside the Park if you wish to leave the Addo main camp later than the gate between the two closes.
Sawubona
Dalene

User avatar
Addo Elephant
Guru
Guru
Posts: 808
Joined: Wed Nov 24, 2004 4:15 pm

Re: Addo: Mathyolweni camp

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:42 am

The southern gate (which is the gate between the main game area and the Matyholweni area) is open as follows:

November - March: 06h00 -18h00
April - May: 06h30 - 17h30
June - August: 06h30 - 17h00
September - October: 06h30 - 17h30

which means, if you are visiting in September, you would need to be back through that gate by 17h30 at the latest (or otherwise drive around on the outside roads). There is a security guard at the Matyholweni gate to let you back in if you arrive later than the closing time of the Matyholweni gate which is 16h00.
Megan Taplin
Communications Manager: Frontier Region

User avatar
Viv
Posts: 18
Joined: Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:56 pm
Location: Brussels

Re: Addo: Mathyolweni camp

Unread postby Viv » Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:30 pm

Hi

We will be staying 2 nights at Mathyolweni camp in October.
We were wondering whether it would be possible for us to go and walk on the Alexandra dunes and return the same day to Mathyolweni ?
Do we have to pay a fee each time we leave or return to the park ?

Thanks
Viv

User avatar
Addo Elephant
Guru
Guru
Posts: 808
Joined: Wed Nov 24, 2004 4:15 pm

Re: Addo: Mathyolweni camp

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:01 pm

Hi Viv,

You pay the conservation fee to enter the park per night that you stay (or per day if you are a day visitor) so you do not need to pay everytime you enter/leave the park. You can even go into different areas of the Park in the same day without paying again.

The closest access to the coastline is at the Sundays River Mouth, about 5 minutes drive from Matyholweni. However, if you go this way, you will have to pay a fee for entering through a private caravan park called Pearson Park. Alternatively, you could drive to Woody Cape section of the Park near Alexandria town to access the dunefield (and walk in the forest if you would like) where you don't have to pay. This drive will take about an hour to an hour and a half from Matyholweni.
Megan Taplin
Communications Manager: Frontier Region

User avatar
MATTHYS
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 44931
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 12:30 am
Location: Worcester, South Africa

Re: Addo: Mathyolweni camp

Unread postby MATTHYS » Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:31 pm

:clap: :clap: Megan !
Wonderful of you to answer questions on the forums at 9:01 pm !
Thank you :D
aquila non capit muscas

User avatar
Viv
Posts: 18
Joined: Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:56 pm
Location: Brussels

Re: Addo: Mathyolweni camp

Unread postby Viv » Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:23 am

Dear Megan

Thanks so much for this information. We have been to Addo before and stayed at main camp, so this is an opportunity to visit different areas for us.
We are looking forward to our trip and we will surely post some comments when we return.

Thanks again, you are doing a great job
Viviane

User avatar
Viv
Posts: 18
Joined: Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:56 pm
Location: Brussels

Re: Addo: Mathyolweni camp

Unread postby Viv » Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:45 pm

Hi
We stayed at Mathyolweni for 2 nights and loved it. One night at Addo main camp, was ok, but not as enjoyable as the last time we were there in 2002 (no works - no noice - more game)
Anyway, special thanks to Megan for her tip about reaching the dunes through the private caravan park. We paid a small fee and could drive through. we left our car on one of the (empty) campsites and walked to the mouth. It is "out of this world" the very white dunes against the very blue ocean. Really worth the walk. I will post a few pictures when available. As to whale watching, we went to Hermanus, de Kelders and Fishoek. Hermanus is the best by far.
Have not seen the lions though, I've read now they were near the south gate at that time. No worries, have seen lots of game at Kruger Park in the past. We thought Mathyolweni is so easy to reach from PE airport, and will surely stay there again sometime.
And indeed the spar in Colchester has all you need. (good choice of wines)

Regards
Viv

User avatar
Addo Elephant
Guru
Guru
Posts: 808
Joined: Wed Nov 24, 2004 4:15 pm

Re: Addo: Mathyolweni camp

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Sat Nov 08, 2008 8:06 am

Hi Viv,

It's great to hear you had a good time at Matyholweni and that you made the effort to see a bit of Addo's coast. It really is a beautiful area of coastline, stretching for 50 km and with not many people on it...a rare experience these days.

There are always beautiful terns and often oystercatchers to look at and I once even saw a pair of fish eagles perched on the old tower, right on the beach!
Megan Taplin
Communications Manager: Frontier Region

KarenMc
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:51 pm

Matyholweni Rest Camp

Unread postby KarenMc » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:18 pm

We are planning to stay at Matyholweni for one night in March but i'm a bit confused about gate opening/closing time.
Once we've checked in at the camp can anyone tell me if it is possible to drive out of the park in the evening (colchester for example)
I keep hearing the "gates" close at 7pm . Is that the south gate into the park (allowing us to get to Matyholweni rest camp) , therefore meaning we can't drive down to Colchester or the coast after 7pm, or is this the gate leading up to Addo main camp.???

Hope that makes sense!!
K

User avatar
Sawubona
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 327
Joined: Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:10 am
Location: Pretoria

Re: Matyholweni Rest Camp

Unread postby Sawubona » Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:05 am

Hi KarenMc,

Welcome to the forums.

The gate closing time means the gate's of each rest camps, as well as the main gates into the park. When gates are closed, no one will be allowed to leave the restcamp, and therefore also not the park.

After gate closing time you are to stay within camp.

Hope that explaines it.

PS: Mods please move?
Done:
Elephants Back Pack Trail - 2009
Mphongolo Back Pack Trail - 2011


Return to “Frontier Parks”