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 Post subject: Re: A million questions for an Addo newbie
Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:25 am 
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We also live in Cape Town. What works for us is to break the back of the journey in one day. We dive to Port Elizabeth and spend the night there. Leave at 7am and you are there by 4pm. We then go to the local Pick n Pay to do the shopping and head off ot the park. You can be in the park by 10am enjoying it. I would also say try and stay in the park. It really is a very special place.

We spent Christmas in Kruger last year, but that drive was just too far! Addo this Christmas.


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 Post subject: Re: A million questions for an Addo newbie
Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:20 pm 
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jad wrote:
Matyholweni section is not seperated from the so called old section.
Last time I was there it was sepArated by a dirt, fenced road and an attandant had to let you through, so I reiterate, we only did the 'old' section.

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My car is new and mechanically sound and I still say your statement 'you can do it in half a day' is rubbish.
Ok, the 'newly' consolidated park will take quite a bit longer, pedantically.

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But you have to admit Addo is one beautiful places to be.
Do NOT have to admit, do so freely.

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Hope to see you there one day maybe we can have a race and see who can go around it the fastest, but it sounds as if you have been practicing already. :roll: enjoy
Will be there next weekend, but will not be under my own steam unfortunately, so you win. Anyway, we love to drive the roads below the speed limits, instead of parking off somewhere. Roads in national parks are like old friends and we like to visit them.

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 Post subject: Re: A million questions for an Addo newbie
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:44 pm 
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Thank you all so much for your advice!

I think I've decided to do the drive in one day, and to stay in the park for about 5 nights (3 full days), probably in either the Forest or Safari tents.
Then head to MZ park for a few nights also.

So now I have EVEN MORE questions!!

I've planned to head up in August, but what is the best time for game viewing? I'm fairly flexible, so July-Nov is when I'm able to get away. I know that every time of the year is probably great, but I'd still like to hear everyone's thoughts.

What sort of weather would I expect in August?


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 Post subject: Re: A million questions for an Addo newbie
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:06 pm 
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Camden,

So glad you decided to stay IN the Park, you won't regret it. Hope you get a safaritent and enjoy it :thumbs_up:

I don't know PE weather, sure the other 'mites will inform you. I think the Park gets some winter rain, last year we visited end of April and it was windy, cold en rainy. The previous year it was HOT, so it all depends :hmz:

In summer the Park is great and many game come to the waterhole in front of Addo Camp.

But I can't advise you on this one, rather leave it for the Eastern Cape mites... :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: A million questions for an Addo newbie
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Cannot help with the time of year, but I don't thing there is a bad time of year to go to Addo.

But the eles often come to the waterholes to dring around 10h00. It is amazing that so many can disappear behind the bushes and trees, and you might drive for quite a while and not see any.

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 Post subject: First time Addo - need some advice
Unread postPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 3:03 pm 
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Hi all, as part of a 3 weeks round trip in SA, I will be staying for 2 nights in Addo together with my husband and our 5 year old daughter (Oct.2012). We will be flying in from Joburg with arrival at PE at 4pm.

Question 1: Will it be too late to drive to the main camp and hence maybe better to stay the first night at matyholweni camp ?

Question 2 : The only available accomodation in main camp the second night is safari tent (too small?), forest cabin (good views?) or a cottage. What would you recommend to stay in, keeping in mind that we would love to have a nice open view...

Really looking forward to hear your expert opinions !


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 Post subject: Re: First time Addo - need some advice
Unread postPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 4:32 pm 
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It takes about 35 mins to get to Matyholweni camp from the airport there are road works that could delay you a bit, the camp itself is OK for adults but I think a little boring for a five year old. The cottages at the main camp are OK and most have a fairly good view, the forest huts are as named and the views are not that good. The best bet for me would be the Safari tent but I am completely biased as I only camp and you do have good views as well. In the main camp there are more things for a five year old to see (shop = goodies) and do. You are near a pool so she can swim, a bird hide and she can explore the camp (not alone though) Being October it can be a little chilly at night. Where ever you stay have a great time


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 Post subject: Re: First time Addo - need some advice
Unread postPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 8:22 am 
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Hi Ngelati, welcome to the forums :thumbs_up:

By the time you're out the airport and got your car etc, then I would say it might be too late to drive to the main camp from within the park (ie. enter at Matyholweni and drive up to the main camp). You could probably get there in time driving direct along the R335, although last time I was there, the road condition was terrible - maybe someone can confirm whether it's still a road to be avoided? Either way, I would be quite happy to stay in Matyholweni for a night as the lion are seen more often on the southern side of the park these days. :D

As for the second night, jad is right that the safari tents have a great view out over the game area... but I think they would be too small for the 3 of you. They only have 2 beds inside, and I'm not entirely sure whether they could/would squeeze another in there as well... perhaps the cottage would be the best option. They don't really have the uninterrupted views like the chalets/rondavels, but at least it's a bit more open than the forest huts.

Hope you thoroughly enjoy your stay!


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 Post subject: Re: First time Addo - need some advice
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Hi Ngelati,
You will still have time to make it to main camp if you want to – the reception closes at 7pm. Even if you get there late, you can still get in till 10pm, just let reception know and the security guard at the gate will let you in.
I think it’s better to stay in main camp with children as there is a lot to do and all the conveniences – shop, restaurant, bird hide, swimming pool, waterhole lookout plus a big info centre with interactive displays. Its also a bit of a pain to have to change accommodation/camps each morning, so better to stay in one camp for 2 nights.
A safari tent would not be suitable for 3 of you, you will need a forest cabin (4 single beds in 1 room), CH2/4 chalet (twin beds & sleeper couch in 1 room) or guesthouse (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6).
Enjoy the Addo adventure!

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 Post subject: First time to Addo...
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:09 am 
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Hi everyone,

After flying into Cape Town from New Zealand, and spending Christmas with my wife's family, We are going to drive to Addo where we have six nights booked (4 nights in a safari tent at the main Addo camp, two nights in Spekboom) from the 17th of Jan.
I've never driven that far East, but am assuming the N2 is the best way to go? We've got one night booked in Plet on the 16th so we cover most of the distance in one day, but when getting closer to PE, what is the best route to take (if any are better than the others)
Also, at this time of year, are there any trends as to where certain animals can be found (a keen photographer here so once i find something i'm likely to sit and watch for hours on end...)
Also, are there any other general hints and tips as where to go / what to look out for when in the park?

Thanks in advance for any help and Merry Christmas!


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 Post subject: Re: First time to Addo...
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Hi xlawrencex, welcome to the forum and South Africa. You will notice that us South Africans aren't as bad as the rugby commentators make us out to be. :lol:

We too are doing a Addo trip early Jan, and cannot wait to get there. We were there January 2012 as well and when you have an extended time like you have, you have no rush to get through the park but you can be selective on where you venture for the day. One of the definite hotspots is Hapoor dam, which is in the Northern section, where hundreds of elephants congregate in the afternoon for water and lots of socialising. There are viewing boards, at Main camp and Jacks camp, where visitors indicate where they have spotted game. This will give you an idea of where to head off to.

Your trip up form Plett you can enter in the Southern gate near Colchester and this will give a nice drive through the park to main camp, just stay on the N2 all the way though P.E. and follow the signs.

Have a blast.


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 Post subject: Re: First time to Addo...
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Welcome to the forum xl.

I usually drive the N1 to Worcester and take the R62 to Oudtshoorn to avoid the holiday traffic and the many speed cameras.

The safari tents at Addo camp are on the fence, so keep an eye open when you are there.
Otherwise timing is everything.

PeterPM has given you good advice. The other place to park is Domkrag dam, and of course, the main waterhole not far from the entrance gate.

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 Post subject: Re: First time to Addo...
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Hi xlawrencex

Yip, the South Gate is the best option. Its a pleasant drive through both sections of the park to the main camp from the South Gate, which can take up to anything from 1 hour to 3 hours depending on sightings.

Stay on the N2 through PE. There is a board saying Addo Elephant park in/just outside PE which takes you to the main camp gate. Do not take this one. Continue for about 10 minutes out of PE. You will cross the Sundays River and then take the next left towards Colchester. The turnoff to Addo Elephant Park will then be on your right.

Enjoy the trip. Both Safari and Spekboom tents are brilliant.

Best wishes and safe journey.

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 Post subject: Re: First time to Addo...
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Thanks very much everyone, I think we're going to take the south gate / Colchester entrance. Is it best t0o stock up on supplies, food etc in PE, or are there closer supermarkets on the way to the park. Also i'm assuming charcoal/wood and meat for the braai inside the park shop are similarly priced to the Kruger shops?
Cheers again everyone and Merry Christmas


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 Post subject: Re: First time to Addo...
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xlawrencex wrote:
Is it best t0o stock up on supplies, food etc in PE, or are there closer supermarkets on the way to the park.
There is a fairly well stocked Spar at Colchester; but if you wish to get a lot of stuff, maybe a stop in PE will be better. But the Spar at Colchester is simpler driving wise.

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Also i'm assuming charcoal/wood and meat for the braai inside the park shop are similarly priced to the Kruger shops?
Cheers again everyone and Merry Christmas
Probably yes - re the prices :lol: The shop in Addo is not huge though ....

And a very Merry Christmas to you too :D

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