Bush Baptist wrote:
36 km to main camp. Thanks AE, will tell my party it will take about an hour and a half at game viewing pace. Will you confirm that when you return Francois?
We're back from a cold Addo. So much work to catch up on so any form of trip report will have to wait but thought I'll put down some info here so long.
We entered Addo at the Matyholweni gate (Colchester). From there it is ±16km to the game area and from that gate ±19km to Main camp.
The 16km in Matyholweni section is very good gravel road even after all the rain and up to Main Camp the first section of ±11km is gravel there after tarred surface.
I've made two mental notes which I battle to connect but am quite sure that at the Matyholweni gate there is a sign that says "No busses or caravans" the other note is "BB travelling party". So BB if there will be people with caravans in your party it might be best to check that my info above is indeed correct else those with caravans will have to turn around.
On our way back we exited at the Main camp and travelled on the R335 to PE. Although the road is not in the best condition it is still good enough to travel on. Bit bumpy at stages and some stretched have small potholes. This road does however run through a residential area for some length with accompanied 60km/h speed restriction. It is also a single lane in both directions with no left "shoulder" so traffic can back up behind large vehicles. This might influence your travelling time to the gate. From the turn off from the N2 onto the R335 to Main gate is ±51km.
Instead of travelling the R335 you might also consider the other route AddoE mentioned via N2, N10, R342
As to travelling on the N2 from Cape Town just the following notes:
1. We've encountered one "stop-go" section and that being ±2km outside Caledon, waiting time 10 minutes, distance between the 2 stop area ±4km.
2. Between Mosselbay and George there is road works where the double lane becomes a single lane at various sections.
3. The "normal" road works between George and Wilderness
4. There is road works, resulting in single lane between Thornhill and the outer limits of PE. When travelling back from PE to Cape Town there is a detour between Witteklip and Thornhill. Traffic is diverted from the N2 onto the R102 between these towns. Narrow road with lots of traffic so just be patient.