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Matyholweni Rest Camp


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Matyholweni, which means “in the bush” in Xhosa is located near the coastal town of Colchester at the Sundays River Mouth, 3km off the N2 highway, Matyholweni is easily accessible and provides a second gateway into the Park. Amenities such as shops, restaurants and a fuel station are available in the nearby town.

Visitors have access to the main wildlife viewing area of the Park via the southern access road which links to Addo Main Camp. The distance from Camp Matyholweni to Addo Main Camp through the Park is 39km. The southern access road is not accessible to buses and caravans. Bookings are made through Central Reservations.

5 Things to Seek

  • Bushpig
  • Bushbuck
  • Stanley’s bustard
  • Malachite sunbird
  • Buffalo

Contact Matyholweni


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  • Self-drive game viewing
  • Nearby beach access at the Sundays River Mouth (Please note: entry fee via a private caravan resort is payable). Fishing is allowed on the Sundays River and from the beach with a valid permit.
  • Activities such as river cruises and canoe trails are run by operators in in the nearby town (about 3km away) of Colchester/Cannonville.

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The following facilities are available at a nearby town of Matyholweni:

  • A supermarket, fuel station and restaurants are available in the nearby town (about 3km away) of Colchester/Cannonville.

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How to get there

Directions from Port Elizabeth (PE)

Take the N2 towards Grahamstown. Just before the town of Colchester and after crossing the bridge over Sundays River, take the sign posted road Left to Camp Matyholweni.

Follow the signs for about 3km to enter Matyholweni Gate and Camp Matyholweni.

Office and Gate hours

  • Main Camp Reception is open from 07:00 to 16:00 daily.
  • Matyholweni gate is open from 07:00 to 18:30. A security guard is stationed at the gate 24 hours to allow access to visitors to enjoy a dinner or visit the shop in Colchester.
  • Check in time for accommodation is from 13:00 onwards. Check-out time is 10:00 on the day of departure.

GPS coordinates

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Park Map

Camp Matyholweni

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Daily Conservation Fees for 1 November 2013 to 31 October 2014
South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R50 per person, per day
R25 per child, per day
SADC Nationals (with passport): R100 per adult, per day
R50 per child, per day
Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors): R200 per adult, per day
R100 per child, per day
Wild Card: Year Permits available for all our guests

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Fauna and Flora

The Colchester/Matyholweni area of the Park has recently been consolidated and developed.

The area is home to wildlife such as kudu, bushbuck, caracal, bushpig and warthog as well as smaller mammal species and birds. During 2009, the introduction of larger wildlife species such as Burchell’s zebra, red hartebeest and buffalo commenced. Elephant, lion and ostrich will be introduced in the future and eventually, the area will be joined with the main game area to allow natural movement of wildlife.

Vegetation in the area consists mainly of Albany Thicket. Areas of grassland are remnants of cleared pastures before the land was incorporated into the Park.

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