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Latish arrival at Addo

Unread post by SandyS » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:28 pm

Hi all (especially Addo locals)

We are visiting Addo in Sept/Oct school holidays and will be entering Addo at Colchester (Matyholweni), but driving up to the main camp. Our family will be joining us a day later and won't be in time to enter at Colchester so will have to go to the main gate, possibly after dark. Coming along the N2 from Plettenberg Bay side, which is the best road to take to the main Addo gate, from a potholes/roadworks/general conditions point of view.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Sandy

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Re: Latish arrival at Addo

Unread post by andycapepoint » Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:45 pm

Hi Sandy,

If your family take the first turning signposted Addo Elephant NP off the N2 when heading east from Port Elizabeth (the turn-off for the R335 at Motherwell), it's a smooth run and a good road to the main reception at Addo. If I remember correctly, you have to pass through two sets of traffic lights (robots) at Motherwell then no obstacles until they turn off the R road a few kilometres past Addo village. The turning for the park is well sign-posted.

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Re: Latish arrival at Addo

Unread post by Patto » Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:46 pm

Hi Sandy,

If they are going to be using that road in the late afternoon to evening, I definately would not recommend it at all. The traffic close to the Motherwell township is normally quite bad and there has recently been some bad service delivery protests in the area. Futher on, the road is fairly narrow and at night isnt the best.

Im not too sure where you are from, or how familiar you are with the roads in the area. I would recommend carrying on the N2 and at the Nanaga interchange, they would take the N10 (the road that goes to Johannesburg). Carry on that road until Paterson (it isnt too far), and at Paterson turn left onto the R342. Addo will be on your left hand side. This is a slightly longer road, but the road is much wider and in way better condition. I normally enter at the Colchester gate, but when entering Addo's main gate, or going up to Zuurberg, I alwasy take this route. If I recall correctly, it is only about an extra 20 odd kms, but you make up the extra distance by being able to go quicker along the route I have suggested. The road is open, no townships, towns, etc to go through at all.

I hope this helps.

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road conditions Addo from East London/Durban

Unread post by Jonkers » Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:56 am

Hi, my daughter is coming from Durban/East London road to Addo
Normally we come to Addo through the N2 from Tsitsikamma
Any idea with current road conditions if the strecht Durban Addo with a stopover in East London can be done in 2 days? or does she need to plan an extra stop between Port Edward/East London
I don't think we can change Addo / Gardenroute park nights
Any info highly appreciated!
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Travelling from East London to Addo main camp towing a carav

Unread post by jayefe » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:03 pm

Looking at the map ione can take the R72 to nanaga ; then up the N10 to R342 and to addo village ; at addo village follow the R336 to main gate . Can someone please confirm this route ? Much appreciated. Rgds.

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Re: Travelling from East London to Addo main camp towing a c

Unread post by Surfer » Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:08 pm

Hi,
That is the best route. The entrance is however on the R342 before you get to the Addo village. You can't miss it. Enjoy!!

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Best route to Addo from Stormsrivier with caravan

Unread post by Legadema » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:36 pm

Hi there,

Can somebody pls help?! First time to Addo - and from readings on the weg-sleep forum, it seems that the R335 is in bad shape - was thinking to drive up to Paterson and take the R342?

Any other sugestions?

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Re: Best route to Addo from Stormsrivier with caravan

Unread post by Son godin » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:03 pm

Legadema,

The main entrance to Addo is on the R342 and might not be a bad idea to take the N10 off the N2 after PE. Less railway crossings and small towns to drive through. You do have the alternative to enter at Colchester and drive though the park to the northern section.
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Re: Best route to Addo from Stormsrivier with caravan

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:15 pm

I am just not sure that one can tow a caravan up the passes in the southern section if you enter at Colchester ... a few years back one was not allowed to.

I would do the route Son Godin suggests, going past PE to where the N10 joins the N2, going up the N10 and then turning off to Addo (R400).
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Re: Best route to Addo from Stormsrivier with caravan

Unread post by JDW » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:32 pm

Legadema
You are not allowed to enter the park at the Colchester entrance towing a caravan
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Re: Best route to Addo from Stormsrivier with caravan

Unread post by Surfer » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:39 am

Hi Legadema,

Travelled both routes last November and while you can travel faster on the Paterson/N10 route, you will still encounter road works on the N2 at Colchester.

We travelled the R335 via Addo village to Storms River and enjoyed the drive. Stopped at JBay Mall to stock-up and still arrived by lunch time.

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Re: Best route to Addo from Stormsrivier with caravan

Unread post by jad » Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:34 pm

The first route would be the N2 taking the turn off to Motherwell just past Blue Water bay on the 335. The road is not perfect but many people towing do travel that way and I used to go that way too. The other route is still the N2 but going through Colchester and take the turn off to Craddock on the N10 and at Paterson turn left to Addo I think the road is the 342. The Colchester entrance is not for trailers or caravans. Either way enjoy the journey and relax.

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Re: Best route to Addo from Stormsrivier with caravan

Unread post by FrontierPR » Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:52 am

I travel the R335 in to Addo from PE every day, and regularly see people towing on the road. Yes, it is a bit more bumpy than the alternative, but it is more direct. The municipality has been very good of late in keeping the potholes at bay.
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Re: Best route to Addo from Stormsrivier with caravan

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:49 pm

In early January we travelled Storms River to Addo via N2 and R335. I wasn't towing but I don't remember having any problems with the road (except the above gale-force wind that day).

A few days later we drove from Addo to Boemfontein via Kirkwood-Jansenville-Graaff Reinet - Colesburg. This may not be the shortest/easiest, but we wanted to see the Valley of Desolation/Camdeboo NP. Again I don't remember having issues with the roads (but its a long drive).
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Route and entrance gate from Graaff-Reinet to Addo NP

Unread post by Jen » Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:34 pm

Please help...
It will be my first visit to Addo later this month. We will be staying at Camdeboo before we arrive. Please advise the best route to travel and entrance gate into Addo .
I assume I should use the R75 and then R336 - am I correct?
If traveling this route where would I enter the park?

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