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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Wed Apr 25, 2007 9:43 am

I agree, the road to Colchester is in a much better condition than the R335. Just for the record, another option is to carry on along the N2, then take the N10 towards Cradock (carry on straight where the N2 splits off towards Grahamstown). Then turn left onto the R342 at the Paterson intersection (Paterson will be on your right) and follow this road until you find the Park on your left.

However, if you are not worried about time, why not start your visit off with a game drive by entering at the Matyholweni gate (at Colchester) and then driving through to Main Camp. This drive is about 36km (speed limit is 40km/h).

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Unread post by Tangi » Wed Apr 25, 2007 9:44 am

Thank you!
The last time I checked it was possible to get from Colchester/Matyholweni Gate to Addo Main Camp through the park. Is this still the case? I know it will be a dirt road, but it won't be that bad of a drive, will it? I expect we will have a regular Toyota -- not a 4 x 4.
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Unread post by restio » Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:56 pm

Tangi, the road from Matyholweni to the Main Camp is fine for normal sedan cars. We did in December last year (in an AWD as it happens, but it would have been fine in normal car).
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Unread post by francoisd » Mon May 28, 2007 8:44 am

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.
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Unread post by Dreamer » Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:50 pm

francoisd wrote:
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.


Nothing wrong with your mental note :D There is a sign that says no caravans or traillers.
We tried that in Jan and had to turn around and continue to use the Paterson Road as we were towing a caravan. Thinking about it now, it does make sense as we have never seen any towing within the park.

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Unread post by francoisd » Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:13 am

Dreamer wrote:Nothing wrong with your mental note. There is a sign that says no caravans or traillers.

There is quite a steep hill you have to go up about 1km from the gate which one might not be able to do with a caravan in tow, and also a little less steep one close to the entry to the game section.
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Road across Addo?

Unread post by smitz » Wed Jul 11, 2007 8:10 pm

We are planning our first trip to Addo or our wedding anniversary in August and are trying to work out the best route from Worcester. We are thinking of going on the R62 to De Rust, then joining the R341 to the N9, and then to Willowmore. Then we want to take the R329 to Wolwefontein, joining the R75, past Glen Connor to Kirkwood.

It looks like there is a road across the park from Kirkwood side to the main gate on all the maps we have loked at. Can someon confirm if this is so.

Any other suggestions about how we should get to the park entrance?

thanks for your help!

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Unread post by j-ms » Wed Jul 11, 2007 8:15 pm

Turn off the R75 topwards Kirkwood 16 kays past Glenconner onto the R336. From Kirkwood head straight on through the Sundays Rivers Valley on the R336 (you must turn right when you get to the T-junction at the end of the main road through the town when approaching from the west) until you get to the T-junction where the R336 joins the R342. Turn left here the the entrance to Addo's main section is about 10 kays further.

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Unread post by SHEILA MAUBEC » Wed Oct 31, 2007 11:18 am

I have spent hours reading through the forum comments - it's just great. What a fantastic way to share info.
We (myself, husband and youngest son (14)) are travelling to Cape Town from PE mid April next year; we thought we might go via the game parks for a change and spend 4/5 days doing so. We don't know the parks beyond or N of Knysna at all.
Any suggestions or recommendations for a route?
Is it worth going up to the Zebras then Karoo, or should we stick to the Garden Route?

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Unread post by Caracal » Wed Oct 31, 2007 1:26 pm

Hi Sheila
I think after Knysna you are only left with Wilderness , Bontebok and Agulhas. I know Bontebok is busy upgrading or are they finished. I am not sure if there is accommodation in Agulhas. Why not do a round trip...one way via the Garden Route and the other through the Karoo. That way you can get to see more parks. Tankwa has been in the news lately ( Karoo Park) Apparently there is new accommodation within the park and it is a great birding spot. I have not been to the Karoo parks yet but it is on my to do list
Enjoy planning your trip! :dance:

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Unread post by restio » Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:12 pm

Sheila, I've done PE to CT before via Addo, Mountain Zebra and the Karoo NP. It was very enjoyable! If you spent two nights at MZNP and two at Karoo, it would be a very pleasant journey.
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Unread post by restio » Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:38 pm

Sheila, have a look at my trip report of our holiday to see more of MZNP and Karoo NP.
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safest most direct route into Addo

Unread post by nunu » Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:51 am

Hi Guys, I see Grant reccomends the Sunday's river entrance. We have two french tourists who want to visit Addo next week and never having been there myself I can't advise them. They are planning to fly into PE and I think they will try for accommadation in the Main Camp. What is the best route for them to drive, this is their first time in SA and their english is not lekker. Thanks

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:46 am

The best nunu is, flying in to PE, get on to the N2 going east, turn left just before Colchester into the Matyholweni Gate (spelling?). They must look out for the sign with the name & kudu logo. I have done it and it is prominent.
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Addo from KZN

Unread post by Rooikat » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:45 am

From KZN, how would you recommend we drive to Addo?
Should we follow N2? East Londen? Etc.?
Any advise, as this is our first trip down the Transkei, as well as to Addo...and don't have a clue what to expect!


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