Route Tours, Colchester in Addo
is the so-called end of The Garden Route and where most tours
end or turn around back to Cape Town. Camp Matyholweni is situated
in the new southern section of Addo National Elephant Park, close
to the beach and the town of Colchester. This area does not have
many elephants yet, but there are plans to re-introduce elephants,
buffalo, eland, red hartebeest and possibly black rhino from May
2007 onwards once the fencing has been completed. Animals that
are found in this area are: kudu, bushbuck, bush pig and duiker,
and a number of the Big 5 of South Africa.
region of Addo and areas visited on Garden Route tours do not
require any malaria medication or injections as malaria is only
found in the North of South Africa. Visitors have access to the
main wildlife viewing area of the Park via the new access road
from Colchester, which links Addo Main Camp with Camp Matyholweni.
Please note that the gate linking these two sections of the Park
closes late afternoon and there is no access after this time.
The distance from Camp Matyholweni to Addo Main Camp through the
Park is 39km. Busses and caravans may not use the new access road
and will have to drive directly to Addo Main Camp via public roads.
which means “in the bush” in Xhosa, a local language
in South Africa 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 Addo Park.
Amenities such as shops, restaurants and a fuel station are available
in the nearby town along with accommodation options. During many
of our Garden Route tours we use the accommodation in Colchester
for easy entry into Addo Park.