South Africa and Garden Route Tours, Overnight in Colchester just South of Addo

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Garden Route Tours, Colchester in Addo

The second rest camp along The Garden Route apart from Addo Main Rest Camp, Camp Matyholweni, is located near the coastal town of Colchester, off the N2 highway. The camp is accessible by car and is located approximately 45 minutes drive from Addo Main Camp. Have a look at our 6 Day Private or Group Garden Route Tours for a visit to Addo, or if you are doing a self drive tour through South Africa it is very easy to find along the N2.

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.

Addo is the third largest park in South Africa and we include it in our longer Garden Route tours with a stopover in Colchester in the South of Addo

The 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.

Matyholweni, 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.


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