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Talk about the current road conditions throughout the country

Port Edward to East London

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23 Jan 2017 @ 13:22:18 pm
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Hi, does anyone have recent experience with the road condition from Port Edward to East London? We are planning a trip that way from the 30th January. We will also be visiting the Baviaanskloof nature reserve for the first time. Have any forum members been there? Any feedback would be highly appreciated.
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23 Jan 2017 @ 14:00:58 pm
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Fredrik, there are a few people on the forum who can give you good advice regarding driving through the Transkei, as well as a visit to Baviaanskloof.

In the meantime, what you can do, type in the word "Transkei" under Keyword search on the left, and many threads from the recent past will come up.   Do the same with "Baviaanskloof".

Feel free to ask any more questions on the forum.

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23 Jan 2017 @ 20:22:04 pm
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Frederik,
As Freda said, lots said lately about Transkei.
From Port Edward there is a secondary road towards Kokstad, probably half way, more or less which joins the Kokstad to Port Shepstone main road. It is narrow and had more than its fair share of potholes when I last drove it, so it could only have got worse.
From Shepstone to Kokstad is a good highway, but do stick to the speed limit, especially through the villages, some of which have permanent camers.
Be careful through the Transkei. Speed bumps before and well after Mthatha. The roads are good but the towns are Chaos. Leave nothing visible in your vehicle or caravan, otherwise you could have the goods stolen. Keep doors and windows locked through towns especially.
You can stop for a comfort break south of Mthatha just after biggish robot, after which you will get a petrol station on your right.
I think it has a Steers and Wimpy, toilets are clean and you can park on north side of petol pumps to keep eye on vehicle while inside.
Cannot remember the brand, probably Total, but not sure.
Even the small towns are busy.
Best if you can go through on a Sunday.
Baviaans not really suitable for caravan, so go to Willowmore in the west and camp there, doing baviaans as a day trip.
If you want to get through and back in a day, you must not sleep in.
Return along the Hiway N2 or R62 I think it is.
If you want to do it the opposite way, camp at Jeffreysbay, but Freda will help you here with the best and closest camp sites to Patensie, to do Baviaans from the east.
Take it easy. Even where the roads are under water, they are hard underneath and you should not get stuck, even if traveling alone.
Maybe leave the caravan at either end and spend the night in the kloof, so that you do not need to rush.
Very second place has accommodation, just ask around or read up on the area.
Enjoy.
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24 Jan 2017 @ 09:44:17 am
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Hi Fred,
I travelled from Port Edward to East Londen in December. The secondary road mentioned by Edge is fine, beautiful scenery along the road. I however did not continue along the N2 from Kokstad, but whent through Matatiele and Mclear. I joined the N2 at the Shell Ultra city after Mthatha, had breakfast at the Wimpy. Missed Mthatha completely. N2 is in a good condition. When crossing the Kei river try and avoid the Shell ultra city. Ablutions were in a terrible state when we filled up there. Approximately 12 km futher at Komga is a filling station on the right that seems a much better option.
Do not attempt the Baviaans with a caravan. If you travel the Baviaans from west to east the first 100 km from the N9 is very corrigated and a normal caravan will not survive. The other approximately 80 km to Andrieskraal is NOT easy riding, you may even need to engage 4x4. The experienced guys do tow offroad caravans but if you can avoid it , do so. For this section you will need almost 5 hours. We stayed over at Dam se drif which is almost half way and a good rest to recharge for the next day.
Tell us about your experience. IT IS A MUST DO.
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24 Jan 2017 @ 10:34:51 am
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Thanks for all the useful info. We are not going to be towing the 'van, only going to visit the Baviaanskloof to see what it's like as we have read so much about this place. I was hoping someone could mention if the Nature reserve roads are passable with a 4 x 2 Hilux, or is a 4 x 4 a must?
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24 Jan 2017 @ 10:44:51 am
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Fred, in dry whether like now the 4x2 should be fine. Enjoy every km. Don't worry, even if it seems the wrong road is at a dead end, your not lost, just keep going. Deflate your tyres to 1,5 bar.
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24 Jan 2017 @ 10:51:28 am
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Thanks Wihan, much appreciated. Will heed your advice. We will try and give feedback after our visit there.
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