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Current road conditions/suitable vehicle

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Current road conditions/suitable vehicle


I'm flying into Cape Town and driving to Addo, next week. I've booked to stay at the Matyholweni Rest Camp and am then planning on driving up through the park to the Main Camp.

I've read that the roads are gravel but suitable for normal sedans. However, I have also read that the roads can be difficult after rain, which I understand can occur at this time of year. I've booked to hire a VW Polo but I'm wondering whether this will be suitable or whether I should be upgrading to a SUV. Could you give me some advice please?

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1. Re: Current road conditions/suitable vehicle

I have not been in Addo for some years, so perhaps someone who has been recently can give you an updated report, but, unless the roads have deteriorated remarkably, an ordinary sedan car should be OK.

I went there a few years ago, in an ordinary Hyundai sedan.

By the way, when in Addo, please don't drive over any Elephant or Buffalo pooh, because the pooh may contain dung beetles, which are endangered, and protected.

Enjoy your trip.

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2. Re: Current road conditions/suitable vehicle

If any of the roads aren't drivable, because of heavy rain (which is really, really seldom), the park officials will close the roads. This is to protect the roads.

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3. Re: Current road conditions/suitable vehicle

VW polo is our hire car of choice! Should be fine - as lamlee points out, road closures do occur so a 4x4 could be an unwarranted extra cost.

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