Mathyolweni Restcamp - Addo Elephant National Park| safari.com
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Overview

Off of the sleepy road between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape lies the small town of Colchester, and, a stone's throw away from that, the reclusive satelite camp of Mathyolweni. A name derived from the isiXhosa phrase meaning "in the bush", this tranquil camp in the Addo Elephant National Park offers guests a both quiet respite from the bustling city, and an array of entertainment and activities, including horse-riding, guided bush walks, game drives, 4x4 trails and serene picnic spots. 

Accommodation

Mathyolweni Rest Camp has twelve self-catering chalets:

• Nine cottages with two bedrooms each, each sleeping two.

• Three cottages with two bedrooms each, as well as a sleeper couch, sleeping up to three (or two adults and two children). These cottages are cooled by ceiling fans, and two of the units are customised for people with mobility difficulties, ablutions including roll-in showers and grab rails.
Kitchens are equipped with fridges and microwave ovens, the units themselves finished with barbecue facilities.

Activities & Facilities

Organised activities in the Mathyolweni Camp take advantage of the area's rich game viewing opportunities, providing guests with game walks, horse-riding, and game drives, either from the comfort of their own vehicle, or on one of the camp's guided morning, afternoon or evening drives. Picnic spots provide immersive lunches, right in the heart of the area's rich bushveld setting.

Facilities include a supermarket, fuel station and various restaurants available in the nearby town of Colchester/Cannonville, roughly three kilometers away.

Important Information

Pets are not allowed inside of national parks or their associated camps, such as Mathyolweni Rest Camp. Firearms must be declared and sealed at the front gate, to be unsealed upon departure. No citrus fruits may be brought into the park.

Vehicle repair, medical, post office and police services are available at Addo Village and Sunlands. 

Wildlife

The Colchester area hosts specifically bush-orientated groups of wildlife, including kudu, bushbuck, caracal, bushpig and warthog. Larger species have been introduced into the area since 2009, such as Burchell’s zebra, red hartebeest and buffalo, with plans to introduce elephant, lion and ostrich in the future. The Mathyolweni Rest Camp area's vegetation is primarily Albany Thicket.

Directions

Directions from Port Elizabeth (PE)

• Take the N2 towards Grahamstown.
• Just before the town of Colchester and after crossing the bridge over Sundays River, take the sign posted road Left to Camp Mathyolweni.
• Follow the signs for about 3km to enter Matyholweni Gate and Camp Matyholweni.

Main Camp Reception is open from 7 AM to 4 PM daily. Matyholweni gate is open from 7 AM to 4 PM. A security guard is stationed at the gate to allow access to visitors with proof of accommodation bookings after 4 PM.

Check in time for accommodation is from 1 PM onwards. Check-out time is 10 AM on the day of departure.

GPS: -33.6458 (latitude), 25.8103 (longitude)

Reviews


Is net jammer daar was nie internet toegang nie.

Craig Rae

Excellent accommodation, and well appointed.

JOHN HOPKINS

One of the best appointed and placed accommodation units in all your parks.Very perturbed at number of tourists who climb out of their vehicles or lean out very far for photos. I feel that SANP owe it to all of us and our environment and animals to be harsher in the execution of its rules on this regard.All in all a most enjoyable experience.

Harry Prince

I love your park and the service you provided.

Margaret Kobylt

Hi there,On a positive the cottage was great and we enjoyed the evenings around the fire,however this was our second visit to the park and must say again were disappointed with the amount of animals in the park. Entrance fees and accommodation prices are more or less the same than "Kruger" but you don't get the same satisfaction. RegardsFanie & Chantel Steyn

Fanie

The Accommodation was good and clean. The roads were in good condition. The staff were helpful and friendly. The road directions were clear. Game viewing was enjoyable.

Eben von Well

Our chalet was perfect for us. It was private, and contained everything that we could need. My only complaint was the housekeeping staff were at work with their own clothes on. Can't National Parks afford uniforms for their staff?

Denise Lindley

We had an enjoyable stay. Chalets were comfortable and well equipped. Roads in the reserve were good and we saw lots of game. Guests at Matyholweni should be reminded to take Colchester turn off N2 and not Addo (had an extra 1.5 hour drive to get back to the rest camp which could have been avoided if clear instructions were given).

Lilian Dudley

We loved our stay, the chalet was clean and wonderful. the young lady we met when we checked in at the south gate, could have been a bit more friendly (maybe she was just having a bad day), but the rest of the staff we met on our travels through the park over 3 days we friendly, helpful and really wonderful. We really love Addo and have recommended the accommodation and park to all our local and international friends alike before and will certainly do so again.

Cindy Burchell

We loved the reserve and in particular the quiet commercialized nature of the camp. Thank you!

Denise Newfield

Off of the sleepy road between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape lies the small town of Colchester, and, a stone's throw away from that, the reclusive satelite camp of Mathyolweni. A name derived from the isiXhosa phrase meaning "in the bush", this tranquil camp in the Addo Elephant National Park offers guests a both quiet respite from the bustling city, and an array of entertainment and activities, including horse-riding, guided bush walks, game drives, 4x4 trails and serene picnic spots. 

Mathyolweni Rest Camp has twelve self-catering chalets:

• Nine cottages with two bedrooms each, each sleeping two.

• Three cottages with two bedrooms each, as well as a sleeper couch, sleeping up to three (or two adults and two children). These cottages are cooled by ceiling fans, and two of the units are customised for people with mobility difficulties, ablutions including roll-in showers and grab rails.
Kitchens are equipped with fridges and microwave ovens, the units themselves finished with barbecue facilities.

Organised activities in the Mathyolweni Camp take advantage of the area's rich game viewing opportunities, providing guests with game walks, horse-riding, and game drives, either from the comfort of their own vehicle, or on one of the camp's guided morning, afternoon or evening drives. Picnic spots provide immersive lunches, right in the heart of the area's rich bushveld setting.

Facilities include a supermarket, fuel station and various restaurants available in the nearby town of Colchester/Cannonville, roughly three kilometers away.

Pets are not allowed inside of national parks or their associated camps, such as Mathyolweni Rest Camp. Firearms must be declared and sealed at the front gate, to be unsealed upon departure. No citrus fruits may be brought into the park.

Vehicle repair, medical, post office and police services are available at Addo Village and Sunlands. 

The Colchester area hosts specifically bush-orientated groups of wildlife, including kudu, bushbuck, caracal, bushpig and warthog. Larger species have been introduced into the area since 2009, such as Burchell’s zebra, red hartebeest and buffalo, with plans to introduce elephant, lion and ostrich in the future. The Mathyolweni Rest Camp area's vegetation is primarily Albany Thicket.

Directions from Port Elizabeth (PE)

• Take the N2 towards Grahamstown.
• Just before the town of Colchester and after crossing the bridge over Sundays River, take the sign posted road Left to Camp Mathyolweni.
• Follow the signs for about 3km to enter Matyholweni Gate and Camp Matyholweni.

Main Camp Reception is open from 7 AM to 4 PM daily. Matyholweni gate is open from 7 AM to 4 PM. A security guard is stationed at the gate to allow access to visitors with proof of accommodation bookings after 4 PM.

Check in time for accommodation is from 1 PM onwards. Check-out time is 10 AM on the day of departure.

GPS: -33.6458 (latitude), 25.8103 (longitude)

Is net jammer daar was nie internet toegang nie.

Craig Rae

Excellent accommodation, and well appointed.

JOHN HOPKINS

One of the best appointed and placed accommodation units in all your parks.Very perturbed at number of tourists who climb out of their vehicles or lean out very far for photos. I feel that SANP owe it to all of us and our environment and animals to be harsher in the execution of its rules on this regard.All in all a most enjoyable experience.

Harry Prince

I love your park and the service you provided.

Margaret Kobylt

Hi there,On a positive the cottage was great and we enjoyed the evenings around the fire,however this was our second visit to the park and must say again were disappointed with the amount of animals in the park. Entrance fees and accommodation prices are more or less the same than "Kruger" but you don't get the same satisfaction. RegardsFanie & Chantel Steyn

Fanie

The Accommodation was good and clean. The roads were in good condition. The staff were helpful and friendly. The road directions were clear. Game viewing was enjoyable.

Eben von Well

Our chalet was perfect for us. It was private, and contained everything that we could need. My only complaint was the housekeeping staff were at work with their own clothes on. Can't National Parks afford uniforms for their staff?

Denise Lindley

We had an enjoyable stay. Chalets were comfortable and well equipped. Roads in the reserve were good and we saw lots of game. Guests at Matyholweni should be reminded to take Colchester turn off N2 and not Addo (had an extra 1.5 hour drive to get back to the rest camp which could have been avoided if clear instructions were given).

Lilian Dudley

We loved our stay, the chalet was clean and wonderful. the young lady we met when we checked in at the south gate, could have been a bit more friendly (maybe she was just having a bad day), but the rest of the staff we met on our travels through the park over 3 days we friendly, helpful and really wonderful. We really love Addo and have recommended the accommodation and park to all our local and international friends alike before and will certainly do so again.

Cindy Burchell

We loved the reserve and in particular the quiet commercialized nature of the camp. Thank you!

Denise Newfield

Accommodation options

Cottage (CO2)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 126 - - 2 people
From $ 126

For 2 people

- 2 single beds - Barbeque Facilities - Camp reached from N2, access rd open to Main Camp - Check-in at Matyholweni itself, not Main Camp - DSTV (Limited Channels) - DSTV (Limited Channels) - Equipped kitchen - Fan - Fridge - Microwave - No additional persons allowed - No Smoking - Open Plan - Wc and shower 

Cottage (CO2Z)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 126 - - 2 people
From $ 126

For 2 people

- 2 single beds - Barbeque Facilities - Camp reached from N2, access rd open to Main Camp - Check-in at Matyholweni itself, not Main Camp - DSTV (Limited Channels) - Equipped kitchen - Fan - Fridge - Microwave - No additional persons allowed - No Smoking - Open Plan - Unit accessible to the mobility challenged - Wc and shower 

Family Cottage (FA3)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 126 $ 18 $ 9 3 people
From $ 126

For 2 people

- Barbeque Facilities - Camp reached from N2, access rd open to Main Camp - Check-in at Matyholweni itself, not Main Camp - couch not suitable for adults - DSTV (Limited Channels) - Equipped kitchen - Fan - Fridge - Microwave - No additional persons allowed - No Smoking - Open Plan - Queen size bed - Wc and shower