Directions

From East London

There are 3 alternatives.

  1. Willowvale – shortest in distance, longest on dirt (85kms), most scenic.
  2. Elliotdale via gravel road – approximately 10 km longer than the Willowvale route, less gravel road (75kms), quickest.
  3. Elliotdale via the Coffee Bay / Mqanduli road. Least gravel road (55kms) longer, recommended in very wet conditions.

Willowvale

Take the N2 through Butterworth to Dutywa. At the traffic lights (if working) turn right towards Willowvale. Pass through Willowvale (be wary of unsigned speed bumps and potholes).
Approximately 100 meters beyond the shell garage on your left, turn left to King Hintsa’s Grave / Dwesa. Drive approximately 14 Kms until you reach a T junction. Turn right towards King Hintsa’s Grave. After approximately 2kms the road forks. Keep left and follow the sign to King Hintsa’s Grave (if the signpost is still there).
Pass King Hintsa’s Grave on your left. Continue for about 10 kms until the road forks. Take the Elliotdale fork. Do NOT turn to Dwesa. You will pass a couple of trading stores on you right hand side. The road takes you down the magnificent Mbashe Pass and over the single lane “5 Kings” bridge.Continue up the pass until you reach a T junction. Turn right to the Havern (sic).
The road forks at the 18 Km mark. Keep right until you reach a gate at the entrance to the reserve. Continue down the road for approximately 4 Kms. The Hotel’s boom gate will become visible.

Elliotdale – Gravel Road

Pass through Dutywa and drive towards Mthatha. After approximately 48 km’s (1 km beyond the 40 kms to Mthatha sign) look for a sign to Elliotdale.Turn right  and follow the tar road parallel to the N2 for approximately 300 meters. Drive over a concrete cattle grid and turn left onto the gravel road to Elliotdale. Do not take any roads to the clinics signed along the way. After approximately 22 Kms the road becomes tar. Unfortunately you will only be on the tar for about 50 meters before a sign indicates that you need to turn right to the Haven Hotel. Follow the dirt road for about 18 Kms. The road will once again become tar.
After about 800m you will need to take a right hand turn to the hotel. Follow the sign back onto a gravel/dirt road.
The road forks at the 18 Km to The Haven mark. Keep right until you reach a gate at the entrance to the reserve.
Continue down the road for approximately 4 Kms. The Hotel’s boom gate will become visible.

Elliotdale – via Coffee Bay Road

Drive through Dutywa and drive towards Mthatha. Pass the Elliotdale turn off.  Approximately 22 Kms from Mthatha take a right turn to Coffee Bay / Viedgesville. Pass over the railway line. After about 16 Kms you will reach Mqanduli. Drive through Mqanduli (there is a petrol station as you leave Mqanduli on your right.). Approximately 7.5 Kms beyond Mqanduli there is a road to the right. Turn right. Many people miss this turn-off and end up in Coffee Bay.  Look for the “Haven Hotel”  or “Boxer Superstore” sign on your right. Drive 15 kms through Elliotdale (beware of the potholes and speedbumps) and up the hill. At the top of the hill turn left to the Haven – there is a sign. Follow the dirt road for about 18 Kms. The road will once again become tar.
After about 800m you will need to take a right hand turn to the hotel. Follow the sign back onto gravel road. The road forks at the 18 Km mark. Keep right until you reach a gate at the entrance to the reserve. Continue down the road for approximately 4 Kms. The Haven Hotel’s boom gate will become visible.

Please note that it is advisable to arrive at the Haven Hotel during daylight hours.

GPS Coordinates: S32° 14.28′ and E28° 54.40′

 

From Mthatha

Head south from Mthatha on the N2.Approximately 22 Kms from Mthatha take a left turn to Coffee Bay / Viedgesville.

The large green Coffee Bay sign was blown over in 2010 and has not been replaced. Look for a small brown sign indicating “Coffee Bay”.

Pass over the railway line. After about 15 Kms you will reach the small town of Mqanduli. Drive through Mqanduli (there is a petrol station as you leave Mqanduli on your right). Approximately 7.5 Kms beyond Mqanduli there is a road to the right. There is a Haven Hotel sign as well as a Boxer superstore sign and a Madwaleni Clinic sign. Turn right.  Do not miss this turn as you will end up in Coffe bay and rather frustrated.  Drive 15kms along this tar road to Elliotdale avoiding potholes. Pass through Elliotdale (beware of the speed bumps) and up the hill. At the top of the hill turn left to the Haven – there is a sign. Follow the dirt road for about 18 Kms. The road will once again become tar.  After about 1 km you will need to take a right hand turn to the hotel. Follow the “Haven” sign back onto a gravel road.  After approximately 16kms the road forks. Keep right and proceed until you reach a gate at the entrance to the reserve. Continue down the road for approximately 4 Kms. The Haven Hotel’s boom gate will become visible.

Please note that it is advisable to arrive at the Haven Hotel during daylight hours

GPS Coordinates: S32° 14.28′ and E28° 54.40′