East London to Mbotyi River Lodge
Leave East London N2 North – some 70 km further cross the Kei River – now in former Transkei -34 km further pass through Butterworth – 32 km along pass through Dutywa, now +- 100 km to Mthatha. (About 69 km after Dutywa look out for the home of ret, President, Nelson Mandela on you right, ochre coloured tiled roof, large garden, village of Qunu on the left.)
Before entering Mthatha, find shell Ultra City left, note a thatched village on left, look out for Ultra City signs. Clean bathrooms and refreshments. Enter Mthatha on Nelson Mandela Drive, continue until you see the N M museum ( old building large signs ) on left, take next road left, Madeira Road – cross 3 roads turn Rt into Sutherland, signs to Port St Johns – stay on same route 61 for 95 km. Before entering Port St Johns, the Umzimvubu river will be on left, look out for a bridge across Lusiksiki. Take this road, route 61 again, the next 45 km, very twisty but very scenic. Before entering Lusikisiki, you pass a deserted Quarry on the left- see Mbotyi River Lodge sign in Blue, white and black.
- Turn right onto a concrete road – Beware of the speed humps in the road.
- Travel 6kms on the concrete road which has speed humps all the way.
- After 6kms AND BEFORE THE END OF THE CONCRETE ROAD, you will turn right onto a gravel road.
- You are now 19kms from Mbotyi River Lodge.
- Keep going on the gravel road.
- You will come to a tea plantation.
- Drive through the plantation.
- Drive through indigenous forest.
- There is a little piece of concrete road through the forest.
- Continue on over a little causeway bridge.
- Get to another little causeway bridge – keep left.
- Drive up the hill and turn left into the Lodge premises.