Routes to Maclear

Recommended Routes to Maclear

From Bloemfontein:
Aliwal North, Lady Grey (By-pass), Barkly-East, Elliot, Ugie. +-450km

From East-London:
Route1 (Via Transkei): Butterworth, Idutywa, Umtata, Tsolo. (Watch out for the Tsolo turnoff-it is not clearly marked) - the turnoff is opposite a Caltex filling station +-40km from Umtata.

Route 2: Queenstown, Lady Frere, Cala, Elliot, Ugie. +- 370km.

From Durban:
Port Shepstone, Harding, Kokstad, Matatiele, Mt Fletcher +- 500km.

From Cape Town:
N1 to Beaufort West, Aberdeen, Graaf Reinet, Middelburg, Steynsburg,Molteno, Dordrecht, Indwe, Elliot, and Ugie. +-1300km.

The above routes are all tarred all the way.

General Information

The road to Rhodes which turns off the Maclear-Mt Fletcher Road (marked on some maps as a scenic route) is sometimes in a bad condition and should not be attempted when wet.

The road from Maclear to Rhodes is mostly in poor condition, and due to loose stones and 'middelmannetjies' not recommended for cars. A 4x4 vehicle not necessary when dry, but high ground clearance is needed.

Watch out for speed humps outside and inside Mt Fletcher. The humps are atrocious and will severely damage a vehicle - even at 60km/hour.

Speed traps are common at the entrance to and exits from Matatiele, Mt Fletcher, Maclear, Ugie, Elliot, Indwe, Barkly-East and Dordrecht.

The speed limit in the old Transkei is still 100km/hour.

Speed traps in the Kei cuttings are common - beware!

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Noel Wagenaar

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Fax: 045 932 1242
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Maclear is a small town in the Eastern Cape's mountainous region. It is surrounded by rural settlements and agricultural landscapes and is set against the majestic Drakensberg Mountain Range.

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Maclear/Nqanqarhu, Eastern Cape, South Africa