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Cape Town to Durban in 2 days (via Garden Route)

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Cape Town to Durban in 2 days (via Garden Route)

Hi all,

In December, I am thinking of taking a drive from Cape Town to Durban with a sleepover in one of the towns or cities on the way there (like PE because it is halfway) with a group of friends. Does anyone have any advise on places to stay that won't break the budget?

We would love to stretch the trip over a longer period but it's impossible at this stage because of time constraints but we have to drive.

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1. Re: Cape Town to Durban in 2 days (via Garden Route)

Can be done in two days, personally I would rather stay somewhere like Graaf Reinet. Just a suggestion. The route we took the last time we travelled in December 2009 was R61 from George, N9 past Graaf Reinet and back on to the R61 again to Umtata (if I can remember the roads correctly). We did this to avoid the coastal traffic, which can be grueling at this time of year.



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2. Re: Cape Town to Durban in 2 days (via Garden Route)

You can stay at the Road Lodge in Port Elizabeth at R464.00 for 2 people or at the Formule 1 for about the same.

I would go farther though as a) PE is only 44% of the way and b) the CT/PE road is far faster and better than the PE/DBN section. I would look at staying in Port Alfred at the very least. This is 940km from Cape Town. Distance-wise it is half-way. Time-wise, you will still probably drive for longer on the 2nd day.

The only place I have ever stayed in Port Alfred is The Halyards which at R400pps is not cheap, but it was very nice 18 years ago.

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3. Re: Cape Town to Durban in 2 days (via Garden Route)

As the others say it is possible. But it is minumum of 10 hours driving per day without even a stop for lunch. No chance to stop along the Garden Route. The Transkei, although interesting, is quite slow driving - the N2 is not a big highway and goes through lots of small villages with people, children and animals all over the road. And if you get stuck behind a slow truck around one of the river crossings you could loose half an hour a time!

Personally to get there quickest I would take the N1 to Bloem and then the N5/N3 down to Durban

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