Just in case anyone wanted some advice as to which route to take from Durban to Grahamstown. The N2 although shorter in kilometers has a lot of heavy vehicles and stop go road works.
We travel at least twice a year by road and go the following route.
This route is as good if not better than the N2. A few large potholes just after Maclear. Not too many speed traps but make sure you stick to the speed limit through the towns:) We did it in 9.5hrs with one stop for petrol in Maclear.