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  1. #1
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    Default Mdumbi to Port St Johns

    Hi all! Looking to make our way to Port St Johns from Mdumbi and wanted to know if anyone's done this route recently and what it's current conditions are? We'd like to avoid going all the way back through Mthatha if possible.

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    Default Re: Mdumbi to Port St Johns

    Get a slingsby map. I did it a few years ago on a 1200, which does not help, but that last bit into PSJ, use the road that goes via the airport, it a great section and you need to go to the airport anyway. It misses the section marked as “the gates” to PSJ.

    you can get closer to the coast and miss out the R61 completely.
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    Default Re: Mdumbi to Port St Johns

    I was there 2 weeks ago, and travelled a section of this road. Similar to the gravel section between Mdumbi and Coffee Bay (which has deteriorated badly). The going is slow, but if you are not in a hurry, doable. Glad I was doing it in my Amarok.



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    Default Re: Mdumbi to Port St Johns

    We drove from Umgazi to Mdumbi in March this year - so just the opposite direction. See page 43-48 on the trip report here:

    To be frank, we just followed the GPS after turning off the R61 as soon as possible at coordinates -31.627429083981813, 29.378359634547095. Even if you held a gun to my head I won't be able to replicate exactly where we drove that day, but the roads were fair (narrow and sometimes undulated, going was slow in places but never exceedingly slow). We did pass a place called Mtakatyi Old Trading post at but nothing went on there. (If you add in Mdumbi Beach, the Trading Post and the point on the R61, on Google Maps, it should give a rough picture of the route we probably took).

    It was a really scenic drive and we enjoyed it.

    As mentioned, make sure you pass the PSJ airfield and down the mountain towards Second beach when entering PSJ, the views from the Airfield are spectacular.
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