Tiffindell is situated at 2720m above sea level, equidistant from the valley communities of Rhodes and Wartrail, which are 60km and 77km from Barkly East respectively. The recommended route is via Rhodes.
The last stretch of road to the resort is dirt and may be icy or covered in snow. Access is possible in a 4x4 (some people even try in a 4x2), but most prefer to park in secure uncovered parking in Rhodes at a nominal fee, where a security guard will look after your vehicle.
There is also a shuttle service which offers transport for visitors via Rhodes. The shuttle is to be booked with the resort at least a week before your arrival date. Tel: 045 974 9004/5
DISTANCES TO TIFFINDELL:
- Johannesburg 817km (+/- 9hrs)
- Cape Town 1177km (+/- 13hrs)
- Port Elizabeth 642km (+/- 7.5hrs)
- Durban 650km (+/- 7.5hrs)
- East London 521km (+/- 6hrs)
- Bloemfontein 419km (+/- 4.5hrs)
DIRECTIONS TO BARCLAY EAST and then to RHODES
FROM BLOEMFONTEIN - 419kms (4.5hours)
FROM JOHANNESBURG - 817km (9hrs)
Follow the N1 through Bloemfontein. On the Southern outskirts take the turnoff to Aliwal North (N6) Kerkstraat/Church street. Follow the signs to Aliwal North through Reddersburg, Smithfield, and Rouxville. On entering Aliwal, turn right at the first robots. Travel along the main road and turn left before the church towards Lady Grey/Tiffindell. Do not go to Jamestown. Drive past Lady Grey (it is off the road) and after another 74km you will arrive in Barkly East.
En route to Barkly East you will pass a big sign that says 'Tiffindell via Wartrail'. This route is not recommended or supported by Tiffindell, currently the road is bad condition.
FROM DURBAN - 650km (7.5hrs)
Go to Kokstad via Port Shepstone and then Harding. Follow the route through Mount Ayliff, Mount Frere, Tsolo, Maclear, Ugie, Elliot and Barkly East. Watch out for children, animals and potholes when traveling through the old Transkei.
FROM CAPE TOWN - 1177km (13hrs)
Head for Aliwal North, via Colesburg, Venterstad and Burgersdorp. Then follow directions as from JHB from Aliwal.
FROM PORT ELIZABETH - 642kms (7.5hrs)
Head to Barkly East via Grahamstown, Fort Beaufort, Seymour, Whittlesea, Queenstown, Dordrecht, Indwe, Elliot, and then on to Barkly East.
FROM EAST LONDON - 521kms (6hrs) From East London travel via Stutterheim and Cathcart to get to Queenstown and then follow instructions as from Port Elizabeth. It is shorter via the Transkei (N2 > Nqamakwe > Tsomo > Engcobo > Elliot > Barkly).
AT BARKLY EAST PHONE ABOUT ROAD CONDITIONS AND SHUTTLE AVAILIBILITY (if you did not make arrangements when booking your holiday you may experience timing delays). Follow the signs to Rhodes going left at Alex Multiplex and then right after the Barkly East Bottle Store, the road soon becomes dirt. From there it is 60 km of good dirt road to Rhodes.
When arriving at Rhodes if you are catching the shuttle, proceed to one of the pick-up points; Walkabouts, Rubicon or Rhodes Hotel.
Call 045 974 9004/5 for latest road conditions or emergency assistance.