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Knysna, Tsitsikamma, Wilderness
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jul 05, 2005 2:15 pm

JJ wrote:They only go to wilderness and PE themselves, I am sure that i can negotiate something from PE to Addo, but am unsure how I can get from wilderness to the national park.....



JJ, welcome to the forums firstly.

When u say wilderness to the national Park I assume you mean the wilderness national park. am I right?

When are you planning to go? The national Park is not at all far from the toen Wilderness. In actual fact it is so close that you can walk to it. I have never seen people walking along the paved road towards the ebb and flow rest camp but I don't think that it would be a problem as the whole wilderness section is almost a hiking paradise.

There aren't any dangerous animals other than a leopard or 2 but no one has seen a leopard in that area for a very long time if I listen to reports. the mostly occur in the mountain areas of the Park.

It sounds like you are a guy for adventure. Backpacking and all. I say walk the extra mile or 3 and sort your lift problems out. you can even hire a canoe close to the "main" entrance to the Park on the way to Ebb and Flow and canoe yourslef to the camp.

You don't give much info on what and how. Maybe do that so I can help you out thoroughly.

I envy you for having to visit that beautiful part of our country.

Cheerio for now.
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Unread postby JJ » Tue Jul 05, 2005 2:48 pm

Yep, I mean wilderness national park, i am planning to go in december. would love to walk but the prob is that i am a small girl with a big bag :D I know the area well, but have never been to the national park, and can't drive maybe I can arrange something through a hostel?

It really is a beautiful part of the country, looking forward to going back.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Jul 05, 2005 3:27 pm

JJ wrote:Yep, I mean wilderness national park, i am planning to go in december. would love to walk but the prob is that i am a small girl with a big bag :D I know the area well, but have never been to the national park, and can't drive maybe I can arrange something through a hostel?

It really is a beautiful part of the country, looking forward to going back.

Not a good idea to walk alone then......

Excuse my bad manners earlier on - welcome to the forum!! :lol:
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Jul 05, 2005 3:32 pm

Try emailing the camp managers - they might be able to recommend a good taxi service in the area.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Jul 06, 2005 8:25 am

Hi JJ - someone else on this forum had a similar problem and have confirmed with me that the camp manager (different Park to the one you are visiting) was very helpful so I really think you should try and email the camp manager of the Park you wish to visit - see here Contacts.
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Wilderness & Birding

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jul 26, 2005 7:18 am

Birds that can be found at the Wilderness National Park with quite some ease in summer months are:

African Purple Swamphen
Maccoa Duck
Mallard
Cape Shoveler
Malachite Kingfisher
Knysna Turaco
African Rail
Black Crake
Black Harrier
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Reed Cormorant
Glossy Ibis
African Spoonbill
Greater Striped Swallow
Black Saw-wing
Yellow Bishop
Swee Waxbill
Brimstone Canary
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Unread postby Loams » Tue Jul 26, 2005 9:22 am

And the black oystercatcher if you take a stroll on the beach.
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Wilderness Advice Needed

Unread postby Siegep01 » Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:45 pm

I am going to Wilderness in September with my girlfriend and can't decide whether to stay in a log cabin or a family cabin. Can anyone tell me the differences and what is better?

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:51 pm

Haven't stayed in either of them, but logic tells me that the family ones are bigger. Both, if I am correct, are situated on the river bank. I have seen the bigger and smaller cabins there. Lovely view.

What a beautifull Park!! Enjoy it!

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Unread postby Oumie » Fri Sep 02, 2005 11:06 am

Friends of mine stay at Katatura near Swartvlei and they have seen a lot of spoor lately around the plantations. They told me that one night they heard a continuous coughing and wondered who was on on their property, because they lock the big gates at night :!: Then one of their workers told them the next morning he saw a leopard walking near a path in the plantations :shock: Now they have to keep their dogs inside the house for the fear that a leopard might catch one of the dogs for a meal :(
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Re: Ebb & Flow Restcamp North or South?

Unread postby lam » Sun Sep 11, 2005 2:35 pm

gwendolen wrote:Who has camped at both restcamps in Wilderness? (North and South) What are the differences between them? Which do you prefer?


Both attract noisy campers!!!!! Why can't they go somewhere else?

North part has less traffic (N2) noise.

Take insect repellant on the walks, especially if you are wearing shorts.

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Unread postby lam » Mon Oct 10, 2005 11:58 am

Wildernes NP has 2 excellent bird hides, one on Rondevlei and one on Langvlei (the Malachite hide). IMHO the Rondevlei hide is the better one, although we have had excellent views of Purple Gallinule and Water Mongoose from the Langvlei hide. There is also another hide on the Swartvlei, but you have to hike the Cape Dune Molerat trail to get there.

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/wilderness/tourism/map.php

All you bird watchers out there, if you haven't visited these hides, you have definitely missed something. This area is a water bird paradise.

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Snakes & NT sightings

Unread postby nickyre » Tue Dec 13, 2005 12:43 pm

I have been living in the park for 3 years and have not seen a snake, then again it helps that you have a family of Mongoose living in your backyard. I would say take care on the hikes, however snakes do not like people so they then tend to stay away from the restcamp. The lawns in the restcamp are constantly mowed so the chances of a snake finding a hiding place is slim.

I was fortunate enough to have two sightings of the NT at the Big Tree while on a field visit last week. I am also really fortunate as they occasionally make an appearance in my garden, this is when we run around like lunatics trying to find the camera which is never where it suppose to be.
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Wilderness - Wilderness NP

Unread postby tc_seb » Tue Jan 31, 2006 11:47 am

Hey there,

how far is it actually from Wilderness to the Wilderness NP in km?

Cheers,
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Re: Wilderness - Wilderness NP

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Feb 01, 2006 6:21 am

tc_seb wrote:Hey there,

how far is it actually from Wilderness to the Wilderness NP in km?

Cheers,
Seb


Hi Seb, it is actually right next to each other. No more than 3kms I reckon, depending from what camp you wanna go to Wilderness town.
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