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Woody Cape


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Listen for the haunting calls of the rare tree dassie by night and awake to a chorus of birds in flitting through the forest canopy.

The Alexandria dune field is considered to be the best example in South Africa of bare coastal dune field, often referred to as a dune sea. It offers a unique and extraordinary wilderness resource which only a few other landscapes in South Africa provide. It is the largest and least degraded coastal dune field in the southern hemisphere. The dune field imparts a unique experience of solitude, infinity and spatial freedom.

The Alexandria dune field has a surface area of about 15 800ha, stretching over 80km in length, with a width of up to 5km in places. The dune system is extremely dynamic with sand being continually blown in, building up and traversing inland. Some 375 000 cubic tons of sand is deposited into the dune fields each year.

The Langebos huts are available to hikers on the two-day Alexandria Hiking Trail, as well as those simply wanting an overnight stay in the forest. The 7km Dassie Day Trail begins at the huts and the breathtaking Woody Cape coastline of the Park is a short drive and walk away.

5 things to seek

  • Trumpeter hornbill
  • Ground hornbill
  • Knysna turaco
  • Tree dassie
  • Bushbuck

Contact Matyholweni

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The Alexandria hiking trail provides accommodation for hikers in overnight huts.

Visitors can also hire the Langebos hikers’ huts for an overnight stay without doing the two-day hiking trail. The Langebos wooden cabins nestled in the enchanting Alexandria forest provide a tranquil haven for visitors. Each of the two cabins sleeps 6 people in two bedrooms with mattresses provided (visitors should bring their own bedding and pillows).

A gas fridge, gas stove, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils are provided, as well as an outside braai area. The two cabins share a hot water shower and toilet. Visitors must provide their own firewood. There is no electricity but solar-powered lights.

Tariffs: R135 per person per night. Note: this tariff does not include the conservation fees per person per night.

The overnight Woody Cape hut is situated at the end of the first day's hike, overlooking the sea and Bird Island. The hut is equipped with 12 beds with mattresses in two bedrooms. Please provide your own bedding. It has a rainwater tank for drinking and cooking water only and eco-toilets. There are no showers available. Strictly no fires are allowed at the Woody Cape hut. A two-plate gas cooker, crockery and cutlery is provided.


Bookings are made through Camp Matyholweni on or Tel: +27(0)41 468 0916/8.

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  • Two-day Alexandria Hiking Trail
  • 7km Woody Cape Tree Dassie Trail
  • Birding - Bird life is prolific with about 220 species recorded.
  • Fishing - Fishing permits are available at the Woody Cape office. The beaches offer a great angling experience.
  • Nearby beach access - ask for directions at the Ranger's Office.

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The following facilities are available at Woody Cape:

  • The Langebos huts are equipped with mattresses (visitors should bring their own bedding and pillows), gas fridge, gas stove, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils, as well as an outside braai area.
  • The two cabins share a hot water shower (heated by making a fire) and toilet.

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How to get there

Directions from Addo Main Camp

Turn right out of the park entrance towards Paterson.

At the Paterson intersection, turn right towards Port Elizabeth. Take the R72 to Port Alfred. Just before entering the town of Alexandria, take the gravel road to right, marked with the “Woody Cape Section” signboards.

Take the first left turn and then the left turn marked “Woody Cape Section.” Turn into the park offices at the sign on your right marked “Alexandria Hiking Trail”.

Directions from Port Elizabeth (PE)

Take the N2 highway towards Grahamstown. Take the turnoff to the left signposted “Motherwell” and “Addo Elephant National Park”. Turn left at the top of the off-ramp and proceed through Motherwell. Follow this road until you see the entrance to the park on the right. Distance PE to park - about 72km.

Office & Gate Hours

Park Rangers Office is open from 07:00 to 16:00 daily.

GPS coordinates

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Park Map

Full Addo Map

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Daily Conservation Fees for 1 November 2013 to 31 October 2014
South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R50 per adult, per day
R25 per child, per day
SADC Nationals (with passport): R100 per person, per day
R50 per child, per day
Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors): R200 per adult, per day
R100 per child, per day
Wild Card: Year Permits available for all our guests

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Fauna and Flora

The Woody Cape section encompasses the Alexandria dunefield, the largest dunefield in the southern hemisphere stretching over 50km of coastline and over 15 000 hectares.

The dunefield and unspoilt coastline of mainly sandy beaches is flanked by Southern Coastal Forest with species such as coast coral trees, real yellowwoods, white stinkwoods and knobthorns in abundance.

Wildlife which occurs in the forest includes bushbuck, bushpig, the rare nocturnal tree dassie, vervet monkeys and blue duiker. Signs of leopard and brown hyena have been recorded in the forest and on forest margins but sightings of these elusive predators are few. Many bird species occur in the forest, including the trumpeter hornbill and Knysna turaco. There have been sightings of the gorund hornbill in grassland pastures adjacent to the forest.

The marine section in Algoa Bay encompasses the Bird Island and the St Croix Island chain. These islands are vitally important for marine bird breeding colonies. Bird Island is home to the largest Cape Gannet breeding colony (some 160 000 birds) in the world while St. Croix houses the largest breeding colony of African Penguins. Endangered birds, such as the Roseate Tern, also breed on the islands.

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