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Re: Hiking from Sundays River to Alexandria

Unread post by gwendolen » Tue Oct 31, 2006 9:22 am

simon.willis wrote:I would like to hike along the coast and am trying to find out more information:

1. How far is it?
2. Am I allowed to?
3. Is there fresh water any where?
4. Must I pay and how much?
5. Who can I contact?

I need info please NBNBNBNBNB


Hi simon,

Have you found the info available on the website? It seems to answer a few of your questions. That is, if you are interested in doing a trail in the National Park. Alexandria Hiking Trail

Alexandria Hiking Trail

The Alexandria Hiking Trail is a 36 km two day circular route of which the first day is 19.5 km and the second day is 16.5 km. The trail begins in magical coastal forest where ancient yellowwoods and exotic Knysna loeries can be seen, it moves then onto the beach where the stark sandy beach ecosystem and dramatic dune cliffs provide breathtaking scenery. Southern right whales can be seen just off shore in certain months and dolphins are often spotted playing in the waves. Fascinating ancient middens sites, evidence of the strandloper people that wandered these shores can also be seen. On the second day the trail traverses sand dunes in the largest coastal dune field in the Southern Hemisphere, the trail then heads back into coastal forest and then into the Langvlakte valley where a chicory stack can be seen which was built in 1820’s. The trail can accommodate a maximum of 12 persons and a minimum of 3 persons.

The Langebos Huts are the base huts for the trail and it is recommended that hikers stay at the huts the night before leaving for the first day. The two newly built huts are equipped with 6 beds each with mattresses, a fridge, stove, hot water showers, toilets and a braai area.

At the end of the first day walking hikers will find the Woody Cape hut nestled in thick coastal forest on top of the cliffs with a view of Bird Island in the distance. This hut has 12 beds with mattresses and rainwater tanks. No fires are allowed at the Woody Cape hut and the hikers must carry their own cookers. Water is only for drinking and cooking as the hut relies on rainwater.

At least one or more of the hiking group should be able to read a map and compass, and to wear a brightly coloured jacket that can be seen from the air if a search and rescue is launched. This trail can be booked via Matyholweni Rest Camp by Telephone: +27 (0)41 468 0916 or E-mail matyholweni@sanparks.org

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Unread post by dianne » Tue Oct 31, 2006 9:41 am

Hi Simon

I just confirmed with the park...this is the best option for you and the only restriction is that the party must be made up of a minimum of 3 people.

Contact details for the trail etc are on the site :)


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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Feb 11, 2007 9:10 am

Hi bobandamy,

Some info for you taken from "Addo Elephant National Park - Official Guide":

The Alexandria dunefield is the largest and least degraded coastal dunefield in the southern hemisphere. It has a maximum width of 3km and covers approximately 15 800ha. The average height of dunes is 30m while the tallest dune is 140m above the mean sea level.

Bookings for the overnight hike are made through matyholweni@sanparks.org.

I have not done a trail there or even been down to this particular area although I live close by but I would say, seeing you are going to visit Addo game area for two nights and going to Kruger - you might be sorry if you miss a trip to the coastal part of Addo.
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Unread post by bobandamy » Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:42 am

Thanks, Dinkybird. Here's more info from a web site of Birdwatch Cape:

"We begin our day at the Alexandria Forest, about 100 km from Port Elizabeth. A walk under the cool canopy of giant Yellowwoods, Cape Coral Trees and White Stinkwoods offer a variety of forest species, including: Knysna Woodpecker; Black-bellied Starling; Black-headed Oriole; Terrestrial Brownbul; Chorister Robin-chat; Collared and Grey Sunbird; African Olive Pigeon; Trumpeter Hornbill; Knysna Turaco and Narina Trogon."

Coupled with the dunes, this area looks very appealing.
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Unread post by bobandamy » Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:55 am

The South African Birding web site also has some great information at:

http://www.sabirding.co.za/birdspot/020202.asp

It sounds like the heart of the forest and dune fields will be much more than we can crack during a single morning visit, but I think we'll at least check out the area around the station. Has anyone on the forum been there recently?
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Unread post by arks » Sun Feb 11, 2007 4:13 pm

Bob, you might want to post your query in our birds forum, as the forum's most avid birders might not be looking elsewhere. I'm sure that there's someone amongst them who can help you as several of our active birders live in the PE area.
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Unread post by Boulder » Sun Feb 11, 2007 6:58 pm

bobandamy,

Yes the Alexandria Forest is truly a Birders Paradise with a unique habitat and some regional specials. I go there abot twice a year with the PE Bird Club and its one of our favorite East Cape Venues. As you point out you are going to Addo proper and Kruger later on so you will have lots of chances to see the ellies and Buff etc.
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Unread post by bobandamy » Sun Feb 11, 2007 7:18 pm

Thanks Arks and Boulder. I posted this on the Birds Forum, as suggested by Arks, but your post, Boulder, reinforces our desire to go there. Is there any problem getting permission for day hikes? The SA Birding site indicates that a permit is required.

By the way, I really have enjoyed reading the trip reports and other posts of yours (both you two and others). Your contributions definitely enrich the planning of newbies like us, so thanks for taking the time to write your accounts. Your (Boulder's) leopard story at Kruger was an especially fun read.

All the best.
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Unread post by Foxy » Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:33 pm

Bobandamy - if you do go to Alexandria Forests, there are plenty of B & B's at Kenton on Sea which is about 25km away.

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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:44 am

The Alexandria forest is incorporated into the park. There is a two-day hiking trail and then also a day walk of about 7km.

You would need to pay the daily conservation fee for entering the park if you wanted to do the day trail. The two-day trail has two overnight huts where hut fees apply (as well as the conservation fee).

You would definitely enjoy the forest and all it has to offer!
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Cycling in Matyholweni Rest Camp

Unread post by lf » Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:23 pm

Hi. As I excitedly :o pack for Addo this coming long weekend I wondered if, given that there are no big 5 animals in the colchester section we would be allowed to ride mountain bikes on the roads (therefore no damage to paths etc) around the camp at Matyholweni. I am assuming that riding mountain bikes in Addo itself is not allowed. Please advise.
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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:32 am

Hi
Riding of mountain bikes around Matyholweni and its roads is not allowed. If you wanted to ride your bike, you could do so in the town of Colchester but bear in mind that you need to cross the busy N2 to get to the southern side of the town which borders the Sundays River.

Visitors who bring their bikes to Main Camp usually ride on the tar road between Addo town and Paterson as it is a little too crowded on the roads around the accommodation units.
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Dunefields Alexandria

Unread post by Rikke » Wed May 30, 2007 4:32 pm

We want to visit the dunefields outside Alexandria. Is the only way to do the 2-day hiking trail? And part of the dunefields located outside the park (where we can visit them?) Thank you

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Unread post by Addo Elephant » Thu May 31, 2007 9:55 am

You can also access the dunefields by visiting the Woody Cape area, driving down to the Beyond Adventure area and walking over a boardwalk onto the dunefields and beach. To access Woody Cape from main camp (about 105 km), take the R342 to the Paterson intersection with the N10. Turn right onto the N10 and follow this road until the R72 turnoff on your left. Follow the signs towards Port Alfred and Alexandria. You will see the turnoff to Woody Cape just before you enter the town of Alexandria. Just before the town of Alexandria, take a gravel road to the right and follow signposts for Woody Cape Section. You will see the entrance to the Park offices on your right. Ask at the Park offices about how to get down to the coast.

You could also access the coast and dunefields through the Sundays River mouth, however, at present the access is through a private caravan park so there is an entrance fee to go through there.
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:49 pm

Hi Moonglum & welcome to the forum.

There is also a well stocked shop for self catering.

I would take the self drive option. i.e. going in the vehicle you came in. You can buy an excellent map book containing all the mammals and many birds you can see in the park. You can drive the whole park in a morning if you like, or sit at a waterhole.
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