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First time at Ebb & Flow

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First time at Ebb & Flow

Unread post by DRIESV » Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:17 pm

Hi,

I'm a Kruger National Park regular who's going to venture a holiday at Wilderness Ebb & Flow South for the first time ever :clap: :clap: The reason we're going is because SO said so :k :k

We're booked from 3 Jan 15 till 9 Jan 15 in a 2 bed forest cabin and, looking at the photos, I must admit that I'm looking forward to the trip :dance: :dance:

Just a question or two..................how far is it to the beach?? Can you swim in the river?? What's the weather usually like that time of the year?? How far is from Jhb??

I know it may sound like stupid questions but, as I said, I've never been to that area before :redface: :redface:

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Re: First time at Ebb & Flow

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:38 pm

Hi DRIESV,

Have a look here......... Wilderness Activities

There are a few Trip Reports on Garden Route. Have a look at this one Wilderness NP - what a surprise! great advice and they did a lot of the activities!

I must admit that I had to Google distance from Jhb to Wilderness and that seems to be 1200 km. Not sure which route you want to travel?

Enjoy your stay it is a wonderful part of our country!! :thumbs_up:
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Re: First time at Ebb & Flow

Unread post by DRIESV » Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:58 pm

Thanks Lion Queen, it looks like paradise.............cannot wait to go !!!

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Re: First time at Ebb & Flow

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:37 pm

It is a short drive to Wilderness beach.

Don't recall anyone swimming in the river but you can canoe in it. Bring your own or hire one.

Birding around camp was good - Knysna turacos, southern boubou etc.

Forest cabins looked very nice - we camped.

Lots to do in that area.

They have speed cams every 100 metres starting down Kaaimans Pass. Be careful.
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Re: First time at Ebb & Flow

Unread post by Hugh » Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:49 pm

Beautiful place . We walked along the wooden broadwalk to the beach Lovely and relaxing. Water is clean and my children used to swim there There are some super walks up to a waterfall .. !!!Pity the chootjoe doesn't go that route anymore .
And you are not cut off from civilization as the wilderness -village is a few minutes away by car if you want to get a meal .
Beach is amazing kms of white sand . weather is super in Jan
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Re: First time at Ebb & Flow

Unread post by DRIESV » Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:52 am

Thanks everyone, I cannot wait. :dance: :dance: When I told SO about it yesterday she was over the moon :k :k I suppose I'll miss the night sounds of KNP :( :( ...........Lions roaring, Hyenas laughing, Leopards rasping but, this is going to be a new experience

BB, thanks for the heads-up on the traffic cams, much appreciated :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Re: First time at Ebb & Flow

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:53 pm

Night sounds of E & F. Nightjar, dikkop, owls?
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Re: First time at Ebb & Flow

Unread post by Albert » Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:37 pm

OK,
Saw this thread now (planning my November trip to Ebb and Flow).
DriesV, yes you can swim in the river. I fell off my paddleski in January, so I know you can swim in the river....But yes, there are a few little "beaches" next to the river both in Ebb and Flow South and North. It is,as several people mentioned, not that far to Wilderness beach (not that I'd swim there myself), but the range of possible activities in the area is great.
As BB mentioned, great birding spots both in the camp itself, along the walks to the waterfall, and at the lakes in the vicinity. Great spot to do some cycling as well. Nice walks in surrounding areas of the National Park.
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Re: First time at Ebb & Flow

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Thu Jun 12, 2014 4:57 pm

DRIESV, Going to Wildernis Ebb & Flo, well you will not be disappointed as there is a lot to do. You are most welcome to pm me for more information and I am most willing to assist.

I have done some trip reports about our visits there and currently busy with which you can have a look at to give you some idea:
Wildernis birding & canoeing - June'13

Wildenis birding & waterfall hiking - 2014

The beach is quite close, but the access road is currently under construction, hence you will have to do a detour drive via either Wildernis town or via the Hoekwil link road. A great spot for swimming and surfing (a well known hotspot for surfers) is just up the Kaaimans Pass and took a left down to Victoria Bay (opposite the Far Hills hotel) It is a great place with tide pool which is very safe.

The weather is nice hot & sunny weather and is one of the places with the best average temperatures through the year. The distance from Jhb to Knysna is actually basically the same as from Jhb to George (not sure and guessing - 1500km)
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Re: First time at Ebb & Flow

Unread post by johanclassen » Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:51 pm

We will be at Ebb and Flow from 17 Nov 14 for 14 days. It will also be our third time in the Camp. I dont see any activities on the forum for this area but will still take the chance. Can anyone at this stage tell me whether the various vleis is Rondevlei etc in the area have enough water for making proper use of the bird hides?
We just love this area and our last visit was 2012. :)

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Re: First time at Ebb & Flow

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Sep 29, 2014 2:47 pm

The drive to the hides often has birdie surprised Johan, so I wouldn't worry about it. It is a joy just sitting in them as well.
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Re: First time at Ebb & Flow

Unread post by johanclassen » Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:35 pm

Yes you are correct BB. Even inside Ebb and Flow, North and South, there are always birds for Africa, but I have to start looking for some of those elusive waterbirds. :wink: We have been there 3 years in succession and the water levels in the Estuaries was quite high. But I concentrated much more on the other types of feathered friends.
By the way, I am quite surprised to see how little action there are on the forums for this (one of the many) Jewels of SAN Parks.
Tnx for the interest. :D

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Re: First time at Ebb & Flow

Unread post by MATTHYS » Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:38 pm

Please also see the links in Kaapsedraai's post here, Johan.
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Re: First time at Ebb & Flow

Unread post by johanclassen » Mon Sep 29, 2014 4:06 pm

Tnx Matthys, but if you link from there the trip reports are identical.
I then linked to the first report from inside his second report posting.
Anyway they are just as I remembered our visits. Cant wait to get down there in Nov,. :D

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Re: First time at Ebb & Flow

Unread post by MATTHYS » Mon Sep 29, 2014 4:14 pm

Hope you will write us a trip report too, Johan :D
Wishing you a lovely trip and great birding. Ebb & Flow is one of my most favourite places/camps :D
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