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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
- Tel: +27 (0) 41 4680916/8
Fax: +27 (0) 41 4680949
The Alexandria hiking trail provides accommodation for hikers in a guesthouse.
The Woody Cape Guesthouse is situated at the trail base, providing accommodation for the beginning and/or end of the hike. The guesthouse is ideally located of the edge of the Alexandria Forest, close to the Woody Cape offices/reception. It offers three bedrooms, each with two sets of bunk beds (no bedding is provided) - sleeping a maximum of 12 people, with one bathroom and separate toilet. A fully-fitted kitchen is available, as is an open plan lounge and dining room area.
Set within the picturesque Alexandria Forest in the Woody Cape Section of Addo Elephant National Park, a new, exclusive accommodation offering is set to be a hit with birders, those who enjoy escaping to a private destination under a canopy of trees and others who just wish to "get away from it all". Prospective visitors with a special interest in botany, trees, ferns and mushrooms will also delight in using this accommodation as their base from where to explore the forest.
The two Langebos Huts are booked "simultaneously", meaning visitors have the entire camp to themselves - even if they don't book the second hut. Each hut sleeps up to four people and is cleverly laid out with an open plan lounge (with a sliding door leading onto a wooden deck) and fully-equipped kitchen. There are two bedrooms, with the main bedroom with double bed also leading onto the deck through a sliding door, while the second bedroom offers two single beds. Views from the lounge and main bedroom onto the magical forest are idyllic. A short wooden walkway leads from the kitchen to an adjoining, spacious bathroom with toilet, shower and sink.
A central braai area provides the perfect setting for a good old South African braai at any time of day or night.
Shoulder season: R1 230
High season: R1 350
(For the base rate of 4 guests)
Additional adult: R220
Additional child: R110
Bookings are made through Camp Matyholweni on Matyholweni@sanparks.org or Tel: +27(0)41 468 0916/8.
- Two-day Alexandria Hiking Trail
- 7km Woody Cape Tree Dassie Trail
- Birding - Bird life is prolific with about 300 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.
The following facilities are available at Woody Cape:
- Two Langebos Huts
- Woody Cape Guest House
- Picnic tables near Reception
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.
Full Addo Map
- General Tariffs Information
- 2015/2016 Tariffs
- Pensioners' Discount
- Members of SANParks’ loyalty programme WILD do not pay conservation fees provided that proof of Identity and their WILD card are shown on arrival.
- Cost of a Wild Card
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- Activity tariffs
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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