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5 Things To Seek

  1. Knysna Seahorse
  2. Pansy Shell
  3. Pied Kingfisher
  4. Grey Heron
  5. Little Egret

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Accommodation

Ebb & Flow Rest Camp (South)

Ebb & Flow Rest Camp (North)

NB: The rondavels are basic and are classified as budget accommodation.

Caravan\Camping

To view the accommodation prices, refer to Tariffs

 

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Activities & Facilities

Recreational Activities & Adventures

Hiking

There are five trails all located in the National Park, all with varying distances and degrees of difficulty.

Canoeing

Fishing

Fishing is allowed in the following sections of Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park - Leentjiesklip, Kleinkrans, Sandhoogte, Swartvlei, Eilandvlei, and Gericke’s Point.

Birding

Due to the many different ecosystems within the park ranging from the indigenous forest to the rocky shore, Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park has become a bird paradise.

Paragliding

Experience the freedom of paragliding with experienced operators. Please contact Wilderness Eco Tourism for more information or (044) 877 0045.

Facilities


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Natural and Cultural History

Wilderness

“...the beauty and serenity of this corner of the world is in such conflict with its unsuitable name …” “in the Wilderness build me a nest and remain there forever at rest …” (a line from Hayden’s Creation ) was sung by a lady Theresa, to her fiancée, to escape the memory of being orphaned when her parents farm was destroyed in the frontier war.

Shelters

The Ebb and Flow shelter in the northern rest camp was excavated for guano in the 1800’s. The cave was used as a shelter and living place of Khoi and San. Two skeletons were discovered and various implements. One of the implements was described as a core scraper.

Oakhurst shelter – Stone Age People

This is one of the oldest caves excavated in the country. Forty skeletons of Khoisan (adults and infants) buried in different layers and depths were found.

Other implements found: pottery shards, hippo bones, buffalo, duiker and steenbok bones yielded information about their cultural development and diet

Historical sites

St. Aidan’s church is one of the oldest buildings in Wilderness, which was named after an Irish saint, who was part of the missionary drive to Scotland and England. The church bell was salvaged from the SS Thorne, which was wrecked in a fog off Robben Island on 18th May 1831 and presented to St. Aidan’s by the Piggott family in 1951.

The Oakhurst church was consecrated on All Saints Day in 1876 and called All Saints.

1952 Settler's Monument was erected by the Lakes Committee in Wilderness to commemorate the founding of the European settlement in South Africa on 6 April 1652.

Gericke’s Point was named by Bartholomew Diaz as “Ponta de Pescaria” meaning "place or point of fish". Today this is still a famous fishing spot as well as rocky-shore and snorkelling site.

The scenic “passes road” was completed in 1893 by Thomas Bain. This was the first substantial link between George and Knysna.

The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe runs 67 kilometres between Knysna and George thus passing through the Wilderness Area of the Garden Route National Park. It is one of the remaining scheduled steam trains and reputably the second most beautiful line in the world.


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How to get there

The Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park is situated close to the N2 highway, 15km from George, 2km from Wilderness village, 410km from Port Elizabeth and 450km from Cape Town.

The closest airport is at George, where car hire facilities are available.

Guests visiting Wilderness' Ebb & Flow Rest Camp, please note the road sign on the N2 to the Park reads Wilderness National Park and not Ebb & Flow. Guests can also use the western access through the town of Wilderness across the rail road bridge and turn right for the reception.

Gate Times

Gate Registration & Indemnity Form


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Natural and Cultural History

Wilderness

“...the beauty and serenity of this corner of the world is in such conflict with its unsuitable name …” “in the Wilderness build me a nest and remain there forever at rest …” (a line from Hayden’s Creation ) was sung by a lady Theresa, to her fiancée, to escape the memory of being orphaned when her parents farm was destroyed in the frontier war.

Shelters

The Ebb and Flow shelter in the northern rest camp was excavated for guano in the 1800’s. The cave was used as a shelter and living place of Khoi and San. Two skeletons were discovered and various implements. One of the implements was described as a core scraper.

Oakhurst shelter – Stone Age People

This is one of the oldest caves excavated in the country. Forty skeletons of Khoisan (adults and infants) buried in different layers and depths were found.

Other implements found: pottery shards, hippo bones, buffalo, duiker and steenbok bones yielded information about their cultural development and diet

Historical sites

St. Aidan’s church is one of the oldest buildings in Wilderness, which was named after an Irish saint, who was part of the missionary drive to Scotland and England. The church bell was salvaged from the SS Thorne, which was wrecked in a fog off Robben Island on 18th May 1831 and presented to St. Aidan’s by the Piggott family in 1951.

The Oakhurst church was consecrated on All Saints Day in 1876 and called All Saints.

1952 Settler's Monument was erected by the Lakes Committee in Wilderness to commemorate the founding of the European settlement in South Africa on 6 April 1652.

Gericke’s Point was named by Bartholomew Diaz as “Ponta de Pescaria” meaning "place or point of fish". Today this is still a famous fishing spot as well as rocky-shore and snorkelling site.

The scenic “passes road” was completed in 1893 by Thomas Bain. This was the first substantial link between George and Knysna.

The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe runs 67 kilometres between Knysna and George thus passing through the Wilderness Area of the Garden Route National Park. It is one of the remaining scheduled steam trains and reputably the second most beautiful line in the world.


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Maps

Park Map Brochures

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Camp Layout

Ebb and Flow Rest Camp - North


Ebb and Flow Rest Camp - South


Ebb and Flow Rest Camp - Activities

Farleigh - Activities

Goudveld - Activities

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Tariffs

Wilderness Section

Daily Conservation Fee for 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2016

South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R34 per adult, per day
R17 per child, per day
SADC Nationals (with passport): R68 per adult, per day
R34 per child, per day
Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors): R112 per adult, per day
R56 per child, per day

General Tariff Information

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Vital Information

Climate

Nature has blessed Wilderness with a pleasant, temperate climate; it is unique in Africa as the only area in which rainfall occurs throughout the year. And, to cap it all, most of our rain falls at night! It's the ideal climate for a visit - at any time of the year!

Day Visitors

The park is ideal for day visitors with various picnic sites at the rest camp and at the lagoon.

Fuel Stations: Petrol/ Diesel

Vehicle fuel is available in all parks (or is available on the park periphery):

Firearms

No firearms allowed.

Official Hours

Internal Road Network

The access road from the N2 is paved, however, the access from the northern camp is gravelled.

Tips & Hints

Contact Information

For enquiries e-mail enquiries.wilderness@sanparks.org or phone us on the following numbers:

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People with disabilities

Wheelchair Access

Ebb and Flow Restcamp (South) has one accessible chalet and one accessible forest hut. Most of the boardwalk along the Touw River can be accessed, although the access ramps are a bit perilous in parts. This allows a person to witness the tidal nature of the river at close quarters. A bird hide at Rondevlei can be accessed with difficulty (the pathway is a combination of sandy soil and thick grass).

(Please see additional information on Wheelchair Accessibility)


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