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Wilderness National Park at Wilderness Dunes

In the heart of South Africa's famous Garden Route, a charming world of lakes, rivers, fens, estuaries and beaches gently unfolds against a backdrop of lush forest and lofty mountains – all elements that characterise the Wilderness National Park. Nature trails wind through densely wooded forest and along tranquil rivers, affording you the opportunity to encounter the brilliantly coloured Knysna lourie, or one of the five kingfisher species that occur here. During the spring, a carpet of flowers, further enhancing the verdant beauty of this wetland national park surrounds the lakes. The tidal nature of the Touw River adjacent the Ebb and Flow Rest Camp exposes mudbanks that host Whitefronted Plover. The series of lakes connected by the Touw River (Eilandvlei, Langvlei and Rondevlei) host a variety of aquatic species and is an internationally proclaimed Ramsar site. Major concentrations of Great Crested and Blacknecked Grebe are present on Rondevlei and Bo Langvlei. Grey and Purple Heron, Little Egret, African Spoonbill, Little Bittern and Redknobbed Coot are prominent. Wildfowl is prolific including Yellowbilled, Macoa and Whitebacked Duck, Cape Shoveler, Southern Pochard and Cape, Redbilled and Hottentot Teal. There is a hide at Rondevlei, from where careful scanning of the reeds could produce Purple Gallinule, African Rail, Black and Baillon’s Crake. The Swartvlei Estuary immediately east of the Touw River lakes hosts many of the species listed above. It is also a better venue for viewing waders. Caspian Tern and Kelp Gull are prominent. The forested hillsides that surround the area are home to several raptors, including Cuckoo Hawk, Crowned Eagle, Forest Buzzard, Black and Redbreasted Sparrowhawk and African Goshawk. In the wooded kloofs of the Zuurberg, Crowned Eagles breed. Forest species typical of the Eastern Cape, such as Olive Bush Shrike, Yellowthroated Warbler and Cape Batis can also be searched for.


Whale and Dolphin Watching at Wilderness Dunes

Ten nature reserves embrace the varied ecosystems of the area as well as unique marine reserves, home to soft coral reefs, dolphins, seals and a host of other marine life. Various bays along the Garden Route are nurseries to the endangered Southern Right Whale, which comes to calve in the winter and spring (July to December).


Kiddies play area at Wilderness Dunes

All equipment is available at Reception and a refundable deposit is payable. DVD players can be rented on a daily basis.


Games Room & Kiddies Play Area at Wilderness Dunes

Games room with Table Tennis, Darts, Coin Operated Pool table, TV with Wii connection, Finger board, Puzzles, Dominoes, Card Games Kiddies play area All equipment is available at Reception and a refundable deposit is payable. DVD players can be rented on a daily basis


Adventure at Wilderness Dunes

• Hiking trails • Whale & dolphin watching (in season) • Trampoline • Games room • Tennis court • Wilderness National Park • Beach