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Overview

Tucked away in the Wilderness National Park, in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains, Ebb and Flow Restcamp is known not only for its striking nature trails and thick woodlands but also for its famous inhabitants, the green and ruby-plumaged Knysna Turacos. Situated on the banks of the Touw River, the rest camp is made up of bright and pleasant forest cabins, cottages and campsites that sprawl on a wide lawn under a canopy of trees.


Ebb and Flow Wilderness is set in the Garden Route’s vistas of dense coastal forests, estuaries and beaches against a backdrop of the rugged mountains. A Ramsar (Wetlands of International Importance) site, the area is an example of pristine conservation practices as the riverine system is the habitat of a diverse ecosystem of aquatic animals and is almost untouched by humans. This is the home of the Knysna seahorse, the most endangered seahorse in the world, which clings onto plants with its tail and changes colour to match its surroundings. 

Accommodation

An inventory of accommodation available at Ebb & Flow Rest Camp is below.

• Four-bed family cottages come with two bedrooms, one bathroom, and an open plan, partially equipped kitchen. The bathroom has a bath, not a shower.

• Four-bed log cottages on wooden stilts are also available, and come with two bedrooms, one bathroom (with a bath & shower), and an open plan, partially equipped kitchen.

• The camp also provides either four or two-bed forest cabins, all with their own ablutions and partially equipped kitchens.
The North area of the camp offers the following accommodation:

• Two-bed rondavels, with bathrooms, and simple kitchen equipment. Bathrooms are complete with shower, but no baths. The rondavels are also available with access to communal ablutions instead of with their own bathrooms.

• Both the North and South camps provide caravan and camping sites, sharing use of the area at the edge of the Touw River. Ablutions and scullery amenities are communal, and a maximum of six people, one caravan with a side tent and one vehicle, or one tent and one vehicle, or one auto villa or one motorized caravan is allowed per site. Portable braais (barbecues) are provided by reception. Certain spots in the South area also have electricity points.

A communal kitchen is available for the use of campers 

Activities & Facilities

As part of the larger Wilderness Camp, Ebb & Flow provides its visitors with access to the popular bathing, rowing, and fishing which takes place at Wilderness beach, the Touw River and surrounding lakes.

Other Wilderness activities include:

• Water-skiing at Island Lake and Swartvlei.
• Canoes on hire.
• A communal TV hall, with DSTV
• A communal table tennis area
• Volleyball and basket ball
• Langvlei and Rondevlei bird hides

• Five hiking trails of varying distance and difficulty are located within the National Park

• Canoeing starts at the Ebb & Flow camp, winds down Touw River, then leading either to Wilderness beach or the Wilderness Lagoon. Canoes available for hire.

• Mountain biking takes up two scenic routes. Bikes are available equipped with child seats. 

• For fans of more extreme adventures, there abseiling outings in various locations around the park. Paragliding is also conducted, under the tutelage of experienced operators. 

• Fishing spots in and around the camp include Leentjiesklip, Kleinkrans, Sandhoogte, Swartvlei, Eilandvlei, and Gericke’s Point

• Wilderness owes its status as a birdwatcher's dream to the many different ecosystems within the park, ranging from the indigenous forest to the rocky shore

Facilities are freely available in the towns of Wilderness and George. The camp itself has no shop except for vending machines available at Reception.The town of Wilderness also has the closest restaurants – a list is available at Reception. There is a laundromat and dryer, medical doctors, a dentist a pharmacy, and the postal service is available from the town of Wilderness. Fuel stations around the camp provide petrol and diesel, accepting legitimate petrol/fuel/garage/credit/debit cards or cash as a form of payment for any fuel purchase.

Important Information

The park accommodates day visitors with various picnic sites at the Ebb & Flow Camp and lagoon.

No firearms are allowed.

There are no official office hours.

• Check-in - 12:00
• Check-out - 09:00

Internal Road Network

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

Tips & Hints

• Pets are not allowed in a national park.
• Remember to bring along a bathing suit, angling equipment, hat, sun block, walking shoes, binoculars, bird and mammal reference books. Hikers must always carry sufficient water.
• Please note it is preferable to swim at Wilderness beach when a lifeguard is on duty.
• Swimming pool for overnight guests only.
• Firearms are to be declared at reception where they will be sealed. The seal will be broken upon departure.
• What visitors need to take (preparation for the trip): Bring along binoculars, camera, walking shoes and birdlife reference books.

• Road maps of tourist routes within the park are available at the reception area. Various information sheets are available at reception.
• For summer (September – March), cool comfortable clothing is recommended along with sunhats and sun protection cream.
• For winter and autumn (April – August), warm clothing is recommended for the night times.
• Insect repellant is recommended, especially in summer.
• No immunisations are needed for travel to this park. The park is situated in a malaria-free area.

Wildlife

Indigenous wildlife to keep an eye out for around Ebb & Flow include the Knysna Seahorse, Pansy Shell, Pied Kingfisher, Grey Heron, and egre.

Directions

• 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.

• 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

Reviews


Nadia le Roux

Great to see friendly faces and good team spirit.Thanks we enjoyed our stay.RegardsAmanda

E A Viljoen

Brilliant - value for money - well maintained and clean and peaceful

Idyl Dreyer

Beautiful and facilities well maintained. Poor administration should get serious attention.

Kiba De Klerk

Het baie lekker gekuier - wonderlike kamp. Alles was mooi skoon en reg. Dankie

Hennie Joubert

Beautiful spot. Unfortunately, no place to unpack one's clothes.We stayed for the weekend and had to live out of our bags.

Mike Ungerer

Beautiful spot. Unfortunately, no place to unpack one's clothes.We stayed for the weekend and had to live out of our bags.

Mike Ungerer

Always enjoy our stay at Ebb and Flow.

Ball

Thank you for a pleasurable stay at EBB & FLOW.We enjoyed it very much. It's a beautiful place.Your service was also good. Blessings to you all.

Kalla Schroeder

My husband and I were very impressed with the camp. It was a pity we were just there for 1 night. We will def be visiting again in the future!

Angela Miller

Tucked away in the Wilderness National Park, in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains, Ebb and Flow Restcamp is known not only for its striking nature trails and thick woodlands but also for its famous inhabitants, the green and ruby-plumaged Knysna Turacos. Situated on the banks of the Touw River, the rest camp is made up of bright and pleasant forest cabins, cottages and campsites that sprawl on a wide lawn under a canopy of trees.


Ebb and Flow Wilderness is set in the Garden Route’s vistas of dense coastal forests, estuaries and beaches against a backdrop of the rugged mountains. A Ramsar (Wetlands of International Importance) site, the area is an example of pristine conservation practices as the riverine system is the habitat of a diverse ecosystem of aquatic animals and is almost untouched by humans. This is the home of the Knysna seahorse, the most endangered seahorse in the world, which clings onto plants with its tail and changes colour to match its surroundings. 

An inventory of accommodation available at Ebb & Flow Rest Camp is below.

• Four-bed family cottages come with two bedrooms, one bathroom, and an open plan, partially equipped kitchen. The bathroom has a bath, not a shower.

• Four-bed log cottages on wooden stilts are also available, and come with two bedrooms, one bathroom (with a bath & shower), and an open plan, partially equipped kitchen.

• The camp also provides either four or two-bed forest cabins, all with their own ablutions and partially equipped kitchens.
The North area of the camp offers the following accommodation:

• Two-bed rondavels, with bathrooms, and simple kitchen equipment. Bathrooms are complete with shower, but no baths. The rondavels are also available with access to communal ablutions instead of with their own bathrooms.

• Both the North and South camps provide caravan and camping sites, sharing use of the area at the edge of the Touw River. Ablutions and scullery amenities are communal, and a maximum of six people, one caravan with a side tent and one vehicle, or one tent and one vehicle, or one auto villa or one motorized caravan is allowed per site. Portable braais (barbecues) are provided by reception. Certain spots in the South area also have electricity points.

A communal kitchen is available for the use of campers 

As part of the larger Wilderness Camp, Ebb & Flow provides its visitors with access to the popular bathing, rowing, and fishing which takes place at Wilderness beach, the Touw River and surrounding lakes.

Other Wilderness activities include:

• Water-skiing at Island Lake and Swartvlei.
• Canoes on hire.
• A communal TV hall, with DSTV
• A communal table tennis area
• Volleyball and basket ball
• Langvlei and Rondevlei bird hides

• Five hiking trails of varying distance and difficulty are located within the National Park

• Canoeing starts at the Ebb & Flow camp, winds down Touw River, then leading either to Wilderness beach or the Wilderness Lagoon. Canoes available for hire.

• Mountain biking takes up two scenic routes. Bikes are available equipped with child seats. 

• For fans of more extreme adventures, there abseiling outings in various locations around the park. Paragliding is also conducted, under the tutelage of experienced operators. 

• Fishing spots in and around the camp include Leentjiesklip, Kleinkrans, Sandhoogte, Swartvlei, Eilandvlei, and Gericke’s Point

• Wilderness owes its status as a birdwatcher's dream to the many different ecosystems within the park, ranging from the indigenous forest to the rocky shore

Facilities are freely available in the towns of Wilderness and George. The camp itself has no shop except for vending machines available at Reception.The town of Wilderness also has the closest restaurants – a list is available at Reception. There is a laundromat and dryer, medical doctors, a dentist a pharmacy, and the postal service is available from the town of Wilderness. Fuel stations around the camp provide petrol and diesel, accepting legitimate petrol/fuel/garage/credit/debit cards or cash as a form of payment for any fuel purchase.

The park accommodates day visitors with various picnic sites at the Ebb & Flow Camp and lagoon.

No firearms are allowed.

There are no official office hours.

• Check-in - 12:00
• Check-out - 09:00

Internal Road Network

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

Tips & Hints

• Pets are not allowed in a national park.
• Remember to bring along a bathing suit, angling equipment, hat, sun block, walking shoes, binoculars, bird and mammal reference books. Hikers must always carry sufficient water.
• Please note it is preferable to swim at Wilderness beach when a lifeguard is on duty.
• Swimming pool for overnight guests only.
• Firearms are to be declared at reception where they will be sealed. The seal will be broken upon departure.
• What visitors need to take (preparation for the trip): Bring along binoculars, camera, walking shoes and birdlife reference books.

• Road maps of tourist routes within the park are available at the reception area. Various information sheets are available at reception.
• For summer (September – March), cool comfortable clothing is recommended along with sunhats and sun protection cream.
• For winter and autumn (April – August), warm clothing is recommended for the night times.
• Insect repellant is recommended, especially in summer.
• No immunisations are needed for travel to this park. The park is situated in a malaria-free area.

Indigenous wildlife to keep an eye out for around Ebb & Flow include the Knysna Seahorse, Pansy Shell, Pied Kingfisher, Grey Heron, and egre.

• 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.

• 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

Nadia le Roux

Great to see friendly faces and good team spirit.Thanks we enjoyed our stay.RegardsAmanda

E A Viljoen

Brilliant - value for money - well maintained and clean and peaceful

Idyl Dreyer

Beautiful and facilities well maintained. Poor administration should get serious attention.

Kiba De Klerk

Het baie lekker gekuier - wonderlike kamp. Alles was mooi skoon en reg. Dankie

Hennie Joubert

Beautiful spot. Unfortunately, no place to unpack one's clothes.We stayed for the weekend and had to live out of our bags.

Mike Ungerer

Beautiful spot. Unfortunately, no place to unpack one's clothes.We stayed for the weekend and had to live out of our bags.

Mike Ungerer

Always enjoy our stay at Ebb and Flow.

Ball

Thank you for a pleasurable stay at EBB & FLOW.We enjoyed it very much. It's a beautiful place.Your service was also good. Blessings to you all.

Kalla Schroeder

My husband and I were very impressed with the camp. It was a pity we were just there for 1 night. We will def be visiting again in the future!

Angela Miller

Accommodation options

Camp Site South (CK6PS)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
04 Dec 2019 — 13 Jan 2020 $ 22 $ 6 $ 3 6 people
14 Jan 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 15 $ 6 $ 3 6 people
From $ 15

For 2 people

- No view - Powerpoint 

Camp Site North (CK6PVN)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
04 Dec 2019 — 13 Jan 2020 $ 32 $ 6 $ 3 6 people
14 Jan 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 24 $ 6 $ 3 6 people
From $ 24

For 2 people

- Powerpoint - View 

Rondawel North (HE2N)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
04 Dec 2019 — 13 Jan 2020 $ 40 - - 2 people
14 Jan 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 32 - - 2 people
From $ 32

For 2 people

- 2 single beds - Communal ablutions - Fridge - Hotplate - No Smoking - Utensils 

Rondawel North (HK2N)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
04 Dec 2019 — 13 Jan 2020 $ 50 - - 2 people
14 Jan 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 38 - - 2 people
From $ 38

For 2 people

- 2 single beds - Fridge - Hotplate - No Smoking - Utensils - Wc and shower 

Forest Cabin En Suite South (HF2S)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
04 Dec 2019 — 13 Jan 2020 $ 75 - - 2 people
14 Jan 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 60 - - 2 people
From $ 60

For 2 people

- 2 single beds - Communal Kitchen - Fridge - No Smoking - Utensils - Wc and shower

Forest Cabin En Suite South (HF4S)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
04 Dec 2019 — 13 Jan 2020 $ 75 $ 19 $ 9 4 people
14 Jan 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 60 $ 19 $ 9 4 people
From $ 60

For 2 people

- 4 single beds with bedding - Communal Kitchen - Fridge - No Smoking - Utensils - Wc and shower 

Log Cottage South (FT4S)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
04 Dec 2019 — 13 Jan 2020 $ 137 - - 4 people
14 Jan 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 109 - - 4 people
From $ 109

For 4 people

- 2 bedrooms, each with 2 single beds - Kitchen - No Smoking - Wc, shower and bath 

Family Cottage South (FA4DS)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
04 Dec 2019 — 13 Jan 2020 $ 144 - - 4 people
14 Jan 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 115 - - 4 people
From $ 115

For 4 people

- 1 bedroom with 2 single beds - 1 bedroom with double bed - Fireplace - Kitchen - No Smoking - Wc and shower 

Log Cottage South (FT4DTS)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
04 Dec 2019 — 13 Jan 2020 $ 147 - - 4 people
14 Jan 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 117 - - 4 people
From $ 117

For 4 people

- 1 bedroom with 2 single beds - 1 bedroom with double bed - DSTV (Limited Channels) - Kitchen - No Smoking - Wc, shower and bath