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Wilderness

Modified: 2008/11/07 16:26 by guygibbon - Categorized as: Western Cape
The 2500ha Wilderness National Park consists of 5 lakes, 5 rivers, 2 estuaries and 28km of beach. This sensitive ecosystem creates a wetland of international importance. Adjoining this is the Goukamma Nature Reserve.

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Specials

Orange-breasted Sunbird, Victorin's Warbler,(Goukamma Nature Reserve) Knysna Warbler, Knysna Woodpecker, Narina Trogon, Baillon's Crake, Red-chested Flufftail, African Finfoot, African Crowned Eagle and Peregrine Falcon.

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Habitats

Forests, rivers, reedbeds, lakes, fynbos, Milkwood forests, beaches and cliffs, pastures and dams.

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Facilities

Wilderness National Park hutted camp, hotels, lodges, chalets, bed and breakfasts, picnic sites, hiking trails, canoe trails and adventure companies .

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Birding

1. Wilderness: Forest Walks In Wilderness the following walks include - Half-collared Kingfisher Trail - 3 km along the western bank of the Touw River. Giant Kingfisher Trail - 7 km along the eastern side of the Touw River. Brown-hooded Kingfisher Trail - 8 km along the Duiwe River. These, as well as other forest walks, include forest species such as Narina Trogon, Black-backed Puffback, Knysna Turaco, Cape Batis, Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler, Black-headed Oriole, Terrestrial Brownbul, Grey Cuckooshrike, African Olive-Pigeon, Lemon Dove, Tambourine Dove, Green-backed Camaroptera, White-starred Robin, Chorister Robin-Chat, Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher and African Paradise-Flycatcher, African Emerald Cuckoo and Forest Buzzard. It is especially important to know the calls when in the forests.

2. The Lakes A string of lakes stretches from Wilderness Lagoon to Island Lake, Langvlei, Rondevlei, Swartvlei and Groenvlei. They include reeded edges, marshy boggy vegetation and milkwood forest. There are hides at Langvlei and Rondevlei. In the reeds, birds may include Little Rush-Warbler, Lesser Swamp-Warbler, African Reed-Warbler,(summer) African Rail, Black Crake, African Purple Swamphen, Purple Heron, Red-chested Flufftail, Baillon's Crake, African Marsh-Harrier. On the water, birds include Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Maccoa Duck, Southern Pochard, Hottentot Teal and White-backed Duck. Yellow-billed Egret may be seen at Langvlei from the Malachite Hide. African Fish-Eagle breed in trees near the water's edge and Osprey is present.

3. Woodville Woodville forest is situated just off the old George / Knysna road and can be a good spot for forest species,especially in the early morning. There is a short (30 minutes) walk from the Big tree. Turn left as this is the area which includes Forest buzzard, Lesser Honeyguide, Narina Trogon, Knysna Turaco, Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler, Olive Bush-Shrike, Green-backed Camaroptera and White-starred Robin. Chorister Robin-Chat is often present at the picnic site as are Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher and Olive Woodpecker. Knysna Warbler often sings from thickets bordering the stream. The pastures alongside the old George / Knysna road support Black-winged Lapwing and Denham's Bustard. Woodville is in the Bergplaas State forest, 26 km from George.From Wilderness take the road to Hoekwil pass through it and turn off where the sign indicates Big tree and Picnic Site.

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General

Wilderness Eco Tourism Association, tel/fax: +27-44-8770045

Wilderness Tourism Website.

Sedgefield Tourism, tel: +27-44-3432658/2007 fax: +27-44-3432010
Sedgefield Tourism

Wilderness National Park, tel: +27-44-8771197 or fax: +27-44-8770366

SA Parks Website
Gate opening times: Open 24 hours

Accommodation :
Wilderness: Wilderness National Park Rest Camp. See above.
The Lakes, Goukamma Nature Reserve: There is a rustic bushcamp on the shore of Groenvlei Lake.
Reservations: Tel: +27-21-6593500

Cape Nature Website

Anne Brash 2007



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