Summertide Diary: Exploring Wilderness and surrounds

21 December 2020

It pays to be out early in South Africa’s wild places, and the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park is no exception. Even when the sky is still heavy with rain and the sun nowhere to be seen.

After breakfast we felt like exploring a little further afield, and so headed to the Woodville indigenous forest a few kilometers away from Ebb-and-Flow. We explored the wet forest, marveled at the enormous Outeniqua Yellowwood that rules over it and kept a lookout for birds and other creatures trying to hide from us, until we could stand the pestering mosquitoes no more!

From Woodville we extended our joy ride to Rondevlei and the Swartvlei beach, and then had a quick look around the holiday town of Sedgefield, of which I have many happy childhood memories, before heading back to camp.

Just being outside at Wilderness was such balm for the soul. You don’t always have to be out chasing the “hairy and scary” animals for which Africa is famous to enjoy yourself in our wild places…

More frog hunting before bed-time resulted in these photographs of Raucous Toads:

If you’d like to read more about the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park, please have a look at this special feature about it that we published a while ago.


16 thoughts on “Summertide Diary: Exploring Wilderness and surrounds

      1. Bonnita Hill

        That unidentified flower (5th pic) is called the ertjieblom by the locals here in the Stilbay area (Polygala family). A recent publication, which I’ve found very useful is: Layman’s Guide to the Common Trees of Hessequa by Naomi v Schalkwyk. Most pics are by Patrick Duddy.


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