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The Wilderness National Park lies within the heart of the Garden Route and with sea, forest, lakes and wetlands, this is one of the most picturesque areas in the country.

Birding is excellent and ranges from the flash of green and red from Knysna Turaco’s through to the blues of Half-Collared Kingfishers and a suite of other waterbirds. There are a number of excellent bird hides that allow good photographic opportunities and hikes through the forest or canoeing along the rivers and streams will provide different photographic perspectives.


Best Time to Photograph
Throughout the day
Type of Photography
  • Birds
  • Forest
  • Landscapes
  • Seascapes
Best Time of Year
Throughout the year
Photographic Tips
Bird photography is best done in the early morning and late evening and it is worth photographing from the hides as well as moving slowly through the forest for elusive species. With low light in the forest, mid morning to mid afternoon is best. It is also possible to photograph from a canoe, though the constant movement can be a problem from the unstable platform so it is best to try and wedge oneself into position using the oar of the canoe.
Recommended Gear
A bean bag is useful for the hides while a tripod, flash and cable release is a must for photographing in the low light of the forest.


Site Highlights
Canoeing the Touw & Serpentine Rivers, Malachite Hide at Langvlei,Half-Collared Kingfisher Trail which leaves from the Ebb & Flow Restcamp


Season and Weather
The climate is a mild & temperate, which holds the possibility of rain throughout the year, with most of it falling at night.
Other Activities
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Canoeing


Closest Town
Getting There
Wilderness National Park and the tourism facilities of the Ebb & Flow rest camp is situated along the N2 highway towards the eastern side of Wilderness Village. It lies 15km’s from George and 410km’s from Port Elizabeth. Maps of the various hides and trails are available at reception at the Ebb & Flow Restcamp
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Peter Chadwick
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As a dedicated conservationist, Peter Chadwick has 30 years strategic and operational conservation experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. He has worked within all of the major biomes in southern Africa as well as having provided expert conservation advice at a global level. His conservation and wildlife photography is a natural extension to his conservation work where he has numerous opportunities to capture photographs that showcase the beauty and complexity of the outdoors. Peter’s photography is internationally recognized, with this work appearing globally in a wide range of print and electronic media.