Canoeing in Wilderness
In Wilderness you can explore the Touws from the mouth and up past Ebb-and-Flow, the Serpentine river between the Touws River and Island lake and also the Island Lake area itself.
Permits & Cost: Permits can be obtained from the SANParks office on Thesen Island in Knysna or Ebb-and-Flow in Wilderness and are R216 per annually or R108 per month (February 28, 2022)
SANParks Thesen Island 044 302 5600
SANParks Wilderness Ebb-and-Flow 044 877 1197
Directions & Coordinates:
Touws River Lagoon (-33.994782, 22.578858)
Ebb-and-flow Southern Entrance (-33.994641, 22.606674)
Ebb-and-flow Northern Entrance (-33.988123, 22.608264)
Island Lake (-33.991889, 22.634492)
Other: We recommend always wearing PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices) even when paddling on the lagoon. Wear a hat and sunscreen as well, bearing in mind that the reflection off the water can also burn you.
Here you can see the Touws river in the West from the mouth up into the gorges at Ebb-and-Flow, the Serpentine river winding East towards Island Lake and the Island Lake.
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Please preserve our environment for our posterity by not littering.