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Ebb and Flow Rest Camp

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Ebb and Flow Rest Camp is situated in the Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park, along the banks of the beautiful Touw River. Wilderness is a small town that sits pretty much in between the larger towns of George and Knysna. It’s breath taking scenery and laid back vibes make it a popular destination among backpackers and roadtrippers of all ages. Boasting tranquil rivers, a long stretch of beach, and the greenest forests you can imagine, you can expect to marvel at your surroundings at all times.

View of the Touw River from Ebb and Flow Rest Camp
View of the Ebb and Flow Camp Site (North Section)


Ebb and Flow offers a variety of accommodation types. You can pitch your tent on one of their many grassy campsites; choosing to camp either right next to the river, or a short walk away from it. You can bring your caravan along and park at one of their caravan sites. A 220V power point is provided for the caravans.

Camping not your thing? You can choose to make one of their family cottages, log cabins or rondavels your temporary home. The cottages and log cabins sleep between 4 and 6 people; bedding, towels, kitchen equipment and soap are provided; and they are serviced daily. The rondavels sleep between 2 and 4 people and basic kitchen equipment is provided.

Rondavels at Ebb and Flow Rest Camp

The Rest Camp is split into two large sections – North and South. The rondavels and a few of the camping sites are found in the North Camp – the smallest of the two. This side is ideal for couples or smaller groups. The family cottages, log cabins, caravan sites and more campsites are found in the larger South Camp. This section is great for a families or larger groups.

There are ablution facilities throughout the camp which are cleaned daily. You will also find fairly large sculleries with communal deep freezers – a gigantic bonus! There are no shops at the Rest Camp. It is recommended to stock up on essentials before arriving. The deep freezers on hand make life easier when it comes to bringing meat and ice along. There is, however, a Kwikspar, as well as a number of restaurants and pubs, a short drive away.


Ebb and Flow Rest Camp is a popular destination for families and it gets pretty packed over peak seasons (April to July & November to Mid-January). If you would like to visit over these times it is advised that you book well in advance. If you’re looking for a bit more peace and quiet then off peak times would be perfect for you. There is no need to book, just rock up and pick your plot.


Whether you’re looking for some down time or for an adventure-packed holiday, Ebb and Flow offers a little something for all tastes!


The Rest Camp is perfectly situated next to some pretty stunning hikes. The Half Collared Kingfisher Trail is a must-do. The trail follows the Touw River through densely wooded forest to a beautiful waterfall and swimming spot. Bring a picnic along and make a day of it.


Hire a canoe and go exploring. You can rent a canoe from inside the Rest Camp for R60 per hour or R140 for three hours. If you have your own canoe feel free to bring it along.


Wilderness Beach is arguably one of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches in the Western Cape. Spanning some four and a half kilometers there is plenty of space to frolic in the ocean or soak up some rays.


Wilderness is a bird watcher’s paradise. See if you can spot the Knysna Loerie, Pied Kingfisher, or King Heron, among other magnificent wildlife.



Summary Situated along the banks of the beautiful Touw River, the popular Ebb and Flow Rest Camp is a jewel of the Garden Route and a must visit camping site for campers or caravaners. Boasting tranquil rivers, a long stretch of beach, and the greenest forests you can imagine, you can expect to marvel at your surroundings at all times.


About The Author

Natasha Potter

Growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, I was always playing outside and road tripping with my family. And just like that, a love for the great outdoors was sparked in me. I've always felt happier when I'm outside - be it camping, hiking, or swimming. After graduating with a Bachelor of Psychology I knew that I did not want to spend my days indoors working a 9-5. I found that my true passion lies in travelling, in being outdoors and making my life an adventure, and in inspiring others to do the same.

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