Romance in the Wilderness

   
    

Waking up in beautiful Wilderness, we started our morning by paddling with our canoe on the river.  Surrounded by birds, trees and bushes, was a breathtaking and relaxing experience. Eden Adventures specializes in hiking, canoeying, kloofing & abseiling.

We enjoyed a 40min canoe ride to the end of the river, where we started our 40min hike on a boardwalk to the magical waterfalls.  We were spoiled by The Wilderness Picnic Company with a healthy, homemade picnic basket which we enjoyed at the waterfall.  All their food is preservative free and packed in 100% biodegradable (order Sparkling wine separate or bring your own).

Our Picnic basket included:

  • 2 x 500 ml chilled still mineral water.
  • Whole wheat wrap with chicken, roasted red pepper pesto, tomatoes, cucumber, julienne carrots and fresh rocket.
  • Whole wheat wrap with  seasonal vegetables, chickpea hummus, julienne cucumber, carrots, fresh rocket and basil pesto.
  • Baby potato and bacon caesar salad.
  • Beetroot and sweet potato chips.
  • 2 x double chocolate brownie. Made from 70% dark chocolate and white milk chocolate.

 

The cost of this honeymoon package is: R 580.00 per couple - includes all canoeing equipment (life jackets, paddles, dry buckets) and a packed picnic for 2.

More About Eden Adventures

Canoe Hire
Eden Adventures have single, double and triple canoes for hire. These come equipped with paddles, buoyancy aids and waterproof containers for picnics, cameras etc, and a map to assist you in your decision making.

There are various waterways to explore in the area. The most popular are the Touw River and the Kaaimans River.

Please Note that should you enter the National Park with the canoes, entrance fees that may be required will be your responsibility

Touw River:
One can pack a picnic and some swimming gear and head to the Touw River Rockpools. Paddle up the Touw River through the indigenous forest, where there is an abundance of birdlife. After about 40mins of easy paddling you will reach a point where it becomes too shallow and too narrow to continue. Leave the canoe on the right hand side of the river and follow the path up onto the bank. There you will come across a boardwalk which will take you past various rock pools. Relax, swim, picnic and return via the same way.

Island Lake is about a 1.5 to 2 hour paddle down the Serpentine River. Turning right into a tributary of the Touw River, continue through the meandering reedbeds to Island Lake. About half way there, one passes under the Hoekwil road bridge. Just after the bridge the reeds become very overgrown. Push through the reeds for about 20m and it will then open up again. At Island Lake there is a picnic site on the left. Return the same way. Round trip = 4 to 5 hours. Although scenery on this route is not spectacular it is often good for birdwatching.

For those wanting to paddle to the beach, the river mouth is about 30 to 40 mins paddle from Eden Adventures. The river gets wider towards the mouth and banks become more developed, however it is still a lovely alternative.

Kaaimans River:
Although a short paddling option, there is a lovely waterfall that one can paddle to. We also offer abseiling at this waterfall.

What Must I Take With Me?
There are large splash proof buckets in the canoes to keep your belongings dry. You can use them to pack cameras, picnics etc. In fact most daypacks fit inside one of the buckets, however these buckets also act as the buoyancy for the canoe. Therefore they must be kept sealed, with the cords fastened over them.

Are “Life Jackets” Necessary?
Personal floatation devices (PFD) are recommended. All children under the age of 12 are required to wear a PFD. Please note that they are not meant as cushions.

What do I do if I Get Caught By a Strong Headwind?
If the wind picks up, make the front of the boat heavier when paddling into the wind. This will stop the bow being blown around by the wind. You can do this by putting the heaviest person in the front or by putting some rocks up in the front of the boat.

Kloofing
Kloofing, also known canyoneering, is a popular summer activity. The fun starts as one negotiates one's body into a wetsuit. After kitting-up we go boulder hopping and swimming down narrow canyons with lush indigenous forest on either side. For the brave there are always the optional jumps off the cliffs into the cola coloured water below.
All you need to bring is a costume, shoes or sandals that can get wet and a camera (we will carry it in a waterproof container for you). Also, don't forget your towel and dry clothes for the end.

The Half day Cappuccino Canyon (Kaaimans Kloof) is the most popular kloofing trip as it is a fantastic kloof for beginners, yet there are many jumping possibilities for the brave. The deep pools with towering cliffs offer spectacular scenery and an amazing introduction to kloofing.

Abseiling
Abseiling is all about using a rope and other specialised equipment to descend a cliff. The serene Kaaimans Gorge holds one of the most beautiful abseil sights you will find. You have a chance to do two 45m abseils right next to a magnificent waterfall. The first abseil is an easy one to get you used to the idea of trusting the ropes and the second one is slightly more technical, however just as exhilarating.

What also makes this sight special is that you land in a canoe at the bottom. You need not have abseiled before, however it is not for the faint-hearted! It is also important to remember not to wear slippery shoes.

Contact Details:

Tel/Fax: (044) 877 0179
Email: info@eden.co.za

Website:  www.eden.co.za 

 
 

More about The Wilderness Picnic Company

The Wilderness Picnic Co. offers you a home-made, healthy picnic with an eco-friendly twist.
Our product focuses on fresh, high quality, preservative free and delicious home-made food. All the food items are packed in 100% biodegradable, recyclable and compostable packaging.

We offer:

• Basket for Two: a picnic basket designed for 2 people consisting of:
2 patés, 2 salads, 2 fresh baked quiches of your choice from our picnic menu. Two desserts, seed biscuits, cheese, seasonal preserves and a fresh baked ciabatta

You are welcome to ugrade the basket for three people or add individual items to your basket.

How to Order:
• Contact us directly via e-mail or phone
• Please place your orders before 5p.m. for next day delivery
• Free deliveries in Wilderness. Deliveries between 9 and 10:30 a.m.

Cost and Payment:
• Basket for Two: R350
• Convert your “Basket for Two” to 3 people, additional R150
• Individual items can be ordered at an extra charge (please refer to menu)
• Cash or EFT

Containers, plates and cutlery will decompose in 3 months once composted, they can also be recycled but please don’t forget you are responsable for their disposal.

For more information please feel free to contact us via e-mail or telephone.
Paul 071 537 3265 Rikke 082 646 5981
picnic.wilderness@gmail.com

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