Touw River Cruises

Our most popular cruise is on the Touw River

We also offer partial or customised cruises for special occasions

Touw River Cruise

A gentle cruise up and down the Touw River, encompassing the reed lined wetlands, forest and lagoon. Duration 1 – 1.5 hours. The boat takes you past the SANParks – Wilderness Rest camp, pausing to take in the sounds of the forests, then back down the river to Wilderness lagoon.

Starting at the jetty at Tarentaal day visitor area in Ebb-and-Flow South Rest Camp (next to the canoe hire.)

Take the Wilderness National Park turn-off from the N2 at Dumbleton Crescent. At the park entry gate, obtain a permit and pay entry fees where applicable and take the first turn left after the gate. You will find us at the jetty and slipway at the end of the picnic area.

09h00, 10h30, 12h00, 13h30, 15h00 and (Sunset Cruises 16h30 and 18h00 by prior booking)

Adults – R180 per person,
Children – R100 per child.

We add 50% to the above rates for exclusive or private cruises if the group is 5 people or less.
(Cash or Credit Card) Maximum 8 people per trip. Rates exclude SANParks daily conservation fee where applicable.

Touw River Cruise – Alternative Boarding Points

  • Moontide Guest House
  • Boardwalk opposite Wilderness Manor
  • Touw River Lagoon picnic area
  • Pirates Creek
  • Fairy Knowe Hotel
  • Anchorage B&B
  • Manzini
  • Serendipity
(2-12 yrs)
SA ResidentsR220.00R120.00
SADC NationalsR260.00R150.00
Foreign NationalsR320.00R180.00

(Includes Conservation Levy /Permit Fee)

Partial Touw River Cruises

  • One way to Milkwood picnic spot on the Half-collared Kingfisher Trail.
  • Ebb-and-Flow to Lagoon
  • Lagoon to Ebb-and-Flow

Adults – R120 per person
Children – R70 per child

(Cash or Credit Card) Maximum 8 people per trip. Rates exclude SANParks daily conservation fee where applicable.


Cruise the shores of Island Lake and its island looking for aquatic birds and taking in the scenery. The best time is at sunset or early morning. We only launch on Island Lake by prior booking.


The lake is usually home to hundreds of Red-knobbed Coots that accumulate in areas sheltered from the wind. The coots nest on heaps of floating reeds and seem to breed all year round. Other birds include, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, African Darter, Reed, Cape and White-breasted Cormorants, Herons and Kingfishers. At sunset hundreds of Cattle Egrets descend on a patch of reeds alongside the lake to roost.

Starting at Island Lake slipway in the SANParks picnic area. Pre-booking for Island Lake is essential as we do not base the boat there. Together we make a date and time and meet you there.

Adults – R180 per person,
Children – R100 per child.

(Cash or Credit Card) Maximum 8 people per trip. Rates exclude SANParks daily conservation fee where applicable.


Daily shuttle by boat to Ebb-and-Flow in Wilderness National Park

Touw River Mouth to Ebb-AND-Flow daily shuttle

Daily shuttle by boat to Ebb-and-Flow in Wilderness National Park, departing 09h30 from the boardwalk in Wilderness village alongside Waterside Road, to enjoy hiking the Half-collared Kingfisher Trail, hiring a canoe or having a picnic in Wilderness Rest Camp.  The shuttle stops at Fairy Knowe hotel and Eden Adventures.  Returning departure 13h30 or 15h00

376 Waterside Road, Wilderness

Rates including Wilderness National Park permit:

R250 return or R200 one way.

Rates if you have a permit or Wildcard: 

R100 return or R50 one way.


Our boat is also available for special occasions and events

Customised Cruises

Water taxi at sporting events,
A quick joyride
Birthday parties or celebrations
Corporate events
Picnic cruises
School outings
Photography or other club outings

We will quote different rates according to the nature and duration thereof.


Guided hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, canyon swimming, township tours, and customised tours, in association with Southern Cape Tours.

Southern Cape Tours

Exploring the environment is my passion.  Let me show you the Garden Route with a tailor-made tour to suit your interests and physical ability

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  • Guided hiking, half day hikes in the Knysna Forests, Wilderness, and Goukamma , full day hike on Robberg peninsula.
  • Guided canoeing, on Goukamma River, Touw River or Serpentine
  • Canyon swimming and hiking in Drupkelders or Kaaimans river
  • Mountain Biking at Harkerville
  • The above activities include transport to and from your accommodation, equipment, park permit fees and light refreshments.
  • Knysna Township Tour
  • Knysna Tour
  • Wilderness Highlights Tour
  • Forgotten Mountain Passes Tour