Hiring a canoe and cruising the waterways of the area is a very popular all year round activity. From our base at the Fairy Knowe Hotel, one can easily set off on the Touw River and explore the placid waters of the Garden Route National Park but there are other waterways in the area as well.
Canoes come equipped with large splash proof buckets to keep your belongings dry. You can use them to pack cameras, picnics etc. Most daypacks fit inside one of the buckets.
Routes on the Touw River include
- The Touw River Waterfall. By far the most popular route, this trip involves roughly 40mins (3km) of paddling through indigenous forest and 40mins (2.5km) of walking on a boardwalk to a waterfall. After taking in the scene at the waterfall, you return via the same way. The highlight of the route is that it culminates at a lovely waterfall which is ideal venue for a picnic and a refreshing dip.
- Island Lake is about a 1.5 to 2 hour (3.5km) paddle down the Serpentine River. This will take you through meandering reedbeds where birdlife is abundant. 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.
- The River Mouth is about 30 to 40 mins paddle.The river gets wider towards the mouth and river banks become more developed.