Garden of Eden
Garden of Eden
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The walk follows over 1km of wooden board walks and bridges across streams and is entirely wheelchair friendly and ideal for the elderly wanting to visit the forest. There is a number of wooden benches and tables along the trail to sit, snack, picnic or enjoy your 'padkos'. Water and ablution facilities.
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CloudTraveller777
Germany30 contributions
Jan 2022
Nice walk trough the forests, but not more than 15-20 min long. The noisy N2 close by is a spoiler of the forest experience. If you go there, ring insect repellent! Due to the limited length of the walk we thought it was not worth the drive and effort to go there.
Written January 7, 2022
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Cairokid
Maidenhead, UK1,207 contributions
Jan 2020
The name of the experience makes you feel that this will be a great experience, however the delivery falls short. There is a circular path, about 1km long, which takes you along a boardwalk through some jungle. You need to pay for the experience - not sure it was worth it.
Written February 19, 2020
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jenniferfilen94
Port Elizabeth, South Africa5 contributions
Jul 2023
A must stop off for a picnic. Beautiful peaceful forest area with lots of picnic spots and very safe well laid out trail. Suitable even of older people to walk. Even on a cold misty day it was exquisite
Written August 6, 2023
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Roland S
Graz, Austria106 contributions
Mar 2022
You must sign in at the main office on left on the N2 to Plett. After that you can have a walk within the forest. The permit allows you as well some kilometers further to go to the coast and have a walk there. Interesting place
Written March 24, 2022
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Your_Danny_P
South Africa18 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
This was an ok walk through a dilapidated Forrest.
All the trees that are of age have fallen over and there is a lot of new growth. There are a few impressive trees. We saw no wildlife here.
It is not worth the entrance money International is more expensive than locals
The Birds of Eden outside Plettenberg Braai (as per some of the pictures) is however totally worth it!
This however should really not be ticketed.
Much more better things to see!
Written December 21, 2018
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Angelo G
Mullingar, Ireland315 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
This is by far the best National Parks chalet we have ever used.
A great place to stop and thoroughly rest-up for a couple of days when on a garden route trip.
Check-in is at the kiosk at the entrance of Garden of Eden on the N2 just a few minutes from Knysna.
Must check-in no later than 17h00, at which time you are issued keys to the closed park gates across the road, and the chalet in the forest. There is only one chalet which enjoys 100% privacy. Good gravel road to the doorstep, and parking at the front door.
The chalet is built on stilts and juts out amongst the treetops at the front. Not much of a view into the distance, but you are indeed sitting inside the tree canopy itself, with birds coming and going if you are not noisy.
Large and comfortable wooden structure comprising open plan lounge/kitchen, 1 bedroom with double bed, 1 bedroom with twin beds, 2 bathrooms, plenty cupboards, large verandah with table, chairs and loungers. Very safe (watch out for scorpions in the wood storage bins, and take usual precautions if walking in the forest). We found our citronella candles useful on the verandah and in the bedroom at night.
The chalet is expertly and comprehensively kitted out including, all bedding and towels, large fridge, stove, washing machine with detergents and tumble drier (great to catch up on your washing if on a longer trip), full range of kitchen utensils as well as dish-wash detergents (bring own paper-towels), braai (barbecue) with utensils and plenty free wood (bring own coal if desired), aircon., fireplace, TV with DSTV channels. There is a security system (disconnected when we visited). There is a telephone line to Parks Board but you need to rely on your mobile (nearest reception is 120 meters up the road from the chalet and is poor).
We stocked up on ostrich fillet, boerewors and salads for the braai, bottled water and various snacks and treats (Knysna Pick&Pay). It is very easy to drive out to Knysna for meals at the great restaurants there, but we preferred to make our own and just totally chill out at the chalet.
There are walks through the forest if you want to stretch your legs and explore, but you will be tempted to just hang out in the absolute privacy and comfort of the chalet and live out your wildest Adam and Eve fantasies…
N.B. This refers to the Garden of Eden (near Knysna) which is part of South African National (SAN) Parks. The reviews of the Birds of Eden (near Plettenberg Bay), which is part of The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA), are misplaced here.
Written March 30, 2017
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Rednel70
Dubai, United Arab Emirates13 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
What a special place! The birds have so much character, from a beautiful pair of Maccaws wanting to join our lunch in the restaurant, a gorgeous little parrot having a conversation with us along the pathway and a lovely amazon attempting to steal my husband by showering him with sweet kisses, to 3 stubborn and argumentative blue cranes who didn't want us to leave...this is a wonderful place and certainly a highlight on our 6 week holiday in the Western Cape. Highly recommended!
Written August 10, 2014
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B.C.QAGELA
Durban, South Africa423 contributions
Nov 2015 • Family
There are hiking trails and picnic area where you can relax with your family or friends, there are short circular walks and a long walk trail through the indigenous forest.
Written September 22, 2016
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Shaz Matazz
Johannesburg, South Africa18 contributions
Oct 2020
I enjoyed the tranquility, an easy walk just to enjoy nature. Learnt alot about different trees and different species.
Written November 5, 2020
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Stilts55
East Susex65 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Really enjoyed seeing all the amazing birds - well worth getting a guide to show you around and buying the book to help identify the birds.
Written January 22, 2020
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