Serpentine

This route takes you along the Touws River past the Wilderness National Park (SanParks) through the Serpentine river to the Island Lake.

The Wilderness Lakes has a status as Wetlands of International Importance according to the Ramsar convention. The wetlands, which are now managed by South African National Parks, include the Serpentine river, Island Lake, Langvlei and Rondevlei. These lakes, each a wetland by itself, form a link in the chain of the Touw River that meets the sea at Wilderness.  These wetlands support 285 endemic plants, 32 fish species, up to 300 bird species, and a variety of invertebrate.

The Island Lake section falls under SanParks protection, entry fees apply here.

Start Coordinates: (DD)-33.9938732, 22.5849041
Start/FinishSouthside Road (or Waterside Road)
Distance± 9,3 km
Elevation Gain± 0 m
Perceived ExertionModerate
Trail SystemPaddling
SurfaceRiver
Flat water
Route MarkersNone
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ESTIMATED TIME

Paddling± 2.5 h 
Typical Paddling SpeedTime to Paddle 1 km
Novice, out of shape or young paddlers2-3 km/h20-30 min.
Intermediate Paddlers4-5 km/h8-15 min.
Advanced Paddlers6 km/h10-12 min.
K1 kayak average 4 km/h15 min.

FACILITIES AT THE START

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