About Wilderness

Wilderness is situated on the Garden Route, between the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South Africa. Show on Map

Garden Route DestinationsWilderness, Garden Route

Lying in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains in a region of incomparable beauty, Wilderness is an attractive holiday resort with beautiful beaches and numerous vantage points from which to watch the whales and dolphins.

As far back as the late 1800's the reputation of Wilderness with its natural bounty of rivers and lakes and intrinsic peace and tranquillity, ideal for seaside holidays, was established in a little stone farmhouse. A seaside boarding house was established in the old homestead - and so began the tradition of hospitality which has made this small resort town famous all over the world.

The romantic resort of Wilderness lies 15 km east of George, between the Kaaimans River in the West and the Goukamma Nature Reserve in the east, bordered by the Outeniqua Mountains in the north and the Indian Ocean in the south. Wilderness is renowned for its vast stretches of beach, its peace and tranquillity and the absence of windswept headlands and wild, stormy seas. The long stretch of beach embraces the mouths of the Touw and Kaaimans Rivers, and is backed by northward cliffs over which the fringe of the forest reaches down to sea level.

Wilderness not only overlooks the sea, but also the placid lagoon (Touw River Estuary), the Serpentine, which meanders between the Touw River, Island Lake and Rondevlei. This is a favourite venue for waterskiing and attracts enthusiasts from far and wide. Recreational activities in Wilderness include hiking, mountain-biking, bird- and whale-watching, hang- and paragliding, horseriding, scenic drives, day tours, angling, boating and other water sports.

Excellent viewpoints are Map of Africa with breathtaking scenery of forests, lakes, mountains and coastline and Dolphin's Point, an excellent vantage point from which to study whales and dolphins. Kaaimans River Bridge is a much favoured spot for photography and particularly for taking snaps of the Outeniqua Choo-Choo that travels along the coastline between George and Knysna.

Woodville Big Tree, over 800 years old, creates shaded areas with its massive branches, making it a great picnic spot. Take a stroll along the boardwalk (also wheelchair-friendly) which is part of the Pied Kingfisher Trail and home to a wide variety of birds. The winter climate is splendid with sunshine days and temperatures that rarely drop below 8 C. The annual rainfall averages around 700 mm.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Wilderness

Mes Amis

Guest House

Mes Amis

Mes Amis is located right on the Wilderness beach, part of the Wilderness National Park. Elegant accommodation is ... more

Wilderness Manor Guest House

Guest House

Wilderness Manor Guest House

Wilderness Manor is an elegant and refined Colonial Guest House overlooking the beautiful Wilderness Lagoon. Step out of ... more

Palms Wilderness Retreat

Bed & Breakfast

Palms Wilderness Retreat

Palms is a charming thatched Guest House set in tropical gardens, located in the heart of Wilderness, close to all the ... more

Reviews of Wilderness

We enjoyed Wilderness very much. It is truely a place to come closer and experience nature in all it facests. We will be back to explore more of this...

Chris, Bloemfontein & Russia

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