Attractions IN Wilderness

National Parks

Garden Route National Park

The Garden Route National Park, established by SANParks and also known as GRNP, spans an impressive 121 000 hectares and includes the existing Wilderness and Tsitsikamma national parks, the Knysna Lakes area and roughly 52 000 hectares of newly proclaimed ...

Landmarks / Miscellaneous

Map-of-Africa Viewpoint

The Map-of-Africa is situated at Wilderness Heights, which is between the Garden Route towns of Knysna and George. From the N2 motorway (heading from Knysna and towards George), turn left into Wilderness. Then, follow the road to the T-junction before ...

Attractions AROUND Wilderness

Botanical Gardens / Landmarks

Garden Route Botanical Garden

Situated at the top of Caledon Street, in the town of George, the Garden Route Botanical Garden is worth a visit for its value as a 'green lung' but also for the role it plays in raising awareness about the unique kind of flora that exists in the Garden ...

Nature Reserves

Goukamma Nature Reserve

The glorious Goukamma Nature Reserve is one of those unrivalled hideaways that, despite being on the popular Garden Route, manages to remain relatively obscure and unknown - a treasure trove near the mouth of the Goukamma River. Goukamma Nature and Marine ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Homtini Pass

The Homtini Pass is one of several passes on the famous 7 Passes route. Back when it was constructed in the 1880s this route involving seven passes was the only route between George and Knysna. It was to remain so for almost 70 years before the N2 through the ...

Mountain Passes

Karatara Pass

Karatara is the fifth of the seven passes on what is known as the 7 Passes Road. Back when it was constructed in the 1880s this route involving seven passes was the only route between George and Knysna. It was to remain so for almost 70 years before the N2 ...

Lakes / Dams / National Parks

Lakes Area National Park

Formerly this national park consisted of the Wilderness National Park and Knysna National Lake Area. Because of their proximity and similarities they are currently managed as a single unit. The Knysna National Lake Area is home to the endangered Knysna ...

Lakes / Dams / Miscellaneous

Outeniqua Choo Tjoe

It is with great sadness that we need to report that the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe is no longer in operation. Information supplied here for historical purposes only: One of the few remaining steam trains in the country. Steam enthusiasts are in their element and ...

Activities

Whale Watching in Garden Route

Whilst the Garden Route, between Mossel Bay and Storm's River, does not get landbased whale watching in quite the same way as Hermanus, Witsand and De Hoop, whales are still very much in evidence in the more secluded bays particularly around Mossel Bay, ...

... and a little further afield

Mountain Passes

Attakwaskloof Pass

The Attakwaskloof Pass lies in the heart of the Outeniqua Mountains, a gravel off-road between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn. Most of it runs through the Attakwaskloof Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Outeniqua Nature Reserve and is closed to day visitors ...

Mountain Passes

Ballots Bay Pass

Ballots Bay Pass is a beautiful drive. If it weren't private, every man with a bike would use this over weekends, at least for the scenery, but also for the continuous descent that makes it rather exciting to drive. For those intent on a visit to Ballots ...

Nature Reserves

Ballots Heights Nature Reserve

Ballots Heights Nature Reserve is nestled in the rich foliage of the Western Cape, between Wilderness and George. This is part of the breath-taking Garden Route, famed around the world for its exquisite mountains, ...

Landmarks / Museums / National Monuments

Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

The Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex is dedicated to celebrating the rich history of this region, and the contributions that it has made to the culture of modern Mossel Bay. It was originally established in the 1960’s, but was officially opened under ...

Nature Reserves / Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

Birds of Eden Bird Sanctuary

The world’s largest single span aviary, just a few kilometres east of Plettenberg Bay in the Garden Route, where birds are free to fly free provides an incredible experience for those who visit, and a wonderful way of life for over 2000 previously caged ...

Mountain Passes

Bloukrans Pass

Bloukrans River Bridge, just beyond Nature's Valley in the Western Cape, is famous for its bungi jump, reputed to be the highest commercial bungi in the world at 216 metres. But the Bloukrans Pass is one of several passes found in the Tsitsikamma. These ...

Activities

Bloukrans River Bridge

Bungi jump the highest commercial bungi jump in the world! The Bloukrans Bungi Jump surpasses the position previously held by the Victoria Falls as the 'highest bungi in the world". The Bloukrans bridge is 216 m high, the jump is approximately 160 metres. You ...

Nature Reserves

Boosmansbos Wilderness Area

Boosmansbos Wilderness Area lies in the beautiful Langeberg Mountains, over 14 000 hectares that is, in turn, part of the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve. It is regarded as a hiker's domain, a great space in which to scale peaks to reach views that are ...

Game Reserves

Botlierskop Game Reserve

Botlierskop is named after one of the spectacular rock formations on the reserve. Botlierskop is a well stocked, free roaming private game reserve, which gives visitors the opportunity to view South African wildlife from the safety of 4x4 vehicles, in its ...

World Heritage Sites

Cape Floral Kingdom

The Cape Floral Region is one of the richest areas for plants in the world. It represents less than 0.5% of the area of Africa but is home to nearly 20% of the continent’s flora. The site displays outstanding ecological and biological processes associated ...

Wilderness as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

Albertinia, Ballots Bay, Belvidere, Boggomsbaai, Brenton On Sea, Dana Bay, George, Glentana, Gouritsmond, Great Brak, Harkerville, Hartenbos, Herolds Bay, Hoekwil, Keurboomstrand, Knysna, Lake Brenton, Little Brak, Mossel Bay, Noetzie, Pinnacle Point, Plettenberg Bay, Reebok, Rheenendal, Riversdale, Sedgefield, Still Bay, Tergniet, The Crags, Thesen Island, Victoria Bay, Vleesbaai

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