Wilderness Travel Guide



Wilderness, in the heart of the Garden Route, is a lovely little town in the most fabulous setting. With forested hills at its back, the town jigsaws itself around a number of pretty wetlands and flows over the high coastal dunes to overlook a magnificent, long, snow white beach where dolphins and whales come to play. Just to the west of the town, the pitch-black, mysterious, forest-clad Kaaimans River wends its way to the sea flowing under a series of bridges that support the N2 and a narrow gauge railway line that carries the historical Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steam train that runs between George and Knysna.

Although there are lots of lovely places where you can just kick back, have a drink or a meal gazing at a fabulous view, or just read a book under a tree, Wilderness is primarily an active destination. With some fabulous paragliding launch sites, it’s a great place to learn to fly or just to do a tandem flight.

The Wilderness National Park conserves an extensive wetland that winds between lovely flood-plains and indigenous forest. You can rent canoes to explore the meandering waterways or just go for a lovely walk.

Keen birders will appreciate the laid out day trails to and between some very well placed bird hides. You could abseil down a waterfall, do a scenic kloofing (canyoning) trip or join a mountain biking expedition, and the surfing is great.

On Saturday mornings, the nearby Wild Oats Farmers Market is a feast of fabulous food and other delights. Wilderness is on the N2 and close to the airport at George.

In and Around

Accommodation near Wilderness

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R840
1 night, 2 adults

The Old Trading Post

Sleeps 10 Wilderness Self-catering in Wilderness

The Old Trading Post is situated about 6km from Wilderness in a rural setting in the heart of the La...

Mont Fleur - Wilderness
from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Mont Fleur - Wilderness

Sleeps 16 Wilderness Bed and Breakfast in Wilderness

Mont Fleur is a 4 Star B&B and it is Highly Recommended by the AA Travel Guide. The property is nes...

from R1250
1 night, 2 adults

7 Passes Tented Camp

Sleeps 16 Hoekwil Bed and Breakfast in Hoekwil

7 Passes Tented Camp is a bed and breakfast tented camp in the tradition of the great rest camps of ...

from R1400
1 night, 2 adults

Loerie's View

Sleeps 4 Wilderness Self-catering in Wilderness

Self-catering holiday house in Wilderness. Breathtaking sea and mountain views from every room and a...

from R510
1 night, 2 adults

Hildesheim Guesthouse and Self Catering - Wilderness

Sleeps 19 Hoekwil Self-catering in Hoekwil

Situated in the heart of the garden route, near Knysna, George, Mossel bay and Oudtshoorn, only four...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

The Tops

Sleeps 25 Wilderness Bed and Breakfast in Wilderness

The Tops in Hunt's Lane, nestled against the slopes of the Wilderness Heights, affords any visitor o...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Pink Lodge

Sleeps 20 Wilderness Bed and Breakfast in Wilderness

Experience our spacious, elegant and luxurious en-suite accommodation with beautiful gardens leading...