There are five mapped out, wonderful walks with distances between 3,5 and 7,2 km. You can choose for a long walk on pristine beaches or in indigenous forests or in the famous Wilderness National Park. The most popular trail is the 'Giant Kingfisher Trail' which can be combined with a canoe trip on the Touwsriver. Count on a 45-minutes for the canoe trip and another 45-minutes walk to the waterfall. At the waterfall you can have a swim and picnic.
You can order a delicious picnic the day before at Wilderness Picnic which will be delivered to your room in the morning.
The Map of Africa is a spectacular and extraordinary viewpoint at Wilderness Heights. It offers a scene of mountains and forests and here you get a clear view of the Kaaimans River Valley. Across the road is a popular paragliding launch spot overlooking a long stretch of wilderness beaches. Just walk in the grassland to get the splendid view.
Five picturesque surrounding lakes team with bird life like the Fish Eagle, the Knysna Lourie and the Malachite Kingfisher. In our area you can tick off almost 300 birds of your check list. Bird- and nature photographers will enjoy the early morning or evening boattrip on Island Lake and the Serpentine river. Have a look at Wilderness River Safaris.
Local markets and shopping
There is a cozy Friday night market at Milkwood Village in the centre of Wilderness. On Saturday morning you can choose between the Wild Oats Farmers’ Market in Sedgefield, which is one of the most famous markets of the country (open till 12pm). Alternatively, there is the smaller Outeniqua Farmers' market in George (open till 2pm). Both markets are good places for a hearty breakfast and coffee or to buy local fresh farm products.
There is a Kwikspar and a liquor shop in Wilderness village. For all other shopping, or also going to the movies, we recommend to drive to the Garden Route mall in George, this is at 15 km from us.
There are many opportunities for hiking, canoeing, surfing, horse riding, etc.
Wilderness is in the middle of the Garden Route, the golfing centre of South Africa. It is hosting some of the world’s most renowned golf courses.
On any good weather you can enjoy the thrill of a paragliding flight as a passenger. Or even better, stay a few days longer and receive a paragliding license course.
Canyoning/kloofing and abseiling are offered to the more adventurous visitors (contact Eden Adventures).
We have 2 complimentary mountain bikes for guests.
Wilderness offers a good choice of nice restaurants. In the rooms you will find a file with an overview and a short description of what they offer.
Walks on kilometers long pristine beaches
Canoe trip on the Touws river
Mountain bikes for guests
Aerial view of Lake Road and Island Lake
View from the cottages
Knysna (35km - East)
be charmed by the fantastic views at The Heads, take a boat trip on the lagoon and go for a walk into Featherbed reserve, do some shopping at the waterfront or visit the indigenous forests.
Alternatively you can drive to Knysna by taking the old 7-passes road through the forests and make a stop in Rheenendal - Totties Farm kitchen is great for lunch - visit the goldmine or have a walk or picnic in the wood at Jubilee creek.
Plettenberg Bay (70km - East)
offers a unique walking trail on the peninsula of Robberg Nature Reserve and this can be combined with a dolphin and whale watching ocean safari.
Nearby there are several animal parks: Monkeyland with its free-roaming multi-specie primates, Birds of Eden (world's largest free-flight bird aviary) and Jukani with its big cats.
Oudtshoorn (75km - North)
experience the Cango caves, ostrich farms, enjoy some port and wine tastings.
A daytour starting from the village of De Rust, through the Meiringspoort, a lunch stop in the village of Prince Albert and back over the spectacular Swartberg pass is a great adventure.
Mossel Bay (60km - West)
is at 50 minutes drive and is worth a day visit. They have several interesting archeological sites and the historical Diaz museum. Nice is to enjoy lunch on the beach with your feet in the sand.
There are two animal parks in the neighbourhood that also offer activities for day visitors: Botlierskop (north of Mosselbay) and Garden Route Game Lodge (further West in Albertina).
George (12km - West)
is widely regarded as the hub of the Southern Cape Region and well known for its shopping facilities. The Garden Route shopping Mall is the largest Mall in the area.
In town you will find a very interesting railway museum and from there you can take The Outeniqua Power Van that will bring you up to a unique rail pass in the mountains.
George has two small beaches, Herolds Bay and Victoria Bay, the latter is very popular by surfers.
Also not to forget the famous golf course of Fancourt and some smaller courts in and around the town.
On the hill in front of our accommodation you will find the small village of Hoekwil with in the centre the Hoekwil Country Cafe, known for the best cheesecake of the Garden Route.
Further down on the 7-passes road - linking George with Knysna - you can experience a forest walk at the Woodville Big Tree. The main yellowwood tree is about 850 years old.
Several brochures about activities in the area are provided in the rooms