Wilderness Garden Route Western Cape

Wilderness Garden Route

Sites of interest:

ChooTjoe Bay

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. At Wilderness you can enjoy long hikes along the beach, swim in the sea, take quiet walks along the boardwalk (wheelchair-friendly and part of the Pied Kingfisher Trail) that winds through the reeds of the Wilderness Lagoon, go canoeing, fishing, surfing, bird- as well as whale- and dolphin watching. Wilderness is also a well known Para -gliding and hang-gliding destination with kite surfing also being a popular attraction. There is also hiking, mountain-biking, horseriding, scenic drives and day tours. For adrenalin junkies, abseil, bungee jump and kayaking are just some of the activities on offer.

Various restaurants close by offer a variety of dishes and relief from having to do your own cooking. The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe passes through Wilderness daily. Some spectacular view sites 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.

The Wilderness National Park has five rivers, five lakes, two estuaries and 28km of coastline, and is surrounded by a national lake area. The rare and sensitive ecosystem is home to a wealth of water birds, and the elusive Knysna Loerie may be heard, and sometime seen, in the forest.

The Indian Ocean separates the spectacular beaches from the Wilderness National Park. Winding along the edge of the Garden Route which encompasses all of nature’s wonders: from mountain ranges to small lakes and the country’s indigenous forests, this is home to a variety of flora, fauna with a multitude of bird species.

Activities around Wilderness:

Surrounding Wilderness is Knysna, George, Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay. George is only 10km west of Wilderness, Knysna about 50km from Wilderness on the N2 a beautiful 40-minute drive through the Garden Route’s "Lake District". Mossel Bay is 70km from Wilderness, along the shore of the Indian Ocean with attractions like the Diaz museum, Seal Island where the notorious great white sharks hang out and even a casino for the brave at heart.

There is also the traditional Sedgefield flee market (Saturdays), Big Tree inside the Wilderness Nature Reserve, the Swartvlei estuary. Near Knysna you can visit the Knysna Forest, a number of Game Farms, go whale watching and enjoy oyster cuisine at restaurants overlooking the Knysna Heads.

For Golf lovers this area hosts some of the most stunning golf courses in the country including the Fancourt Links where the 2003 Presidents Cup tournament was held.

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Wilderness Tourism Info, Leila's Lane, Wilderness, South Africa.
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