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WildernessSouth Africa

Ensconced between the Outeniqua Mountains and the golden coasts of the Garden Route, Wilderness is one of the most spectacular locations in the Western Cape.

Escape to a part of the Western Cape that is a Wilderness in both name and nature. The stunning mountains, forests and coastline here are among the most scenic parts of the Garden Route. Visitors here, however, do not totally leave civilization behind, as the town of the same name offers restaurants, resorts and cafés.

Head to a vacation destination that has been frequented by visitors since the early 1900s, when the first hotels were built here. The region was named Wilderness when a man from Cape Town bought land here to fulfil a promise to his wife that they would live surrounded by nature.

One of the main reasons to visit this town is to explore Wilderness National Park. Hike over tree-covered hills and around glistening lakes on shaded walking trails. The Pied Kingfisher Trail runs in a circle for about 6 miles (10 kilometers) through the park, following the course of the Serpentine River. Canoe along the rivers to see the scenery from the water.

Spend a day relaxing on Victoria Bay Beach. This small, secluded stretch of shoreline is hidden in a cove between George and Wilderness and offers sheltered water that is safe for bathing. Swim out a little further for surfing or charter a boat to go fishing on the water.

Browse for souvenirs in the Milkwood Evening Market, an atmospheric shopping destination. Wander among handicraft and food stalls while chefs cook meat on a “braai,” a South African barbecue. Join locals relaxing with a craft beer.

Drive 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of George to reach Wilderness. Find out about all the things you can do here in the Wilderness Tourism Bureau, located near the old train station. The town is small and can be explored on foot.

Wilderness offers different atmospheres and experiences depending on the season. In winter and spring you stand the best chance of seeing whales in the ocean, while the summer months between December and February bring more crowds and sunny days.

Top hotels in Wilderness

Dune Beach House
Dune Beach House
4 out of 5
31 Die Duin, Wilderness, Western Cape
The price is £97 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan

Offering direct access to the beach, this Wilderness Beach bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Cape Floral Region Protected Areas and Wilderness Lagoon. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Excellent position, facilities and care.

"From start to finish we enjoyed this stay at Dune House immensely. We were greeted very enthusiastically as we arrived early for book in and our luggage was kept safe until check in time. The room was kept in an immaculate manner and the facilities were all we could have expected. The positioning ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2020

Dune Beach House
Views Boutique Hotel & Spa
Views Boutique Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
South Street, Wilderness, Wilderness, Western Cape
The price is £222 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan

Located in Wilderness Beach, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cape Floral Region Protected Areas and Garden Route National Park. Wilderness Lagoon ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (129 reviews)

"The staff are exceptional, the view of the ocean is stunning, the beach is beautiful. I highly, highly recommend this fabulous boutique hotel. Five Star all the way!!!"…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2020

Views Boutique Hotel & Spa
AfriCamps at Oakhurst
AfriCamps at Oakhurst
3 out of 5
Hoekwil Road, Wilderness, Western Cape
The price is £58 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan

Situated in Wilderness, this tentalow is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cape Floral Region Protected Areas and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Woodville Big Tree. Garden Route National ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
My visit

"Wonderful location with brilliant service. You feel lost in nature. The animal sounds at night and in the morning were special. Many things to do on the farm and you have no need to leave at all. Will definitely be back."…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2020

AfriCamps at Oakhurst
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Wilderness

JustFor2
JustFor2
3 out of 5
Lake Road 675, Wilderness, Western Cape

Situated on the riverfront, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wilderness National Park, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Dolphin's Point and Map of Africa View ...

5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Piece of heaven

"This is the most beautiful place we have ever stayed. We were guests for 6 nights in the lovely Kingfisher chalet. The chalet is surrounded by lush gardens and vines. It appears to be floating in the air. There is complete privacy from the other 2 chalets. There is no clutter just 4 magnificent pieces ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2019

JustFor2
IdylWilde
IdylWilde
4 out of 5
354 Krantz Lane, Wilderness, Wilderness, Western Cape
The price is £94 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Wilderness National Park, Garden Route National Park and Wilderness Lagoon. Map ...

IdylWilde
Serpentine Manor
Serpentine Manor
3.5 out of 5
Hoekwil Road, Wilderness, Western Cape

Situated by the ocean, this cottage is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Wilderness National Park and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Wilderness Lagoon. Victoria Bay Beach and Garden ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

"Susan was very welcoming and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2017

Serpentine Manor
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Wilderness

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Apr 2019

Try and request a lodge on lower level. Thankfully we only had a few steps. Others not so lucky.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Apr 2019

Lovely long beach for walking and quiet contemplation. When we were there we practically had the beach to ourselves. The lagoon area is lovely and good for birdspotting.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2019

A great place to stop for a few days

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Mar 2019

Highly recommended. We hope to be back next time we visit SA!

5/5 - Excellent

Guy

11 Feb 2019

Fantastic beaches and quiet considering this.

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