WILDERNESS & GARDEN ROUTE
"From her rugged coast and steep heights, Wilderness invites you to experience her abundance"
Wilderness is a charming holiday village. With its long golden beaches, extensive waterways and lush indigenous forest, it is a nature lover’s paradise. Wilderness lies 15 km east of George, nestled between die Outeniqua Mountains and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and is an ideal base from which to explore the world-famous Garden Route.
As far back as the late 1800s the reputation of Wilderness was established as an ideal destination for seaside holidays. A seaside boarding house was started in an old homestead − and so began the tradition of hospitality which has made this small resort town world famous.
The winter climate is splendid with sunny days and temperatures that rarely drop below 8°C. The annual rainfall averages around 700 mm, spread all year round, meaning that the winters are as warm and sunny as the summertime. The balmy weather creates an outdoor style of living that draws locals and visitors alike to the long stretches of sandy white beaches throughout the year.
Activities near Wilderness
Should you wish to venture off the beach, there is a wide variety of eateries, craft stalls, shops and art galleries to explore. Wander through the quiet forest where giant Yellowwood trees rise towards the skyline, follow Bushbuck and Duiker along quiet forest paths or watch out for the brilliant flash of crimson as a Knysna Lourie is startled from its resting place.
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. Recreational activities in Wilderness include hiking, mountain-biking, bird- and whale-watching, hang- and paragliding, horse riding, scenic drives, day tours, angling, boating and other water sports.
Accommodation in Wilderness
Wilderness has a lot to offer it's visitors in terms of accommodation. We at Boardwalk Lodge offer great accommodation options in Wilderness that would suit your pocket. From Bed & Breakfast style luxury suites to self-catering options for bigger groups and families.
The Garden Route
A wide range of leisure options, spectacular scenery and a mild climate guarantee an unforgettable holiday experience in the Garden Route. The region provides a stirring study in contrasts. The Garden Route includes a beautiful stretch of coastline, of which the starting point is constantly contested as towns such as Witsand, Stilbaai and Albertinia join the route that winds its way for some 200 km via George, Wilderness, Sedgefield and Knysna on to Plettenberg Bay and culminating in the Tsitsikamma Forest — a fairyland of giant trees, ferns and bird life.
Mountains crowd close to a shoreline dotted with beaches and bays, and vividly coloured wild flowers delight the eye. Between Heidelberg and Storms River, the Garden Route runs parallel to a coastline featuring lakes, mountains, tall indigenous forests, amber-coloured rivers and golden beaches. Meandering trails are followed by hikers, the forests invite long, leisurely drives and the lakes and rivers lend themselves to swimming boating and fishing.
The Garden Route stretches along the southern Cape coast from Heidelberg to the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River. It’s a corner of the country that offers inspiration to writers and artists whose presence gives the Garden Route a trendy flavour.
The Garden Route enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters. The Garden Route is one of the richest rainfall regions in South Africa. The rain, brought by the humid sea winds from the Indian Ocean, falls at the southern side of the mountain slopes.
Activities in the Garden Route
The area is jam-packed with things to do and visitors are spoilt for choice. The coastal drive links a series of charming towns interspersed with natural beauty. Along the way, every kind of adventure activity is possible; scuba diving, abseiling, fishing and more. The Tsitsikamma National Park, situated along the rocky Indian Ocean shore, is one of South Africa’s most dramatic protected areas, combining marine and land attractions. Its indigenous forests are a haven for birdlife. One of the most geologically interesting parts of South Africa is the Klein Karoo, with its towering mountains and sheer gorges.
Simply driving the Garden Route is a joy, with countless picnic spots, viewpoints and attractions. From mountain biking through the Harkerville Forest, bird-watching in the Wilderness National Park and abseiling into the Kaaimans River, to black-water tubing down the Storms River, one is never at a loss for things to do.