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City Wilderness

Wilderness is called the heart of the Garden Route. Halfway between Mossel Bay and Storms River and 40 km from Knysna, this charming village is indeed a good starting point for discovering the green route and the Goukamma Nature Reserve. The Outeniqua Mountains lie towards the rainforest towards the village and the ocean is within walking distance in this cosy town.

Wilderness is 15 km from George and is a paradise for nature lovers. It has beautiful beaches, an indigenous forest with giant Yellowwood trees and various water features, overall a wonderful place for people and lots of birds. And not only the sea but also the lagoon of the Touwsrivier which is a place that you should miss if you stay here. You will naturally get stuck here looking at the Knysna Loerie, a beautiful, special and bird in the woods and you would just see a flash of a duiker or Bush buck.

Wilderness itself is not a large village, with a number of amenities including shops, restaurants and hotels. It also has plenty of art galleries and shops where local products and handicrafts are sold. Wilderness area is perfect to go hiking or mountain biking. Bird, whale watching and fishing are day filling for the patient among you. Active holidaymakers go surfing, paragliding or horseback riding and of course there are plenty of wonderful car trips you can take here.

Abseiling can at the Quay Kloof next to the magnificent waterfall. And the world's highest bungee jump can be made at the Bloukrans Bridge in the slightly further away Tsitsikamma National Park.

At Dolphin Point there is a park where you have a beautiful view over the water and right in front of you - you could recognize a dolphin in the rocks - just across the river mouth. Whales and dolphins are seen here playing in the waves. For the whales, you must be here between July and November, the time these giants migrate from the cold Atlantic Ocean to the warm Indian Ocean.

Across the river mouth you will see a track: here the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe goes over it four times a day. The trail of the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe train runs between George and Wilderness (by regular flooding some parts of the track were washed away or sometimes temporarily impassable, check in advance which route is available).

Be sure to visit the beautiful nature of The Wilderness National Park. It is a quiet park with a relaxed atmosphere. Between the ocean and the mountains there are also a number of freshwater lakes called the Serpentine (among others Langvlei, Rondevlei and Swartvlei). The lakes provide ample opportunity for water sports such as swimming or canoeing. Of course there are also a number of walks.

Golfers will regularly make the trip to George where a number of very good and very beautiful golf courses will conquer the heart of the athlete.

Your holiday begins at South Africa Specialist!