Wilderness | Garden Route

Wilderness Garden Route is an idyllic town on the Garden Route located east of Victoria Bay, across the Kaaimans River and just a turn off the N2. Wilderness nestles between the wooded foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains and a stretch of golden beach. The town is located about 50km from Knysna, and roughly 20km from George – which is the closest town to Wilderness that is served by an airport.

Legend has it that the village earned its name after a young man was granted the hand of his sweetheart on the condition that they live in the wilderness. He proceeded to buy a property for GBP500, named it Wilderness and built a hut/love nest on it! Nowadays though, the village is home to holiday and retirement homes as well as many high quality hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, backpackers’ lodges and self-catering chalets.

The 18km beautiful white sandy beach of Wilderness stretches from Leentjies Klip to Gerricke Point. The six lakes within Wilderness National Park are excellent for spotting the more than 230 bird species in the area. Inland, the scenery changes dramatically again. 8km from Hoekwil on the Seven Passes road, amid stunning mountain views, is a 900-year old Outeniqua yellowwood tree. The luscious and ancient forests of the Wilderness area are truly a must-see. For more information, visit the tourist information bureau in Milkwood Village.

Activities. Beaches, horse trails, walking, birding and hiking in the National Park, tree adventures, canoeing, kayaking, abseiling, kloofing, paragliding.

Did you know? One of the six lakes reputedly contains a mermaid!