For Wilderness Accommodation Guide please >>click here<<It is a bird-lover’s paradise with more than 262 bird species recorded in the Park.
Inset: Paragliding at Wilderness courtesy of Cloudbase Paragliding
Village life can be enjoyed to the full in this peaceful haven surrounded by sea, lakes, lagoons, rivers and pristine forest.
The ‘eternal spring’ weather creates an outdoor style of living that draws locals and visitors alike to the long stretches of sandy white beach throughout the year.
There are several restaurants, craft stalls, shops and art galleries as well as a variety of accommodation set on the beach and in the forest. It’s a veritable ‘beach to bush’ destination.
Wander through the quiet forest where giant ‘yellowwood trees rise like giants towards the skyline and where a tine duiker or a bushbuck may skip across your path, or catch a glimpse of the Malachite Kingfisher and the elusive Loerie, from one of many bird hides dotted in the forest and along the rivers and lakes.
You may even catch a rare glimpse of a leopard as it crawls silently on velvety paws through the shadowy forest…
Wilderness lies between the Kaaimans River in the West and the Goukamma Nature Reserve in the east, bordered by the Outeniqua Mountains in the north and the Indian Ocean in the south.
Wilderness is renowned for its vast stretches of beach, its peace and tranquillity and the absence of windswept headlands and wild, stormy seas. The long stretch of beach embraces the mouths of the Touw and Kaaimans Rivers, and is backed by northward cliffs over which the fringe of the forest reaches down to sea level.
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. Recreation includes hiking, mountain-biking, bird- and whale-watching, hang- and paragliding, horseriding, scenic drives, day tours, angling, boating and other water sports.
Excellent viewpoints 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-Tjoe that travels along the coastline between George and Knysna.
Dolphin's Point (Geo-cords: -33.997888,22.560091)
Woodville Big Tree, over 800 years old, creates shaded areas with its massive branches, making it a great picnic spot.
Take a stroll along The boardwalk (also wheelchair-friendly) which is part of the Pied Kingfisher Trail and home to a wide variety of birds.
The winter climate is splendid with sunshine days and temperatures that rarely drop below 8 degrees celcius. The annual rainfall averages around 700mm.
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