Wilderness

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Geography and History

Wilderness is situated between George and Sedgefield in the Western Cape province of South Africa.    The Wilderness is renowned for its wide open beaches and beautiful lagoon system. The Outeniqua Mountains lie to the North and the Indian Ocean to the South with the Kaaimans River in the West and the Goukamma Nature Reserve in the East.

The Wilderness is just a short 10km from George, on the N2 down the Kaaiman's River Pass.  The town caters mostly to holiday-makers and is situated directly on the Touw River Lagoon.

Wilderness was the home of the former State President of South Africa, P.W. Botha, until his death in 2006.

 

Activities

Activities in the Wilderness area include hiking, mountain-biking, kloofing, bird and whale watching, paragliding, horse riding, scenic drives, angling, boating, canoeing as well as many other water sports.

Wilderness has several adventure companies that are well established in the area and they can put together packages that cater to your every need.

There are several hiking trails including Bosbok Trail, Browhooded Kingfisher Trail, Half-Collared Kingfisher Trail, The Pied Kingfisher Trail and Wilderness Heritage Trail.

The Map of Africa is a spectacular viewpoint from which to view the breathtaking scenery of forests, lakes, mountains and coastline.

The Wilderness National Park stretches from the Touw River mouth to the Swartvlei estuary and beyond.   The park links with the Goukamma Nature Reserve, giving welcome protection to five lakes and the Serpentine.  The Serpentine is the winding strip of water joining Island Lake to the Touw River at the Ebb-and-flow Rest camp.

 

Accommodation

Wilderness has a range of accommodation facilities including hotels, luxury guest houses, B&B and self catering and camping establishments.

 

Restaurants

Wilderness has many quaint restaurants, coffee shops and sidewalk shops nestled between the Milkwood Trees. 

Wilderness Tourism Office Information
Web address: http://www.wildernessinfo.org
Telephone: +27 44 877 0045
Fax: +27 44 877 0045
E-mail: weta@wildernessinfo.co.za
Address: Milkwood Village
Beacon Road
Wilderness
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