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The Wilderness is a resort-town on the "garden route", in South Africa's Western Cape Province. It is situated east of George and west of Sedgefield, between the Outeniqua mountains & the Indian Ocean. The town is known for its long sandy beach and lagoon. Up to his death in 2006, it was the home of former President PW Botha. For those that like walks, the Wilderness National Park has trails passing by bird hides, which penetrate into the cool forests overlooking views of the lakes.

Wilderness Beach
Wilderness Beach


For those who like golf, Wilderness is close to Fancourt, Pinnacle Point, Oubaai, George Golf Club, Simola, Sparrebosch and Pezula golf courses.

Railway bridge over the Kaaimans River
Kaaimans River railway bridge

Whale & dolphin watching

Whale watching is best from August to October, when Southern Right Whales usually come to visit. Dolphins can sometimes be spotted playing in the surf.

Sunset over Wilderness
Sunset over Wilderness

Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe

The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe is a steam-train running between George & Knysna, through Wilderness.


Paragliding with one of the many local companies offering tandem jumps. For example Cloudbase Paragliding (landline +27448771414, cellphone +27827778474).


Both the Kaaimans and Touw River are great for canoeing. Contact Eden Adventures at 083-628-8547 (cell), 044-877-0179 (landline), (email) or (website).

Other activities

Surfing, swimming, hiking, diving, riding, mountain-biking, abseiling & birdwatching.

Wilderness Tourism Office

You can contact Wilderness Tourism Office at 044-877-0045, situated in the Milkwood Village on Beacon Road, email

Arts & Crafts

Browse the Milkwood Village Market every Friday from 1600, the Wilderness Village Market every 2nd Sunday and the Wilderness Craft Market on the last Sunday of every month (on the banks of the Touw River).


Kleinkrant, Touw River Mouth and The Boardwalk on 6th Avenue, Leentjiesklip and The Fisherman's walk on 8th Avenue. Be careful of the strong currents.


The Tops is a bed and breakfast in the Wilderness. Here's a list of hotels in Wilderness.

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