If you hear individuals discussing “wilderness” on the Garden Route, they are not talking in general terms about nature, but about a lovely vacation spot which is ideal for families and couples. The following article provides some basic details about exactly what to look forward to when reserving a holiday in Wilderness.
Wilderness is a small town that is found along the national road called the N2, in between Mossel Bay and Storm’s River. We suggest you keep your camera ready whilst driving along this road because the N2 runs parallel to the coastline and provides incredible views of the ocean, the beaches and the high cliffs. The whole of the Garden Route is extremely stunning and dotted with lakes and stunning countryside.
Wilderness accommodation is quite sophisticated without being excessively expensive. There are hotels all around the town center with gorgeous gardens and have their own swimming pools if you don’t feel like driving. The town is really small and is situated in between a stunning lagoon and a beach, that was recently granted the worldwide “Blue Flag” status. The little town is totally geared to making tourists comfortable so you will discover many different dining establishments, a shopping center and a bank and an art gallery. There is also a church and a physicians office. So when you arrive in Wilderness, you do not have to drive to get anywhere.
There are some really lovely places you can go to on day trips if you don’t mind a little bit of driving. Wilderness is 15km away from George, 40km from Mossel Bay, 60km from Oudtshoorn and 40km from Knysna. The roadways are beautiful and you can even take the back roads to appreciate the wilder side of this area.
It is highly recommended to visit the Goukama Nature Reserve which is impressive with its humungous yellow wood trees, its bush buck and duiker. If you are lucky, you will see the bush pig taking a mud bath and also baboons and monkeys going about their business. The caracal (rooikat) and the leopard just come out during the night so they are not easy to find. Camping is allowed in specific locations, however there areIt is highly advised to go to Goukama Nature Reserve which is amazing with its giant yellow wood trees, its bush buck and duiker. If you are lucky, you will see the bush pig mucking in the mud and also monkeys and baboons going about their daily business.
The sea in Wilderness is warm and calm enough for swimming, and this is not always the case in the Cape. This part of shoreline gets the warm ocean current from the Indian Ocean, which is what keeps the environment warm here all year round. In winter, the temperature level never really drops below 8 degrees Celsius and there is roughly 700mm of rain spread uniformly over the whole year. The weather is most ideal for the beach in between October and April.
Wilderness has the art for hospitality and has been renowned for it as far back as the 1800’s. Coming to Wilderness, you will not find a cold and contemporary vacation spot, but a welcoming and lively location that is rich in heritage and crafts. The lovely craft markets that are held once or twice a month are an excellent event to get to know the neighborhood people, who are at all times friendly and excited to chat with travelers.
Wilderness is a location where you can take a tranquil beach-side holiday, where you can enjoy nature or where you can take day trips to the stunning bordering towns. You can take scenic drives to locations like “Map of Africa” viewpoint or Dolphin Point, or you can take pleasure in many of the activities and sports available in the area.
Best of all, you can simply take pleasure in the friendly and laid-back environment of a beach-side resort with an “African Twist” to it.
We have in fact been in the vacation accommodation business for 16 years and are proud to have opened our fourteen room, boutique style guest house in Wilderness. Contact us for special deals at Cinnamon Boutique.