The Garden Route is among the most popular tourist locations in SA, people flock here every year to enjoy gorgeous nature, ocean safaris, outstanding wine and all types of outdoor activities. The most well-known towns in this location are Mossel Bay, Knysna and Oudsthoorn. Nonetheless there is a town called Wilderness which is a little “jewel”, although it is not as well known to tourists as the other towns.
Wilderness is only 40km far from Knysna, fifty kilometers away from Mossel Bay and 60 kilometers far from Oudsthoorn, all distances that can quickly be covered in leisurely day trips. Wilderness Beach has actually been awarded the “Blue Flag”, an International acknowledgment for beaches with clean water and impeccable environmental management.
The town of Wilderness enables you to really take pleasure in local food with its lots of bistros, most of which are accessable on foot. The town also has its own Lagoon and a lovely Park. There is a shopping mall, an art gallery and a bank teller machine, so if you don’t want to drive at all for a few days and just enjoy beach and dining establishments, this is absolutely the location for you!
If you Google search “Garden Route South Africa” you will discover all there is to know about the numerous activities you can do or take part in in the area. You can go water tubing down Storms River Gorge or Kloofing at Kaaimans Kloof. You can go Abseiling down Kaaimans Gorge or canoeing along the Touw River. If you are not afraid of heights, you can glide from tree to tree in Environment-friendly tree adventures.
Boat based whale watching and dolphin encounters can be extremely intense, especially if your chosen business has a SABBWWA license as they can get within fifty meters of the whales. Ocean safaris are readily available all year round; in the winter season you will see the Southern Right whales and Humpback whales, in the summer season you will see common dolphins, bottle-nose dolphins and even the unusual humpback dolphin that is just sighted in this area.
Another way to enjoy Wilderness and the surrounding area is through hikes and horse rides in the nature reserves. You may easily identify bush pigs, bush-buck, monkeys and numerous stunning birds, especially the Knysna Loerie. Leopards and Caracal (Rooikat) are tougher to see as they just come out during the night and generally keep away from humans.
For yet another possible way to take pleasure in impressive views and a little adrenalin, you can go for a tandem paraglide. No paragliding experience is needed as you will fly with a seasoned trainer, and all you will need to do is relax and delight in the awesome views. The very best launch sites are in Kleinkrantz, Wilderness Neach, Map of Africa, Sedgeview and Gerrickes Point.
Wilderness and the Garden Route likewise permit even more mundane activities such as shopping sprees and wine tasting.
Since they are an excellent event to find original and really nice souvenirs, ask your tourist info center where and when you will find craft markets. The artisans and ladies normally offer their own production therefore you will be able to get to speak and know to some residents. The people in this area are surprisingly friendly and helpful, and they are usually truthful to vacationers.
For the wine tasting you can jump onto the Cape Route 62 which runs parallel to the N2. This road is likewise called the Wine Route and it will lead you straight to some of the country’s finest wine estates. It runs through Knysna and Oudsthoorn therefore you can possibly combine a day outing to among these towns with lunch on a neighboring wine estate.
The Garden Route is genuinely an incredible location to check out and Wilderness is its unknown gem!
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