15km east of George on the shoreline of the Southern Cape, Wilderness is a charming, unspoilt seaside village, nestled between the Kaaimans River and the Goukamma Nature Reserve. Blessed with glorious weather, pristine beaches and a thriving eco-system, Wildnerness offers something for everyone, its tranquil setting ideally suited to outdoor enthusiasts and sun-seekers alike.
Home to myriad wetland birds and visited in the winter months by the majestic Southern Right Whale, Wilderness lives up to its name in almost every sense, offering up a treasure trove for nature lovers.
The 2,500ha that form the Wilderness National Park also provide more intrepid holidaymakers with plentiful scenic walks, hikes and watersports opportunities, making it the ideal destination for those with a sense of adventure.
No matter what kind of holiday you’re after, Wilderness provides in abundance. Isn’t it time you spent some time on the wild side?
The Garden Route
Stretching from Mossel Bay in the west to the Storm’s River in the east, the Garden Route is South Africa’s most fabled stretch of coastline, its diverse topography, ample sunshine and striking vistas making it a true bucket list destination.
Snaking through the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountain ranges, the Garden Route comprises everything from temperate forests to vast stretches of Cape fynbos, its undulating path serving up new surprises at every turn.
With ten nature reserves and a lengthy, pristine coastline, the Garden Route is an ecological paradise, its lush landscape an ideal habitat for nearly 300 species of bird life, and its waters providing safe harbour for the Southern Right Whale, which calves at the foot of the continent between June and December.
The Garden Route offers a wide range of activities and day tours. Guest Relations will gladly assist you with bookings or recommendations. In addition there is a supply of brochures and maps available at reception.
Guest Relations will assist with times and directions to the nearest places of worship.
Guest relations will assist with recommendations on alternative dining options in the area.
Local and international deliveries can be arranged through Guest Relations.
Guest Relations will assist with reservations thereof.
Milkwood Village Wilderness | Friday nights |www.milkwoodvillage.co.za
Wild Oats Community Farmers` Market | Sedgefield | Saturday 7:30 – 12:00 | 044 883 1177
Scarab Village Market | Sedgefield | Saturday 7:30 – 12:00 | 044 343 2455
Karatara Market | Saturday 8:30 – 13:30 | 083 458 0975
The Friday Market | Knysna | 16:00 – 20:00 | Follow the scarecrows | 044 382 5316
Thesen Island Sunday Market | Knysna | 083 962 7202
Harvest Time Community Market | Saturday N2 Harkerville | 044 533 9094
Should you wish to find out about other arts & crafts markets, please contact guest relations for information.
The 7 passes road: Upon leaving Views Boutique Hotel & Spa, turn right on the N2 and proceed towards Knysna. As you approach the white bridge on the outskirts of Knysna, turn left immediately before the bridge.
The signboard reads Belvidere/Brenton-on Sea. Stay left. This road will continue to take you past Rheenendal village (Totties eatery, petrol station, shop and postal agency is your landmark on the left hand side) and on to where the tar soon gives way to gravel (landmark is Homtini Guest Farm on your left), the road winds down to a concrete bridge across the Homtini River.
After the bridge, the road climbs out of the gorge, passes through farmlands, then drops again to the KarataraRiver. After crossing the KarataraRiver on a single-lane bridge, the road passes the Karatara forestry settlement.
The next pass leads through the gorge of the HoogekraalRiver, and the one after this takes you across the DiepRiver. You reach the tar again roughly 35 km from Rheenendal, and soon after this you pass the small settlement of Woodville. Turn right onto the gravel road signposted ‘Big Tree and Picnic Spot’.
Return to the tarred road and turn right, taking note of your kilometres. After a little over 3 km, turn right onto a gravel road for ‘Saasveld’. The road now negotiates three more river-valley passes. Note your kilometres as you cross the TouwRiver, and 4,6 km later keep straight, onto the tar, for George.
You then cross the Silver River, and after this the Kaaimans River. The old stone bridges over the Silver and Kaaimans Rivers were built in 1903 and 1904 respectively and proclaimed National Monuments.
Birds of Eden: www.birdsofeden.co.za
Cango Caves: www.cangocaves.co.za
Elephant Park: www.knysnaelephantpark.co.za
Ocean Safaris: www.oceansafaris.co.za
Wolf Sanctuary: www.wolfsa.org.za
Crocodile Ranch: www.cango.co.za
Meerkat Manor: www.meerkatmagic.com
Highgate Ostrich Farm: www.highgate.co.za
Eagle Encounters: www.eagleencounters.co.za
Brenton Blue butterfly reserve: www.brentonblue.org.za
Eden Adventures: www.eden.co.za
Redberry Farm: www.redberryfarm.co.za
Garden Route Mall, George
Knysna Mall, Main Road Knysna
Knysna Waterfront, Waterfront Drive, Knysna
Langeberg Centre, Mosselbay
There are 9 golf courses within easy reach of Views Boutique Hotel & Spa.
Goose Valley: www.goosevalley.net
Plettenberg Bay: www.plettgolf.co.za
Mossel Bay: www.mosselbaygolfclub.co.za