Wilderness National Park is a mosaic of gorgeous landscapes and various habitats for wonderful species, located in the middle of the spectacular Garden Route. The Wilderness National Park, also known as the Wilderness Section, is located in the Western Cape, between the bustling towns of George and Knysna, around the seaside resort of Wilderness. It is a South African protected area that is part of the Garden Route National Park. The Wilderness National Park is a wonderful mix of rivers, lakes, estuaries, and beaches, all against a backdrop of lush vegetation and towering mountains. During the spring, the landscape is bathed in a rainbow of colourful blossoms, adding to the area’s tremendous charm.
This natural region runs from the mouth of the Touws River to the Eilandvlei estuary, connecting to the Swartvlei lake and the Goukamma Nature Reserve. The Knysna seahorse, pansy shell, pied kingfisher, Knysna lourie, grey heron, and tiny egret are among the wildlife found in this natural environment. Three primary zones of indigenous woodland, four varieties of fynbos, as well as several lakes and twisting waterways, are all protected in this park. The Woodville Big Tree (said to be over 800 years old) and Goudveld are two other historical locations worth visiting.
In the forest of Wilderness, visitors can see five different types of Kingfisher, as well as the Grey Heron and Little Egret, and the vividly coloured Knysna Loerie. The Knysna Seahorse and Pansy Shell are also found in this area. The wilderness is not only a natural wonderland but also an exhilarating playground for both the young and elderly. The shy Leopard has been sighted on occasion in the Wilderness National Park, which offers a diverse range of interesting animals. Bushpig and buck, Honey Badger, Clawless Otter, Grysbok, Rock Dassie, Striped Polecat, and Velvet Monkey are just a handful of the animals visitors can observe.
The Garden Route region has a mild environment that is ideal for outdoor activities all year. The summer months—from November to April—are the warmest, however, this stretch of beach gets extremely crowded at Christmas. The best time to visit the national park is from February to April, but keep in mind that, unlike Cape Town, rain can fall at any time of year.
On a trip to the Wilderness National Park, there are a variety of thrilling activities for visitors of all ages. At the pristine beach or on rivers and lakes, guests can enjoy nature paths as well as swimming, canoeing, and fishing. Birding enthusiasts can spend time in the hides at Langvlei and Rondevlei. Visitors to the National Park can also see great dolphin and whale sightings from Dolphin Point, rent a canoe or bicycle and explore the area. For the intrepid at heart, there are opportunities to go abseiling, kloofing, and paragliding, as well as boating, fishing, and hiking. Several nature trails run through densely forested areas and along quiet rivers.
Wilderness National Park offers two accommodation options. Ebb and Flow Rest Camp includes family cottages with four beds, as well as log cabins on wooden stilts. The Forest Cabins can accommodate up to six people. Other accommodation options include bed & breakfast or self-catering options. In the town, there are modern studio apartments, luxurious rooms, and comfortable self-catering timber chalets to choose from. For enquiries or bookings, please contact us here.