Wilderness National Park

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Wilderness National Park

Kayak, hike or cycle through a spectacular green nature reserve bursting with diverse plant and animal life, including an endangered seahorse that you can see while snorkeling in the lakes.

Join one of the walking trails or paddle along a meandering river in Wilderness National Park, a compact, stunning section of the wider Garden Route region. Located just outside the town of the same name, this park is famed for its waterways and as an internationally significant haven for wildlife. Visit here for birdwatching opportunities, stunning lake scenery and adventure sports thrills.

Rent a canoe or kayak from one of the adventure sports operators in the park and paddle along its many rivers and lakes. Follow the narrow meanders of the Serpentine River toward a series of four lakes or head northward up the wider Touws River through the hills. Island Lake is popular for waterskiing.

Put on a pair of walking boots and head out onto one of the many hiking trails through the region. The Half-collared Kingfisher Trail takes about 3 or 4 hours and follows the banks of the Touw River. Trek along the trail until you reach a waterfall, then cross over to return on the other side of river. The Pied Kingfisher Trail is a little longer and traces a circular route around the Serpentine.

Bring binoculars and look for rare birdlife that lives in the park. The Knysna loerie is an endemic species that thrives in these protected wetlands. Try to spot fish eagles, blacksmith plovers and cormorants.

Appreciate, also, the brightly colored shrubland known as fynbos, which is remarkable for its biodiversity. The endangered Knysna seahorse also lives in the lakes here.

Brave some extreme sports in the peaks of the park. Adventure sports operators run abseiling and canyoning trips into Wilderness National Park, for a thrilling way of experiencing the scenery. Take windsurfing lessons on one of the lakes or ride an off-road Segway through the woodland.

Wilderness National Park begins on the edge of the resort town of Wilderness. Drive to one of the campsites or adventure centers and use their metered parking. Pack sturdy footwear and plenty of water for your trip to the park.

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The Wilderness Hotel
The Wilderness Hotel
3 out of 5
George Road, Wilderness, Western Cape
The price is $55 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
This family-friendly Wilderness hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Cape Floral Region Protected Areas, Milkwood Village Shopping ...
3.8/5 Good! (128 reviews)
"Old school hotel originally established in 1928. Big public spaces and restaurant. Attentive staff."

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2021

The Wilderness Hotel
Views Boutique Hotel & Spa
Views Boutique Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
South Street, Wilderness, Wilderness, Western Cape
The price is $199 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 30
Located in Wilderness Beach, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cape Floral Region Protected Areas and Garden Route National Park. Wilderness Lagoon ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (136 reviews)
"The beautiful view on the ocean, the staff and services it is in the middle of garden route"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Views Boutique Hotel & Spa
Dune Beach House
Dune Beach House
4 out of 5
31 Die Duin, Wilderness, Western Cape
Offering direct access to the beach, this Wilderness Beach guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Cape Floral Region Protected Areas and Wilderness Lagoon. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Excellent position, facilities and care.
"From start to finish we enjoyed this stay at Dune House immensely. We were greeted very enthusiastically as we arrived early for book in and our luggage was kept safe until check in time. The room was kept in an immaculate manner and the facilities were all we could have expected. The positioning ..."

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2020

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The Wilderness Hotel
The Wilderness Hotel
3 out of 5
George Road, Wilderness, Western Cape
The price is $55 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
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5 out of 5
South Street, Wilderness, Wilderness, Western Cape
The price is $199 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 30
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Dune Beach House
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4 out of 5
31 Die Duin, Wilderness, Western Cape
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Kingfisher Country House
Kingfisher Country House
3.5 out of 5
1030 Dumbleton Road, off Waterside Road, Wilderness, Western Cape
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Wilderness Dunes
Wilderness Dunes
3 out of 5
Off Highway N2, Wilderness, Western Cape
Wilderness Dunes
Fairy Knowe Hotel
Fairy Knowe Hotel
3 out of 5
Dumbleton Road, Wilderness, Western Cape
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Da Rosa Guest House
Da Rosa Guest House
2.5 out of 5
2180 Whale Close, Wilderness Garden Estate, Wilderness, Western Cape
Da Rosa Guest House
Sea La Vie B&B
Sea La Vie B&B
3 out of 5
49 George Road, Wilderness, Western Cape
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Dolphin Dunes Guest House
Dolphin Dunes Guest House
4 out of 5
Buxton Close, PO Box 158, Wilderness, Western Cape
Dolphin Dunes Guest House
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