Wilderness National Park

Wilderness National Park
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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.

Top Hotels Close to Wilderness National Park

The Wilderness Hotel
The Wilderness Hotel
3 out of 5
George Road, Wilderness, Western Cape, 6560
The price is $59 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30
$59
per night
Nov 29 - Nov 30
Stay at this 3-star spa hotel in Wilderness. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 bars/lounges, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
3.9/5 Good! (153 reviews)
"Just an over night stop"

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

The Wilderness Hotel
Views Boutique Hotel & Spa
Views Boutique Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
South Street, Wilderness, Wilderness, Western Cape, 6529
The price is $224 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2
$224
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Wilderness. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (148 reviews)
"Everything in this hotel was amazing, I will back here sure"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Views Boutique Hotel & Spa
Wilderness Beach Hotel
Wilderness Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
N2 National Highway, Wilderness, Western Cape, 6560
The price is $71 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30
$71
per night
Nov 29 - Nov 30
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Wilderness. Enjoy free parking, WiFi, and room service. Popular attractions Milkwood Village Shopping Centre and Wilderness ...
3.1/5 (105 reviews)
Happy Guest
"Fantastic location and staff! Hotel a bit neglected, but comfortable. Fantastic Breakfast."

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

Wilderness Beach Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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The Wild Farm
The Wild Farm
2 out of 5
291 Whites Road, Wilderness, Western Cape, 6560
The Wild Farm
Views Boutique Hotel & Spa
Views Boutique Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
South Street, Wilderness, Wilderness, Western Cape, 6529
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Wilderness Beach Hotel
Wilderness Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
N2 National Highway, Wilderness, Western Cape, 6560
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The Wilderness Hotel
The Wilderness Hotel
3 out of 5
George Road, Wilderness, Western Cape, 6560
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Wilderness Dunes
Wilderness Dunes
3 out of 5
Off Highway N2, Wilderness, Western Cape, 6560
Wilderness Dunes
Dune Beach House
Dune Beach House
4 out of 5
31 Die Duin, Wilderness, Western Cape, 6560
Dune Beach House
Fairy Knowe Hotel
Fairy Knowe Hotel
3 out of 5
Dumbleton Road, Wilderness, Western Cape, 6560
Fairy Knowe Hotel
Sea La Vie B&B
Sea La Vie B&B
3 out of 5
49 George Road, Wilderness, Western Cape, 6560
Sea La Vie B&B
Dolphin Villa
Dolphin Villa
4 out of 5
2222 Dolfyn Close, Garden Estate, Wilderness, Western Cape, 6560
Dolphin Villa
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