Wilderness

Travel Guide
Victoria Bay Beach

Ensconced between the Outeniqua Mountains and the golden coasts of the Garden Route, Wilderness is one of the most spectacular locations in the Western Cape.

Escape to a part of the Western Cape that is a Wilderness in both name and nature. The stunning mountains, forests and coastline here are among the most scenic parts of the Garden Route. Visitors here, however, do not totally leave civilization behind, as the town of the same name offers restaurants, resorts and cafés.

Head to a vacation destination that has been frequented by visitors since the early 1900s, when the first hotels were built here. The region was named Wilderness when a man from Cape Town bought land here to fulfil a promise to his wife that they would live surrounded by nature.

One of the main reasons to visit this town is to explore Wilderness National Park. Hike over tree-covered hills and around glistening lakes on shaded walking trails. The Pied Kingfisher Trail runs in a circle for about 6 miles (10 kilometers) through the park, following the course of the Serpentine River. Canoe along the rivers to see the scenery from the water.

Spend a day relaxing on Victoria Bay Beach. This small, secluded stretch of shoreline is hidden in a cove between George and Wilderness and offers sheltered water that is safe for bathing. Swim out a little further for surfing or charter a boat to go fishing on the water.

Browse for souvenirs in the Milkwood Evening Market, an atmospheric shopping destination. Wander among handicraft and food stalls while chefs cook meat on a “braai,” a South African barbecue. Join locals relaxing with a craft beer.

Drive 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of George to reach Wilderness. Find out about all the things you can do here in the Wilderness Tourism Bureau, located near the old train station. The town is small and can be explored on foot.

Wilderness offers different atmospheres and experiences depending on the season. In winter and spring you stand the best chance of seeing whales in the ocean, while the summer months between December and February bring more crowds and sunny days.

Where to stay in Wilderness

The Wilderness Hotel
The Wilderness Hotel
3 out of 5
George Road, Wilderness, Western Cape, 6560
The price is $47 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 3-star spa hotel in Wilderness. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 bars/lounges, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
3.9/5 Good! (142 reviews)
"The Hotel is being subtly transformed into something closer to its former grandeur. Its still a significant way off. Its tired and basic, but improving. The facilities are basic but functional and the staff are traned, helpful and polite. The location of the building is the best in town, expecially ..."

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2022

The Wilderness Hotel
Shan C
Shan C
4 out of 5
51 Die Duin, Wilderness, Western Cape
The price is $114 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 22
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly guesthouse in Wilderness. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Popular attractions Wilderness Lagoon and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Perfect!
"I cannot recommend this venue highly enough! The room had the most spectacular view and was beautifully designed by the owners. I loved the extra touches the hosts provided such as the chocolates and fresh juice. The room is literally on the beach which is...a dream! I also enjoyed the pool which ..."

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

Shan C
Views Boutique Hotel & Spa
Views Boutique Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
South Street, Wilderness, Wilderness, Western Cape, 6529
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! (146 reviews)
"Beautiful views, extremely friendly staff, and very chic hotel. Highly recommend as a quiet place to rest and relax."

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2022

Views Boutique Hotel & Spa
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.
Wilderness Waters
Wilderness Waters
4 out of 5
260 Waterside Road, Wilderness, Western Cape, 6560
The price is $88 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Wilderness. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"We had a wonderful stay at Wilderness Waters last week. The property is simply beautiful - high quality furnishings and fixtures, beautiful artwork and high-end decor, thoughtful touches throughout. The warm welcome and services we received during our stay made it memorable. The property is within ..."

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Wilderness Waters
Dolphin Villa
Dolphin Villa
4 out of 5
2222 Dolfyn Close, Garden Estate, Wilderness, Western Cape, 6560
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Wilderness. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Popular attractions Half Collared Kingfisher Trail and Wilderness ...
Dolphin Villa
Forever Ocean - A Dreamer’s Paradise
Forever Ocean - A Dreamer’s Paradise
Wilderness, Western Cape
Stay at this vacation home in Wilderness. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Wilderness National Park and Half Collared Kingfisher ...
Forever Ocean - A Dreamer’s Paradise
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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