Wilderness & George

Wilderness - with its gorgeous beach, lakes, lagoons and lush indigenous forest - is a nature lover's paradise...



The quiet village of Wilderness, with its gorgeous beach, is a nature lover’s paradise. It is known for its lakes, placid lagoon and lush indigenous forest. Enjoy a lovely peaceful walk around the lake shore or stroll along the beach. You can follow back roads through mysterious primeval forests all the way to Knysna. This was the erstwhile haunt of 19th century gold diggers. It is this juxtaposition of the ancient and the picturesque that is part of the Garden Route’s charm.


George was named after George III of England and lies on the coastal plateau below the Outeniqua Mountains. It's the principal town of the Garden Route, a bustling business and farming community and has the region's main airport. Initially, forestry was its prime industry, but exploitation of the extensive indigenous forest became so rife that in 1936 the government declared a 200-year ban on the felling of indigenous trees. Fortunately, large tracts of indigenous forest have been saved since.

For the holiday-maker, the best-known George landmark is the world-famous Fancoourt golf estate.

Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay, at the gateway to the Garden Route, is a busy resort town with some stunning beaches nearby. You can visit the historically interesting Post Office Tree in Mossel Bay as well as the Batholomeu Dias Museum complex with its full scale replica of a caravel ship. It is also known for its whale-watching and shark cage diving excursions. It is also the starting point for the 4 night Oystercatcher slack-packing hiking trail.


Why you may love it

  • The Wilderness National Park is a wetland paradise for over 230 different bird species.
  • Walking trails including the Oystercatcher Coastal Trail.
  • Canoeing up the quiet rivers around Wilderness.
  • Enjoy game drives, picnics and horseback safaris at Botlierskop Game Lodge.
  • Visit the Post Office Tree & the Dias Museum with its full scale replica of Dias’ caravel ship.
  • Sea-based shark cage diving and whale-watching at Mossel Bay.
  • Visit the ‘Map of Africa’ in the indigenous forest behind Wilderness.

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