Things to do in Wilderness

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Things to Do in Wilderness

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  • Rob B
    George, South Africa49 contributions
    Spaced out kilometers long fine sandy beach, blue flag accredited. Kite surfers paradise, but beach swimmers nightmare due to rip tides
    Written 17 April 2022
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  • Andre H
    Cape Town, South Africa353 contributions
    We have visited the Garden Route many times & The Wilderness beaches but we were unaware of this National Park a few minutes drive off the N2 Highway . There are various trails , we did 3 of them . They vary between 2km - very steep climb , a 7.2km & 4km roundtrip trails both ending at waterfalls. The Park was quite busy being peak season but still not overcrowded even at the Half Collared Kingfisher Trail which is the most popular walk. Most of the walk is amongst tall trees , so pretty shaded & not to strenuous , a few steps to climb at a couple of spots. There are a number of wooded walkways & the park is well maintained & safe . Crossing the river with the Pontoon was a highlight for many walkers based on the excitement evident with each crossing. Its basically a "raft" you pull across the river using a pulley rope system , very easy to use , even for children .

    Most visitors seemed to visit in the mornings but there is enough parking near the Ebb & Flow North entrance as well as the main access point to the Park . Cost is R50pp for locals & R170pp for overseas visitors . The Brown Collared trail is a bit further away & going along the N2 highway & taking the Hoekwil turnoff is probably the quickest avoiding a short gravel road from Ebb & Flow . We also made use of the picnic area at Tarentaal camp across the road of Ebb & Flow North entrance gate , canoes can also be hired here by day visitors.

    The Half Collared trail takes about 3.5 hs at a leisurely pace & can end with a swim in the waterfall pond which is not to deep & not to cold . The Brown Collared 4km takes about an hour & has a deep waterfall pool , was rather chilly but refreshing. The Bosduif Trail is not for the faint hearted as the initial climb is very steep & takes about an hour but has a wonderful viewpoint as the top.

    This Park is really worth visiting & suitable for all ages
    Written 3 January 2022
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  • Damian B
    Pretoria, South Africa27 contributions
    Slightly misty weather but still able to see the natural beauty. Worth the drive up hill and on the little gravel road. Ticked it off the list of things to view.
    Written 21 December 2021
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  • CuriousMeerkatjie
    Cape Town, South Africa354 contributions
    The starting point for this hike is available on google maps. We entered the Ebb and Flow rest camp and proceeded to the north gate at the rail and road bridge.

    It is possible to kayak a portion of this trail but we enjoy the exercise and the hike is only approximately 7.5km in length. Soon after we commenced with the hike we noticed some Knysna loeries in the trees along the river in close proximity to us. Yeah!

    The hike follows the river and soon you reach the pontoon which is good fun.

    What makes this hike special is the fact that the boardwalk allows you to gain elevation and then you can see the views and the birds in the tree tops.

    We reached the waterfall in no time. I could have hiked another three or four kilometres! The waterfall is spectacular. We spent at least an hour swimming in the pools before hiking back.

    I would recommend taking sunglasses, clothing suitable for swimming, insect repellant, water , sunscreen and a phone.
    Written 20 January 2022
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  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3 128 contributions
    The Touw river lagoon at Wilderness is separated from the ocean by a barrier peninsula. Due to its open connection with the ocean the water is brackish (slightly salty), though this depends also on the waterlevels in the river. There is an abundance of fish (often unique species adapted to the estuary milieu). Birdlife is also interesting to observe.

    There is a boardwalk along part of the lagoon used by hikers, but also fishermen. During my stay the water levels in the estuary were low and you could wade across. Overall the lagoon area is a quiet and peaceful area. Great to enjoy nature.
    Written 7 December 2021
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  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3 128 contributions
    1.6 km from Wilderness 50m up towards the west along the highway is Dolphin Point. I walked up along the highway, which is not recommended, as there is hardly any space for non-motorized traffic or even pedestrians.

    Most people visit by car. Near Dolphin point there are parking lots on both sides of the highway. They are linked by an underpass. There are reports of people being mugged there. I walked up and down safely. At the look-out point there was a man with two kids begging for money, but he did not insist.

    The views are superb.
    Written 1 December 2021
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  • Tracy
    2 contributions
    We had an absolutely wonderful ride - along with the 2 grandparents in their 70s, as well as two kids (6 & 9 yrs) who had no previous experience on a horse. The horses were calm and the trail was beautiful. Amanda was wonderful, making sure everyone was fine. Her passion for the area and horses is lovely to see. Highly recommended, even for novices.
    Written 5 January 2022
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  • Moquini Guesthouse
    Wilderness, South Africa3 contributions
    Thank you Wayne and team
    We had a great time playing Tarzan between the trees. We will definitely recommend the course to future guests. Great activitity to be shared by family and adventure enthusiast for an adrenalin rush.
    Gerhard & Karen
    Moquini Guesthouse
    Wilderness Garden Estate
    Written 17 August 2020
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  • Anli
    Centurion, South Africa3 contributions
    High light of our Honeymoon this far. Kayaking to the waterfall by far the best option. R170pp. Stunning,so much fun,authentic,real local Wilderness experience.
    Staff so enthusiastic and friendly. Family and dog friendly
    Written 18 April 2022
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  • Tut
    3 contributions
    Had an incredible hike with Mark and Amanda.
    Highly recommend their personalised trails as well as their regular trail along the coast of the garden route. Mark shares his vast knowledge of flora and fauna of the area while hiking through breathtaking scenery.
    Written 13 May 2022
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  • Tilana H
    Steelpoort, South Africa16 contributions
    We really really enjoyed this experience, felt like I was in a Hogwards potion class. The tasting was also really nice.
    Written 2 October 2018
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  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3 128 contributions
    There are no more Kaaiman (a species of monitor lizards) in the river. So it is safe to swim, where possible or kayak, particularly at a point where the river becomes wider and its mouth finds the ocean. The Kaaiman river is one of many that is meandering through the Cape Fold Mountains south of South Africa's central plateau. Some of the gorges it formed are of spectacular beauty. In the past a formidable obstacle for both indigenous people as well as the European settlers. The latter eventually managed to build stable bridges. The railway bridge (now defunct) near George is one them, meanwhile a historic attraction.

    Good hiking options northwest of Wilderness.
    Written 9 December 2021
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  • Jan S
    Cotswolds, UK139 contributions
    Wew came here following having seem these paintings at Dune Beach House and were blown away by the vibrancy and colour. The lady serving us could not have been more patient and we spent 45 minutes or so choosing eventually 3 pictures which she rolled into a tube to come back to the UK with us.
    Written 31 March 2020
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  • rossvdr
    Johannesburg, South Africa25 contributions
    Been to the gallery a couple of times. Great value and some really fine art; very helpful staff. Would recommend to anyone visiting the lovely Wilderness village.
    Written 19 April 2019
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  • Connie C
    49 contributions
    Kids had fun on the bungy, pony riding. Live music. Farmer market. Delicious food. Highly recommend pork belly roll. Great crafting art. Local farmer attraction. One of the highlights. Different from shopping in the mall.
    Written 1 October 2018
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