Situated in the heart of the Garden Route, South Africa. It is a fascinating combination of rivers, lakes, estuaries and beaches, unfolding against the backdrop or lush forests and imposing mountains. During spring, the area is beautifully blanketed by a kaleidoscope of colourful blossoms, further enhancing its profound beauty.
The beautiful and popular Wilderness National Park is gently nestled between the bustling towns of George and Knysna – both are exceptional tourist destinations on the Garden Route.
Wilderness is not only an area of natural beauty it is also an exciting playground for both young and old. Enjoy fantastic Dolphin and Whale sightings from Dolphin Point, hire a canoe or bicycle and explore the area, go abseiling, kloofing and paragliding, boating, fishing and hiking.
Visitors can follow the many nature trails winding through the densely forested areas and along tranquil rivers, spend time at the bird hide or simply enjoy star gazing whilst camping alongside the river in this lush Garden Route Nature Reserve.
The ‘Map of Africa’ is an extraordinary viewpoint at Wilderness Heights. The small village of Wilderness is situated approximately 15km from George, driving on the N2 highway towards Knysna. The bright and colourful paragliders, soaring against the open blues skies, make a beautiful picture.
This is a popular view point and a long row of cars are parked to the side of the road over a weekend. The views on both sides are awesome. To the right is the Map of Africa view point and to the left is a paragliding take-off spot.
The Map of Africa is a spectacular scene of mountains and forests. The Wilderness area is known for its vast number of rivers, lagoons and natural lakes, and here you get a clear view of the Kaaimans River Valley. It is amazing how the course of the Kaaimans River has the shape of the African continent. What a beautiful sight
If you happen to be in the Wilderness area again and haven’t seen the Map of Africa yet, do yourself a favour and go see this awesome sight. It is worth the stop. How does one put such beauty into words – not even my camera lens can do this view justice? I can simply describe the views as “priceless”.
Hiking is such a powerful workout, the warm sunshine on your face, the sound of the wind rushing through the trees overhead, and the soft earthy feel of the trail under your boots. Not only are these experiences enjoyable to have, but they’re good for you, too. Hiking is proven to have many health benefits, ranging from physical exercise you get when out on the trail, to emotional or mental relief that comes from being in nature
There are five trails – all with varying distances,
Half Collared Kingfisher Trail
It is a nice shady walk through the forest, you are likely to see most of our birds e.g. the Knyzna Loerie, Giant Kingfisher and the Fish Eagle. You will also see the Yellow Wood Trees.
Giant Kingfisher Trail
It is a little strenuous in the beginning of the trail but it does get easier. It is the only trail that leads to a waterfall. You are allowed to swim and picnic at the waterfall. This trail is on the opposite side of the Half Collard.
Pied Kingfisher Trail
This trail is mainly used for bird watching. It is a flat circular route which takes you through the Serpentine which mainly consists of Fynbos. It is an open trail with no shade. There is a section of the trail which combines with the beach. You’ll be able to walk along the beach to Wilderness Village and back to our Camp.
Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail
This is also through the forest and leads to the river. This trail is also popular for bird watching.
Cape Dune Molerat Trail
This is a very sandy trail, where you can see the Fynbos and beautiful Proteas close at hand. It is also a circular route with no shade.