Explore Wilderness with us

Tucked away by rolling hills, the town of Wilderness provides a mixture of exhilarating adventures yet perfect for relaxation. Either way, we had to flock with our tiny car to explore the sought after holiday destination.

The N2 stretch from Cape Town towards the Garden Route is a long and grueling one for any experienced driver worth it’s salt. Kilometres later and the drive there still hadn’t hindered our desire to scout this appealing little town.

It can make you go a tiny bit crazy since the road is an ever-ending distance to no-where.

The Garden Route is a 300-kilometre stretch of the south-western coast of South Africa which extends from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape with many small, picturesque towns in-between and can easily seduce you with its natural beauty.

Arriving an hour late than originally planned; we were welcomed by cool, semi-hot weather. Driving around alluring mountainous images in a town with no central hub that stretches along the lush greenery of the Outenique Mountains and a number of lakes and rivers, it made perfect sense why so many come here to unwind.

We did lots of unwinding.

Walk the tiny streets in Milkwood Village boasting with small local cafes, shops and restaurants. Each establishment creating their own uniqueness as you stand on the sidewalk trying to figure out which place to dine at or what item to purchase to take back home as a remembrance.

Not far from the village, take a drive to the well-known Map of Africa. Don’t be discouraged by the small piece of gravel if you’re driving a small car.

We’ve had several items under our car replaced. But still go.

The view is worth every rock, stone and pebble you drive over with an exceptional viewpoint of Wilderness Heights. Wondering why it’s called Map of Africa? It’s because the hill is shaped like the image of Africa. Can you see it too?

Admiring the view can make you hungry. Very hungry! So take a short left to Salina’s Restaurant and ask for a view point seat of the misty cliffs of the N2 road with an unbelievable sight of Wilderness Beach. Order an ice-cold drink and indulge in their beer battered hake and chips. I highly recommend it!

And man was that a good, filling meal.

Dip your toes in-between the sand as you walk along Wilderness beach; 2 minutes away from the restaurant. The scenery stretches far beyond the eye can see even with the mist clouding up the view.

If you have some time on your hands, take a scenic drive on Seven Passes in George. We wanted to get a good view of Kaaimans Bridge but opted to do this narrow pass instead. It was scary and exhilarating all at once!

Time for something sweet. Of course, it’s dessert time!

And a no-brainier to step foot at Beejuice Cafe along the Old Wilderness Station. Sit along the old train tracks and order the Chocolate Brownie and ice-cream; a mouth-watering combination if you ask me.

Walk off the extra calories on the rustic, railway tracks. Courtney certainly did!

Stroll through the town like we did by foot no less. Or drive through dirt roads to find a picture square sighting of the vast array of forestry hence the dirt on our windshield.

If you looking to do more adrenaline adventures:

  • go para-gliding, hand-gliding or kite surfing with Dolphin Paragliding.
  • explore the Wilderness National Park
  • do canyoning and rappelling tours with Eden Adventures
  • hike the Half Collared Kingfisher Trail

Travel Tips

When to go: You can visit anytime of the year because even the winter months are warm with an average rainfall of 700mm.

Getting there: I highly recommend you travel by car otherwise you’ll miss all the hidden gems. The closest airport is George Airport; 23.3km away from Wilderness.

Value for money: Yes, it is. All the eateries and adventure activities are cost effective for your pocket.

Must-see sight: Map of Africa, Dolphins Point and Goukama Nature Reserve.

Find out more: For more information about Wilderness, visit: http://www.wildernessinfo.org/ 

With so many things to do, how can you miss the wonders of Wilderness?

Until the next adventure!

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