Wilderness


Wilderness National Park stretches from the Touw River mouth to the Swartvlei estuary and beyond, where it links with the Goukamma Nature Reserve, giving welcome protection to five lakes and the Serpentine, which is the winding strip of water joining Island Lake to the Touw River at the Ebb-and-Flow rest camp.
Nature trails wind through densely wooded forest and along tranquil rivers, affording you the opportunity to encounter the brilliantly coloured Knysna lourie, or one of the five kingfisher species that occur here. During spring, a carpet of flowers, further enhance the verdant beauty of this park.
Nature has blessed Wilderness with a pleasant, temperate climate; it is unique in Africa as the only area in which rainfall occurs throughout the year. And, to cap it all, most of the rain falls at night!
The park offers a wide range of recreational activities and adventures, including hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, kloofing, fishing, birding and paragliding.
You do not have to be super fit to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. There are activities for young, old, energetic or docile: take a stroll along a forest path or visit the bird hide and discover the wealth of bird life. Lie back in a canoe on a quiet backwater and watch the world float by. Camp under the stars alongside the river or stay in a log cabin.
South African National Parks provides a variety of accommodation in the park. We recommend two or three nights giving you up to two full days in the park (click on the map opposite to visit SANParks™ website) Western Cape province
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Bontebok National Park
Karoo National Park
Knysna National Lake Area
Table Mountain National Park
West Coast National Park
Beaufort West, Bellville, Bredasdorp, Caledon, Cape Town, Ceres, Clanwilliam, George, Knysna, Malmesbury, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoom, Paarl, Riversdale, Swellendam, Vrendenburg, Worcester
Dolphins can be seen from Dolphin Point. This is also a great place to watch whales. Every July southern right whales arrive to calve and to mate in the relatively warm and sheltered bays. As they congregate in close proximity to the shore, and since they are slow moving and spend most of the time on the surface, they can magnificently be  observed from the shore.
The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe runs 67 kilometres between Knysna and George, passing through Wilderness National Park.


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