When you visit the beautiful village of Wilderness, that lies in the heart of the Garden Route, you will experience rivers, lakes, beaches and forest, all within easy reach of each other. With many accommodations to choose from this is a perfect base to explore from. You can spoil yourself with some good eateries, adventure activities (kloofing, abseiling, paragliding), excellent farmers markets and beach strolls. So, why NOT visit Wilderness?
This is South Africa’s own lakes district. There are various bird hides along the lakes system that you can, well, hide in, to watch some bird life along the lakes. Find Gullilule and Malachite Bird hides for some splendid bird activity along the lakes. The chances are good that you will be the only person in the hide. By far one of the best kept secrets still in the Garden Route!
Stop at Dolphin’s Point and enjoy the view both ways. First look to the East and enjoy the unspoiled beaches of, well Wilderness, and then look to the West and you will notice the icon bridge over the Kaaimans river mouth. I wonder how many pictures were taken at this spot in the past and how many more will be taken in the future.
While at Dolphin’s Point remember to look out for migrating whales between June and November. Although you might have seen them before it is always a special sight for me.
If you are in love with forests, then you need to take the route along the famous Seven Passes roads. And while you are on the Seven Passes road stop more or less halfway at a quant little eatery with the name of Totties near Rheenendal. They serve generous helpings, but do not be in a hurry as good food requires time to prepare. This is a bit further afield than Wilderness, but worth a visit.
The gravel roads around the lakes and even the Seven Passes road is excellent for some mountain biking. Take note that there are some steep climbs on some section, but there need to be some challenges for the trained riders as well. This is also a tick box route for many motor cyclists so keep an eye open for them as there are many blind curves and rises. The clip inserted below gives a sneak preview on the Seven Passes.
There are several big trees in the vicinity. The Woodville Big Tree is worth a visit and a nice place to have a leisurely picnic.