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Adventure through the wilds of South Africa on guide-led safaris, hunt for souvenirs in the crowded tourist markets of pretty Garden Route towns, and swing your way across rolling fairways at cliff-edge golf courses by the sea. The Wilderness National Park is impressive and vast, home to sky-scraping mountains, lumbering elephants, and migrating whales. It’s wild, and exciting, and largely undisturbed by man.

Things to see

The towering trees, green plains, and sparkling water holes of the Knysa Elephant Park look plain next to the charm of its inhabitants, a herd of African elephants that enjoy the privacy and sanctuary of this free-to-roam environment. They’ll help you discover their territory, carrying you across grass-covered plains with the towering peaks of the Outeniqua Mountains on the skyline. The park is on the affectionately known ‘Garden Route’, so called for its idyllic scenery, and a little further along the coast is another fabulous spot you won’t want to miss. Victoria Bay Beach is a mesmerizing cove, hugged on either side by imposing rugged cliffs. The soft sand here is untouched by commercialization. Instead, it’s popular with surfers who come here to ride the big swells offshore. On the coastline between Sedgefield and Knysa, the Goukamma Nature Reserve is a wild protected area of sand dunes, undulating beach, and glittering lake. You can kayak in open canoes to explore the estuary, while you keep a close eye on the shore for a glimpse of the impressive African Fish Eagle taking flight.

Hotels in Wilderness

Whether you’re backpacking, driving, or heading to South Africa’s idyllic Garden Route area to relax, there are plenty of fabulous hotels in Wilderness National Park area to choose from. Welcoming game lodges enjoy the tranquility of the nature reserves and national parklands, providing comfortable guestrooms or private huts, luxury linens, balconies with extensive views over the rich jungles and barren plains, WiFi, and decadent outdoor pools. Along the coast, modern high-rise glass-fronted hotels reflect the rays of the sun onto the sparkling surface of the sea, enjoying beach access, elegant restaurants with tempting a la carte menus, and lively bars that stay open well into the night.

Where to stay

Wilderness National Park forms part of South Africa’s Garden Route, a long section of relaxing coastline that stretches between the harbor town of Mossel Bay, with its shorefront houses and pretty marina, to the Storms River near the Tsitsikamma National Park. It’s crisscrossed by a pattern of lagoons and lakes, pretty isolated towns, and rocky mountain ranges. Hotels in Wilderness National Park put you close to some of South Africa’s most elusive wildlife, and from July to December, pretty bays that dot the rugged cliffs become nesting spots for pregnant Southern Right Whales.

How to get to Wilderness

The nearest international airport is Cape Town, but that lies almost a 5 hour drive to the west of the Wilderness National Park. It’s possible to fly the remaining distance, a journey of only 50 minutes, that brings you into the sprawling town of George. If you prefer to travel by road, hire cars are available in Cape Town, or buses can be booked for long distance travel. Arguably, the best form of transport is self-driving – there’s so much to see here, from isolated coves to verdant wild reserves, that you might miss it otherwise.

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