Garden Route National Park – Wilderness

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The Park was proclaimed in 1983, with more additions made after that, adding in Wilderness National Lake Area, and lands between Rondevlei and Swartvlei Lake


Special Features:

  • Pansy Shell
  • Pied Kingfisher
  • Grey Heron
  • Little Egret

Things to seek:

  • Wildlife: White-naped Weasel, Leopard, Caracal, Clawless Otter, Cape Fur Seal, Cape Porcupine, Grysbok, Forest Shrew
  • Birds: Reed Cormorant, Grey and Purple heron, Little Egret, African Spoonbill, Little Bittern, Red-knobbed Coot, Purple Gallinule, African Rail
  • Plants/Trees: Juncus Kraussii, Reeds, Sedges


  • Bathing, canoeing, fishing at wilderness beach, Touws river and some of the lakes
  • Hiking (6 trails ranging from very easy to difficult)
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  • Boating on Island Lake
  • Mountain Biking
  • Abseiling
  • Birding

How to get there: Wilderness is situated close to the N2 highway, 15km from George, 2 km from Wilderness village, 410 km from Port Elizabeth and 450km from Cape Town. The closest airport is at George where Around About Cars can rent you a vehicle. region