Wilderness and its scenic surrounds make for wonderful day trips.

Daytrip 1: Knysna Roundtrip If you’ve headed off to Knysna along the scenic N2, which features panoramic lake and sea views, consider returning via the Seven Passes Road. This, the original road linking George and Knysna takes you through dense indigenous forests, crosses streams via Edwardian bridges, and finally traverses the Homtini Pass, another engineering feat by the famous Thomas Baines. Approximately 2 hours driving.

Daytrip 2: The Four Passes This is a highly recommended (but long) inland day trip. Take the Outeniqua Pass (or R29) to Oudtshoorn (an hour away). Either stop for lunch here at the award-wining Jemima’s, or immediately set off to traverse the hair-pin gravel road that is the Swartberg Pass – arguably the most spectacular in the country – to the charming village of Prince Albert (2 hours from Wilderness), where you should stroll around to admire the unique Karoo architecture. Stock up on traditional Karoo fare before returning via Meiringspoort Pass, a road that follows a natural ravine, and flanked with soaring cliffs, to Oudtshoorn, Time allowing, return to George via the Montagu Pass, a gravel road dating back to 1843, before the finally returning home via the Kaaimans River Pass to Wilderness. Approximately 4 hours driving.