Market Shopping

Every Saturday morning there is a large market in George (10 minutes drive west) and Sedgefield (15 minute drive east). Both offer plenty of interesting things to buy and wonderful food, from ready-made dishes to deli items and groceries, including superb cheeses – ideal to stock up for a picnic! Every Friday night there is a village market in Wilderness. Selection is more limited but the atmosphere is entertaining.

Paragliding

Wilderness is considered South Africa’s best site for coastal flying, particularly from August to May. A basic license paragliding course lasts 7-10 days, weather depending, or you can do a 1-day introductory course, or take a one-off tandem flight with a qualified instructor. For more information contact Cloudbase Paragliding.

Restaurants

Treat yourself to a sumptuous breakfast under ancient milkwood trees next to the Wilderness lagoon at sister outfit Moontide Guest Lodge (R70 per person; walking distance or a 2 min drive – call for directions). Or head to Beejuice Café,  a one minute stroll from your front door. The Café offers a casual lunchtime tapas menu, situated in the old Wilderness railway station.

For fine dining we recommend Serendipity, voted amongst top 100 restaurants in the country by Wine Magazine for 6 consecutive years as well as amongst the top 10 in the Garden Route.

The Girls Bistro is also one of the top 10 Restaurants in the Garden Route. Informal and unpretentious, their food is delicious and good value. This too is within walking distance.

Best steak house on the Garden Route, Joplins Pub & Steak Grill is highly popular with locals – a laid back timber shack-pub, where you can still wine and dine for around R120 per head.

Salinas offers casual fare, served up with a 180 degree view of the ocean and beaches.

For pastas and pizza try Pomodoro in the heart of the village, good value and good fare; laid-back vibe.

Shark Cage Diving

Shark Africa is the only shark-cage operator in Mossel Bay, so your close-up encounter with a great white is likely to be a less crowded experience than in the better known Gansbaai waters, near Hermanus. The four-hour trip including the shark-cage dive, breakfast and a light lunch.

Swimming

Swimming in the Wilderness sea can be treacherous as riptides are strong, so please be careful and stay in the shallows unless a lifeguard is on duty. If you feel like a deep ocean plunge we’d recommend you go to Victoria bay (signposted off the N2 between Wilderness and George). One of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa lies just beyond Knysna: Noetzie is not only pretty but it has a number of castles overlooking the beach.

Tours & Transport

Contact Garden Route Bliss for personalised tours and transport (+27 (0)44 873 6116).

Treatments / Beauty Therapy

There are a number of spa and beauty therapy options, the best of which – with four treatment rooms and hydrotherapies that include a Moroccan Rasul steam room – is at Views Boutique. We can also highly recommend Lavender Breeze Beauty Salon in Wilderness Village – excellent manis and pedis!

Weather

Wilderness enjoys balmy temperatures throughout the year. Want to know exactly what’s in store for the next few days?

Visit South African Weather Service.

Whale Watching

Between August and November you will often spot whales from Dolphin’s Point, clearly signposted at the top of the Kaaiman’s Pass.