Wilderness National Park stretches from the Touw River mouth to the Swartvlei estuary and
beyond, where it links with the Goukamma Nature
Reserve, giving welcome protection to five lakes and
the Serpentine, which is the winding strip of water
joining Island Lake to the Touw River at the
Ebb-and-Flow rest camp.
trails wind through densely wooded forest and along
tranquil rivers, affording you the opportunity to
encounter the brilliantly coloured Knysna lourie, or
one of the five kingfisher species that occur here.
During spring, a carpet of flowers, further enhance
the verdant beauty of this park.
Nature has blessed Wilderness with a pleasant,
temperate climate; it is unique in Africa as the
only area in which rainfall occurs throughout the
year. And, to cap it all, most of the rain falls at
The park offers a wide range of
recreational activities and adventures,
including hiking, canoeing, mountain biking,
kloofing, fishing, birding and
You do not have to be super fit to enjoy
the natural beauty of the area. There are
activities for young, old, energetic or
docile: take a stroll along a forest path or
visit the bird hide and discover the wealth
of bird life. Lie back in a canoe on a quiet
backwater and watch the world float by. Camp
under the stars alongside the river or stay
in a log cabin.
South African National Parks provides a
variety of accommodation in the park. We
recommend two or three nights giving you up to two
full days in the park
(click on the map opposite to visit SANParks™
Beaufort West, Bellville, Bredasdorp,
Caledon, Cape Town, Ceres,
Clanwilliam, George, Knysna, Malmesbury,
Mossel Bay, Oudtshoom, Paarl, Riversdale,
Swellendam, Vrendenburg, Worcester
Dolphins can be seen from Dolphin Point.
This is also a great place to
Every July southern right whales arrive to
calve and to mate in the relatively warm and
sheltered bays. As they congregate in close
proximity to the shore, and since they are
slow moving and spend most of the time on
the surface, they can magnificently be
observed from the shore.
Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe runs 67 kilometres
between Knysna and George, passing through
Wilderness National Park.