Wilderness National Park

Group in the Wilderness National Park

Travel to Wilderness National Park – Adventure Activities in Abundance

Set in the heart of the spectacular Garden Route, Wilderness National Park is a myriad of lush forest, sparkling rivers and lakes, imposing mountains and a wonderful variety of birdlife. There’s something to suit every traveller here from fishing and canoeing to bird watching and hiking and with such an abundance of wildlife to spot it is little wonder that the Wilderness National Park is so popular with tourists.

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 Restcamp.

Wilderness National Park is a charming world of lakes, rivers, fens, and estuaries surrounded by pine forested slopes dotted with wooden chalets and it is also home to an abundance of wildlife and birdlife. Wildlife that you may spot includes Cape fur seals, honey badgers, vervet monkeys, leopards, porcupines and water mongoose and birds that you may spot include purple heron, crowned eagle, kingfisher, white-backed ducks and caspian terns. There are a number of bird hides from which to see these from.

Visitors to the Wilderness National Park area can experience whales and dolphins from Dolphin Point, hire a canoe or bicycle, go abseiling, paragliding or hang-gliding. They can also go boating, fishing at Island Lake or hike to the waterfall above Ebb-and- Flow Restcamp. There are numerous nature trails that wind through densely wooded forests and along riverbanks with serpentine channels connecting one lake to another and there are even overnight canoe and walking trails in this park. Visitors may also like to visit the communal area where they can play table tennis, volleyball and basketball.

Relax by fishing and bird watching or by simply absorbing the sights, sounds and smells of this truly beautiful wilderness.

  • Spot wildlife such as seals, leopards and monkeys.
  • Traverse the park by bike, foot, kayak or horseback to get close to nature.
  • Admire the stunning natural beauty of the park’s lakes, forests and mountains.


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