Accommodation in Wilderness is highly sought after as the coastal town is renowned for its tranquil sea, beaches and lagoon. The allure of white sand beaches, prolific bird life and nature on your doorstep has seen many original homes converted to luxurious boutique hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts and self-catering apartments and suites.
Wilderness is a sea-side town set between the Kaaimans River and the Goukama Nature Reserve, whilst being bordered by the Outeniqua Mountains on the coastal stretch known as the Garden Route.
Advantages of staying in Wilderness
Wilderness is surrounded by many rivers, natural lakes, estuaries and lagoons, making it a great spot for water sport enthusiasts, angling and bird enthusiasts.
Not only does Wilderness boast pristine beaches but offers magnificent coastal views from many a hilltop where visitors can partake in dolphin and whale-watching. The most notorious being Dolphin Point.
Nearby Wilderness Natural Park, part of the sprawling Garden Route National Park, is a habitat for wildlife including leopards, monkeys and eagles.
There are many other types of recreational activities to be enjoyed such as hiking, hang-gliding, paragliding, horse riding, mountain biking, scenic drives, day tours, ferry cruises, angling, boating and other water sports.
Offering top class hospitality and natural beauty along the infamous Garden Route, be sure to make a stop at Wilderness and experience the true wonder of this sought after holiday resort. See our list of top accommodation establishments in Wilderness below.
Pear Moon – Accommodation Type – Boutique Self-catering Suites
Pearl Moon offers the dream getaway, surrounded by jaw-dropping natural beauty; it is a quiet sanctuary of modern-day luxury and ease, combined with good old-fashioned country hospitality and warmth.
Set in a lush green garden, Pearl Moon consists of four premium self-catering suites, each with a private balcony and panoramic view of the river for lazy sundowners and bird watching. Featuring top-of-the-range décor, furnishings and amenities, each suite also has a well-equipped kitchenette for maximum privacy.
Just a few minutes’ walk from the charming Garden Route Village of Wilderness and its array of quaint restaurants, Pearl Moon overlooks the serene waters of the Touw River and is only a stone’s throw away from the endless white beaches of Wilderness.
Hildesheim Guest House – Accommodation Type – B&B and Self-Catering
Should you find yourself travelling through the Garden Route, I encourage you to take the turn off just 10km before Wilderness and explore the quaint town of Hoekwil. Here my husband and I found the picturesque country escape that is Hildesheim Guest House.
Set amongst the farming community, I found the Hildesheim Guest House to be a peaceful and tranquil place to relax and put your head down for a night or two.
First impressions were of a long, neat driveway, opening up to the main house and two self-catering cottages and bed and breakfast accommodation all nestled amongst the property’s beautiful gardens and the Outeniqua Mountain range in the background…READ MORE
Moontide Guest Lodge – Accommodation Type – 4-Star Guest Lodge and B&B
The Award-winning Moontide Guest Lodge has been heralded “the most romantic retreat in the Garden Route” as well as “best value Garden Route accommodation”. Situated on the banks of the Wilderness lagoon, a mere two minutes’ walk from the beach, you will find eight individually styled cottages and rooms, each with private entrance and outdoor seating area.
Set amidst 400-year-old milkwood trees and a profusion of birds and plants, with gardens that flow into its tidal waters, the lodge is a birdwatcher’s paradise.
Spend the day exploring the forests and waterfalls of Wilderness National park, or sightseeing the quaint towns of Knysna or Oudtshoorn, but make sure you set aside enough time to unwind in your Moontide hideaway.
Views Boutique Hotel & Spa – Accommodation Type – Boutique Hotel
Views Boutique & Spa is a spectacular, lavishly-appointed boutique hotel with breath-taking views of the world-renowned Garden Route. This serene retreat, perched high above Wilderness Beach, offers spectacular panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua Mountains.
The 26 luxuriously furnished suites are designed to afford you front row access to the awe-inspiring vistas of the Garden Route, with each boasting large glass windows that open out onto striking panoramas.
Both non-sea facing and sea facing suites epitomise 5-star living, their sumptuous interiors custom-made for comfort, and fully equipped with plush couches, flat-screen TVs and opulent en-suite bathrooms.
Wilderness Bushcamp – Accommodation Type – Self-catering Units
Tucked away in 9 hectares of indigenous bush, on the very top of a hill overlooking the Wilderness beach and lagoon, Wilderness Bushcamp has been described as ‘The Best Kept Secret‘ and ‘A Hidden Gem‘.
Offering eight different types of comfortable self-catering accommodation, uniquely positioned to enjoy the peace and seclusion of its prime hilltop location, while also enjoying the best views in Wilderness.
The self-catering cabins come equipped with en-suite shower facilities, kitchenette, outdoor timber decks over-looking the ocean as well as a communal under-roof barbeque area.
The main house is located on the same hillside as the Bushcamp and offers accommodation for up to six people, with swimming pool and large entertaining areas. Two smaller units can accommodate a further four people.
Wilderness Waters – Accommodation Type – Luxury Self-catering Apartment and Suites
Wilderness Waters welcomes its visitors to stylish, comfortable and well-appointed 4- star accommodation, all within walking distance of the golden beach, the freshwater lagoon, boutique shops and restaurants.
Wilderness Waters has three luxury accommodation offerings. The Luxurious L’Azur Apartment is a fully self-catering, modern two-bedroom apartment.
The Afro Chic Suite with its warm ambience is beautifully decorated and situated on the ground floor of Wilderness Waters. This suite offers a queen-sized bed and an en-suite bathroom with a shower.
The Sea-view suite is situated on the first floor and boasts a one-bedroom with a king-sized bed and an en-suite bathroom with a shower.
The apartment and suites have their own private entrance, balcony and terrace with free Wi-Fi.
9 Fern Rest Guest House – Accommodation Type – Guest House
9 Fern Rest Guest House, located in Hoekwil, just five kilometres from the ocean and Wilderness, offers six basic self-catering rooms, at the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. You will feel at home in any of their exclusive, large stylish rooms, equipped with queen/king size beds with white linen, white towels, en suite bathrooms and a small kitchenette.
Rooms are serviced daily and a basic continental breakfast of tea/coffee, cereal, muesli, jams and preserves is provided.
The kitchenette is stocked with everything you may require, including a toaster, stove/oven and microwave, fridge. A braai facility, braai tongs and camping chairs are available to ensure you enjoy a traditional South African braai. There is also DSTV and free WiFi.
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