Winter in the Wilderness


“I have had a holiday, and I’d like to take it up professionally.” My personal favourite quote at the moment! 😉  You have to get away once in a while, you need to relax and be peaceful.  You’d like great views, and lots of space.  Road Travel have an extensive list of southern African suppliers that are hand picked for their location, service, comfort, great rates and we share some of these with you here.   As African destination management experts we can plan an itinerary that best suits your needs.


The Garden Route is one of the most beautiful regions in South Africa.  It offers you majestic mountains, breathtaking views, a natural garden of rich, colourful vistas, with valleys and lakes, rivers and forests, a paradise for bird-lovers and nature lovers, an eco-destination like few others in the world, with miles upon miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches and a kazillion things to experience and explore.  Spanning from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, the Garden Route is a beautifully scenic region, from the semi-desert of the Karoo and forests of Tsitsikamma to pretty seaside towns.  It makes the ideal destination for just about anyone, from families to honeymooners.

Wilderness is set between the Kaaimans River and the Goukama Nature Reserve and bordered by the Outeniqua Mountains.  Renowned for it tranquil sea and beaches which stretch on forever, Wilderness has become a Internationally sought after holiday resort.  Wilderness is also surrounded by many rivers and natural lakes and lagoons.  There is 2500 ha National Park with five rivers, five lakes, two estuaries and 18km of coastline.  Wilderness sports many types of wildlife, in particular birds. Many types of water birds breed here and this makes it ideal for bird-watchers.  The many other types of recreation include hiking, dolphin and whale-watching, hang-gliding, paragliding, horse riding, mountain-biking, scenic drives, Wilderness Lakes Art Route, day tours, ferry cruises, angling, boating and other water sports.  Wilderness also has a great number of craftsmen and women in the area.  A place that must be visited by any visitor to the Garden Route, it truly is a place of timeless beauty.


Hugging the Outeniqua mountainside amid a beautiful stretch of indigenous forest, the Boardwalk Lodge is a distinctive self-catering and bed & breakfast leisure resort.  Picture-perfect views and natural forest vegetation provide the setting for the ultimate in privacy and intimacy, and immerse the senses in tropical sights, sounds and aromas.  The Boardwalk Lodge heralds a pioneering concept in luxury resort leisure, featuring contemporary Knysna timber architecture, characterized by spaciousness, warmth and understated luxury.  Located within the Wilderness National Park Conservancy, and a short stroll from the beach, lake and village, the Boardwalk design and exclusive features and facilities respond to the unsurpassed location and climate to provide the ultimate Wilderness experience.  With indigenous forest around you, the sound of the Knysna Lourie in the morning, gorgeous views of the ocean, truly astonishing skies and cloud formations, the Duplex or Simplex self-catering, fully equipped and serviced spacious timber chalets – with large viewing decks and gas fireplaces – are just the place to while away these lazy winter days.  Enjoy a sundowner on the viewing decks of the modern Afro-contemporary styled luxury rooms and suites.

Each year Southern Right whales migrate into the coastal waters of the Western Cape to calve and nurse their young.  The animals, often mere metres from the shore, provide unsurpassed whale watching opportunities between June and November.  Humpbacks migrate through the region between May and December each year, while Bryde’s whales are found slightly further offshore all year round.  The Whale Route starts along the south of Cape Town and extends to Durban, 1,200 plus miles of whale watching coastline.  The route traverses several famous protected areas, including the Garden Route, Tsitsikamma National Park, and the Transkei.  In Wilderness the best place from which to observe these gentle giants is Dolphin’s Point on the Kaaiman’s Pass.  Also between July and December each year, the scenic and tranquil areas of the region form a spectacular backdrop for a multitude of blooms, such as the Proteas, Ericas, Vygies, Bluebells, Pin-Cushions, Aloes, Tubers and various other species of Fynbos, as it is a matter of record that the floral kingdom of this area is the most varied in the world.  Hence the brilliantly apt name of ‘Garden Route’.

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