Wilderness is situated a short distance, about 15 minutes drive, east from George. It's a quick drive along the N2 through the Kaaimans River Pass. It's known for its long white sand beach, beautiful lagoon and river mouth. The town caters mostly to holiday-makers and is usually bustling with tourists and back-packers. There is plenty to see and do for nature lovers and foodies, alike.
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The Kaaimans Gorge holds one of the most beautiful abseil sights you will find. You have a chance to do two 45m abseils right next to a magnificent waterfall. The first abseil is an easy one to get you used to the idea of trusting the ropes and the second one is slightly more technical, however just as exhilarating. What also makes this sight special is that you land in a canoe at the bottom. You need not have abseiled before, however it is not for the faint-hearted.
Acrobranch Tree Top Adventures located at the Timberlake Organic Village between Wilderness and Sedgefield along the Garden Route is well worth a visit for the whole family. Acrobranch Tree Top Adventures will take you up into the tree tops with zip lines, bridges, obstacles and over 70 elevated platforms. All in all, it is a wonderful way to get those young muscles and minds working in a beautiful and peaceful outdoor setting.
Black Horse Trails can be found at the base of the Outeniqua mountain range in the Wilderness. Named after the pitch black Friesian horses offered as their trail horses of choice, Black Horse Trails have chosen wisely, as these gentle giants are soft-natured, beautiful rides. It is a breath of fresh air to encounter a trail company that chooses their horses wisely. These easy-going, majestic horses will add magic to your memories of riding out in the beautiful forests. Amateur riders are welcome will be provided for accordingly.
Meander through the Wilderness on the Brown Hooded / Half Collared Kingfisher Trail which runs along the Duiwe River. This 7.2km walk is easy going and suitable for any fitness level. Walking down the path you will find yourself surrounded by a thriving river forest area. Often the path will cross over the river itself, take care when crossing as some stones and rocks may be slippery. Eventually you will get to a stunning rock pool area that is also an ideal spot to relax and have a picnic. Binoculars and cameras are a must on this trail with lots to look at and great photo opportunities all around you.
Nature lovers and bird watchers flock to the Malachite Bird Hide, set in the Wilderness National Park along Langvlei Lake where you can see an outstanding array of birds. This relaxing and comfortable viewing point is accessible from a sturdy boardwalk. Enjoy the splendid views and the quiet, tranquil environment around you, while peering through your binoculars at the nature around you. You can expect to see some outstanding species including the Common Greenshank, Reed and Breasted Cormorants, African Purple Swamp hen, African Sacred Ibis, African Fish Eagle, Yellow-billed Duck, Egyptian Goose and the Purple and Grey Herons and Knysna Loeries.
In its setting amongst beautiful, old Milkwood trees, with an expansive wooden deck, the Blue Olive offers patrons delicious and unpretentious food and atmosphere. The breakfast menu groans with decadent offerings, perfect for hungry holidaymakers! Lunch and dinner kick off with mouth-watering starters, including calamari tentacles, chicken livers sautéed in chilli, prawns and rocket and ostrich Carpaccio.
Pomodoro is the place where locals and tourists meet and become friends, the place where true Italian hospitality and lively atmosphere makes you feel right at home. Pomodoro is a charming family trattoria in the heart of the Wilderness Village. It is the meeting place of the locals and you will always find it buzzing with activity. The outside terraces offer a front row seat of the village activities which, together with the laid-back atmosphere and great food, makes it the perfect place to unwind after a long day sight-seeing or hiking.
Serendipity Restaurant the Top TripAdvisor-Restaurant in Wilderness and one of the Top Ten TripAdvisor-Restaurants in the whole of the Western Cape Province, offers internationally acclaimed South African inspired fine dining in a relaxed setting. Serendipity Restaurant showcase the indigenous bounty from sustainable sources, organic where possible, always fresh, lovingly sourced and prepared by professionally trained and enthusiastic chefs. Pre-dinner aperitifs are offered on the water- edge patio for guests to enjoy views of the Garden Route sunsets and the water-birds. Chef Lizelle or maître d’ Rudolf talk guests through the menu. Experience fine dining in an unforgettable setting!
For a relaxing romantic evening or quick business lunch, 101 on Meade is a reasonably new restaurant in George with a lovely ambiance and neat, modern decor. It's centrally located in George and easy to find if you don't know your way around town.
It is an 'all day dining' restaurant situated in Meade Street. Serving delicious breakfast options like toasted artisan bread, cheeses and preserves, lunch options like spiced pumpkin couscous salad and a range of delicious dinner options. This George bistro is certainly a safe option with great service.
This café is a little piece of heaven with its beautiful lush courtyard. The decor can be described as French country style and their food is beautifully presented and really delicious. Their light lunches and breakfasts are a favourite with the local business people and their courtyard is the perfect place to have a slice of cake in the late afternoon. The service is usually good, although sometimes you may wait a while for your food as the kitchen can get quite busy. It is well worth the wait, so give yourself enough time to enjoy the ambiance.
Old Townhouse Restaurant
With its open balcony and cosy bar where locals meet regularly it lends itself to a real pub feeling. The food is however sophisticated and classic French favourites are served. I would recommend The Old Townhouse for it's steaks, game dishes and it's interesting starters.
The Old Townhouse Restaurant occupies George’s Town Meeting Hall, which was built in 1848. This gives it an old-school charm and timeless elegance. Hosts and owners, Janet and Bryan, have a hands-on approach to ensuring that these elegant surrounds are inviting and hospitable. After dinner, they can often be found enjoying a nightcap with patrons at the cosy bar. The menu is characterized by top-quality, mature grain-fed beef, as well as venison, seafood, pastas and other grills. Fresh vegetables and salads come from the garden, and accompany main dishes. Homemade soups, desserts and ice creams finish off this menu to perfection. Although simple, the cuisine here is tasty, fresh and interesting. Regular specials are on offer. The wine list is varied enough to cater to all tastes and preferences.
Perfect for a romantic evening out, it has a warm atmosphere with the glass-fronted pizza preparation area open to guests. It's a lovely spot for a colder evening with a very homely and comfortable atmosphere.
“We invite you to join us and experience our delicious Al La Carte menu together with our weekly Chef's specialties. La Capannina is a family owned Restaurant serving customers with passion and pride since 2002. Our cuisine is primarily Mediterranean style including selected South African delicacies. La Capannina restaurant is a welcoming venue designed with a homely and yet vibrant atmosphere.”
The Fat Fish
After a number of years Fat Fish found the perfect home in George. With Arianna leading in the front and Dorio in the kitchen, they made a formidable family team. They newly renovated the entire building now hosting Fat Fish. Set out in the style of a newspaper, Fat Fish Chronicles not only lists the spread of delicious fish, meat and desert dishes on offer, but also brings you snippets of useful local information and activities.
"Our wish is to compliment George, become part of this growing community and share our love for all things food and wine!"
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