I left booking accommodation for the Knysna Marathon 2011 a little late, and had to book at a back-packer in nearby Wilderness. Talk about serendipity! This beautiful little town is sandwiched between steep hills and the ocean, with the N2 squeezing through the middle of it all.
I recently stayed here again for the inaugural X Lakes Summer race, and had an opportunity to paddle on the scenic Touw River as it winds its way from the beach past The Fairy Knowe Backpackers and Ebb and Flow Rest Camp and then along The Serpentine which snakes its way to Island Lake.
Beach House Backpackers [S 33°59.721′, E 22°33.948′]. This is my second experience of staying in a backpacker. I stayed here when I went up the Garden Route to run the 2011 Knysna Marathon. What an amazing place: massive deck, great bar, and the sound of the waves to lull you to sleep! I upgraded to a double which was absolute luxury.
044 877 0549 | Western Road | www.wildernessbeachhouse.com
Fairy Knowe Backpackers I have stayed here twice now, the first time in a lovely double room, and the second we simply camped in the grounds (R80 per person per night).
044 877 1285 | Dumbleton Road | www.wildernessbackpackers.com
Ebb-and-Flow Rest Camp. This forms part of the Garden Route National Park run by SANParks, and features chalets and camping on the banks of The Serpentine.
Pomodoro [S 33°59.645′, E 22°34.528′] “Inspired Italian Food”. This is my favorite restaurant in Wilderness. I had a couple of awesome dinners as well as a superb breakfast here.
044 877 1403 | George Road
Things to do
- Map of Africa Viewpoint [S 33°59.577′, E 22°33.648′]
- Walk to Victoria Bay along the railway line
- Canoe on the Touw River and The Serpentine