The popular seaside town of Wilderness is located along the so called scenic ‘Garden Route’ of the Western Cape region of South Africa. The town’s main claim to fame is that it was the home of former South African President, P.W. Botha, before he died in 2006. Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Wilderness will find that there is a good choice of self catering rental accommodation available in the town and the surrounding countryside. There are apartments and houses within the town, or those on a more generous budget may wish to rent a more luxurious villa, affording spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.
Travellers looking to spend their holidays in Wilderness will discover that the town boasts all the seaside attractions you would expect. These attractions include a great beach, offering visitors a wide choice of watersports. It is also the perfect place to relax and top up their tan, whilst soaking up the warm African sun. Wilderness is the perfect base from where visitors can hire a car to explore the Garden Route. The Garden Route is a scenic coastal highway, named after the many lakes and lagoons along its route, which are surrounded by lush and ecologically diverse vegetation. There are also a number of nature and marine reserves to be found along the Garden Route. These reserves are the natural habitats for a diverse collection of marine life, including dolphins and seals.
Most visitors looking to spend their holidays in Wilderness will travel to the nearby city of George. The largest city along the Garden Route, George offers tourists a number of interesting historic landmarks and tourist attractions. These include the Slave Tree, which is a national monument. This English Oak is so called due the symbolic lock and chain embedded in its ancient trunk. The Garden Route Botanical Garden is another popular attraction in George, as is the Outeniqua Transport Museum, home to an extensive collection of carriages and steam locomotives.
Travellers looking to spend their holidays in Wilderness will discover that the Western Cape region of South Africa enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Summers in Wilderness are warm, with temperatures often reaching the early 40s degrees Celsius. Winters are mild, with temperatures generally varying between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius. Wilderness and the Garden Route as a whole does experience some of the highest rainfall levels in South Africa, with an average annual figure of around 28 inches.
Travellers looking to spend their holidays in Wilderness will first fly to the nearest international airport, Cape Town International Airport (CPT), some 270 miles to the west of the resort. There are a number of airlines operating flights here from the UK, including British Airways, South African Airways and Virgin Atlantic. These operators offer direct flights from London Heathrow Airport (LHR).