Wake up to the sound of the surf and jaw dropping, breath-taking views of the azure Indian Ocean. Wilderness Village overlooks one of the most pristine beaches on the Southern Cape, with 18 kilometres of golden sand.
Wilderness has no shortage of comfortable accommodation options for travellers, but this little village specialises in jaw-dropping ocean views. With options ranging from budget friendly hostels, to self-catering apartments, bespoke villas, luxury hotels and boutique guesthouses; visitors to this quaint seaside resort are spoilt for choice.
Peace and privacy are on offer at Wilderness Ocean Guesthouse , on 8th Avenue. Each suite has its own deck enjoying unsurpassed views of the Indian Ocean or the tranquil garden. Guests love to watch dolphins swim by and enjoy the large airy rooms with chic ‘beach house’ décor. A secluded path leads down the steep cliff-side to the toe-curling golden sands of Wilderness beach, perfect for a quick dip in the sea before breakfast.
Featured: Wilderness Bushcamp
The Loft Apartment at the Wilderness Bushcamp is without doubt the best whale watching window in Wilderness. The Loft is an elevated, open-plan apartment with sweeping floor-to-ceiling views of the Indian Ocean. The self-catering studio is situated at the heart of Wilderness Bushcamp, a bird sanctuary set in nine hectares of indigenous vegetation overlooking the village, beach and river. The Loft encompasses dining, living, sleeping and bathroom areas, with no walls or doors to interrupt the flow of space and light. Soak in the roll top bath while marvelling at dolphins in the surf below.
The Pink Lodge on the Beach is a four-start guesthouse offering elegantly decorated rooms with balconies showcasing panoramic views of the ocean. A winding path leads through the sweeping lawns to the golden sandy beach. Rooms are spacious, and a complimentary continental breakfast is included. The Pink Lodge is located a short 2km stroll from Wilderness Village centre.
Nestled on golden sand dunes, overlooking the unspoilt beaches of Wilderness, lies Dolphin Dunes , a charming four-star beachfront guesthouse. “This guesthouse has STUNNING views, which you can see without even moving from your bed,” said one recent guest. Dolphin Dunes is located on Buxton Close, with direct access to Wilderness Beach. The guesthouse is a brisk 3km from the village centre. Visitors can choose between lounging by the swimming pool or their own private balcony.
“Direct beach access and a million-dollar view” make Haus am Strand a popular choice for self-catering couples and families. Rated as a top seller in Wilderness, Haus am Strand has brightly decorated rooms and boasts a near perfect 9.9 rating for location. Pretty French doors open onto a manicured garden, which merges seamlessly with the white sands of Wilderness Beach. Wake up the sound of thundering surf and the scent of the salty ocean.
The Beach House Backpackers is a family-run hostel on Western Road, with a warm and friendly atmosphere. This busy backpacker is popular with social travellers and an ideal option for the young at heart and the budget conscious. Located less than 50 metres from the waves, several double rooms offer pristine sea views. A small vibrant bar serves cold beer and delicious wood-fired pizzas on the terrace.
Villa Sol is a sunlit tower situated in the heart of Wilderness village. The opulent holiday home has 360-degree views of the Touw River lagoon and the white sandy beach. Exotic Balinese style wooden gates open onto a secluded tropical terrace. A solar-heated plunge pool offers views onto the lagoon below. Guests can rent the entire property or just one of its five suites. The ‘Ocean Suite’ on the second-floor commands unbeatable wrap-around vistas of ocean, beach, coastal cliffs and river mouth. The romantic loft bedroom ‘Indi’, perched on the third floor, is perfect for sun seekers and stargazers. The suite’s twin balconies offer earth- to- sky views of the beach, village and indigenous forest. Guests love the huge ultra-comfortable beds!
Featured: Livingstone Villa
Livingstone Villa , on Constantia Road, is an exclusive five-star self-catering holiday home. This three-bedroom villa features a sunny deck with a solar-heated plunge pool. The home is spread over multiple stories and features numerous balconies with absorbing views of the ocean. The fully equipped kitchen and proximity to the village make this an ideal selection for a family group. Wilderness beach is a 5-minute walk away. Look out for visiting Knysna Loeries!
Glamorous rooms and majestic floor-to-ceiling sea views are offered at Whale’s Way Ocean Retreat , on 6th Avenue. The massive rooms feature light and airy décor, in a refreshing white palate. The luxurious ‘Ocean Suite’ has sumptuous step-up spa bath. Located on the dunes overlooking the beach, Whale’s Way also boasts a sun-drenched garden with a small plunge pool. The outdoor shower is ideal for rinsing salty bodies and sandy feat. Breakfast is served on the patio overlooking the waves.
Featured: Escape to the Beach
Escape to the Beach on Sands Road, promises a peaceful and stylish retreat in an unsurpassed location. The modern five-star villa is mere steps away from the unspoilt beach and a two-minute walk to the village bars and restaurants. This is one of the only guesthouses in the village to earn a perfect score (10.0) for their location on Booking.com. The décor features neutral tones, wooden flooring and Scandinavian inspired furniture. Kick your shoes off and relax by the swimming pool, sip sundowners at the bar or soak in the outdoor hot tub. “What a piece of heaven!” said one reviewer, “everything was beyond our expectations.”