grand tradition

with modern facilities

A Brief History

Our Facilities

A Brief History

Steeped in a grand tradition with old-style charm and featuring modern facilities, the Wilderness Hotel is an ideal honeymoon spot, family hotel and an excellent destination for both the tourist and business traveler alike.

The Wilderness Hotel is centrally situated along the Garden Route and is about a 45-minute drive to both Mossel Bay (west) and Knysna (east), and a little less than an hour to Oudtshoorn, further inland, so it’s perfectly placed for tour groups and individuals who want a base from which to explore the region.

The city of George is about a 10-minute drive from our front door and the airport is another 10 minutes further on.

The Garden Route and Klein Karoo areas are two of the hotel’s greatest attractions and are a mecca for sport and adventure activities.
Wilderness itself is part of the unfenced Garden Route National Park and has some of its most popular walks and trails.

The village nestles between the Kaaimans River and the Wilderness National Park with the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean forming a natural border to the north and south, respectively. The area is appreciated for its green beauty and romantic lagoon as well as its golden beaches that continue to the horizon.

Wilderness has gained a reputation as an internationally sought after holiday destination. From as early as the 1800’s, Wilderness was renowned for its hospitality and incredible natural beauty.

At the time, a small stone farmhouse was the only structure in the area and through this, the legend of “Wilderness hospitality and goodwill” was created.

A boarding house was established in the old farmstead, which was upgraded to the Wilderness Hostel in 1924 and its reputation further developed from the 1930’s through to the end of the 1950’s.

Later came the Karos Wilderness Hotel until 2001 when it was operated by Protea Hotels and became known as the Protea Hotel Wilderness Resort.

Since 2008 the hotel has suffered a stormy period but has now come full circle and is once again known as The Wilderness Hotel.

During its time Wilderness has played host to many a celebrity and was a stop-over point for Princess Elizabeth during the Royal visit to South Africa in the 1940’s. In the late 1930’s, the Hotel was the location for the meetings of an organisation that today has become known as South African Tourism.

As a bastion of the South African hospitality industry, it is with great pleasure that the management and staff look forward to welcoming you to this historic location.

A Brief History

Steeped in a grand tradition with old-style charm and featuring modern facilities, the Wilderness Hotel is an ideal honeymoon spot, family hotel and an excellent destination for both the tourist and business traveler alike.

The Wilderness Hotel is centrally situated along the Garden Route and is about a 45-minute drive to both Mossel Bay (west) and Knysna (east), and a little less than an hour to Oudtshoorn, further inland, so it’s perfectly placed for tour groups and individuals who want a base from which to explore the region.

The city of George is about a 10-minute drive from our front door and the airport is another 10 minutes further on.

The Garden Route and Klein Karoo areas are two of the hotel’s greatest attractions and are a mecca for sport and adventure activities.
Wilderness itself is part of the unfenced Garden Route National Park and has some of its most popular walks and trails.

The village nestles between the Kaaimans River and the Wilderness National Park with the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean forming a natural border to the north and south, respectively. The area is appreciated for its green beauty and romantic lagoon as well as its golden beaches that continue to the horizon.

Wilderness has gained a reputation as an internationally sought after holiday destination. From as early as the 1800’s, Wilderness was renowned for its hospitality and incredible natural beauty.

At the time, a small stone farmhouse was the only structure in the area and through this, the legend of “Wilderness hospitality and goodwill” was created.

A boarding house was established in the old farmstead, which was upgraded to the Wilderness Hostel in 1924 and its reputation further developed from the 1930’s through to the end of the 1950’s.

Later came the Karos Wilderness Hotel until 2001 when it was operated by Protea Hotels and became known as the Protea Hotel Wilderness Resort.

Since 2008 the hotel has suffered a stormy period but has now come full circle and is once again known as The Wilderness Hotel.

During its time Wilderness has played host to many a celebrity and was a stop-over point for Princess Elizabeth during the Royal visit to South Africa in the 1940’s. In the late 1930’s, the Hotel was the location for the meetings of an organisation that today has become known as South African Tourism.

As a bastion of the South African hospitality industry, it is with great pleasure that the management and staff look forward to welcoming you to this historic location.

Our Facilities

The Wilderness Hotel offers a variety of sports and recreational activities, from swimming and tennis to yoga, pilates and a children’s play area. Choose whatever takes your fancy!

Swimming

Tennis

Squash

Gym

Mountain Biking

Chess

Putt Putt

Bowls

Play Area

Swimming

There are two swimming pools that cater for those hot summer months and plenty of loungers to relax on and soak up the sun.

There are no lifeguards on duty, so adult supervision is imperative for children under 10 years of age.

Tennis

Book either a singles or a doubles match, or just a practice session and enjoy playing tennis at sea level, on either of the two courts available at The Wilderness Hotel. Or book an evening match and experience a game or two under floodlights.

Please book in advance by phoning Front Desk on +27 (0)44 877 1110
or dial 1000 from you room.

Squash

Enjoy a game of squash and improve your cardio fitness, speed, and endurance (while at the same time burning massive calories). The squash courts are competition standard.

Please book in advance by phoning Front Desk on +27 (0)44 877 1110
or dial 1000 from you room.

Gym

The gym is fully equipped with state-of-the-art weight equipment for the gym enthusiasts wishing to maintain their core strength and flexibility during the holidays.

Please note that additional rates will apply.

Mountain Biking

Explore numerous mountain biking trails in the area, from moderate jeep track roads to advanced single track routes.

More information is available from the Front Desk, so call them on +27 (0)44 877 1110 or dial 1000 from you room.

Chess

Outdoor chess at the Wilderness Hotel

Putt Putt

An aerial view of the Wilderness Hotel showing the swimming pool, tennis courts and the children’s play area on the left.

Bowls

Beautifully maintained and an excellent way to spend a relaxing afternoon for some competitive bowls out on the lawn

Children’s Play Area

Let the kids burn off some steam and have a bit of fun while you enjoy a drink or some snacks and relax in the sun.
Enquiries
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Telephone:

+27 (0)44 877 1110

Reservations:

stay@thewildernesshotel.co.za

Events & Conferences:

events@thewildernesshotel.co.za

Health Spa:

info@wildernesshydro.co.za

Telephone:

+27 (0)44 877 1110

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