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© Jennifer Stern© Jennifer SternThis attractive town on the banks of the Touws River Lagoon is an excellent base for a general Garden Route holiday. The Wilderness National Park offers lovely walks and gentle canoeing in a watery wonderland filled with an enormous variety of birds. The beach is long and lovely, there are dolphins and whales to be seen and a number of beautiful waterfalls tumble into cola-dark pools, There are a number of good paragliding launch sites and schools, so aspiring pilots could do a course here. The fantastically scenic Kaaimans River offers fun abseiling, canoeing and kloofing, and there are some fun, short mountain bike rides.

Wilderness is on the N2, right in the heart of the Garden Route. The closest airport is George, which is a mere 20-odd kilometres away. Wilderness is about 450km from Cape Town and just over 300km from Port Elizabeth.

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