Here are some of our suggested Picnic Spots
Victoria Bay is a beautifully sheltered bay and an ideal place to sit on the grass, enjoy a picnic, gaze at the sea and the surfers. An excellent place to swim! Ablution facilities are available. Drive 6km from Wilderness village on the N2 in the direction of George. Victoria Bay is clearly sign posted on your left. Turn left and drive a further 4.5 km to your destination.
Dolphins point is Wilderness’s iconic viewpoint. Drive 1,5 km on the N2 from the village towards George. There is a car park at the viewpoint. In front of the view point there are tables available for you to enjoy your picnic. This is the best location to spot whales and dolphins in the correct season. The view of the Kaaimans river mouth and the old train bridge are breathtaking. There are no ablution facilities at this location.
Well known for a take-off point for paragliders, this location offers the best view of Wilderness. Its elevation and rolling lawns make Map of Africa perfect for a romantic picnic. From the village centre drive 2.3 km up Heights Road, turn left onto Remskoen gravel road and proceed for another 2.5km. Once you see the spectacular view on your left you have arrived! There are no ablution facilities at this location.
Drive 2.3km from the village centre along Waterside drive. Turn right at the sign post for Eden Adventures, keep left and drive 300m to the Fairy Knowe Hotel. Keys for the hide can be obtained from hotel reception. It is a short walk from the entrance of the hotel to the bird hide. This location is a lovely, sheltered spot to enjoy a quiet picnic and view some of our endemic bird species. Ablution facilities are available at the hotel.
The entrance to the Wilderness Lagoon can be found 750m from the village centre along Waterside Drive. Enjoy a picnic sitting on the grass overlooking the beautiful Wilderness Lagoon or on the benches along the boardwalk. This venue can become quiet festive over weekends and the holiday season. During high season SANPARKS may ask for an entrance fee. There are no ablution facilities.
3.1 km from the village centre, driving along Waterside Drive you will find the start of the trail. The trail is a 7.2km round trip and easily completed by most people. The culmination of the trail is a waterfall with many beautiful boulders on which to sit and enjoy your picnic and for the brave-hearted to take a swim. This activity is amongst Wilderness’s most recommended. No ablution facilities are available. An entrance fee will be charged by SANPARKS at the start of the trail.
Set 12 km from the Hoekwill turnoff on the N2 this is one of our highly recommended picnic locations. Take the Hoekwill turnoff from the N2 for 2.3 km, keep on the road as it turns left up the pass. Drive for another 9.7 km, through the town of Touwsranten until you see the sign for Woodville Big Tree on your left. There is a lovely picnic area next to the car park with many benches and tables available. The Big Tree, an 850 year old Outeniqua Yellowwood, is a mere 80 m from the picnic area. A beautiful 2km circular route through the indigenous forest starts at the big tree. There is no admittance fee. Basic ablution facilities are available.
Island Lake Recreational Area is set on the shores of Island Lake. Take the Hoekwill turnoff from the N2 and drive for 2.3km, turn into the gravel road to the right and drive for 200m. The entrance to Island Lake is clearly signposted on the right. This location offers beautiful bird life, peaceful surroundings, a jungle gym for the kids and full ablution facilities. SANPARKS will charge admittance if they are on duty.
This quiet Cul de Sac offers one of our favourite picnic locations. At the traffic circle on the N2 outside of Wilderness turn towards the sea. Drive left behind the Waves Convenience petrol station. Follow the road to the right until you reach a right turn into 6th Avenue. Park at the very end of 6th Avenue and follow the boardwalk down towards the beach. 1/3 The way down the steps you will come to our location. It is a platform with seating and one of the most amazing beach views in the area. There are no ablution facilities at this location.
This trail is one of the quieter trails in Wilderness, at 4.1 km in total it should not take more than 2 hours to complete. There are benches set in the forest at the start of the trail which are perfect for a picnic. Alternatively the trail culminates in a small waterfall surrounded by boulders that also serve as an excellent spot to enjoy your picnic. There are no ablution facilities available and SANPARKS may ask for an entrance fee should they be on duty.
Knysna Picnic Spots
A lovely picnic spot on the banks of a creek in the Lush Knysna indigenous Forest. A day walk through the Old Mining Trails to an ice cold swimming hole. Enjoy the Secrets of the Forest, mineshafts, tunnels and other hidden wonders. From Knysna take the N2 towards George, 8km out take the Rheenendal turnoff to the right. Follow this road for 12.6km and take the Bibby’s Hoek / Millwood Gold Fields turnoff to the right (becomes gravel just after the turn). You will reach a four way crossing with a boom. Sign in and pay here. Sometime out of season this boom is open and unmanned. Follow the Jubilee Creek directions to the Jubilee Creek picnic site, 10km.
Dalene Matthee based most of her books on the forest dwellers (human and animal) in the Knysna Forest. Start a 3 or 9 km walk from the famous Dalene Matthee Big Tree at Krisjan-se-Nek Picnic Site. It follows an old mining path along the bank of Forest Creek. Enjoy swimming in the water holes that make the walk perfect for a summers day. From Knysna take the N2 towards George, about 8km out take the Rheenendal turnoff to the right. Follow this road for 12.6km and take the Bibby’s Hoek / Millwood Gold Fields turnoff to the right (becomes gravel just after the turn). You will reach a four way crossing with a boom. Sign in and pay here. Sometime out of season this boom is open and unmanned. Follow this road to the Dalene Matthee Memorial at the Krisjan Se Nek picnic site, 4km. The hike starts here.