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SET in the foothills of the Outeni­qua Moun­tains, which bor­ders the town to the north, pic­turesque Wilder­ness has the Kaaimans River to the west, the Goukamma Na­ture Re­serve to the east and the In­dian Ocean to the south.

Well known for its in­fi­nite stretches of beach, which em­brace the mouths of the Touw and Kaaimans Rivers, Wilder­ness is a place of peace and tran­quil­lity.

It is said that this pop­u­lar hol­i­day node es­tab­lished a rep­u­ta­tion for hos­pi­tal­ity as far back as the 1800s when a sea­side board­ing house was es­tab­lished in the old homestead.

“It is un­doubt­edly its nat­u­ral beauty that con­tin­ues to at­tract many tourists and prop­erty in­vestors alike, year af­ter year,” says Schalk van der Merwe, Bro­ker/Owner of RE/MAX Eden, whose of­fice ser­vices Wilder­ness and the sur­round­ing ar­eas.

“Just 15km east of Ge­orge, the area is sat­u­rated in rich South African his­tory and since as far back as the 1800s the area has been known for its long white sandy beaches and la­goons, along with its nat­u­ral bounty of rivers and lakes, which at­tract many out­door en­thu­si­asts.

“There are many ac­tiv­i­ties in the area such as hik­ing, moun­tain­bik­ing and paraglid­ing. There are also ac­tiv­i­ties for the less ad­ven­tur­ous who would pre­fer to take in the breath­tak­ing scenery of the forests and lakes at their own pace. The area has be­come syn­ony­mous with in­trin­sic tran­quil­lity and is ideal for sea­side hol­i­days or prop­erty in­vestors look­ing for a change of pace.”

He says that due to the his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of the re­gion, there are cur­rently plans for an eco-tourism trail, mu­seum and ad­ven­ture cen­tre. The mu­seum will high­light the cul­tural his­tory of the area and hon­our its early in­hab­i­tants such as the Khoi-Khoi, San and the Gouri­quas tribes. There will also be ex­hibits of the early trek farm­ers, who left deeply in­cised wagon wheel im­prints in Kaaimans­gat, which are still vis­i­ble to­day. Kaaimans is a Khosan name given to the place where the Kaaimans and Swart Rivers join. Kaaimans­gat was one of the few places be­tween the moun­tains and the sea where it was pos­si­ble to cross the Kaaimans River with a wagon. The first recorded cross­ing was that of En­sign A Beut­ler, who crossed the Kaaimans on Oc­to­ber 13 1752 on busi­ness for the Dutch East In­dia Com­pany.

“A lot of de­vel­op­ment has oc­curred over the years since the first wagon cross­ing. In 1920 a gravel road was built around Dol­phin point lead­ing to Kaaimans

A lot of de­vel­op­ment has oc­curred over the years since the first wagon cross­ing, first recorded in 1752

and linked on the other side of Wood­field, this be­come the pop­u­lar way to Wilder­ness. To meet de­mand and higher vol­umes of traf­fic, the N2 Road was built in the late 1940s with the main Kaaiman’s bridge be­ing opened on Jan­uary 20 1950. The orig­i­nal wagon cross­ing point was in the area be­tween the cause­way and the N2 bridge and though the in­fra­struc­ture has been mod­ernised to ac­com­mo­date the grow­ing num­bers of peo­ple vis­it­ing the area, Wilder­ness has still main­tained its quaint coastal town charm,” says van der Merwe.

“The life­style that is of­fered has con­tin­ued to add to the al­lure of the re­gion.”

Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of South­ern Africa, says that there is al­ways a high de­mand for prop­erty sit­u­ated within coastal ar­eas that of­fer both pic­turesque sur­round­ings and qual­ity-of-life liv­ing.

These ar­eas gen­er­ally hold their value and of­fer buy­ers a good re­turn on their in­vest­ments.

Knowl­edge Fac­tory’s SAPTG data in­di­cates that 91% of prop­erty in Wilder­ness is full ti­tle, which has seen a five-year ap­pre­ci­a­tion trend of 7.39%.

One of the prop­er­ties that RE/MAX Eden cur­rently has on of­fer in Wilder­ness is a hill­top re­treat with river frontage that is sur­rounded by the in­dige­nous fauna and flora of the re­gion. This home is set on 10.89ha and boasts spec­tac­u­lar panoramic views of its sur­round­ings. It of­fers spa­cious, open-plan re­cep­tion ar­eas that flow out to the un­der­cover braai and en­ter­tain­ment area that fea­tures a rim-flow pool. The house has two bath­rooms and two bed­rooms with a third loft style bed­room to com­plete the pic­ture.

“The beauty and unique of­fer­ing of the area make it a sought-af­ter re­gion. There is nowhere quite like it in SA, and once peo­ple visit Wilder­ness they will want to keep com­ing back,” says van der Merwe. Price R8m Contact: RE/MAX Eden Made­lyn Kohler 082 550 8945 Of­fice: 044 877 0042

Michelle Funke

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