TAKE A DRIVE ALONG ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST SPECTACULAR COASTS
at Mossel Bay, then cruising through George, Victoria Bay, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Natures Valley, and Tsitsikamma Forest to the Storms River Mouth. It’s good to be back.
This has long been a preferred holiday spot for Capetonians but international tourists now come to enjoy one of the world’s most spectacular drives.
Our elegant, luxury safari tent overlooking the Moordkuil River at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve near Mossel Bay is a far cry from a mattress in a Kombi.
Raised wooden walkways connect tents to the main lodge with its open wooden deck offering panoramic vistas. This malaria-free game reserve is one of many that have sprouted in the Eastern Cape during the past 20 years.
Botlierskop offers four of the Big Five and we are fortunate to see rhino on our game drive, enjoy a champagne picnic with the elephants, take a horseback safari and hear the elusive Knysna loerie bird nesting in the tree above our tent.
Back on the road, we pass through the Garden Route’s main administrative centre, George, and head east, making a quick stop for old time’s sake at Victoria Bay. Vic Bay, as locals call it, is popular with surfers for its right hand reef-like wave which rolls over small boulders for about 200m. The sea is lively today, breaking only about 12m from the little row of Vic Bay cottages. We’re not unhappy that we’re headed for the calmer climes of Knysna Lagoon.
The lovely Kaaimans River Gorge is on our right as we wind up the Kaaimans Pass towards what we know will be a magnificent view of Wilderness at Dolphins Point. The Touw and Kaaimans rivers empty into the ocean along Wilderness beach which is revealed as we crest the hill. There are still daisies (rock hyraxes) begging for food at the lookout, but it’s all eyes on the view.
Wilderness has the sea to its front and a placid lagoon, the Serpentine, to its back. The Serpentine winds between the Touw River, Island Lake and Rondevlei and is a choice spot for waterskiing, not to mention hiking, birdwatching, angling and horse riding.
These lakes and lagoons form part of the WildernessSedgefield Lakes complex within the Wilderness National Park and Goukamma Nature Reserve. They are South Africa’s only warm-temperate coastal lakes with a marine