Wilderness Manor

Garden Route

Rooms: 4: 3 lagoon suites (2 kings and 1 king/twin with bath and shower en-suite) and 1 garden room (king/twin with bath and shower en-suite).

Prices: R550 – R1,000 per person sharing per night. Singles +50% during the year except for peak period (10 Dec – 10 Jan) when the single rate is +100%.
* Special rates available
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Meals: Full breakfast included.

Directions: Turn into village of Wilderness from N2 & follow road thro village for approx 400m. At traffic circle (roundabout) at T-jct, R into Waterside Rd, go along lagoon for 1km. Wilderness Manor is 3-storey house on L hand side, 397 Waterside Rd.

GPS: S33° 59' 31.65" and E22° 35' 19.25"

Gerald Hoch and John-David (JD) Janse van Rensburg
397 Waterside Road, Wilderness, Garden Route, Western Cape

Tel: (0)44-877-0264
Cell: (0)83-441-1099
Fax: (0)44-877-0163
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After 20+ years in the airline industry, Gerald and JD have visited most corners of the globe. Finally they have hung up their wings and decided that Wilderness is the pick of the bunch. And who can blame them - overlooking the lagoon, the glass-encased sitting room is crammed with African artefacts that have been begged, borrowed or bought: Ndebele pipes and beads, bartered-for carvings and stones from the Cradle of Mankind. An old billiard table is hiding there too, somewhere under a pile of maps. The large bedrooms have similar horn-and-hide hues, all the luxurious trappings you could wish for, and room for Indonesian chairs and chests, chocolate leather sofas, corner baths and dark canopied beds with reading lights. Your hosts are discreet and attentive and after serving up a faultless (and greaseless) breakfast (you might even catch a glimpse of the visiting Knysna Loerie lured in by his daily apple), they will give you a map and bountiful beach-bag and send you on your way to explore your surrounds. Birdlife is rampant in the area and walks in the surrounding forests are a must. It is only a 15-minute stroll along lagoon-side boardwalks to the beach, village and some good restaurants.

More information from the owners…

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Wilderness Manor
Sunset seen from Wilderness Manor
Exterior view of Wilderness Manor
Entrance to the Guest House
Balcony with a view
Breakfast on the patio
Breakfast Room
Breakfast Room
Reading Lounge
Reading Lounge
Guest Lounge
Guest Lounge
Room 4 - Lagoon Facing Room
Room 3 - Lagoon Facing Room
Room 2 - Lagoon Facing Room
Room 1 - Garden Room

Extra Information from the Owners

This section represents an opportunity for the owners of Wilderness Manor to add extra information that they think will be of use to you. All content from this point onwards has been written by them and not by Greenwood Guides.

Current Special Rates

Please make it known to your host that you are applying for this discount because you have found it on the Greenwood Guides website.

WINTER SPECIAL 2017 (1 May - 30 September)

Enquire about our Winter Special
Stay for 4 nights or longer, between 1 May and 30 September, and receive 20% discount off the published rate
The Winter Special applies to direct bookings and enquiries made from our website or the Greenwood Guides website

The Winter special does not apply to bookings made through 3rd parties or websites where commissions are paid

What to Do in the Area


Canoeing, abseiling, kloofing with Eden Adventures.
Walking along the Kingfisher trails through breathtaking forests to the waterfalls.
Hiking and walking on endless beaches.
Mountain biking.
Paragliding from the Map of Africa with a professional instructor.
Driving along scenic mountain passes to the Karoo or taking the scenic route to Knysna along the Seven Passes Road.
Taking a leisurely ride on the Power Van from the Outeniqua Railway Museum up into the mountains.


Drive out to the heads, two sandstone cliffs guarding the entrance to the lagoon.
Various ferry companies offer cruises on the lagoon.
Visit the Knysna Quays (Waterfront).
Knysna Elephant Park.
Walks and trails in the indigenous Knysna Forest.
The old gold mine at Millwood near Rheenendal.

Plettenberg Bay

Several companies offer boat trips for whale & dolphin watching.
Birds of Eden.
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary - a life changing experience!
The Elephant Sanctuary.
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.
Radical Raptors - birds of prey rehabilitation and awareness centre.
Beautiful beaches.


The world's highest Bungy jump from the Bloukrans Bridge at 216 metres.
Blackwater tubing - a unique gorge adventure of tubing, swimming, rock jumping & hiking.
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours - an experience you'll never forget...
Tsitsikamma Falls Adventure - it's amazing, spectacular and awesome...
Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey - a unique forest experience.
Storms River Village.
Tsitsikamma National Park.
Bridges and roads - Storms River Bridge, Bloukrans Bridge, Bloukrans historical pass which meanders through ancient indigenous forests.

Mossel Bay

Quaint seaside town.
Visit the Old Post Tree and Diaz Maritime Museum.
Shark cage diving.
Amazing beaches.


Cango Ostrich Farm, Safari Ostrich Show Farm, Highgate Ostrich Show Farm.
Cango Caves - 29 km from Oudtshoorn.
Cango Wildlife Ranch - Tiger, Cheetah & Lion encounters.
Cheetah conservation.
Cage diving with crocodiles.
The spectacular Swartberg Pass from Oudtshoorn to Prince Albert in the Karoo, returning via Meiringspoort.

Art & Craft Markets

Craft markets: Milkwood Village on a Friday night.
Wild Oats Farmer's Market in Sedgefield on a Saturday morning.
Mosaic Market and Scarab Market in Sedgefield on a Saturday morning.
Outeniqua Farmers' Market in George on a Saturday morning.


Garden Route Mall - George
Knysna Mall - Knysna
Woodmill Lane - Knysna
The Waterfront - Knysna Quays
The Market Square - Plettenberg Bay
Langeberg Mall - Mossel Bay
Mosselbaai Mall - Mossel Bay

Game Viewing

Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Garden Route Game Lodge
Buffalo Hills Game Reserve
Chandelier Game Lodge.


The Garden Route is known as the Golfing Mecca of South Africa and all golf courses listed below are within an one hour drive from Wilderness Manor.

Fancourt - The Links (by invitation)
Fancourt - Montagu Golf Course
Fancourt - Outeniqua Golf Course
George Golf Club
Ou Baai

Pinnacle Point
Mossel Bay Golf Club

Knysna Golf Club

Goose Valley
Plettenberg Bay Golf Club