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Lodge on the Lake & Wellness Spa is nestled in exquisite Wilderness, which is one of the scenic treasures of the Garden Route. This seaside village is cosy and inviting and, though small, has plenty to offer in terms of attractions and activities. It is also very close to Knysna, George and Nature’s Valley. Guests of Lodge on the Lake are invited to explore and discover the natural beauty, historical import and adventure sports of the region.

The lagoon is not only breath-takingly picturesque; it is also ideal for swimming, canoeing, fishing, picnics and bird-watching. For a family day out, or a romantic getaway for two, the Touw River Estuary is a beautiful retreat during the South African summers.

For those wanting to test their limits and get their hearts racing, there is an array of exciting sports and hobbies available in the Wilderness area. These range from horse riding, hiking and mountain biking to abseiling, bungy jumping and kayaking. Kaaimans Gorge is one of the popular abseiling attractions near Lodge on the Lake, boasting two 45-metre drops alongside a stunning waterfall. Formal cycling and canoeing tours are on offer too.

Local producers are supported at Timberlake, which stocks a selection of fresh produce and other goodies that are locally sourced and made. There are a number of little cabins, each of which features their own range. There is a theme of health and wellbeing that transcends the full scope of Timberlake, all within the pretty surrounds of the Garden Route. Their determination to make a difference in the lives of the Wilderness community is a wonderful initiative that improves the lives of locals and promises visitors an excellent opportunity to find keepsakes, delicious organic goods, and unique gifts for the family.

Sliding over the forests and valleys of the Garden Route at tree canopy height is an exhilarating way of appreciating the verdant beauty of the Western Cape. Suspended from a harness, far above the ‘real world’, you will get to enjoy the natural splendour, free and unhindered.

This park is a little different from the usual wildlife reserves found throughout South Africa. Rather than predator and prey, it showcases the magnificent vegetation and ecological diversity of the Garden Route. See a treasure trove of fynbos (endemic to South Africa), as well as a number of natural features; including forests, lakes, rivers, estuaries and almost 30 kilometres of pristine shoreline. Birdlife is abundant, and visitors are urged to keep an eye and ear out for the colourful Knysna Loerie. It is no surprise that so many of the local attractions are dedicated to the natural abundance of Wilderness. This makes Lodge on the Lake the perfect retreat for those that love the landscapes of the Western Cape, as well as for those simply looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city living without sacrificing fun and adventure.

Ocean Blue Adventures offers close and personal awe-inspiring encounters with the fascinating majestic whales in the bay (in season from July to November with peak season being August to October). It is the original South African company to conduct conservation-orientated boat based whale-watching and dolphin marine eco-tours. Their close encounter permit allows you to experience wild marine mammal viewing. As well as whale and dolphin-watching, you experience the many other wonders of the bay: pelagic birds, seals, sharks, history, geology and lots more.