The Wildfarm Backpackers is located on the old farm “Uitsig” which is an Afrikaans word meaning “The View”. This name was given duly as the 360 degrees view consists of stunning ocean, mountains and lakes. The Wildfarm Backpackers is an old milk dairy farm that has been converted into the backpackers.
There is a large open plan kitchen and TV lounge and outside there is a braai area and a shaded stoep (verandah) overlooking the Indian ocean surf.
There are a variety of rooms available to visitors which consist of dorm rooms, log rooms, double rooms and a camping area. All the rooms are clean and comfortable.
We have a large variety of vegetables that are produced with self-sufficiency in mind; they can be picked and enjoyed when preparing meals. But be forewarned, you may need to treat the horses to a freshly picked vegetable when doing so. Here at our home, we are all about having fun, discovering new experiences as well as soaking up the tranquility. While enjoying your stay with us, please remember to fool around with our friendly dogs, as they love new faces!
We have two braai areas where you can make the perfect barbecue under the stars!
Our staff at the backpackers likes you so don’t be scared to ask them any questions for information. They all started life here as guests, so they know their stuff. Reception is open from 8am to 10 pm. If you are unable to arrive between these hours, please make prior arrangements.
Bread, cereal and fruits for breakfast included with tea and coffee to follow!
Go ahead, click away and find out more about our backpackers and what we have to offer. We would like to make your visit as pleasant as possible!
…the beauty and serenity of this corner of the world is in such conflict with its unsuitable name …” “in the Wilderness build me a nest and remain there forever at rest …” (a line from Hayden’s Creation) was sung by a lady Theresa, to her fiancée, to escape the memory of being orphaned when her parents farm was destroyed in the frontier war.
Oakhurst shelter – Stone Age People
This is one of the oldest caves excavated in the country. Forty skeletons of Khoisan (adults and infants) buried in different layers and depths were found.
Other implements found: pottery shards, hippo bones, buffalo, duiker and steenbok bones yielded information about their cultural development and diet
St. Aidan’s church is one of the oldest buildings in Wilderness, which was named after an Irish saint, who was part of the missionary drive to Scotland and England. The church bell was salvaged from the SS Thorne, which was wrecked in a fog off Robben Island on 18th May 1831 and presented to St. Aidan’s by the Piggott family in 1951.
The Oakhurst church was consecrated on All Saints Day in 1876 and called All Saints. 1952 Settler’s Monument was erected by the Lakes Committee in Wilderness to commemorate the founding of the European settlement in South Africa on 6 April 1652. Gericke’s Point was named by Bartholomew Diaz as “Ponta de Pescaria” meaning “place or point of fish”. Today this is still a famous fishing spot as well as rocky-shore and snorkeling site.
The scenic “passes road” was completed in 1893 by Thomas Bain. This was the first substantial link between George and Knysna.
In Room Facilities:
The Wildfarm has a variety of accommodation options available, depending on requirements and for your convenience. Our facilities, rooms and bathrooms are clean, neat and serviced on a daily basis. Our facilities include a large self-catering kitchen, lounge and TV area where you can relax and prepare meals.
Wilderness boasts a staggering amount of activities that can be enjoyed by everyone from the adventure junkie to the chilled out hiker. We offer tours in the Garden Route from the Wild Farm Backpackers. We can also book all the adventure activities in Garden Route from our reception and adventure centre for you.
Here are some of the day trips and activities that you can enjoy in the area:
Tandem Paragliding with Cloudbase Paragliding
Let us book your jump with your tandem master off the edge of the Map of Africa and experience the thrill of flying like a bird in the sky. Your flight will last for an awesome twenty minutes in the sky and will leave you wanting more. Wilderness is one of the most scenic places on the Garden Route to do this activity from, ask anyone that has done it before. Cloudbase has been in the business for years and have the most experience in tandem flights around in Wilderness and the Garden Route area.
R650 for a tandem flight with optional pictures extra’s available
The Half Collared Kingfisher Trail in The Wilderness National Park
The trail runs along the Touw River’s banks to the top where you’ll discover some waterfalls and rock pools to swim in and have a picnic. Along the way you can expect to see grand old trees of the area like the Outeniqua Yellow Wood Tree and many varieties of birds including the Knysna Turaco. If you are lucky you can spot some smaller mammal species like the Bushbuck. The trail is about 7km long return and takes about 3 hours to complete depending on how long you stay at the picnic area and rock pools. There is an entrance fee to be paid to the Wilderness National Park.
Park Entry R114
Canoeing in the Wilderness National Park with Eden Adventures
We will book your canoe with them and let you glide along the Touw River on a peaceful and fun filled adventure for everyone. Look out for the many types of water birds that occur in the Wilderness National park as well as some graceful forest birds along the forest edge. Canoe to the end of the river where you will embark on the Half Collared Kingfisher trail that will lead you the rock pools and waterfall area where you can have a picnic and a swim. Meander back through the forest trail and relax for the last part of the canoeing.
R250 for a double canoe plus park entry of R114 per person!
Horse-riding with Perdepoort Horse Trails
Perdepoort Horse Trails is located next to the Outeniqua Mountains in Wilderness Heights. The horse trails run through the indigenous forest on the farm and traverses small rivers and creeks. All levels of riders are welcome as there are different types of routes available form beginners to the more experienced. The trails normally run for 2 to 2 and a half hours depending on the variables.
R250 per person!