Wilderness, Western Cape

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The town of Wilderness from the Kaaiman's River Pass incline
The town of Wilderness from the Kaaiman's River Pass incline
Wilderness is located in Western Cape
Wilderness is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 33°59′S 22°35′E / 33.983°S 22.583°E / -33.983; 22.583Coordinates: 33°59′S 22°35′E / 33.983°S 22.583°E / -33.983; 22.583
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
DistrictGarden Route
 • Total36.97 km2 (14.27 sq mi)
 • Total6,164
 • Density170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African12.0%
 • Coloured47.2%
 • Indian/Asian0.6%
 • White38.5%
 • Other1.8%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans68.5%
 • English23.7%
 • Xhosa4.9%
 • Other2.9%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
The Outeniqua Choo Tjoe crossing the Kaaimans River into Wilderness

Wilderness is a seaside town on the Garden Route of the southern Cape in South Africa.

It is situated a short distance east from the city of George, on the N2 down the Kaaiman's River Pass. It is known for its long white sand beach and lagoons. The town caters mostly to holiday-makers and is situated directly on the Touw River Lagoon.

The town experiences an extremely mild climate, typical of the Garden Route and has little temperature variation, seldom dropping below 10 °C and above 28 °C, with year-round rainfall. The flora type is Afromontane gallery forest.

The Outeniqua Choo Tjoe steam train originally ran through the town en route between George and Knysna during its years of operation.

Wilderness was the home of the former State President of South Africa, P.W. Botha, until his death in 2006.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Wilderness". Census 2011.

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