Things To Do
Activities and Excursions
The region offers a diversity of touristic possibilities. We would gladly assist you in planning and booking your activities during your stay at the Tuscany.
Wilderness not only overlooks the sea, but also the placid lagoon (Touw River Estuary), the Serpentine, which meanders between the Touw River, Island Lake and Rondevlei. This is a favourite venue for waterskiing and attracts enthusiasts from far and wide.
At Wilderness you can enjoy long hikes along the beach, swim in the sea, take quiet walks along the boardwalk (wheelchair-friendly and part of the Pied Kingfisher Trail) that winds through the reeds of the Wilderness Lagoon, go canoeing, fishing, surfing, bird- as well as whale- and dolphin watching.
Wilderness is also a well known Para-gliding and hang-gliding destination with kite surfing also being a popular attraction. There is also hiking, mountain-biking, horse riding, scenic drives and day tours. For adrenalin junkies, abseil, bungee jump and kayaking are just some of the activities on offer.
The front garden at the Tuscany is a recognised and accepted Paraglider take off place for experienced gliders and the perfect southerly wind conditions are suitable for take off and landing from The Tuscany Sea site garden.
We are the preferred choice for many International Paraglider Guests coming from Europe and or USA who stay with us for 2 to 3 weeks at a time.
Explore the Garden Route
Surrounding Wilderness is Knysna, George, Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay. George is only 10km west of Wilderness, Knysna about 50km from Wilderness on the N2 a beautiful 40-minute drive through the Garden Route’s "Lake District". Mossel Bay is 70km from Wilderness, along the shore of the Indian Ocean with attractions like the Diaz museum, Seal Island where the notorious great white sharks hang out and even a casino for the brave at heart.
There is also the traditional Sedgefield flee market (Saturdays), Big Tree inside the Wilderness Nature Reserve, the Swartvlei estuary. Near Knysna you can visit the Knysna Forest, a number of Game Farms, go whale watching and enjoy oyster cuisine at restaurants overlooking the Knysna Heads.
For Golf lovers this area hosts some of the most stunning golf courses in the country including the Fancourt Links where the 2003 Presidents Cup tournament was held.
Wilderness National Park
Wilderness National Park activities include exciting hiking, biking and canoeing on nature trails where the brilliantly coloured Knysna Lourie or one of the five Kingfisher species can be seen
Guests can enjoy nature trails and also swimming, canoeing and fishing at the pristine beach or on rivers and lakes. Birding enthusiasts on a South Africa coastal holiday can spend time at the hides located at Langvlei and Rondevlei.
Water skiing is also available, but restricted to Island Lake and Swartvlei. Other adventurous Wilderness National Park activities include mountain biking, abseiling / kloofing and paragliding. In between guests can relax at the Rest Camp where there is communal satellite TV in the lounge as well as table tennis, volley ball and basket ball on the grounds.
The Garden of Eden
The Garden of Eden, is an enchanting wet forest, near Knysna on the Garden Route. This is one of the most lush and beautiful parts of the Knysna forest and definitely a must-see when visiting this gorgeous region.
This part of the Garden Route is characterized by fairytale forests, serene lakes, breathtaking golden beaches and marvelous rivers - making this the perfect place for a variety of outdoor activities. The Garden of Eden is situated in the middle of all it all, so take this opportunity to a break from your action packed holiday to experience a bit of paradise.
Outeniqua Power Van
Sadly, the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steam train does not operate any more. An interesting and fun alternative is the Outeniqua Power Van. It leaves from the Outeniqua Railway Museum and winds its way through the mountains. Take in the views whilst listening to the commentary of an experienced tour guide. The scenic routes include forests, four passes, waterfalls, seven tunnels, fynbos and bird & animal life. The panoramic trip takes 2½ hours, including a 30 minute picnic stop.