Wilderness is internationally famed for its abundant rivers and lakes that add to the majestic sea side views. The small town that has blossomed in the last decade was originally established from a little stone farmhouse. The lagoon (Touw River Estuary) and the river Rondervlei provide excellent opportunities for water-skiing if one feels the need to take a break from the seaside. This won't be easy though - the Wilderness beach is one of the most spectacular in South Africa. Mountain-biking, bird-watching, horse riding, whale-watching, angling and walking trails are also popular activities in the area.
As the name suggests, this is an area of astounding, untouched natural beauty, but the rugged charm of the scrub land and the cool ocean winds make this the perfect destination if you are looking for a place to relax and escape the beaten track.
The charming town of George is much larger than Wilderness and was established as a result of the growing demand for timber and the wood used in building, transport and furniture. In 1776 the Dutch East India Company established an outpost for the provision of timber. The Timber Post had its own Poshouer (manager), some 12 woodcutters, a blacksmith, wagon maker and 200 oxen plus families.
George is a popular golfing Mecca with numerous world-class courses. Among these are Oubaai, Kingswood and Le Grande George. But the most well-known is Fancourt Golf Estate, which hosted the Presidents Cup in 2003 and is often the host to high-profile golf tournaments.
Look out for the two most popular landmarks in George:
-The Slave Tree, an ancient English Oak planted by Landdrost (magistrate) van Kervel, known as the Slave Tree because of the very large chain and lock embedded in the trunk - it's a national monument.
-The King Edward VII Library building, said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in George.
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