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Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Photographs from Wilderness Beach

A glorious beach in the heart of South Africa’s Garden Route

The village of Wilderness, roughly 5 hours drive from Cape Town, must be our favourite getaway. It is located within one of the most scenically spectacular parts of South Africa. Opportunities for landscape and seascape photography abound. The climate is moderate. The atmosphere is tranquil. The ambience is conducive to relaxation and creativity.

The long, sandy beach calls out for an early morning or evening stroll through a wonderland of sea, sand dunes and rocky outcrops. The changing light, tides, clouds, flotsam and jetsam create an endless kaleidoscope of pictures that keep our cameras busy.




Foam on Wilderness Beach

An hour or two’s drive from Wilderness takes one to Sedgefield’s scenic lagoon, the lakes, Knysna’s water wonderland, Plettenberg Bay, playground of the wealthy, the spectacular Bloukrans pass or the magic of the Tsitsikamma National Park.

Subjects for paintings and photography abound. Stunning landscapes surround you; paragliders soar over the dunes, silhouetted against the evening sky, yachts sail the tranquil lakes, a genuine steam train, the Outeniqua Tjoe-Choo, huffs and puffs its way through the village, beautiful people play on the beaches and local characters gather at the flea markets to entertain or sell their arts and handicrafts.

Useful Information for Potential Visitors

The village of Wilderness is 15 to 20 minutes drive from the town of George, the commercial centre of the Southern Cape, where all the usual amenities of a larger town may be found including a commercial airport, car hire, supermarkets, cinemas, medical facilities, etc.

Temperatures seldom drop to single digits or rise much above 30 degrees centigrade. Rainfall is quite high, around 700mm per annum and spread throughout the year.

There are several good hotels, many excellent bed and breakfast and self-catering establishments, a National Parks camp site with attractive, fully equipped log cabins for hire and several fine restaurants in and around Wilderness.

Recreation facilities include hiking, paragliding, horse riding, mountain-biking and scenic drives. There is an “Art Route” and the nearby town of Knysna offers ferry cruises and houseboats for hire. Beautiful locations for dolphin and whale watching, angling, boating and water sports are abundant.

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2 comments:

Arthur said...

I love the photographs - well done!

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Let me know how you find their offering if you decide to take up the offer.

Bryan said...

Hi Arthur,
Thanks for the kind words. I will take a look at your site later tonight.
Bryan (Carol's better half ;-)