PIRATES CREEK resort, Die Duin, Wilderness, CHALET

NO 9


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Chalet no 9


The chalet is situated on the Touw River with beautiful views in a bird rich environment. The chalet is a six sleeper and only caters as follows : 4 x Adults and 2 x kids or 2 x adults and 4 kids. We do not allow groups with 6 adults as the chalet is not suited for this. On the ground floor you will find an open plan lounge area, Kitchen with gas stove and fully equipped for 6 people. Kettle, microwave with Fridge/Freezer. Furthermore there is one bedroom (with double bed) and a bathroom with basin, shower and toilet.
The lounge is equipped with comfortable furniture with DSTV and a flat screen TV. The deck is basically on the water with sun umbrellas and deck furniture with a Weber gas braai.  
On the upper part of the Chalet we have a beautiful main bedroom with it's own balcony and view over the river. This is equipped with a queen size bed, flatscreen TV, dressing table, hair dryer and cupboards for all your clothes and other belongings.
The second bedroom on the upper level has 2 x 3/4 beds. The top very spacious bathroom has a bath, shower, basin and toilet
The chalet is fully equipped with bedding, towels, curtains, and all you may need in the kitchen. A double Kayak is included for use free of charge by guests.


Uncapped WI-Fi is free of charge.


Driving on the N2 from Knysna you will find the turnoff to Pirates Creek just before the main town of Wilderness. We are the owners of Chalet no 9 in this unique Holiday resort. Our self catering unit has been kitted our with everything that you might need. We offer flat screen new technology TV with full DSTV in the Lounge and main bedroom. You will also have Wi Fi available at no cost. The password will be send to you on arrival.

You will not find a more suitable place for the whole family than Pirates Creek with activities for everyone. It's the ideal place for hikers, birdwatchers, photographers, canoeing  enthusiasts, mountain biking, fishing and many more. Very safe and secure.


Providing river views and barbecue facilities, Pirates Creek Self Catering Chalets is situated in the Wilderness Beach district of Wilderness, 200 m from Wilderness Segway Tours. All units comprise a seating area, and a fully equipped kitchen with various cooking facilities, including an oven, a microwave and a fridge. A stove top and kettle are also featured. The chalet offers an outdoor pool. The property features a playground. Eden Adventures (Canoes) is 700 m from Pirates Creek Self Catering Chalets, while Wilderness, Garden Route National Park is 900 m away. The nearest airport is George Airport, 20 km from the property. We speak your language!

Lying in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains in a region of incomparable beauty, Wilderness is an attractive holiday resort with beautiful beaches and numerous vantage points from which to watch the whales and dolphins. As far back as the late 1800's the reputation of Wilderness with its natural bounty of rivers and lakes and intrinsic peace and tranquillity, ideal for seaside holidays, was established in a little stone farmhouse. A seaside boarding house was established in the old homestead - and so began the tradition of hospitality which has made this small resort town famous all over the world. The romantic resort of Wilderness lies 15 km east of George, between the Kaaimans River in the West and the Goukamma Nature Reserve in the east, bordered by the Outeniqua Mountains in the north and the Indian Ocean in the south. Wilderness is renowned for its vast stretches of beach, its peace and tranquillity and the absence of windswept headlands and wild, stormy seas. The long stretch of beach embraces the mouths of the Touw and Kaaimans Rivers, and is backed by northward cliffs over which the fringe of the forest reaches down to sea level.



Joplin’s Steak Bar is, as its name implies, committed to creating excellent steaks time and time again. For this reason, it has become a favourite for meat-lovers in the surrounding areas as well as for those travelling on the world-famous Garden Route.

The style of the restaurant is simple, relaxed and hospitable and the service staff friendly and attentive. It is suitable for groups of friends, as well as for families with children who need space to work up an appetite.

Note that steaks are the only menu item, so this place is reserved for meat-lovers in the mood for a good quality piece of meat.

Where? At the entrance to Pirate's Creek N2, Wilderness, Garden Route, South Africa

When? Dinner from 17h30 to 21h00, Monday to Saturday.
Closed on Mondays in winter.

How? Call +27 (0)73 347-8896




Start: Wilderness National Park near the Touws River bridge
Duration: varying between 3.8 km and 10 km
Fitness: easy and pefect for children or elderly people

Our tip: don't walk during wet weather as the river tends to flood suddenly

Known also as the Half Collared Kingfisher Trail, Giant, Brownhooded or Pied Kingfisher Trail (these are all varying routes) the Kingfisher hiking trail takes one through the Wilderness Lakes area, controlled by SANParks.

Wilderness lies just east of George on the Garden Route. The Wilderness National Park is a series of lakes, rivers, estuaries and beaches set against a backdrop of mountains and forest that is hard to beat for sheer breathtaking beauty.

It includes five rivers, five lakes and 18 km worth of coastline. The lakes are all connected by the Touw River, a renowned birding area home to thousands of water birds. The park has been awarded Ramsar status for its wetlands, which have international importance.

Through the lakes are a series of canoeing and hiking trails that wind through the forest and along the rivers' edges, called Kingfisher trails for the probability of spotting one of the five kingfisher species that occur here.

Each of the Kingfisher hikes allows a different perspective on the beauty of the ecosystems that make up the lakes:

The Pied Kingfisher, 10 km, takes roughly four hours to complete and is a circular and easy walk across the floodplains of the Serpentine River, along the boardwalk to the beach.

The Giant Kingfisher, 7 km, is a little more taxing. It follows the east bank of the Touw River through the forest to a waterfall where there is a swimming pool.

The Brownhooded Kingfisher, 5 km, follows the Duiwe River to another waterfall.

The Halfcollared Kingfisher, 3,8 km, takes one through indigenous forest on the west bank of the Touw River.




Where? Wilderness National Park, betwen Wilderness & Sedgefield, Garden Route

When? Daylight hours.

How much? Free


Nature lovers and bird nuts flock to the Malachite Bird Hide, set in the Wilderness National Park along Langvlei Lake where you can see an outstanding array birds.

This relaxing and comfortable viewing point is accessible from a sturdy boardwalk. Enjoy the splendid views and the quiet, tranquil environment around you, while peering through your binoculars at the nature around you.

You can expect to see some outstanding species including the Common Greenshank, Reed and Breasted Cormorants, African Purple Swamphen, African Sacred Ibis, African Fish Eagle, Yellow-billed Duck, Egyptian Goose and the Purple and Grey Herons.

Parking is available near the boardwalk so you don’t have far to walk to get to this idyllic destination.



Where? Milkwood Village, Wilderness, Garden Route

When? Friday evenings from 16h00 to 21h00.

How? Call +27 (0)44 877-1888


A now beloved institution in the Milkwood Village, Wilderness, the Milkwood evening market is a wonderful gathering of market sellers, punting their handmade wares, through to cheeses, artisanal breads, cured meats and delicious food.

Enjoy an authentic South African braai between browsing around the arts and crafts, tapping your feet to live music.

The vibrant atmosphere makes this something visitors to the market have come to rely on as a place that always has tons going on. Pop in at one of the restaurants or pubs and enjoy a craft beer. Try on unique clothing and shop around for interesting keepsakes


Paraglide with Cloudbase Paragliding



Where? Based in Wilderness, there are 24 flying sites within an hour’s drive.

When? By arrangement

How? Call +27 (0)44 877-1414 or +27 (0)82 777-8474

How much? Price on request

Jan Minnaar and Khobi Bowden apply their extensive local and international knowledge to enable you to fulfill your dreams in this on-going skill development sport.

Cloudbase Paragliding offer paragliding tuition, license courses, powered paragliding tuition, tours, and equipment sales and rental.

Based in the Garden Route town of Wilderness on the East Coast of South Africa. There are 24 flying sites within an hour’s drive. These range from easy coastal soaring to cross country thermals.




Where? This route includes Plettenberg Bay, Keurbooms River, Nature's Valley, Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River

When? Best during daylight hours.

How much? Free


Plettenberg Bay via Robberg to Nature's Valley
Leave Plettenberg Bay along Beacon Isle Drive, cross the Piesang River and take Piesang Valley Road off the circle. Shortly afterwards, turn left into Robberg Road. Roughly 3.5 km later, take a left at the fork (the suburb of Whale Rock Heights) and follow the road to the Robberg Peninsula.

Robberg, or Robbe Berg (seal mountain), takes its name from the thousands of seals that used this peninsula as their home. There are still seals here, and the peninsula is now a nature reserve, preserving the rich coastal vegetation and sea life.

You don't have to walk far from the car park for incredible views from both the southern and northern sides of the peninsula. On a clear day one can see across Plettenberg Bay to the distant Tsitsikamma Mountains. If you have the time, a couple of hikes are well worth doing.

Drive back the way you came to town, taking the left turn into Piesang Valley Road, passing the left turn to the Plettenberg Bay Country Club. Reach a t-junction with the N2, take a right. Look out for the excellent views of the Keurbooms River lagoon.

Cross the Bietou River, and shortly afterwards, the Keurbooms River as the N2 curves right – Keurbooms River Ferries operate from the far end of the river crossing . Slow and take the left at the far end of the Keurbooms River crossing into the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve. The reserve has a 45 minute hike that follows a track up-river.

Head back to the N2 that now sweeps inland with the Matjies River valley to your left. Cross the Buffels River and shortly afterwards, take a right onto the R102 which winds through the Garden Route National Park and indigenous forest on the Groot River Pass, alongside a tributary of the Groot River to the Groot River lagoon. At the base of the rather windy downhill stretch take a right for Nature's Valley.

A left, after about 1 km, brings you to a parking area and from here it is not far along the edge of the lagoon to the beach. Be aware that this is not a safe swimming beach, as currents near the river mouth are particularly strong.

Nature's Valley to Storms River Mouth
Back on the R102, continue in an north easterly direction along the R102 as it climbs steeply out of the valley. After crossing the Groot River, the road swing right presenting excellent views if you stop the car (there should be a place to stop on your left).

Route 102 now intersects with the N2 and heads up the Bloukrans Pass https://www.sa-venues.com/attractionsgr/bloukrans-pass.htm, a narrow, twisting passage, with its fair share of 90 degree turns, through dense indigenous forest that crosses the border between the Western and Eastern Cape provinces and gives fantastic views of the Bloukrans Bridge (the N2 crosses the Bloukrans River via this bridge, from which the highest commercial bungi jump in the world operates).

Coming out of the Bloukrans Pass the R102 now heads past Coldstream (a sawmilling centre). About now the N2 and R102 begin to run in close parallel after which they meet at a t-junction. Take a left onto the N2, travelling for just short of 7 km before taking a right for Storms River Mouth and the Tsitsikamma National Park (if you miss this turn, find another just past the town of Storms River).

The road heads through plantations and into the National Park, before winding through indigenous coastal forest to the mouth of the Storms River. There is a wonderful walk you can do along a wooden boardwalk from the restaurant, through indigenous forest, to a suspension footbridge across the river mouth. It is an absolute must-do, and will take you about an hour and a half.

Storms River Mouth to Paul Sauer Bridge
Back on the N2, turn right and begin to look out for the sign to the 'Big Tree' on your right (if you reach Storms River Bridge then you've gone too far). Choose from two parking areas: one fairly close to the road, and another deeper in the forest. Do the Big Tree Trail. It won't take long (15 minutes or so).

Now for an exciting bit of the drive. Continue on the N2 for about 1 km and then look out for a gravel road signposted 'Picnic spot' (or similar). Don't stop here to picnic. Instead, continue until the road forks and take the left onto the original Storms River Pass road, built by Thomas Bain well over 100 years ago. The road winds down slowly to a bridge across Storms River. Next to this is a lovely picnic site.

Head back to the N2 (watch out for the fork at which you turned left, as it is disorientating on the return trip), take a right and head to the Paul Sauer Bridge, more commonly known as the Storms River Bridge – a concrete arch bridge over the Storms River on the N2. It is 120 metres high and spans 100 metres. A pedestrian walkway next to the bridge gives wonderful views out over the gorge.

Return to Plettenberg Bay via the N2, if you are in a hurry, otherwise retrace the route through the Bloukrans Pass, past Nature's Valley.




Where? Beacon Road, Wilderness, Garden Route.

When? Daily

How? Call +27 (0)44 877-1888

How much? Free to browse


Conveniently situated close to the Wilderness train station, the beach and lagoon, take a leisurely stroll through our magical gardens and experience our friendly hospitality and the warm service of the village shops and restaurants.

Milkwood Village has quaint restaurants, shops, a small Post Office & laundry and ample parking. Discover hidden treasures in the quaint side walk shops, cafès & restaurants of Milkwood Village. Milkwood Village is situated on Beacon Road, Wilderness Village.




Where? Wilderness, Garden Route, South Africa

When? Daylight hours.

How much? Free


Unspoilt, expansive, beautiful ... just a few words used to describe the gorgeous beach in the Wilderness.

And you won't have to fight for space here - Wilderness offers kilometres of white sandy beach ideal for long walks and for playing with your dogs or letting them run free, if leaving your pets behind when you go on holiday is not an option. (See Garden Route Pet-friendly).

Kids will love the wide open space and its safe to swim here. Wilderness Beach is also an excellent beach for dolphin- and whale spotting. Watching the dolphins play in the waves is breathtaking! There are houses located directly on the beach and the views are simply wonderful!




Where? Wilderness, Garden Route, South Africa

When? Daylight hours.
Fishing permits available from the local post office.

How much? Free


Welcome to fishermens paradise at Wilderness Island Lake. The Touw and Serpentine river merge further up the lake offering anglers a great habitat to explore.

You can snorkel in the Touw river which is crystal clear and is roughly 3 meters deep where you can see a mixture of salt water fish and freshwater fish swimming together, some being Cape Moonies, Leeries, Mullet and Grunter.

Although some fishing can be done from the lake edge it is advisable to get a canoe to travel further out for a better catch. Paddling on Island Lake is enjoyed by many and is a popular sport in the area. The bird life is extraordinary and it is worth bringing your binoculars and your camera long with you.


Abseiling in the Kaaimans Gorge


Where? Eden Adventures, Wilderness National Park, Garden Route.

When? By arrangement from 13h30 to 16h30.

How? Call +27 (0)44 877-0179 or +27 (0)83 628-8547

How much? Price on request

The serene Kaaimans Gorge holds one of the most beautiful abseil sights you will find. You abseil 45m right next to a magnificent waterfall and land in a boat at the bottom. You don’t need to have abseiled before, however it is not for the faint-hearted! It is also important to remember not to wear slippery shoes.

What also makes this sight special is that you land in a canoe at the bottom. You need not have abseiled before, however it is not for the faint-hearted! It is also important to remember not to wear slippery shoes.




Where? Black Horse Trails, Hoekwil, Wilderness, Garden Route

When? Open seven days a week and trails leave approximately at 10h00 and again at 15h00.

How? Call +27 (0)82 494-5642

How much? Price on request


Black Horse Trails can be found at the base of the Outeniqua mountain range in the Wilderness. Named after the pitch black Friesian horses offered as their trail horses of choice, Black Horse Trails have chosen wisely, as these gentle giants are soft-natured, beautiful rides. It is a breath of fresh air to encounter a trail company that chooses their horses wisely. These easy-going, majestic horses will add magic to your memories of riding out in the beautiful forests. Amateur riders are welcome will be provided for accordingly.

There are a few trail rides to choose from, which include:

One and a half hour ride

This ride ventures into the eucalyptus forest, and does a nice circuit in the plantation before returning home.

3 hour ride

This is their most popular ride; though the pine plantations into the indigenous forest to the waterfall, perfect for a swim.

Special occasion rides

A 3 hour ride to the waterfall, but on this ride it is only the trail guide and yourselves that venture out, as to create a more intimate experience. Then enjoy a relaxing time at the waterfall with your partner with Crackers & Pâtés, Chocolates & Bubbly. (Book in advance)

Abundant bird and animal life make these trail rides even more memorable. We can’t think of a more beautiful way to explore the world-famous forests of the Garden Route.



Visit Uniondale and have lunch at Ou Werf and take from there a scenic route back to Wilderness. They serve good coffee and food. Definitely worth a visit or stay over. "  Ouwerf gaste huis is in Uniondale gelee en hier kan die rustigheid van die karoo no geniet word, ver van die stad se gejaag af. Die gebou dateer uit 1888 en is in 2017 opgeknap met pragtige geelhout vloere en plafonne. Ouwerf gastehuis bied meer as net 'n plek om oor te slaap, dit bied kos vir die siel “
Visit there website at http://ouwerf.com/ for more information
















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