Are you exhausted from parenting through a pandemic? Has home-schooling melted your mind? Do you want to chuck the schoolbooks in the fire and hit the road? We googled your symptoms and it turns out, you’re not crazy. You just need a holiday!
When the lockdown finally releases its grip and leisure travel re-opens, why not take a well-earned break to Wilderness? We have identified some affordable accommodation options; perfectly suited for families seeking natural retreats. Here are our top picks of cabins in the wild, forest villas and fun farm stays. Get outdoors, get active, and let the kids fling some mud at each other! Your fun family vacation in Wilderness awaits!
Featured: Oakhurst Farm
Rustic Country Elegance
Oakhurst Farm offers a healthy slice of rural bliss for families seeking peace and quiet. The farm is situated in Hoekwil, close to Wilderness village. The venue has six self-catering cottages set in tranquil farmland, adjacent to indigenous forest, gurgling streams and farm dams. The beautifully renovated blacksmith’s Forge is an ideal family retreat. This charming 150 year old stone cottage retains its original stone walls and exposed timber beams. It sleeps six, in two spacious bedrooms and a delightful loft conversion.
The living area wraps around the cottage and is made up of a dining area, a well-equipped kitchen with a gas stove, and a cosy lounge. The living area opens out, via glass doors, onto a covered deck with soothing views of open fields and forests. You can wander out to the secluded, open-air hot shower and private plunge pool.
If you fancy waking up to bird song, fresh country air and a bottle of fresh milk delivered to your doorstep; this idyllic farm stay is perfect. Oakhurst has plenty of good old-fashioned farm fun for the kids. They can fish in the dam or take one of the canoes for a paddle. The forest has kilometres of well-maintained single track which is ideal for mountain biking or trail running. The farm’s majestic waterfall makes for an adventurous forest hike. The kids can visit the Oakhurst Dairy to watch cows being milked and help to feed the calves. You can watch the sun set over the Outeniqua Mountains with a glass of wine.
Featured: Treedom Villas and Vardos
Be swept into a magical world at Treedom Villas and Vardos. This unique and magical gypsy-themed villa is located on the Langvlei Dunes, just 10 minutes’ drive from Wilderness village. Treedom’s self-catering villa is an ideal bush retreat for a family of four. The luxury cabin has a romantic four poster bed for parents and an enchanting mezzanine level bedroom for the kids. The cabin is perched at canopy level, with expansive views of the peaceful woods, the majestic Outeniqua Mountains and glimpses of Klein Kranz beach. The open, double-volume living area features bohemian décor, a comfy couch, a wood-burning fireplace and a private patio. The fully equipped kitchen allows effortless family dining, while the outdoor forest lounge on ground level has a gas braai and dining area.
Kids will love this delightful forest escape. Energetic youngsters are welcome to pick produce from Treedom’s onsite veggie garden and explore dreamy pathways that wind through the forest. Fresh eggs are available in the chicken coop. A brisk walk on the nearby Half Collared Kingfisher Trail will take you to a rushing waterfall and tranquil rock pools. Guests are invited to take a spin in Treedom’s bright yellow mini Jeep buggy and explore the neighbouring lakes and waterways. The outdoor barrel sauna offers a heavenly treat on chilly winter evenings. If it all gets too much, just lie back and sway on the floating day bed swing, while you soak up the sounds of nature.
Featured: Wilderness Bushcamp Lodge
Beach House Chic
If your soul is in need of soothing ocean vistas and the scent of salty air, then the Wilderness Bushcamp offers a family holiday with serious seaside serenity. Tucked away in nine hectares of indigenous bush, this nature-lovers sanctuary has unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean, the picturesque Wilderness lagoon and an endless swathe of white sandy beach. The Wilderness Bushcamp is a five minute walk from the village and blue flag beach (up a very steep hill).
The venue has nine self-catering units, with breezy beach house décor and jaw-dropping views. Forest Rise is a true refuge for technology saturated parents. This charming two bedroom cottage is uniquely positioned to enjoy the peace and seclusion of the neighbouring bird sanctuary. The cabin offers uninterrupted views of the Touw River Lagoon and the Wilderness National Park. The comfortable living area is equipped with a full kitchen, a cosy log burning stove, a family dining table and a snug couch. Outside, the private deck has a stone-built braai for evening entertaining. A slide off the balcony offers kids easy access to an enclosed garden.
Grab a picnic and head to the beach to surf or dolphin watch. Take a slow cruise on the Touw River in a safari-style aluminium boat or try your hand at stand up paddle boarding on the lagoon. The best time of the day at Forest Rise is dusk, when the last rays of sunshine brush the water and the lights twinkle and flicker in the village.