The Fairy Knowe is a three star hotel with 42 guest rooms set in the Wilderness National Park Lake District, on the banks of the Touw River. Surrounded by lush gardens with beautiful riverside accommodation and central to all tourist attractions. We are situated almost in the centre of the Garden Route – it’s about 45 minutes’ drive to both Mossel Bay and Knysna, and a little less than an hour to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo, so it’s perfectly placed for tour groups and individuals who want a base from which to explore the region. In fact, the Garden Route and Klein Karoo area itself is the hotel’s greatest attraction. It’s a Mecca for sport and adventures: the city of George is only about 10 minutes’ drive from our front door and the airport is about 15 minutes away, and Wilderness is part of the unfenced Garden Route National Park – with some of its most popular walks and trails.
The village of Wilderness is nestled between the Kaaimans River and the Wilderness National Park. The Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean form a natural border to the North & South. Appreciated for its green beauty and romantic lagoon as well as golden beaches that continue into the horizon. This magical destination is a birders paradise with 280 species where the Knysna Loerie is a daily visitor. Here you enjoy direct access to one of the 18 remaining indigenous forests in the world either by nature trail or river. The vegetation can be seen in its natural environment where trees are marked for easy identification. There is also an 800 year old Yellowwood Big Tree nearby. There is also an Indigenous Tree Trail on the hotel property.
Wilderness is renowned for its vast stretches of beach, it peace and tranquility and the absence for 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. Wilderness has gained a reputation as an internationally sought after holiday destination. From as early as the 1800's, the village of Wilderness was renowned for its hospitality and the incredible natural beauty of the region. At the time a small stone farmhouse was the only structure in the area, and through this the legend of "Wilderness hospitality and goodwill" was created.