Welcome to the Wilderness Ratepayers and Residents Association (WRRA) website.

The site also supports the Hoekwil Ratepayers and Residents Association (HRRA)

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WRRA arranges talks every

6 to 8 weeks

at the Wilderness Hotel & Spa

Next talk will be 22nd August, 18:00 for 18:30

Fighting Ghost Fishing 

What "invisible" factor is destroying marine life on our doorstep ? Marine biologist Mark Dixon's talk on the unseen impacts of sports fishing and how the Strandloper Project is making a difference !

 

So who was here first : A talk by Charles Helm 3rd October 18:00 for 18:30

Charles' passion for palaentology has led to him discovering over a hundred fossil tracksites 0 including 90,000 year-old hominin tracks near Knysna, pluse extinct buffalo, cape lion, elephant, giraffe and cape giant horse tracks alog our coast.

 The talks are now being videoed by

SA In Focus (Duncan Coetzee 082 450 8756).

To view these videos use the Talks/Videos option in the menu above or for the first video click below. Unfortunately the talk on 20th June by Case Rijsdijk, The Life and Death of Stars, required "lights off" to clearly see the detailed slides and a quality recording was not possible.

Beyond Endurance : Shackelton's Journey to South Georgia

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Amended Water Restrictions 2018-07-20 : Change of permissible garden watering hours

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N2 Road Upgrade - Phases A and B Environmental Authorisation Granted

The proposed upgrade of the N2 between Kraaibosch and Die Vleie has been split into two phases, A and B. Phase A covers the section between Kraaibosch to the Touw River and Phase B from the Touw River to Die Vleie

It is anticipated that phase A will commence early in 2019 and take about 16 months. The George Deep Sea Angling & Sport Club have appealed that the project does not re-instate their access to Kaaimans beach for launching as promised in the 1982 road upgrade. It is not clear if this will delay the project.

No date is available as to when phase B will commence.

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Coastal Access Audit for the Eden District Council (July 2018)

This should be of interest to those with properties on the coast line or those with interests requiring access to the sea.

The report and comments can be accessed through the following links.

Final Report

Comments and Responses

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We have loaded a collection of old photos (see link in About Wilderness on the left) of the village and surrounding areas assembled by Martin Grotepass of Wilderness Pharmacy  sourced with the assistance of Hugo Leggatt, Mark Rubin, Louise Dumbleton, Wilderness Hotel, Diepwalle Museum and the George Museum.1203

If you have old photos (with a description if you can) and wish to share them with the community please contact Martin at the pharmacy or click on the following link to email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The photos have been loaded with the first four characters of the name being a reference number such as 0413. If you are able to help with more information about the photos please forward the details as above using the reference number.

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 Policy regarding the regrading of gravel roads - please read to understand this important issue

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 Re-gravelling of one of Rondevlei's roads.  The work is being done on DR1625 which goes from the bottom of Rondevlei hill to Island Lake.  This isn’t the road  Western Cape Government was petitioned about (that’s DR1609 from Pine Lake to the Rondevlei T-Junction – which is now due for tarring in 2021/22) but it will make a significant difference to access to Wilderness/George. The gravelling work will take 30+ working days (probably three months) and will mean heavy trucks up and down the hill for the first three weeks, which will be hectic….

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N2 Proclaimed Re-alignment Road Reserve

The threat of an alternative new route for the N2 passing through Wilderness Heights etc. now appears to be finally over. It is understood that SANRAL is actively persuing the process to de-proclaim the road reserve and any other unwanted land with the intention to then sell the land by auction. The exact process is currently not known.

This does not effect the current routing of the N2 which is scheduled for a major upgrade. On 6th March we were advised that the final Basic Assesment Report has been submitted to the Dept of Environmental Affairs for approval. It appears that the project will be split into two sections split at Zundorf/Southside.

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Where can you walk your dogs on the beaches ?

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Clearing of vacant stands - Important warning to owners

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 For visitors and residents alike the site should give you a wealth of information about the histoWilderness village arial photory, geology and on-going activities in and around Wilderness. There are photo galleries, articles of interest, calendars of events and a comprehensive directory of activities in and around Wilderness.

The Garden Route, and Wilderness in particular, is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Long sandy beaches, forested rivers, lakes, and mountains abound. Crossing over the mountains one enters a different world, that of the semi-arid Klein (small) Karoo.

At low water it is possible to walk over 50kms along the beach from Wilderness to Knysna. This takes you past towering cliffs and  massive vegetation covered dunes, flat rock formations, rough seas, and calm swimming beaches. Kite surfers, body surfers, board surfers, all abound along the coast.

At Victoria Bay it is rare to find a day without surfers in the water.

The lakes and rivers offer the opportunity for swimming, sailing, canoeing, pedal boats and more. The Touw River provides the opportunity to hire boats or canoes and see our village from a different vantage point.

Activities abound. For the adventurous there are opportunities as varied as paragliding to abseiling. There are short walks to long hikes in the forests, beaches or along towering cliff tops where you can see the sea crashing into the rocks far below.

As a favourite for tourists Wilderness has a range of restaurants from five star to quality pub fare. Accommodation is provided by hotels and over eighty B&B's and Guest Houses!

We trust that the site will help you to enjoy Paradise !

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