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Beach of Wilderness in South Africa

Beach of Wilderness
Beach of Wilderness

At the Indian Ocean

It is loud! A constant roar that never stops! It stays like this: day and night. That is the sound that a stay on Beach of wilderness in South Africa so impressive. The waves roll continuously from the vastness of the Indian Ocean. They build up, sometimes more, sometimes less. But they always exist. They are wild. Even on the calmest days of the year!

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  • The kilometer-long sandy beach of Wilderness lures you to sunbathe. We have what you need for this in this Checklist were collected.
  • Note the warning that you are not allowed to swim on this beach. The current is too dangerous. A walk on the beach is also exciting if you comfortable shoes with you.

Like an endless ribbon, they first break at the kilometer-long sandy beach, which stretches from the mouth of the Touwsrivier to the mouth of the Kaaimansrivier - where Highway 2 branches off inland at Dolphin's Point. Farther to the east, the spectacle becomes more dramatic. There, the waves encounter rocky resistance and clamor against it with all their strength and power. They roll along the beach. Incessantly. Without break. The waves of the Indian Ocean are the trademark of the beach of Wilderness.



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View of the beach of Wilderness
View of the beach of Wilderness

Dangerous: the waves on the beach of Wilderness

They are dangerous. Time and again, they pull inadvertent tourists who do not believe in the warnings, who everywhere on signs advise against swimming on this beach. Unpredictable currents create them. An underwater sink that inexorably tugs into the depths that it offers. Year after year, victims fall victim to him who want to prove that this is not the case. That they know better. Alone, here you should on the Tips for South Africa hear. The sea and the waves of Wilderness know no mercy. This gives the beach of Wilderness something threatening, but also a wild beauty that inspires the cautious viewer a great humility before the irrepressible nature.

Roaring waves
Roaring waves

That's why no one in the water can be seen on this miles of sandy beach, except a few unteachable, the hesitant to stretch their toes in the spray, which foaming flows to the shore. At most to the knees, most dare to sea. Anyone who goes further plays with his life.

Seagull over the waves
Seagull over the waves

Perfect for long beach walks

Most visitors to the beach in Wilderness are content with a beach walk for hours instead. Those who prefer the easy way turn west from the mouth of the Touwsrivier towards Dolphin's Point. It is beautiful here. The beach is so long that the summer guests lose themselves on the expanses of the coast. I prefer the wilder, the more varied side of the beach and go east. I am almost alone. Only in the distance do I see a few locals balancing on the rocks and hopefully casting their fishing rods. I wonder if they are actually catching fish in the surf. Here the fine sand soon stops. More and more rocks push in from the sea in through the sand. Farther outside, the wild waves break and perform an impressive spectacle on the last meters of their being.

Heron on the beach
Heron on the beach
Rough coast
Rough coast

Interesting: on shell search on the beach

Spray whips up! Water splashes in all directions. It leaves puddles in the sand and in rock formations, which were created by centuries of editing by the waves. In it I find whole mussel beds. On the edge of the rocks, barnacles cling tightly, filtering out of the tidewater their food. Seagulls and herons go about it, always in search of something edible. They can be driven in the wind through the air, which blows here constantly.

Mussels and barnacles
Mussels and barnacles
Seagull on the beach
Seagull on the beach

The beach of Wilderness is not a beach for beach lovers. However, if you, like me, the nature experience, is on this beach just right. It is easy to reach via the coastal Highway 2, which leads south along the Garden Route. Above the cliffs of Wilderness and in the village there are several hotels and guest houses where you can spend the night overlooking the beach and the incessant roar of the waves. If you like it quiet, choose an accommodation away from the beach. There, the ocean becomes a background noise, and the view is limited to Fynbos vegetation or the lagoon of the Touwsrivier.

Rocks on the beach
Rocks on the beach

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Getting there
Lufthansa, Condor or South African Airways fly to South Africa. Wilderness can be reached via Highway 2.

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Source: own research on site. This trip was not sponsored.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Responses

  1. Nava
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    The pictures are very impressive! South Africa has not been so much of a focus for me yet, but you have good reasons why that should change.

  2. Anke
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    Very pretty - we were in Namibia in the summer - it was mainly cold on the beach ...

  3. Wilderness: That's where I come from time to time. And although the Kaff is so small, there is still something to see around it.
    Especially the long sandy beach has done to me. And in the past, of course, the steep coast, where I flew for hours paragliding.
    More wilderness, of course, on my blog, which, admittedly, is a bit "South Africa-heavy".

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      I think the beach is great too! Very varied with the kilometer-long sandy beach section and the rough cliff section at the other end. But I also like the lagoon of Wilderness.

  4. Antje
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    When I see the pictures like this, the wanderlust gets me packing again, even though the last trip to South Africa was only 6 weeks ago. However, this time we were not in Wilderness, but on the beach of Brenton on Sea.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      I have already looked at your photos. I do not know the beach of Brenton on Sea. Maybe I'll come to the Garden Route again. Then it is also on my itinerary.

  5. Andreas
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    The wild coast of South Africa with whales and seabirds, I've seen more often in nature films and was thrilled. A trip to South Africa will probably be a dream forever. All the better is it to read inspiring blogs like these by Monika and Petar, which stimulate my imagination.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      With documentary films from such regions, our travel addiction started many years ago, Andreas :). She has not let go of us since then.

  6. Sabine
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    Rippling waves and long beach walks - to my taste !!

  7. Outdoor pleasure
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    My South Africa trip has been more than 10 years ago. But I can still remember the wave experience you described. Almost naive, I stomped into the water and was surprised with what force the waves took me in reception. With more humility then the next trips went into the water!

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      I can well imagine. On my travels, I used to go to this beach more often, and the sea gave me proper respect at this point. I preferred to climb over the cliffs and watched the wave spectacle from a safe distance :)

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