Set amidst 400-year-old milkwood trees and a profusion of birds and plants, Moontide is the most romantic of retreats.
Located on the shores of the Wilderness lagoon, with gardens that flow into its tidal waters, the lodge is a birdwatcher's paradise, and the seven en-suite cottages and rooms, each with their own entrance and outdoor seating area, are designed to provide you with those real 21st century luxuries: space and privacy.
Spend the day exploring the forests and waterfalls of Wilderness National park, or sightseeing the quaint towns of Knysna or Oudtshoorn, but make sure you set aside enough time to unwind in your Moontide hideaway before wandering down to the jetty to catch the ferry to a nearby riverside restaurant. What could be more romantic?
Start the day with a great breakfast, served on the terrace overlooking the lagoon. Help yourself to a buffet table of cereals, yoghurt, cheese, breads, juice and milk.
The on-duty manager will then offer you a choice of hot breakfast options, served with a bottomless pot of excellent filter coffee, or breakfast or Rooibos tea.
The temperate climate, responsible for the luxuriant foliage of the aptly named Garden Route, means that temperatures are comfortable - all year round.
Rainfall occurs throughout the year but usually at night, though this is not guaranteed. Winters are never below 8 C; summers average at 28 C.
Despite the large tracts of water throughout the region there is not usually a mosquito problem, though rooms have Peaceful Sleep repellent should you be bothered.
Pack plenty of lightweight clothing, with a few jumpers to layer for evenings, and a hat and bathing costume.
Arriving By Car
The N2, the national high way that traverses the Garden Route, travels through Wilderness.
Moontide is clearly signposted - if travelling from Cape Town/George look out for the sign after you have crossed the lagoon, then take the turning (left over the Choo Tjoe railway line) into South side Road. Moontide is located at the end of the lane.
If you are arriving by air, George International Airport is a mere 17 minutes from Moontide.
Airport transfers and/or car hire arrangements can be made on your behalf.