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Welcome at The Old Trading Post near Wilderness in the heart of The Garden Route where we offer quality bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation at affordable prices.

Experience the old world charm of The Old Trading Post, amidst the peace, tranquility and natural beauty of the Wilderness Lakes District. The Old Trading Post is the ideal base to explore Wilderness and The Garden Route.

There is abundant birdlife in the garden and wetlands with continuous flocks of cormorants, ducks and egrets flying overhead. Over 200 bird species can be seen in the area. The forested hills, fynbos, reeds, lakes and rivers all blend into a beautiful natural environment in the heart of the Garden Route.

The Old Trading Post dates back about 100 years, to when there were no roads in the area and access to the lakes district was limited. It was here that Frans Roelofse built his house and opened a general dealer store to serve the local community of poor woodcutters, farmers and fishermen.

Today the shop serves as a cosy lounge for guests, whilst the house and outbuildings provide the accommodation.

Pets and children of all ages are welcome.


Enjoy Wilderness and the surroundings by:
* walking the trails of Wilderness National Park
* birding and visiting one of the bird hides
* cycling the back roads
* spending time on the endless sandy beaches
* visiting the craft markets
* hiring a canoe and paddling the Touw River and Serpentine
* dining in one of the many restaurants
* going paragliding
* whale and dolphin watching

Explore the Garden Route by visiting the towns of:
* George for shopping, museums, cinemas
* Knysna for oysters, waterfront, forests and boat trips
* Sedgefield for the Saturday Wild Oats and Scarab markets, Timberlake Organic Farmstall and Swartvlei
* Oudtshoorn for the Cango Caves, ostriches, crocodiles and other wildlife,

Or by taking day trips:
* Over the Swartberg Pass to Prince Albert and back via Meiringspoort
* To the Tsitsikamma, for Elephant parks, Plettenberg Bay, Monkeyland, Bird Sanctuary, bungi jumping, canopy tours and Storms River
* Mossel Bay and beyond for, seafood, wildlife farms and bungi jumping
* Travelling the back-roads Seven Passes Road, Montagu Pass and the Klein Karoo

Rooms and Units Available:

Lara's Room - (Double bedroom)
Bedroom with double bed, en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, TV, fridge, tea and coffee facilites, heater and fan
Sleeps 2 Adults

Strelitzia Cottage (self-catering)
Self-catering cottage with double bedroom, en-suite bathroom with bath & shower, bunk bed for 2 children, TV, fully equipped kitchen, lounge and dining areas, washing machine and air-conditioning
Sleeps 2 Adults and 2 children

The Garden Room - Double (+kitchenette)
Bedroom with double bed, en-suite bathroom with shower, kitchenette for self-catering, TV, heater and fan
Sleeps 2 Adults

The Nest
A romantic bell tent with double bed on an elevated deck with valley and lake views, rustic self-catering and bathroom facilties.
Sleeps 2 Adults

The Tin Room - (Twin Room)
Bedroom with 2 single beds, en-suite bathroom with shower, TV, fridge, coffee & tea facilities and air-conditioning.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Woodcutter's Bush Camp
Rustic tented accommodation, in a secluded part of the grounds of The Old Trading Post
Sleeps 4 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Pets only by Arrangement
Airport Shuttle Service
Laundry Service
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Cots available
Fireplace on the Premises
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - open)
Communal Television
Communal Satellite TV
DVD and/or VCR
Games Room
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool

Cancellation Policy:

Should a reservation be canceled within a period exceeding 30 days of the date of arrival 10% of the total reservation cost will be retained to cover administration costs, and the balance of the deposit will be refunded.
Less than 30 days of the date of arrival this deposit will be retained.
If guests fail to arrive on date of arrival, they will be held liable for the total cost of the reservation.


The Old Trading Post is 1.7 km down "Die Vleie" / "The Lakes" road off the N2 near Wilderness.
If traveling from George, go through Wilderness on N2 turn left at DIE VlEIE, 5 km past Wilderness, or if coming from Knysna, turn off 15 km past Sedgefield at the sign DIE VLEIE.
We are 1.7km down this road on the right hand side just before the bridge and end of tar.

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