The Old Trading Post in Wilderness.
Nestled in the heart of the Wilderness Lakes District in South Africa stands a piece of the Garden Route’s trading history. It’s a prominent landmark that found its way to the community’s hearts since the early 1900s as a general dealer store.
The Old Trading Post served the community from 1929 until 1970. The Roelofse family ran the shop where local farmers, fishermen and woodcutters got their food and necessities when there were no roads in the area.
Old Trading Post in Wilderness
Today the Old Trading Post is still serving the community. It’s serving the community with its excellent hospitality as a beautiful guesthouse with an old world charm. Guests from all over the world have been making use of the bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation in this peaceful setting just a few kilometers from the N2.
When you glance at the visitors’ book you often read something like “it’s good to be back” or “it’s my second time here”. It’s quite obvious why a first time visitor at Wilderness’ Old Trading Post becomes a second time visitor and how a second time visitor becomes a regular.
Around Wilderness’ wetlands – a place where colourful rare birds flock together – one can find accommodation that is pet-friendly, accessible and affordable. Wooden furniture from the Outeniqua forest sets the atmosphere with comfy warm beds and all the amenities you can think of.
The guesthouse offers visitors a piece of history in a modern day setting; when you walk into the dining room an awakening smell of coffee beans fills the crisp morning air. Mike Raubenheimer, owner and manager at the Old Trading Post, knows his way around the kitchen and knows just what to bring to the table to start your day! In winter guests can enjoy meals in front of the fireplace and in summer the old veranda offers a perfect view of what the day will offer.
Mike’s knowledge of Wilderness is a roadmap to the area. As an avid bird watcher and keen cyclist he can knows just what to recommend his guests, from peaceful sights to adventurous activities.
And for a small town such as Wilderness you can find a lot adventure in the area.
Things to do in Wilderness
- Explore Wilderness on foot and take on one of the many hiking trails.
- Find your balance on a canoe on the Touws- or Kaaimans River.
- Go fishing from the shore.
- Enjoy the abundance of bird life and spot some of the 200 bird species of Wilderness.
- Get one with the wind and go paragliding.
- Enjoy delectable food from town and get festive at the Friday Night Market.
- Swim, surf and enjoy the sun and moderate climate.
- Visit Map of Africa – a local and natural wonder.
What adds to the history, tasty breakfast and beautiful setting of the Old Trading Post is the location. It’s less than 15km from George and Sedgefiled. Knysna is just a bit further down the N2 and guests can find themselves in the Karoo after crossing through the Outeniqua pass.
The list of places to explore is endless. The peace is never-ending. The service is charming. And if you can tear yourself away from everything the Old Trading Post and Wilderness has to offer, you’ll find it’s the ideal base to explore the rest of the Garden Route.
The Old Trading Post has won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence from 2012 until 2015, four years in a row! What an achievement! Read what other guest had to say: TripAdvisor Old Trading Post.
* Photos taken by Karen Share – Photographer and Fellow Road Tripper for this trip.
* A big thank you to Annemarie Rautenbach, wildlife and landscape photographer, for the beautiful photo of the Knysna Loerie.
Thank you to the The Old Trading Post in Wilderness for partnering with Going Somewhere Slowly during our stay.
All opinions are my own.