Swimming in the river in front of the lodge is highly recommended – the water is clean (the colour of tea due to the tannins in the fynbos vegetation the springs trickly through), warm and safe. We also have a plunge pool. Swimming in the Wilderness sea can be treacherous as riptides are strong, so please be careful and stay in the shallows unless a lifeguard is on duty. If you feel like a deep ocean plunge we’d recommend you go to Victoria bay (signposted off the N2 between Wilderness and George). One of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa lies just beyond Knysna: Noetzie is not only pretty but it has a number of castles overlooking the beach.