Area Activities

Serpentine Manor is just outside the quaint village of Wilderness, in the heart of the Garden Route, between George and Knysna. Some highlights are the "Blue Beaches" specially designated by Wessa, hiking, canoing, paragliding, horse back riding and Friday Night Market every Friday evening in Wilderness. The bird watching is just spectacular!

Bird Watching

Serpentine Manor borders the Wilderness National Park. Our private gate leads to both the Pied Kingfisher Trail and our Orchard, which features a private deck to view birdlife as well as wildlife. According to Birdlife South Africa, the Serpentine River is part of the Wilderness-Sedgefield Lakes Complex, and is a designated Ramsar site. Between river, floodplains, and forest, the birdlife, plant life, as well as wild life all makes this area special.

  • Black shouldered Kite
  • Forest Buzzard
  • African Fish Eagle
  • Cape Eagle Owl
  • Burchells Coucal
  • Cape Francolin
  • Blue Helmeted Guinea Fowl
  • Grey Heron, Cattle Egret
  • African Spoonbill
  • Malachite Kingfisher
  • Brown Hooded Kingfisher
  • Hoopoe
  • Red Winged Starling
  • Glossy Starling
  • Wagtail
  • European Swallow
  • Paradise Flycatcher
  • Hadeda Ibis
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Cape Turtle Dove
  • Laughing Dove
  • Cape Weaver
  • Knysna Loerie
  • Cape White Eyes
  • Cape Robin
  • Red Bishop
  • Black Headed Oriole
  • Speckled Mousebird
  • Pin Tailed Wydah
  • Knysna Woodpecker
  • Yellow Billed Duck
  • Egyptian Goose and more..

Just grab a cup of coffee and a pair of binoculars!

We are also home to a large, but shy, tortoise.

Paragliding and Bird Trails with Hides in the Wilderness

The Bird Trails that are in close proximity to Serpentine Manor are:
A: Half Collared Kingfisher Trail
B: Pied Kingfisher Trail
C: Brown hooded Kingfisher Trail
D: Malachite Kingfisher Trail

From Kleinkranz to the Map of Africa, there are 5 good paragliding sites within a few minutes drive from Serpentine Manor. There are an additinal two sites in Sedgefield - approximately 20 minutes down the coast.

  1. Serpentine - For the more experienced. Thermal Requires a basic sports licence.
  2. Klein Kranz Car Park - Soaring and Coastal
  3. Klein Kranz Paradise Ridge - Coastal
  4. Beach Hotel - Soaring and Coastal
  5. Map of Africa - Above Wilderness Village. Soaring and Coastal