Serendipity is a luxurious waterfront Guest House and Fine Dining Restaurant, situated in Wilderness in the Western Cape Garden Route, cradled by the protected indigenous evergreen Outeniqua forests of Garden Route National Park and the Touw River estuary.
Serendipity was conceived in 1999 out of a passion for the environment, people and romance. We realized right from the start that attention to detail is what makes any experience special and believe that a combination of personal attention, comfort and positive experiences are important to our guest and can be achieved through careful planning. Serendipity offers lakeside dining and accommodation right on the banks of the Touw River and it borders on to the Wilderness National Park .
Serendipity Restaurant, the Top TripAdvisor-Restaurant in Wilderness and one of the Top Ten TripAdvisor-Restaurants in the whole of the Western Cape Province, offers internationally acclaimed South African inspired fine dining in a relaxed setting.
Serendipity Restaurant showcase the indigenous bounty from sustainable sources, organic where possible, always fresh, lovingly sourced and prepared by professionally trained and enthusiastic chefs.
Pre-dinner aperitifs are offered on the water- edge patio for guests to enjoy views of the Garden Route sunsets and the water-birds. Chef Lizelle or maître d’ Rudolf talk guests through the menu. Experience fine dining in an unforgettable setting!
Serendipity Guest House offers accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis.
Serendipity is the perfect base from where to explore the Western Cape Garden Route’s pristine beaches, the Outeniqua and Swartberg mountains and historic mountain passes, indigenous forests and fynbos, rivers and kloofs and numerous wildlife sanctuaries and bird-watching in a UNESCO proclaimed water bird sanctuary. Experience the many leisure activities from golfing at internationally acclaimed golf courses, whale and dolphin watching, shark diving, hang gliding, mountain biking, horse riding and bungee jumping.
Serendipity offers special packages to guests for commemorating those special occasions such as small intimate weddings, honeymoons, birthday celebrations and other momentous occasions as well as executive breakaways for mature couples.
Serendipity Luxury Guest House
Wilderness accommodation does not get any better than Serendipity luxury lakeside Guest House and Restaurant. Guests may choose between single beds or king size beds in luxurious top quality en-suite air-conditioned bedrooms with under-floor heating and ceiling fans, personal safety deposit box, flat screen DSTv and Wi-Fi.
Where else can you dine in arguably the best restaurant in the Western Cape Garden Route and then wander upstairs to snuggle into a bed beneath goose-down duvets? This is a place whose name is breathed in quiet reverence all along the coast. Other Wilderness guesthouses flatly refuse to cater. “What’s the point?” the say with community pride. Brushed up crisply for dinner, I stepped down from underfloor-heated tiles onto the deck to watch geese flighting across a sunset lagoon. Then it was an easy meander down to the guest lounge for a aperitif, where Rudolf, husband to executive-chef Lizelle (her culinary accolades, which hang in the loo, are very impressive and encouraging), gave a sensuous description of a South African-inspired menu combined with European haute cuisine. Agonising I finally plumped for snoek mouse and loin of springbok, variously interspersed by an amuse-bouche of kudu carpaccio and delicious butternut soup. The intimate restaurant discreetly backs onto a fireplace flanked by sheer windows looking onto the water. Following a 3-course, crumpet-driven, meticulously-prepared breakfast (even the perfectly ripe strawberries are first brushed in a light almond syrup) in ebullient sunshine I found myself discussing semantics and deep-sea angling with owners Elsabe and Phillip, who share their vast knowledge in planning day-trips to most interesting and beautiful historical, ecological and geological features of Garden Route and Outeniqua Mountains and indigenous forests and its birdlife.
Serendipity restaurant is situated on the bank of the Touw River Lagoon adjacent to the Wilderness National Park in the Garden Route of South Africa. We invite you to enjoy an unforgettable, uniquely South African gourmet experience with us.
Wine is selected from the best vineyards in South Africa with a focused attention on wines that will complement the menu and that will ensure a memorable dining experience. The winelist contains a spread of varietals and a description of each wine that is helpful for novice wine drinkers and our overseas guests unfamiliar with local labels.
The meaning of the word ‘Serendipity’
The word serendipity was coined by Horace Walpole, 28th January 1754, in a letter he wrote to his friend, Horace Mann, the English resident in Florence. He told him that he invented it in reference to the title of an old Persian fairy story The Three Princes of Serendip, whose heroes regularly discovered pleasant things that they weren’t searching for.
But if you read the story you will find that the princes were actually well educated and intelligent men. Their good fortune was based on careful deduction, not chance. As the saying has it, “fortune favours the prepared mind”, just as discoveries today that are said to be serendipitous are so often the result of experience and good observation.
Tel: +27(0)44 877 0433
Fax: +27(0)86 671 7992
Cell: +27(0)82 449 9701
Serendipity Guest House & Restaurant
Freesia Ave, Wilderness
P.O. Box 591, Wilderness, 6560
Mondays – Saturdays, closed on Sundays
Dinner only, from 19:00
“Where else can you dine in arguably the best restaurant on the Garden Route and then wander upstairs to snuggle into bed beneath goose-down duvets? This is a place whose name is breathed in quiet reverence all along the coast.”
– Simon Greenwood, publisher Greenwood Guides