Serendipity Restaurant Luxury Guest House Accommodation Wilderness

Serendipity waterfront Guest House accommodation and restaurant

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 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 Restaurant offers internationally acclaimed South African inspired fine dining in a relaxed setting.

Come and enjoy authentic, unique, and personalised experiences.

 Serendipity serves internationally awarded, South African inspired, table d’hôte fine dining dinner, from 6.30pm till late, Monday to Saturday (both included).

Serendipity Restaurant is the top-rated Trip Advisor restaurant in Wilderness and one of the top ten Trip Advisor restaurants in the whole of the Western Cape Province. It 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 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 is a South African global winner of the 2016 World Luxury Restaurant Awards.

World Luxury Restaurant Winner 2016


Lizelle won fame for the use of local ingredients, including wild game; like eland, kudu, springbok and warthog; game birds such as guinea fowl and quail; South African fish like cob, snoek and red roman, freshly sourced and exceptionally prepared and presented. Lizelle’s dishes are original, and sophisticated, yet simplicity shines through. She makes use of the fresh, local ingredients of the Garden Route and Cape. Rudolf’s wines are expertly paired to the menu and elevate the experience of diners.

Thank you so much for your confidence in voting Serendipity your top restaurant is South Africa. You can read more about the award here.

Remember we are serving South African fine dining, table d’hôte, five course dinner, from 6.30pm, Mondays to Saturdays. We don’t turn tables so that you can enjoy your celebrations.

Looking forward to seeing you at Serendipity!
Rudolf & Lizelle.



Serendipity Luxury Guest House

Serendipity Luxury Guest House

The general  location and site specifics of Serendipity was carefully and meticulously selected to satisfy the owners’ ecological and environmental dreams.

Serendipity, within the confines of the Garden Route National Park with the Outeniqua Mountain’s spectacular poorts and passes with Cape Fynbos , the Knysna Afromontane Forests and Southern Cape Wetlands with its UNESCO proclaimed water bird sanctuary, will offer unforgettable views and life-long memories.

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Serendipity Restaurant

Serendipity Restaurant

Serendipity Fine Dining Restaurant is situated on the banks of the Wilderness Lagoon  in the Western Cape Garden Route.

You are invited to come and to enjoy an unforgettable, uniquely South African inspired gourmet experience.

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Restaurant is open for dinner Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sundays, Good Friday, Xmas and New Year’s day.

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Award-winning Wines

Award-winning Wines

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 wine list 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.

To assist you, Rudolf and Lizelle gave the wine a 5-star rating (our opinion on each wine). We also pride ourselves on giving good personal advice, not only on wines that will complement our food but also wine that your personal palate would enjoy.

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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.

Breakfast room with a view

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Special Events at Serendipity

Special Events at Serendipity

Celebrate your special events or celebrations at Serendipity. We cater for birthday parties, engagement celebrations, wedding anniversaries, dinner parties, corporate functions, retirees and executive retreats and more.

Let us plan that special celebration for you for an unrivalled and unforgettable experience.

“Life is about moments: Don’t wait for them… create them”

Serendipity Guest House

Tel: +27 (0)44 877 0433
Fax: +27 (0)86 671 7992
Cell: +27 (0)82 449 9701

Freesia Ave, P.O. Box 591
Wilderness, 6560

Serendipity Restaurant

Open Mondays to Saturdays
Closed on Sundays
Dinner only, from 18:30

Booking Essential
Phone 044 877 0433
or make a reservation

Simon Greenwood

“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