How to Rest Well in Wilderness


Wilderness South Africa can be just as synonymous with rest and relaxation as it can be with adventure and excitement. The great part about this area is that it totally depends on what you want to do while you are on holiday. Some people just want an escape, and others want to go have non-stop fun. If you are of the former category and need a break, we’ll tell you how to do it best.

Rest as Able

If you’re unable to rest, unable to settle then you’re not going to be able to force yourself to rest. Instead of trying to get a solid 8 hours of sleep at night, try to rest in between the things you want to go do. Try to catnap and take little rests in between going to bed. Wilderness on Sea is perfect for those types of moments, because they have options for self-catering so you can come in and out at your leisure and be left to your own devices to go rest between your adventures, and your meals are then your own responsibility which also means you can relax and enjoy your time better because you’re the only one responsible for your schedule.

Try to Get Rid of Stress

Stress is counterproductive to being rested. If you’re on holiday the entire idea is to get away from stress, to be somewhere you can relax and unwind, to escape the constant monotony and robotic chaos that is daily life. The best way to do this is to plan ahead and do so with surgical precision. This doesn’t mean to plan out every minute of your trip however. Try these things instead:

  • Make a daily budget – do your homework and find out how much it costs to eat three meals a day from a grocery store locally. Also find out how much it costs to eat out on average. Because Wilderness on Sea is self-catering you can save buckets of money by cooking for yourself.
  • List prices of activities – ALL the activities you are interested in locally, and you can go through them later and pick out all the ones you want to do the most and can still afford in terms of both time and money.
  • Book that flight and your room at Wilderness on Sea early enough to get exactly what you want. Check out Google Flights and even go directly to the airline’s sites and compare prices. Sign up for email alerts so when prices drop you’ll know about them. This eliminates the stress of paying too much for airfare and also not being able to get the room or location you wanted to stay at.

INSTANT TIP! Find out what things will cost when you go. You eliminate the sudden stress of watching your bank balance drop slowly and wondering if you will have enough to last out the trip. You can have the freedom to know buying that extra souvenir won’t break you, and no stress at all about it. Don’t let money be the biggest cause of that, plan ahead!

  • Read reviews – You can avoid a bad experience or a waste of your hard-won time by reading reviews. There will be reviews for local restaurants, the activities that you can do, everything. Then you don’t have to stress over wasted money on a worthless endeavor.
  • Don’t think about when you’re leaving – or how many days and nights you have left, that’s going to feed stress that you don’t even know you have. By thinking about when you have to go, you’re killing the amount of fun and relaxation you can have while there. Don’t think about what your life has to go back to, enjoy your moments while you’re experiencing them and let the rest go.
  • Plan your pack in advance – This means actually picking out what you want to bring along. Best to check what the weather is like when you plan to go as well. Then bring along only what is needed. It’s easy to over-pack, and given how cheap presents for people back home are in South Africa, you may want some extra room to bring some back. Clothing is very cheap here also, so if you under-pack or forget something, don’t stress either. It’s easily replaced by something else and not for much money at all.
  • Leave your computer at home unless you’re bringing it for work – in which case this entire list for stress is mostly a moot point – but some can still be used to make it as relaxing as possible despite being there for work. If you bring a computer into your room you may be tempted to segue into old patterns like at home and sit at it for hours on end, forgetting you’re in one of the most majestic, beautiful places in the world. You won’t want to miss being actually present, outside, involved, and feeling the pulse that is Africa.

Bring Something to Cover Eyes

If you have a scarf, or a wide-brimmed hat, even one of those eye covers they give you on international flights – they can be perfect for a snooze in the middle of the day. If you’re feeling sleepy and are lulled by the sound of the ocean and birds, grab that eye cover and get your catnap on!
A scarf can also double as a small pillow if you roll it up, or as a light blanket if you unfold it.

Books are Best

Kindle works too, but books are best – take along your e-books or regular books, and bring as many as you have room and time for, because there may be few things in life as relaxing as sitting with a good book in a lovely location. You can bring your book to the beach and read beneath a beach umbrella, or take it with you on a hike to read while sitting atop a stump by a waterfall. Go wherever your heart takes you and enjoy the relaxation brought by reading.


Some people find it disgusting, others do it all the time. It’s a comfort thing over a hygiene thing at some point and if you’re traveling for long amounts of time, the last thing you want to do is be stuck inside your shoes the whole time. Not only can they swell up on an airplane, but even on a long train ride while sightseeing, they can cramp up and get uncomfortable. If you always wear socks while traveling and sightseeing, you have the option to take your shoes off, to either air your feet or get the blood flowing back to them. That makes resting much easier when you are comfortable, and feet are easy to overlook.

Keep your Shinnies Safe

If you’re bringing along anything expensive at all, be it jewelry, electronics or otherwise – be warned. You risk having it stolen from you at home, let alone while you’re traveling when the risks are even higher – especially in transit. Keep it safe and on you at all times, and if you must rest between stops, then lock it up in a locker as they have in most train stations and airports. You can even go lock it up in a bank security box if you’re extremely concerned, but the best bet is to leave all non-essential expensive things at home so you don’t risk it.

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