Robberg Nature & Marine Reserve

Garden Route

This reserve, 8km southeast of Plettenberg Bay, protects a 4km-long peninsula with a rugged coastline of cliffs and rocks. There are three circular day walks of increasing difficulty, but it’s very rocky and not for the unfit or anyone with knee problems! Basic accommodation is available at the spectacularly located Fountain Shack, which is reachable only by a two-hour hike. To get to the reserve head along Robberg Rd, off Piesang Valley Rd, until you see the signs.

You can also take a boat trip to view the peninsula – and its colony of Cape fur seals – from the water and even take a dip to see if the seals come for a closer look. Contact Offshore Adventures to book.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Garden Route attractions

1. Keurbooms River Nature Reserve

6.96 MILES

This riverine reserve is a glorious place to swim, angle, picnic or paddle. There are canoes to rent (R135 per day) or you can take a ferry trip down the…

2. Monkeyland

11.32 MILES

This very popular attraction helps rehabilitate wild monkeys that have been in zoos or private homes. The walking safari through a dense forest and across…

3. Bramon

11.35 MILES

Operating since 2000, this was the first wine estate in the region. It's best known for its bubbly. Tucked away in the vines is the mezze-style restaurant…

4. Birds of Eden

11.36 MILES

This is one of the world’s largest free-flight aviaries with a 200-sq-metre dome over the forest and over 280 species of bird to spot. A combo ticket with…

5. Garden of Eden

11.63 MILES

There are lovely forest picnic spots, short walks through the forest and an 800m-long wheelchair-friendly path.

6. Noetzie

14.44 MILES

Reached by a turn-off along the N2 10km east of Knysna, Noetzie is a quirky little place with holiday homes in mock-castle style. There’s a lovely surf…

7. Mitchell’s Brewery

19.11 MILES

South Africa’s oldest microbrewery occupies bright, new premises on the edge of the lagoon. You can join a tour or just taste its range of English-style…

8. Millwood House

19.23 MILES

Millwood House is a mini complex of museums detailing Knysna’s history. It’s a quaint set of buildings dating back to the town’s booming timber era. This…