Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is the biggest game reserve in the Southern Cape, with more than 1296ha spread out across the hills above the scenic Garden Route coastline. With its breathtaking views across the Bay of Beauty, its abundance of wildlife, superb facilities for day and overnight visitors and warm African hospitality, it offers an exciting child-friendly safari experience in a non-malaria area with an excellent chance of spotting four of Africa’s Big Five – buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino.
Just 12 km from Plettenberg Bay, one of the most popular and beautiful holiday destinations on South Africa’s Garden Route coast, Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is easily accessible for day visitors who want a big game viewing experience in an open 4x4 vehicle or on a guided horseback safari, or for those looking for an African safari getaway in a luxury 4-star lodge.
The reserve boasts a diversity of natural biomes, including fynbos, grasslands and indigenous forests, and the property is the natural confluence of the Keurbooms and Palmiet Rivers. You can expect to see over 35 species of game, including lion, rhino, giraffe, hippo, crocodiles, buffalo and a large variety of antelope and 101 different bird species. It is the biggest sanctuary in the area for the endangered white rhino.
The outstanding facilities include: The Shed (with reception area, curio shop, coffee shop, children’s play area, bar and restaurant with two roaring fireplaces), The Baroness Luxury Safari Lodge (with 10 stylish and spacious bedroom suites, enclosed Boma with bar and open fireplace, library, living spaces with log fireplaces, many sitting areas, pool room, courtyard with plunge pool, kitchen and dining room, etc.; built in 1822 by Baron von Pletten from local stone, with it’s “Out of Africa” atmosphere and spectacular views across rolling lawns where zebra and antelope room freely, to the indigenous forests and majestic Tsitsikamma mountains in the distance, overlooking a dam with hippo and of Plett in the distance), and 3 Manager’s Houses. There is ample water (3 massive water reserves, 7 boreholes, many large dams, etc.)
Plettenberg Bay is a malaria free area that enjoys over 300 days of sunshine each year.