drop-wWITH THE RIVER, THE WETLANDS, THE MOUNTAINS AND THE SEA, guests can enjoy the natural beauty of the Garden Route in so many ways. Activities at Emily Moon include canoeing, walking and bird watching. The adventurous could try their hand at river tubing while quieter types may prefer to tan on the nearby beaches or relax by the pool. There are several golf courses in the area and the exclusive boutiques of Plettenberg Bay are just round the corner, so to speak.

The Emily Moon staff will gladly assist in organising any of the activities in and around Plettenberg Bay.


With an excellent choice of first class golf courses, the greater Plettenberg Bay area invites all handicaps to tee off in spectacular surroundings.

Course designed by Robert Hawtee
Type – Parklands
Holes – 18
Par – 72
Fairway Grass – Kikuyu
Length – 6260m
Tel: +27 44 533 2132

Course designed by Gary Player Design Co.
Type – Combination links & Parklands
Holes – 18
Par – 72
Fairway Grass – Kikuyu. Greens – USA Bent Grass
Length – 5906m
Tel: +27 44 533 5082

Course designed by Ron Fream
Type – Links
Holes – 18
Par – 72
Fairway Grass – Kentucky Blue & Rye
Length – 5963m
Tel: +27 44 302 5300

Sea and River

With the ocean and an abundance of inland waterways, Plettenberg Bay is an open invitation to leave dry land and have some fun on the water.

Extreme Adventure


The bay is the perfect place for Hobie Cat sailing, surfing, wave- skiing and bathing. Power boats can be launched from Central Beach. Contact the Ski Boat Club +27 44 533 2941. Yachts can be launched from Hobie Beach while the Keurbooms River is ideal for water-skiing and canoeing. At the end of the day, enjoy a sunset cruise on the river or the sea.

Contact Nature Conservation +27 44 533 2125 for more details or if you would like to hire canoes for the canoe trail and overnight stay in the Whiskey Creek hut. The canoe trail will interest nature lovers and bird watchers alike and canoes leave the river slipway, situated next to the N2 bridge that crosses the river at the Stanley Island turn-off.


The marine life is spectacular and of course there are the whales. Take a cruise in the bay and get close to the giants of the ocean. Ocean Blue is a licensed SABBWWA permit holder and is allowed to approach whales from 50 metres instead of the usual 300 metres. If the whales are feeling friendly, you’ll have the experience of a lifetime.

Tel: +27 44 533 5083


Have you ever kayaked with dolphins or amongst seals? Now’s your chance. An experienced guide will take you on an unforgettable kayaking trip from Central Beach to the seal colony in the Robberg Nature Reserve.

Tel: +27 44 533 5083


Go tubing down Storms River with Storms River Adventures. This company also organises boat cruises, mountain biking trips, snorkel trails, guided hikes and the intriguing Tsitsikamma Woodcutter’s Journey.

Tel: +27 42 281 1836


Treat the family to a day out in the deep to investigate the mysteries of the ecosystem. Keep your eyes peeled for whales, dolphins, seals and a variety of marine birds.

Tel: +27 82 534 2029


This is the buzziest beach in Plett and the starting point for marine safaris, dive charters and ocean kayaking tours. Facilities include restaurants, bars, public toilets and the local National Sea Rescue Station.


If you want to go for a walk, choose Robberg Beach which stretches from the Robberg Peninsula to Beacon Island. Facilities include public toilets and various parking areas. Robberg Beach is 2km from Plettenberg Central.


This beach is considered a little wilder than the others but is equally beautiful. Facilities include a restaurant, public toilets and parking. Keurboomstrand Beach is 10km from Plettenberg Central.

And for those who like to jump...

Dive over some of the most scenic drop zones in the world. A 20 minute tandem skydiving flight with a 35 second free fall requires no experience.

Tel: +27 82 905 7440

The highest commercial bungee jump in the world is at Bloukrans River Bridge. The height is 216m with a 7 second free fall. Can you resist it?

Tel: +27 71 109 6872 / +27 71 248 5959 or +27 42 281 1458

These eco-tourism tours are the first of their kind in Africa. The tour involves traversing from one platform to the next along a steel cable which is up to 30 metres above the ground. The tour takes approximately 3 hours and offers a fascinating insight into the eco-life of the forest.

Tel: +27 42 281 1836

This is a new way to explore a river and involves navigating through the river shallows, jumping zip-lines, swimming in freshwater mountain pools, sliding down natural water slides and abseiling in and around waterfalls.

These tours are suitable for both novice and seasoned adventurers. Professional guides use high specification equipment to ensure a safe but fun experience.

Tel: +27 44 534 8055

The Harkerville Cycle Route is a popular mountain biking trail. Permits and maps are available at the ‘Garden of Eden’, which is situated about 17kms from Plettenberg Bay on the N2 highway. The trails vary in difficulty and other guided biking trails are also available.

Trails and guided mountain bike rides are also available at Emily Moon River Lodge.

Outeniqua Biking Trails
Tel: +27 44 532 7644

Experience the Tsitsikamma forest on horseback. Hog Hollow Horse Trails offer magnificent views of the mountains, the forest and the ocean, whilst riding through grassy fields, indigenous fynbos, local vineyards and along old woodcutters’ forest trails.

Hog Hollow Country Lodge
Tel: +27 44 534 8879

Robberg Guided Walks organise a variety of hikes and walks of varying distances and difficulty. These include the 45 minute walk, the 2 hour walk and the 9.2km or 4 hour walk.

Robberg Guided Walks
Tel: +27 44 533 2632

Other walks include those in Kranshoek Nature’s Valley, Wittedrift, the Milkwood Trail and the Tsitsikamma National Park Trails. Of these, the 44 kms, 5 day Otter Trail is the most popular. Bookings for this trail can be made through the National Parks Board Offices in Pretoria or Cape Town.

Eco Tourism

Get up close and personal with the Big Cats, ride on majestic elephants and discover the cheeky side of monkeys.

Fun for the whole family


MonkeyLand is the world’s only multi-specie, free roaming primate sanctuary and is home to varied species of monkeys from different continents, which were captive-bred prior to their release. MonkeyLand is 16kms east of Plettenberg Bay and offers guided tours conducted by game rangers.

Tel: +27 44 534 8906


As the world’s largest free-flight bird aviary (50m high, covering 23 000 square metres of forest), Birds of Eden houses more than 3 500 birds of more than 280 species, with the main focus being on African birds.

Tel: +27 44 534 8906


Sunrise Cheetah Walk invites you to accompany Tenikwa Cheetahs on their daily exercise walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest and Cape Floral Fynbos. A unique experience. Departs daily at 07h30.

Tel: +27 44 534 8170


Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary is home to lions (white and tawny), cheetahs, tigers (Siberian, Bengal and white), leopard (spotted and black), jaguar, pumas, caracal, serval cats and other wildlife. Definitely worth a visit.

Tel: +27 72 535 2256


Walk, ride and experience elephants as never before. Your guide will impart fascinating information that will deepen your understanding of these magnificent beasts. Hourly daytime tours start at 8am.

Tel: +27 44 534 8145


Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary offers hourly informative, interactive tours for any ages with over 100 snakes and other reptiles to see.

Tel: +27 44 534 8056

A gentle meander through the beautiful landscape

Take a scenic drive and enjoy the dramatic landscape of the Garden Route. See the Kranshoek picnic site and the historical passes of Prince Alfred and Bloukrans. Expect spectacular vistas of cliffs, forests, mountains and the sea.

Ocean Blue Adventures and the Qolweni Community Development Trust invite guests to experience the Qolweni Community settlement, which is surrounded by breathtaking views of the Tsitsikamma Mountains.

Tel: +27 44 533 5083



Emily Moon is a Birder Friendly Establishment, overlooking the Bitou Wetlands - home to approximately 150 different species of bird-life, including the rare Sooty Falcon.

Colin Wylie, of Garden Route Walks, has a phenomenal and admiral passion for nature and bird life. He focuses primarily on the remarkable and diverse beauty Southern Africa has to offer, and in particular the Garden Route, covering a huge variety of experiences for his clients to witness and remember forever!

Contact Emily Moon for bookings