Keurbooms Lagoon, Plettenberg Bay
Did you know?
Early Portuguese explorers named Plettenberg Bay 'bahia formosa', meaning beautiful bay.
You’ll find the Keurbooms lagoon on the beautiful Garden Route in the Western Cape. Surrounded by some of the Cape's most beautiful beaches, as well as indigenous forest, wetlands and fynbos, it's just a five-minute drive from Plettenberg Bay.
You probably won't take much notice of the Tsitsikamma mountain range to the north, or even the Indian Ocean sparkling to your south, while you enjoy the exhilarating experience of wind-surfing or kite-surfing along the Keurbooms lagoon. You might, however, notice some of the local inhabitants – baboons – watching you curiously.
Go bird watching and identify the more than 200 species in the area. Look out for the Orange-breasted sunbird in the fynbos, the elusive Narina trogon in the forest, and the African black oystercatcher on the Plettenberg Bay beaches.
What about a round of golf on the nearby golf course? Or maybe you'd rather put on your sunhat and glad rags and watch a game of polo? Or you could just hire a rod and line and nab the catch of the day.
If you love caravanning, camping or are driving a motor home, there's a superb caravan park on the banks of the lagoon with grassed camp sites, electric plug points, braais (barbecues), fresh water taps and ablution blocks.
Relax by the beautiful Keurbooms river and sandy lagoon beach, or go across the river to Keurbooms beach and try spot the protected Pansy shell, so-named after the pansy flower with its five distinctive petals. It’s a close relative of the sand dollar.
Upstream is the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve overlooking the Keurbooms estuary, where you'll find not only the Cape clawless otter and several small antelope, but also the Keurbooms tree which grows on the coastal forest edges.
Travel tips & Planning info
How to get here
The Keurbooms lies 5km from Plettenberg Bay on the N2.
Best time to visit
Any time of year but, be warned, between the beginning of December to mid-January the place is overflowing with holiday-makers.
What to pack
You will be spending a lot of time in the sun so don't forget to bring plenty sunscreen and a hat.
Where to stay
At the Keurbooms Lagoon Caravan Park. If camping and caravanning is not your scene, there's a host of accommodation options in nearby Plettenberg Bay and Knysna.