Stunning views, fantastic hiking and kayaking and rich ocean life typifies the Robberg Nature Reserve in South Africa’s Garden Route. Visitors can get a closer look at seals, whales and dolphins or can hike through rare fields of fynbos. Fascinating Stone Age caves offer a glimpse into our ancient past while the nearby town of Plettenberg Bay offers the conveniences of modern accommodation.

Did you know?

Southern right whales got their name from the early days of whaling when they were identified as the 'right' whales to hunt.

The Robberg Nature Reserve lies along South Africa's gorgeous Garden Route and is famed for its flourishing Cape fur seal colony, whales, incredible southern ocean and coastal bird life and unique fynbos.

Only 8km from Plettenberg Bay, Robberg is not only a marine reserve and favoured hiking destination, but is also a national monument because of its Stone Age caves.

The reserve stretches into the sea for about 4km, so you'll get fantastic views of both the shoreline and ocean.

Three beautiful hiking trails of varying lengths wind through and around this Garden Route nature reserve with its 110 million year-old rocks and plentiful whales and dolphins. You can fish off the rocks and in the surf, but you'll need a permit from the local Post Office.

If you want yet another view of the Robberg Nature Reserve on the Garden Route in South Africa, you can take a sea kayak ride with an experienced guide from Plettenberg Bay's Central Beach.

You'll get a much more personal experience of the local seal colony, bottlenose and humpback dolphins and southern right, humpback and Bryde's whales.

Back on land, try to spot the blue duiker, the peninsula's smallest antelope as you hike through very rare and protected Montane fynbos, which has adapted to the unforgiving coastal conditions.

The Nelson Bay caves is an important Stone Age site and offers detailed interpretation facilities. The area was first occupied 120 000 years ago and the historical first European inhabitation in South Africa also took place nearby.

Survivors from the shipwrecked Portuguese vessel Sao Goncalo camped on a beach here for nine months in 1630 while building two small boats.

The Robberg Nature Reserve is one of South Africa's most interesting, beautiful and diverse reserves. Don't miss it if you're in the area.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Cape Nature Reservations
Tel: +27 (0)861 227 362 883
Email: bookings@capenature.org.za

How to get here

Robberg Nature Reserve sits 8km south of Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route.

Best time to visit

The Robberg nature Reserve is ideal to visit any time of the year, but the best time for whale watching offshore is from May to November.

Get around

Hiking is the best way to get around this beautiful nature reserve, but the coast can be explored on a guided sea kayak tour.

What will it cost

Check with the nature reserve for current prices

What to pack

Take drinking water, a torch, sleeping bag, mosquito repellent, shoes with a firm grip on rocks, sunhat, sun protection cream, warm clothes for the evenings, camera and binoculars.