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TThe Keurbooms Lagoon is just a 5-minute drive from the Garden Route town of Plettenberg Bay, one of South Africa’s favourite holiday destinations. Surrounded by stunning beaches, the lagoon is known for its sea breezes, so if you’re into windsurfing or kitesurfing, this is the place to be.
Keurbooms Lagoon is a jewel among many in Western Cape province along the beautiful Garden Route. Apart from some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, the area boasts indigenous forest, wetlands and fynbos, just a stone’s throw from the urban bustle of Plettenberg Bay.
You may even not take much notice of the impressive Tsitsikamma Mountains to the north, or the Indian Ocean sparkling to the south, once you get wrapped up in the exhilarating experience of windsurfing or kitesurfing on Keurbooms Lagoon. You might, however, notice some of the local inhabitants – baboons – watching you curiously.
If wind and water don’t do it for you, 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, 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 to 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 western keurboom tree, which grows on the coastal forest edges and after which the river, lagoon and beach are named.
TTravel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Keurbooms Lagoon Caravan Park
Tel: +27 (0)44 533 2567
How to get here
Keurbooms Lagoon lies 5km from Plettenberg Bay on the N2.
Best time to visit
Any time of year, but be warned: from 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 of sunscreen and a hat.
Where to stay
At the Keurbooms Lagoon Caravan Park. If camping or caravanning is not your scene, there’s a host of accommodation options in nearby Plettenberg Bay and Knysna.