Plettenberg: Robberg Nature Reserve

Hello to the traveladdicts out there!

After our great white shark diving adventure, we headed further east along the coast until we finally reached Plettenberg Bay.
If you travel on a budget I highly recommend the Airbnb accomodations. Plettenberg Bay is pretty popular as it has a spectacular beach and very good restaurants. It’s also right next to the Robberg Peninsula which is very promising for hikers and naturelovers like us. Therefore, the prices for accomodations may be unexpectedly high in peak season.

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However, we made us feel at home in Teresa’s and Johann’s charming backyard. Yepp, we basically lived outside but it sure didn’t feel like it! The safari tent provided a big comfi bed, even night stands, a shelf, and a little lamp. We had our own mini yard with lawn chairs but usually joined Johann in the bigger main yard. They have a huge table out there that easily fits 10 people – probably more. There’s an outside kitchen unit with a braai area. We had our own restroom and a roofed outdoor shower. Johann invited us for a typically South African braai on the first night and we just sat and ate and talked to him and his friends who had come for a visit.

When we got up the next morning breakfast was already served. We dug in and started today’s new adventure: hiking in the Robberg Nature Reserve.
Johann warned us of walking all the way but recommended to take the car at least to the main beach and start from there. That’s what we did. Jumped in the car, drove a few miles, and parked it at the surfing school (right by the Robberg Beach Lodge).
Plettenberg BayFrom there, it was about a 3 mile walk along the beach – barfooted with our toes in the sand – to the Robberg entrance. If you want to take the same route as us, be careful not to miss the path (no dogs allowed) from the beach back to the road which finally takes you uphill to the Nature Reserve’s entrance.
The entrance fee was 40ZAR per person – such a bargain! 🙂

We then took the first path down to the Nelson Bay Cave. It should be named Ant Trail – no lie. Ants everywhere! Didn’t really enjoy that at all, so we hurried back and decided to take the trail along the northern side, cross over through the dunes to the peninsula, and go back along the southern shore and through the so called “Gap”.

The landscape was absolutely beautiful, the views stunning. The peninsula’s white sand beach lured us to go for a little swim – sadly the weather wasn’t steady enough and we didn’t want to walk back in wet clothes. If you go there with children: Take the car all the way and bring swimwear!

 

On our way back, we stopped at the Fat Fish for some seafood and dessert (delicious!) and returned to our car and to our cozy Airbnb.

 

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