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Keurbooms River Nature Reserve

  • 4.5

  • from 106 Google reviews

A bridge over a body of water
A bridge over a body of water

About the garden

Keurbooms River Nature Reserve, a World Heritage Site, is an exquisite, small reserve of just 740 hectares located in the lush Garden Route region just outside Plettenberg Bay. The Keurbooms River passes through the reserve bringing an abundance of water from further up in the Tsitsikamma Mountains to enter the ocean through the stunning estuary. Promising an undiluted nature experience of indigenous forests, unspoilt river gorge, and protected kloofs, this reserve is a favourite destination for both local and international travellers.

Named after the Western keurboom tree, the reserve is a sanctuary for indigenous trees, including the Cape beech, giant stinkwoods and the beautiful Outeniqua yellowwoods. A lush destination filled with an abundance of plant life, the reserve can be explored on walks, boat trips and canoe trails. Swimming and bird watching are also popular activities. Visitors should look out for the quirky vervet monkey, the shy blue duiker, beautiful grysbok and mongoose. Those patient and lucky enough could even spot the elusive leopard. The many bird species provide a musical background to the lush surroundings, with contributions from the Knysna loerie, giant kingfisher, Knysna woodpecker, sunbirds, yellow-billed ducks and more.

Opening times

Office Hours | Monday - Friday: 08h00 to 17h00

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 106 Google reviews

Philippa Liesching

2 months ago


we used the river during our month stay, great river for boating and fishing also stopped for a picnic at one of the designated stops.

Mindi Breunissen

a month ago


Lovely campsite with lots of activities for the kids. Restrooms are spotless. Great views Competent friendly staff


4 months ago


One of the best trips you can do 🍄. The cabin has all supllies, just take your food and clothing items.... the kayak can take a hefty load so don't be shy to pack your goodies. Bookings are done through CapeNature

John Guthrie

4 years ago


What a pristine, beautiful and still relatively untouched and unspoiled Jewel of nature situated just outside of Plettenburg Bay. If you enjoy boating then a cruise up the river is a must! Experience the revine with green jungle type foliage towering up on either side of you. Pull into any of the many sandbanks and have picnic and enjoy a swim. The is no other place like it!

BASS'il Pesto

11 months ago


Wow that was such an amazing experience I'd love to come back

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