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Robberg Nature Reserve

  • 4.8

  • from 2066 Google reviews

A rocky island in the middle of a body of water
A rocky island in the middle of a body of water

About the garden

Robberg, situated 8km south of Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, is not only a nature reserve, but also a national monument and World Heritage Site. Rocks from this region date back 120 million years to the break-up of Gondwanaland and evidence of middle and later Stone Age inhabitation has been found in a few of the caves along the peninsula. Visitors can find out more at the Nelson Bay Cave interpretive centre.

Some highlight features of a visit here include spotting the rare blue duiker, the Western Cape’s smallest antelope; walking alongside one of the seven climbing-falling dunes on the Cape coastline; and viewing the highest navigational light on the South African coastline, at the Cape Seal Lighthouse (146m above sea level). The reserve also extends 1.8km offshore, providing protection to a range of vulnerable fish species. Visitors can expect inspiring landscapes, exciting dolphin and whale sightings in season, and to be accompanied on their walks or hikes by a variety of bird species and the occasional seal. An overnight hut is available for those who want to spend more time on this beautiful reserve.

Opening times

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

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Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



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Google reviews

  • 4.8

  • from 2066 Google reviews

Garth Humphries

2 weeks ago


Wow, what a stunningly beautiful spot. It was a magical walk. It costs R60 per adult (Dec 21).We didn't do the full loop as the going can get a bit tough. If you are fit, tackle the walk. There are rocky bits, deep sand and some good climbs. It was worth every step, fabulous.

Rita Louw

3 weeks ago


Did the long hike just over 9km right around the promontory. Absolutely recommended. Stunning views and fascinating flora. Saw a lot of cape fur seals and dolphins playing in the ocean. Stunning! If you are hiking fit an easy hike of 3 - 4 hours. I would recommend taking a whole day so that you can take in all the view points and swim at the lovely beach on the last stretch.

Chris North

a week ago


Did the 10 km walk around the reserve. Had amazing sites and the seal colony is one to check out. Make sure you take good walking shoes, some snacks and water. It does get a bit tough in places especially on the return trip. Also take a swimming costume as the end part rewards you with a swim on a very pretty beach.

Phillip Coetser

3 months ago


Definitely go walk this trail! Unbelievable sights. Not for the faint of heart as it tests you fitness. There are however shorter bits to wonder off to with breathtaking views.

Schalk Bezuidenhout

2 weeks ago


What an amazing trail! Paths are well maintained and indicated. Would highly recommend for a family outing, or for a workout to sprint around the point. Full loop is approximately 8km with 200m of elevation. Keep in mind weather can change suddenly.

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