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Robberg Nature Reserve

  • 4.9

  • from 2263 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

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



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Google reviews

  • 4.9

  • from 2263 Google reviews

Adel Rumaih

a month ago


This place is a gorgeous hiking peninsula. It has wonderful views from all sides. It is the best place for hiking in the Garden Route area. It has three hiking Trails (2.1 km, 5.5km, and 9 km) with medium difficulty. It is very well maintained and preserved. It has a colony of seals (public nature reserve). You can enjoy watching seals, sharks, sunset, nature bueties, and wonderful views. And enjoy doing s nice hiking exercise. It has a very clean beach with weak waves. It is very nice to spend half a day, or one day in this place. It is better to come early to enjoy the hiking trails and the place. In short, if you like to do only one hiking in the Garden Route area, this one should be your first choice. Entrance fee (as of Aug. 2022): Adults: 60 Rand per person. Childern: 40 Rand per child.

Schalk Bezuidenhout

9 months 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.

Rita Louw

9 months 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.

Duhne Liebenberg

8 months ago


It was our first trip to Robberg yesterday. We first weren't sure if we should go in or not. I'm glad we decided to go in though. Most beautiful views! We did the shortest walk - the Gap. Not very prepared but it was an easy walk on a well kept path. Such interesting rock formations along the way. There's a colony of seals that live on the island - thus it's name. It was so cool to see so many of them in one place. Bathrooms are clean and well kept. Great place for a picnic. We want to go down to the beach area next time. I see fishing is allowed which is a nice weekend activity as well. I see there's renovations or upgrades being done in the info building. Was a bit disappointed that we couldn't go in and ask questions about the flora and geography aspects we saw along the way. Also there's a very convenient coffee stand by the parking lot. I just wish they had ice cream. I would definitely recommend going hiking here.

Garth Humphries

9 months 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.

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