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Robberg Nature Reserve

  • 4.9

  • from 2429 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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No cafe or restaurant on site



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Google reviews

  • 4.9

  • from 2429 Google reviews

Micha Hees

2 months ago


One of the best hikes we ever made. You will see a lot of seals and enjoy stunning views and the rough ocean. After following the trail to the middle (big sand dune) you can choose whether you want to go to "The Point" (1,5h longer and highly recommended) or go down the dune and enjoy a bit of the beach after going the other trail back.

Szymon Welgus

2 months ago


Absolutely loved it here! I did the hike and one of my all time favorite hikes! Not only is it challenging and the terrain is tough, but going to the Point means you get 9.5 kilometers. Words cannot describe the beauty of this Nature Reserve. I definitely recommend it Please note, you need some degree of fitness. Even for the shortened version

Adel Rumaih

5 months 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

a year 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

a year 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.

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