Hiking in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Photo of Robberg Nature Reserve taken from ‘The Island’ hike, photo supplied by CapeNature with copyright by Scott N Ramsay

Steeped in history, the popular Robberg Nature Reserve opens for hikers, trail runners and outdoor enthusiasts during the COVID-19 pandemic along the Garden Route in Plettenberg Bay.

In addition to hiking or trail running, it is a very popular spot to enjoy sundowners while drinking in the magnificent view – but you may have to wait due to the pandemic and current restrictions on social gathering as of the writing of this article (July 2020).

Plett’s most famous trail offers an incredible scenic tour of the bay as well as the ‘wild side’ of the Garden Route’s favourite playground. There are 3 routes to choose from. ‘The Gap’ hike is around 2 km, the ‘Witsand sand dune’ and down onto ‘The Island’ is around 4km. And for the more adventurous, ‘The Point’ hike is 11km.

Either of the shorter hikes will take you approximately 3 hours as you will want to stop at the different view points and take in the seals or you may be lucky enough to see whales during whale season (May – October) or one of the famous ‘Robberg Great Whites’ who make a special guest appearance during the Sardine Run along South Africa’s coastlines also during whale season. Whales commonly seen from Robberg include the southern right whale, the humpback whale and the Bryde’s whale.

The longer hike will take you 5 – 6 hours so set aside a full day to make sure you have time to relax and enjoy the scenery as well.

Make sure you eat a full and healthy breakfast at the la Vista restaurant to prepare for your energetic day.

Now more than ever, it is important to maintain a healthy immune system. We are passing on healthy options to our guests and ensure that you will find some healthy breakfast and dinner options which will include some of the freshest ingredients from our fabulous la Food Forest.