Robberg Nature Reserve

This small reserve is a peninsula, marine protected area and national monument. Situated just south of Plettenberg Bay, it lies in an overlapping region of winter and summer rainfall. The ecology is a prime example of how plants and animals adapt to the influences of land and sea. The coastal walking trail around the small reserve is a spectacular way to spend a day out.

Main attractions

  • Dramatic peninsula jutting out into the ocean
  • Stone Age archeological site (Nelson Bay cave)

To stand atop the Robberg escarpment and peer down upon dozens of dolphins surfing in the surge is always a lovely sight. To be there with a whale or two thrown in for good measure, is nothing short of awesome. Those blessed with serious luck may even catch a glimpse of a great white shark as it patrols in search of seals.

– Dale Morris, Wild 24


  • Hiking
  • Rock and surf angling (permit required)
  • Picnicking
  • Beachcombing
  • Whale watching

Top sightings:

Cape Seal Lighthouse, kelp gull, bottle-nose dolphin, southern right whale, candelabra flowers in bloom between February and April

Accommodation: Self-catering overnight hut

Gate times: 8:00-18:00

Nearest centre: Plettenberg Bay is 8km away.

Know before you go

  • This reserve is great to visit for a day trip from the comfort of nearby Plettenberg Bay.
  • There are rip currents in this section of ocean and swimming is dangerous.

Contact reserve: +27 (0)44 533 2125

CapeNature Central Reservations: +27 (0)21 483 0190, [email protected]

Visit Robberg Nature Reserve’s home page.