Robberg Nature Reserve, Garden Route
Just outside Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route is a beautiful, remote rocky peninsula touted as the most popular walking destination in and around Plettenberg Bay. Robberg Nature Reserve is a charged booster of outdoor living - incredible scenery, views over shoreline and sea, a thriving Cape fur seal colony, a huge diversity of bird life, and uniquely beautiful fynbos.
You have access to three trails that range from 45 minutes to 5 hours and 11 kilometres in length - a moderately strenuous (most of it is flat, and relatively easy going) circular walk that leads one right to the Robberg point - not advisable with little ones or at high tide, however.
Robberg Nature Reserve is a marine reserve and national monument roughly 4 kilometres in length that sweeps out into the ocean, something like a mini Cape peninsular. Rocks here date back to the early Cretaceous period - roughly 110 million years old - and during the whale season the point is an ideal place to spot whales and dolphins.
Another way of seeing Robberg is to sea kayak, with an experienced guide, from Central beach in Plettenberg Bay to the nature reserve. This exciting and certainly alternative way of seeing the peninsular from the sea gives one up close and personal encounters with the resident seal colony. From the sea, Robberg’s other secrets - its caves and rock faces that relay a story of their own, having stood the test of time against strong head winds and strong sea currents.
If you are planning a visit to the Robberg Nature Reserve, you may find the following article useful: Rambling in Robberg.
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Rocks in the Robberg Nature Reserve date back to the early Cretaceous period - roughly 110 million years old - and during the whale season the point is an ideal place to spot whales and dolphins.