The Robberg Peninsula is not only a nature reserve but also a national monument and marine protected area in the heart of the Garden Route, just 8 km south of Plettenberg Bay. Roughly 4 kilometres in length, the peninsula sweeps out to sea, like a mini Cape peninsula.
People head here for the natural beauty, the rocky shoreline home to hundreds of Cape Fur Seals and the waters rich with dolphins and whales. Montane fynbos sweeps up the wind-driven, rocky slopes awash in salt spray, whilst a collection of ocean seabirds – albatross, broadbilled prion and Subantarctic skua - fill the air with their calls as they head to and fro from the Sub-Antarctic island, Marion Island, south east of the peninsula. It is also a breeding area for the rare African black oystercatcher.
Kelp gulls breed on Robberg peninsula, particularly since the building of boardwalks that have allowed rehabilitation of disturbed area and kept people out of nesting areas. And rare blue duiker, the country's smallest antelope, hide in the evergreen thickets, occasionally appearing to hikers when they feel safe. This diminutive blue-grey antelope weighs under 5 kg and has short, sharp horns in amongst its tuft of hair.
Hikers and visitors also often sight loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles in the waters, with occasional rare visits by leatherback turtles.
The Robberg Peninsula is far more than a wonderful space in nature. It is also an important Middle and Later Stone Age archaeological site. Nelson Bay Cave shows evidence of a time when grasslands, rather than sea, stretched beyond the southern horizon. And Robberg's rocks date back 130 to 110 million years to the early Cretaceous period.
Hikers can choose from three circular routes, including the walk to The Point, which takes about four hours. Kayakers advocate that sightings from their boats are the best way to explore the rocky shoreline. And fishers fish from rock and surf (any other type of fishing is forbidden within one nautical mile of the peninsula).
Popular Activities in Robberg Nature Reserve
Hiking the Robberg Peninsula
When hikers speak about the Robberg Peninsula hike they are referring to the 11 km circular trail that is fairly taxing to do. There are another two options that are 2 km (to the Gap and back) and 4 km (to Witsand dune and The Island...
More info and contact details: Hiking the Robberg Peninsula
Hiking in Robberg Nature Reserve
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...
More info and contact details: Hiking in the Robberg Nature Reserve
You can walk for kilometers along this long stretch between the Robberg Peninsula and Beacon Island which is ideal if you are looking for a bit of exercise. Stroll along the boardwalk and decks and take in the breathtaking views of the majestic...
More info and contact details: Robberg Beach
Fishing in Robberg Nature Reserve
The Robberg Marine Reserve is situated here too, extending a nautical mile into the water all around the reserve. Rock and surf fishing are permitted within the reserve, but permits are required. These can be obtained from the Marine and...
More info and contact details: Fishing in Robberg Nature Reserve
©Unauthorised use of the
photos is strictly prohibited.