About Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Welcome to Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve. Experience a hidden gem, where abundant wildlife roam the plains, where the distant lion roars pierce the black dark of night and where the African sunset leaves an unforgetable memory. And all this just a few minutes drive outside Plettenberg Bay, a small seaside town in the heart of the Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa.
Plettenberg Bay Private Game Reserve is the Southern Cape's biggest game reserve and is home to Africa’s Big 4 (rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard). The reserve is situated on over 2000 hectares of indigenous beauty and is malaria free. There are over 150 different species of game and birdlife. Join us on a horseback safari to interact closely with the wildlife, or simply relax and enjoy a 2 hour game drive in an open landrover with our experienced and well-informed guides and see our large variety of wildlife up close.
The reserve welcomes children, and has a wonderful enclosed play area for children to relax and stretch their legs, while being curiously watched by zebra and wildebeest! The Coffee Shop, bar facilities and curio shop are also open to the public.
The Baroness Luxury Safari Lodge
Set on the private Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, in the Garden Route, South Africa, The Baroness Luxury Safari Lodge is reminiscent of the romantic colonial era of an 'age gone by'. The lodge was built in 1822 by the Baron von Pletten, an early South African pioneer and conservationist, who used the lodge as his base to explore the diversity and wildlife of the then, untamed, African landscapes.
Times may have changed, but the Lodge has lost little of it's original luxurious feel and welcoming atmosphere. And while antelope and Zebra roam carefree around the lodge, guests are often distracted by the rolling views which capture their eyes, drawing them down across the rolling lawns towards the indigenous forests. Then up over the tree tops of Giant Yellowwoods, to the craggy foothills of the region, and up into the magestic Tsitsikamma mountains in the distance beyond. It's no wonder guests are reluctant to leave!
Each of the spacious ten luxury double suites open out onto the rolling lawns, and the cool interior welcomes guests on the hot, sunny, African afternoons. The suites have both indoor showers and lounging bathtubs, allowing guests to relax and unwind, enjoying true African hospitality.
A cooling outdoor pool is available for the exclusive use of the Lodges' guests - or for those who are a little more energetic, a game of croquette on the lawn might be a good laugh!
The outside Boma is built over a dam, and is a haven for guests to enjoy sundowners and keep an eye on William, the resident Hippopotamus. In the distance, the view from the Boma is of Plettenberg Bay, the holiday seaside town named after the infamous Baron von Pletten.
Guests of the lodge can also experience a two hour game drive or a two hour horse safari, accompanied by an experienced Game Ranger. Our professional and friendly Game Rangers are passionate about African wildlife and have a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Rates are inclusive of a scrumptous breakfast and dinner feast, whilst lunch is available daily down at The Shed, a short distance away from the Lodge and the base of the game drives.
Join us at Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, the hidden gem of the popular Garden Route, Western Cape. You'll leave with a lifetime memory of the very best that African Wildlife viewing has to offer.
Our 2 hour game drives are done in open landrovers, so you can feel close to Nature. Fill your lungs with the scent of the African earth fused with it's endemic wildlife, and feel the cooling breeze of the afternoon sunset. (Blankets are supplied for those cold days)
Our guests are welcomed and accompanied by one of our passionately experienced game rangers. The rangers love sharing their knowledge with our guests, so please - allow your mind to wonder on our game drives!
At the close of our game drive experience, guests are welcome to enjoy a refreshing drink at the bar, hosted by your game ranger, while you recollect your discoveries of your game drive.
The game drives at Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve are open to the public - so book your drive for the following depature times: 8h30, 10h00, 11h00, 12h30, 15h00 and 16h00.
At Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, a malaria free game reserve just 15 minutes outside Plettenberg Bay, guests are offered an "up close and personal" experience with the wild, free roaming game. Feel the land of Africa under the hooves of your horse, feel the grass brush past you as you approach Africa's wildlife.
On the 2 hour horse safari, our guests are accompanied by an experienced and passionate game ranger, who will amaze you with his knowledge and insight into the free roaming game that you'll see.
Once your horse safari draws to a close, guests are welcome to join their game ranger at the bar, to enjoy a refreshing drink and to compare their discoveries and experiences of the safari.