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About Emily Moon River Lodge

Where luxury and peace are to be found in a sweeping river valley, where the views encompass a wetland, winding river and distant mountains and where the call of the Fish Eagle will forever remind you of the vast skies of Africa.

Embracing the southern bank of the Bitou River, Emily Moon River Lodge is an exclusive boutique Guest Lodge with accommodation for 20 adults and four children. Each luxurious suite is a separate lodge for two people with their own sitting area, private viewing deck, dressing room and spacious fully appointed bathroom with under floor and towel rail heating.

The family units sleep four with a shower, toilet and hand basin in the children’s room. All have their own unique Africa chic look with breath-taking views of the valley below. There are three units that can be either king size beds or convert into two singles for those with this preference.

There are two lodges which do not have full river views but have their own Robinson Crusoe private viewing tree top deck right next to the lodge where one can commune with nature, have sun-downers, early morning coffee or just read a book - the view from these is magnificent.

These two lodges can be made into a family room for six as there is a fully sound proof door between them which can be opened for the occasion for a family of six.

Four of the lodges have a completely private alfresco shower hot and cold where one can enjoy the river birdlife.

The restaurant Emily’s exudes the essence, spirit and mystery of Africa with Beautiful collectors’ items in every hue, texture and shape adorning every nook and cranny. Kelims , Persian, Nguni skins carved mermaids, Samburu spears, sculptures, old framed photographs, maps paintings, fabulous pieces of furniture are just a sample of the many pieces from this and other continents.

Jana our chef extraordinaire produces an eclectic menu for candlelit dinners with a daily changing menu of whatever is the freshest. The menu is as capricious as the weather, today its broccoli and gorgonzola soup, Thai spring rolls, succulent rack of lamb, fresh calamari seeped in Jana’s secret sauce, cheese cake or chocolate gateau tomorrow springbok with cranberry sauce or grilled cob! Whatever is freshest and of the best quality is served on the daily basis.

A large deck overlooking the river for sundowners and cocktails where guests can watch the beautiful sun sets with the carved Ethiopian day bed in front of the log fire being a popular choice.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 5 hours
  • Type: Lodge
  • Sleeps: 44
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 3 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans


  • Portfolio Collection
  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
  • AA Highly Recommended
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Any family group with small children can be accommodated in our specifically designed family unit.
The following child policy ensures that all guests have an equal opportunity to enjoy the peace and tranquility at Emily Moon River Lodge:

Children of all ages must at all times be accompanied by their parents during meal times. Fellow...
Any family group with small children can be accommodated in our specifically designed family unit.
The following child policy ensures that all guests have an equal opportunity to enjoy the peace and tranquility at Emily Moon River Lodge:

Children of all ages must at all times be accompanied by their parents during meal times. Fellow guests should be taken into consideration. Room service can be ordered in reception should parents choose to stay at in with their children.

No children are allowed to make use of the River area & Kayaks unless accompanied by an Adult

Suite 7, 9 & 10. (Max: 2 adults and 2 children & 1 infant )

Children up to the age of 16 years must be accompanied by their parents when making use of the communal swimming pool. Noise levels at the pool must at all times be taken into consideration
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Reviews for Emily Moon River Lodge

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Natalie Dil
02 May 2018

We had the absolute pleasure of staying at Emily Moon for two nights. The cottage suite had everything and more one could wish for. The view from your porch and bathroom is spectacular. Pre Dinner cocktails at Simons Bar upstairs is a must. The dinners we had there were first class and we thoroughly enjoyed everything.

Sascha Glaeser, Germany
07 July 2008

It was our honeymoon and we (unfortunately) stayed only one night at Emily Moon! The food was very good, the accommodation fantastic! We didn't have the opportunity to use the already prepared fireplace. Even our car was clean the next morning... One of our best experiences during our trip!!!

David Philliskirk, United Kingdom
06 January 2008

The accommodation was excellent, everything we expected

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Emily Moon River Lodge is 5.7km from the centre of Plettenberg Bay , the nearest airport 110.2km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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