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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 unforgettable memory. And all of this is just a few minutes' drive outside of Plettenberg Bay.

We offer the Baroness Lodge for accommodation. 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. Each of the spacious 10 double suites open out onto the rolling lawns, and the cool interior welcomes guests on the hot African afternoons. The suites have both indoor showers and lounging bathtubs, allowing guests to relax and unwind.

A cooling outdoor pool is available for the exclusive use of the 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 it 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.

Plettenberg Bay Private Game Reserve is the Southern Cape's biggest game reserve and is home to Africa’s Big 5, being elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard. The reserve is situated on over 2000 hectares of indigenous beauty and it is malaria free. There are over 150 different species of game and bird life.

Join us on a horseback safari to interact closely with the wildlife, or simply relax and enjoy a two-hour game drive in an open vehicle. A game drive or a guided walk or a horseback safari is included in the rate. The reserve welcomes children and it has a wonderful enclosed play area for kids 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.

Safari: The reserve offers the Big 4 which can be experienced on horseback, on foot or in an open vehicle.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 3 hours
  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 38
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 11 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Shona
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

The rate include accommodation, dinner, breakfast as well as a game drive per person per night. If guests book for a second safari, they will receive a 20% discount on the safari.

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Reviews for Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve

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Tim Wilkins, England
21 November 2016

From the moment we drove through the gate this place felt right. The lodges were just incredible, the setting was idyllic, with our 3 course dinner served in area right next to a lake which was gorgeous. The food was excellent and the price of extra drinks was so inexpensive. We followed a lovely nights sleep by a big breakfast and made our way to the safari drive. We were lucky that just the 2 of us were in the safari truck so it was very personal. The drive was not rushed and our guide was very informative. All in all just fabulous

Giuseppe Potente, South Africa
10 January 2015

Good for children , they can enjoy giraffes and white Rhinos.Accommodation and food are not recommended for couples without Children. The dinner is under the South African standard, for the food quality, the food a mount and the Service .Some rooms have a nice furniture but show a disappointing and unacceptable Township-style tin roof. One two-rooms house has also a tin outer wall so the heat inside is terrible ( no a.c., only a noisy shaky fan). Furthermore, you must pay in advance, so it is impossible to get a refund. Never more.

wimmie peters, South Africa
07 April 2014

The service was perfect. All the staff were stunning, nothing was too much trouble. The rooms and game drives were very reasonably priced, and the accommodation was excellent. We will definitely be back again. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

Emily du Plessis, South Africa
17 January 2014

My husband and I and our three year old son had a wonderful stay at Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve. The staff are incredibly warm and accommodating. The rooms are SO nice and we loved the home style cooking. The game rides really very informative too. I would definitely recommend this place and it doesn't hurt that it is just a 10 or 15 minute drive from beautiful beaches.

Len Schaller, South Africa
03 July 2013

What an amazing time we had. The staff were exceptional, the accommodation comfortable and spacious - really old world style, but perfect for the setting.Sitting in front of the log fire, drinking a good red wine and watching the giraffes and Nyala walk by across the lawn not 20m away - a really good way to kick back and relax. The game drive was also stunning, lots of animals, not at all skittish - mostly ignored the game viewing vehicle and Kiewiet the guide gave good commentary and ample time to take photos.We will definitely visit again, then to try the horseback safari (no Lion encounter...
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Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is 13.4km from the centre of Plettenberg Bay , the nearest airport 107.7km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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