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About Stanley Island Private Nature Reserve

Stanley Island Private Nature Reserve is the only privately-owned island in South Africa and it is situated in the spectacularly beautiful Keurbooms Lagoon.

This 28-hectare nature reserve has its own indigenous forest, a 1000 metre grass runway, magnificent birdlife and secluded thatched chalets. Game roam freely among the chalets and there are long stretches of private beach. The island is a wonderful base for all water sports and it is ideally positioned for exploring the Plettenberg Bay area. Your privacy is our priority and escaping the mainland is a mere ferry trip away.

Guests have the full use of our canoes; and motorboats are available for rent. Residents and guests can access the island by small aircraft or our own ferry.

Beach: Stanley island is a private island nature reserve in the keurbooms river 5min from Plettenberg bay. The island has several secluded beaches overlooking the river.

Family friendly: The island is very family friendly as there is 28ha for kids to explore on your very own private island. Canoeing, fishing, walks, wildlife, birds and space!

  • Response Rate: 56%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 49 hours
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 29
  • Check-in: 14:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • Reviews: 6 Reviews


  • Garden
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Kids Stay Free

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • AA Recommended
  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa

Stanley Island Private Nature Reserve Rooms

Reviews for Stanley Island Private Nature Reserve

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Esme Van Rooyen
09 January 2018

Manager and staff very friendly and helpfull. An oven in the sc units would be a bonus else some casserole dishes for use in microwave. Housekeeping not completely up to standard as rooms were tidied but not really dusted and staff staying in rooms at reception area not recommended as it does not give good impression with clothes hanging over balistrades. Ferry was my main concern but worked out fine and car was safe parked at on main land. Christopher very helpfull and friendly. Pool needs good cleaning. Overall stay was nice. Beach bar did not bother us but if you were looking for a quiet...
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Sean voigt, South Africa
03 February 2014

Absolutely magic. Great service and interactions with the staff who made us feel right at home. Very relaxing and the stars were incredible. Couldn't believe we were just off the N2. Definitely something to repeat.

Armand Coetzee, South Africa
26 December 2013

Stanley Island lodge is something unique. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get away from it all. A truly tranquil getaway in the heart of Plettenberg bay.

Grassini Airconditioning Cc, South Africa
05 January 2010

The lodge is a sanctuary for troubled souls, with tranquil, yet very efficient staff, dedicated to ensuring that you relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Thank you.

Gayle Momsen, South Africa
29 December 2009

WE had a lovely stay, very relaxing and a special experience. Tinnie and the staff are fabulous, very accommodating and relaxed and with great attention to detail. The accommodation is top class. Highlight is the ferry crossing. Will definitely be back.

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Stanley Island Private Nature Reserve is 7.1km from the centre of Plettenberg Bay , the nearest airport 113.3km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling