activities at emily moon

 Please book at least 24 hours in advance / Available to lodge guests only


Take a leisurely canoe ride on the Bitou River while enjoying the
prolific birdlife, breathtaking scenery and fresh air.

Canoes are provided by Emily Moon River Lodge

What to bring

Bring along sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and water. We also recommend you wear something comfortable and take along a beach towel in case you get wet.


Enjoy Plett’s picturesque views and trails from your bike. There are a variety of routes around the area to choose from, covering coastal and mountain regions, specially tailored to your style and fitness level.

Bike rentals

If you didn’t bring your bike and really need to feel the wind in your face, Bike Rentals are available for both mountain bikers and road riders.

Contact us for more info.


Enjoy a full body massage in the comfort of your own room.

Traditional massage combined with an integrated combination of techniques to assist in restoring the body’s natural balance and a general sense of well being. Only top quality South African organic base oils and essential oils are used.

PRICE: R800 for a 1 hour massage


Book a romantic and exclusive dinner for two! Order off Emily’s menu and enjoy an intimate and private dining experience with the one you love in the comfort of your own room.

Ask our knowedgable and friendly staff for any information you may need.

Please book at least one day in advance

PRICE: 15% surcharge on meal


Enjoy a morning or afternoon fishing our beautiful Bitou River.

Kob, Spotted Grunter, Leervis/Garrick, Steenbras, Shad/Elf and Skipjack can be found along the river. 

We offer advice on the local “special” fishing spots and offer rod hire.

Fishing rod hire: R150 for two hours


Plettenberg Bay Golf courses

In the Plettenberg bay / Knysna area there plenty of Golf courses to keep you busy, each with it’s own unique character.


Course designed by Robert Hawtee
Type – Parklands
Holes – 18
Par – 72
Fairway Grass – Kikuyu
Length – 6260m
Tel: +27 44 533 2132


Course designed by Gary Player Design Co.
Type – Combination links & Parklands
Holes – 18
Par – 72
Fairway Grass – Kikuyu. Greens – USA Bent Grass
Length – 5906m
Tel: +27 44 533 5082


Course designed by Ron Fream
Type – Links
Holes – 18
Par – 72
Fairway Grass – Kentucky Blue & Rye
Length – 5963m
Tel: +27 44 302 5300

Plettenberg Bay Beaches


This is the buzziest beach in Plett and the starting point for marine safaris, dive charters and ocean kayaking tours. Facilities include restaurants, bars, public toilets and the local National Sea Rescue Station.

Never will you experience a dull moment at Central beach. Watch the locals and tourists go by, see the boats launch, have a meal at one opf the many beach front restaurants and takeaways.

Central beach is just as it is decribed, the center of all that happens in Plettenberg bay.


If you want to go for a walk, choose Robberg Beach which stretches from the Robberg Peninsula to Beacon Island. Facilities include public toilets and various parking areas. Robberg Beach is 2km from Plettenberg Central.

For those who enjoy a wlak and the perfection of nature, read more about Robberg beach and the wlaks that are available in Plettenberg bay and the sounding area.

Walks in Plettenberg bay


This beach is considered a little wilder than the others but is equally beautiful. Facilities include a restaurant, public toilets and parking. Keurboomstrand Beach is 10km from Plettenberg Central.

Kerboomstrand beach is where the Kerbooms river and the Bitou river meet in a joyeous entanglement of nature and tides. This is a pristine beach for those who are nature lovers and appreciate the magnificent power of the ocean and nature.


For those who don’t like the hustle and bustle of the busy beaaches and waves, poortjies beach is a perfect spot for a walk. In summer there is usually a coffee truck that serves snacks at the entry to the beach and you will find many a dog walker and local fisherman.

The lagoon is tidal and the end of the Keurbooms river. You will see many small boats moored in the lagoon and is a favorite area for fishermen to collect bait.

Enjoy this beautiful beach, walk your dogs and meet locals. It is a true privelege to experience this part of Plttenberg bay.

Plettenberg bay nature walks

Adventure sport


The bay is the perfect place for Hobie Cat sailing, surfing, wave- skiing and bathing. Power boats can be launched from Central Beach. Contact the Ski Boat Club +27 44 533 2941. Yachts can be launched from Hobie Beach while the Keurbooms River is ideal for water-skiing and canoeing. At the end of the day, enjoy a sunset cruise on the river or the sea.

Contact Nature Conservation +27 44 533 2125 for more details or if you would like to hire canoes for the canoe trail and overnight stay in the Whiskey Creek hut. The canoe trail will interest nature lovers and bird watchers alike and canoes leave the river slipway, situated next to the N2 bridge that crosses the river at the Stanley Island turn-off.


The marine life is spectacular and of course there are the whales. Take a cruise in the bay and get close to the giants of the ocean. Ocean Blue is a licensed SABBWWA permit holder and is allowed to approach whales from 50 metres instead of the usual 300 metres. If the whales are feeling friendly, you’ll have the experience of a lifetime.

Read more about and see the whale watching gallery on the whale watching and Dolphin encounter experiences in Plettenberg Bay page

Tel: +27 44 533 5083


Have you ever kayaked with dolphins or amongst seals? Now’s your chance. An experienced guide will take you on an unforgettable kayaking trip from Central Beach to the seal colony in the Robberg Nature Reserve.

Tel: +27 44 533 5083


Go tubing down Storms River with Storms River Adventures. This company also organises boat cruises, mountain biking trips, snorkel trails, guided hikes and the intriguing Tsitsikamma Woodcutter’s Journey.

Tel: +27 42 281 1836


Treat the family to a day out in the deep to investigate the mysteries of the ecosystem. Keep your eyes peeled for whales, dolphins, seals and a variety of marine birds.

Tel: +27 82 534 2029

Treat the family to a day out in the deep to investigate the mysteries of the ecosystem. Keep your eyes peeled for whales, dolphins, seals and a variety of marine birds.

Tel: +27 82 534 2029


The highest commercial bungee jump in the world is at Bloukrans River Bridge. The height is 216m with a 7 second free fall. Can you resist it?


Tel: +27 71 109 6872 / +27 71 248 5959 or +27 42 281 1458


These eco-tourism tours are the first of their kind in Africa. The tour involves traversing from one platform to the next along a steel cable which is up to 30 metres above the ground. The tour takes approximately 3 hours and offers a fascinating insight into the eco-life of the forest.

Tel: +27 42 281 1836


The Harkerville Cycle Route is a popular mountain biking trail. Permits and maps are available at the ‘Garden of Eden’, which is situated about 17kms from Plettenberg Bay on the N2 highway. The trails vary in difficulty and other guided biking trails are also available.

Trails and guided mountain bike rides are also available at Emily Moon River Lodge.

Outeniqua Biking Trails
Tel: +27 44 532 7644


Experience the Tsitsikamma forest on horseback. Hog Hollow Horse Trails offer magnificent views of the mountains, the forest and the ocean, whilst riding through grassy fields, indigenous fynbos, local vineyards and along old woodcutters’ forest trails.

Hog Hollow Country Lodge

Tel: +27 44 534 8879


Robberg Guided Walks organise a variety of hikes and walks of varying distances and difficulty. These include the 45 minute walk, the 2 hour walk and the 9.2km or 4 hour walk.

For the whole family


MonkeyLand is the world’s only multi-specie, free roaming primate sanctuary and is home to varied species of monkeys from different continents, which were captive-bred prior to their release. MonkeyLand is 16kms east of Plettenberg Bay and offers guided tours conducted by game rangers.

Tel: +27 44 534 8906


As the world’s largest free-flight bird aviary (50m high, covering 23 000 square metres of forest), Birds of Eden houses more than 3 500 birds of more than 280 species, with the main focus being on African birds.

Tel: +27 44 534 8906


Where Fynbos meets Fur! Discover fascinating facts about fynbos, its relationship to the indigenous Tsitsikamma forests and its cultural uses in the local community during a short wild walk. Along the way, the guides will prepare you for a chance to observe the cheetahs as your paths cross in the fynbos. Get ready to take some amazing photographs as the cheetah passes by, enjoying their special time of the day.

Tel: +27 44 534 8170


Walk, ride and experience elephants as never before. Your guide will impart fascinating information that will deepen your understanding of these magnificent beasts. Hourly daytime tours start at 8am.

Tel: +27 44 534 8145


Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary offers hourly informative, interactive tours for any ages with over 100 snakes and other reptiles to see.

Tel: +27 44 534 8056


Ocean Blue Adventures and the Qolweni Community Development Trust invite guests to experience the Qolweni Community settlement, which is surrounded by breathtaking views of the Tsitsikamma Mountains.

Tel: +27 44 533 5083


Colin Wylie, of Garden Route Walks, has a phenomenal and admiral passion for nature and bird life. He focuses primarily on the remarkable and diverse beauty Southern Africa has to offer, and in particular the Garden Route, covering a huge variety of experiences for his clients to witness and remember forever!

Contact Emily Moon for bookings

Please note: All packages are not transferable and are exclusively South African resident rates

@emilymoonriverlodge | Email: | Telephone: +27 44 501 2500

Rietvlei Road, Plettenberg Bay | GPS 34° 0041 South / 23° 2219 East