Robberg Nature Reserve is one of the most naturally beautiful and breathtaking nature reserves in South Africa. If you love nature and love to travel, then it’s a definite must-see.
A friend and I took a very spontaneous trip halfway through the Famous South African Garden Route. Well, it was spontaneous for me not for him because he had planned it and I just jacked it the night before because I had nothing to do for the weekend. The Garden Route is along the coast from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, we took ours road trip as far as Knysna then turned back, so can we call it a half Garden Route trip? Oh well, I’ll call it that.
Our trip started The Crags where we stayed at the Wild Spirit Backpackers Lodge. We went for a short hike then drove to Knysna where we spent our afternoon at the Knysna Waterfront then later visited Juda Square, a small community of Rasta Farris (I don’t have pictures, the place would make an interesting post).
Robberg Nature Reserve
The following day we headed back to the Port Elizabeth direction but stopped in Plettenberg Bay. I didn’t know where I was going; that’s what you get for jacking someone else’s plans. Since I wasn’t clued up about my partner in crime’s travel plans, I also didn’t do any research; I decided to go with the flow because it wasn’t my trip anyways. We arrived in Plett and drove about 8 Kms south where we arrived at Robberg Nature Reserve’s entrance.
We paid about R40 each to enter then drove up the hill (I was still oblivious to what lies ahead). We arrived at the top to a parking lot full of cars. When we got out of the car, the view took my breath away. It was love at first sight. I walked over to the edge of the parking area, and I was met by a sea of crystal clear blue water. I couldn’t believe a place like that was in South Africa.
The hiking trails
There are three hiking options at Robberg Nature Reserve:
3 KM – takes about an hour or less.
6 KM – 2 hours
11 KM – which would probably take 4 to 5 hours.
We took the two-hour hike because we were rushing, but Robberg isn’t kind of place you rush through. The place is so beautiful that it captivates you, you get lost in its beauty. So, we ended up spending more time than we had initially intended. The hike was relatively straightforward with clear directions and path.
My favorite part of the hike was the Robberg island. The tiny uninhabited island has one two beautiful beaches (which probably surround it when the tide is high). The Robberg Island also known’s a Plett’s secret beach because of its distance from the city. It would, however, be weird if you whooped out your beach chair and sat there.
We strolled around for a couple of minutes (I wanted to remain there forever) and then we headed back to PE. However, we were late for the car return and ended up keeping it for the day. So you read my post and probably wondering about the “love” part, well on this day I fell in love with Robberg and feel in love with travel.
- There are no shops close the Robberg Nature Reserve so make sure you carry enough water and snacks. There are areas for sitting along the hike, so you can sit there and enjoy the view with some snacks.
- A camera is a must have. I didn’t take a camera with me and ended up using my phone to take the pictures.
- If you’re planning to go all the way to the point then definitely head to the reserve early, it might take you way longer than you anticipate.
- Just enjoy the view