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Keurbooms Lagoon & River

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The beautiful Keurbooms lagoon is a short drive from the Garden Route town of Plettenberg Bay, offering some of the most picturesque beaches, lagoon and of course the Keurbooms River, which is perfect for the entire family to enjoy. Early explorers called Plettenberg Bay “Bahai Formosa”, which means beautiful bay. Apart from the beautiful beaches, the area is surrounded by indigenous forests, fynbos and wetlands.

The Keurbooms lagoon and the Keurbooms River offer wonderful opportunities for families to enjoy picnics and braais. The kids will have a lot of fun playing in the lagoon and swimming in the river. The area is certainly a birder’s paradise, with over 200 species of birds including loeries, kingfishers, woodpeckers and sunbirds. The Keurbooms lagoon area is a place where relaxation and fun go hand in hand. There is a great caravan park with grassed campsites, plug points, fresh water taps, braai areas and clean ablution blocks that offers some of the most tranquil surroundings in the Cape. Look out for the Cape clawless otter and other wildlife that is common to this area.


The Keurbooms lagoon and river can be visited throughout the year, but beware, from the beginning of December through to mid January the whole Keurbooms area is brimming with holiday makers in all shapes and sizes. If you’re visiting during peak season, don’t forget to plaster yourself with sunscreen, and wear a hat.

The Keurbooms River Nature Reserve is located just outside Plettenberg Bay and is a World Heritage Site. This exquisite reserve is just 740 hectares and the Keurbooms River passes through the reserve bringing fresh water from the Tsitsikamma Mountains. With unspoiled gorges and kloofing opportunities around every bend in the river, it is certainly an adventurer’s dream.

Fishing at Keurbooms Lagoon
Fishing at Keurbooms Lagoon
Keurbooms Lagoon
Keurbooms Lagoon

Though the river is named after the indigenous Keurboom tree, the reserve is also full of Cape beech, giant stinkwoods and Outeniqua yellowwoods and can be explored on foot, by boat or via canoe and during your leisurely travels, you might well spot duiker, grysbok, vervet monkeys and even a mongoose if you’re lucky. This beautiful area offers surfing, scuba-diving, swimming, cycling, hiking, boating, horse-riding, fishing and golf. If none of these energetic pastimes suit your fancy, a little relaxing is also on the cards.


The Keurbooms Lagoon Caravan Park is perfect for campers and caravans and has about 270 sites, of which 32 are located on the water’s edge. For more information use the enquiry form below.

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