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Keurbooms River Nature Reserve

The Keurbooms River Nature Reserve is a small reserve of only 740 ha, bisected by the Keurbooms River after which it is named. Accommodation is available in bungalows and well equipped camping sites. The Reserve is situated near Plettenberg Bay on the main road between Port Elizabeth.and Cape Town

The headwaters of the Keurbooms River come from the Langkloof and pass through the Tsitsikamma Mountain range before flowing into a placid lagoon in the Reserve. The River is named after the Keurboom or “choice tree” (Virgilia oroboides), which is found at the edges of the coastal forests. When in bloom (August to September) it offers pretty sprays of pink-mauve flowers.

Forest and river birds abound, most notably: the Knysna Loerie, Malachite and Giant Kingfisher, Narina Trogan, Fish Eagle, Reed Cormorant, Yellow-billed Duck, Little Grebe, Hamerkop, Black-headed Oriole, Cape Batis and Knysna Woodpecker to name only a few.

Activities include boating, canoeing and water skiing . Day visitors also enjoy a perfect setting for barbecues and picnics under shaded trees. The best way to experience the reserve is to undertake the multi-day Keurbooms canoe trail, which offers secluded overnight accommodation 7 km upstream in a log cabin.

Tours that include Keurbooms River Nature Reserve

Blyde River Canyon

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R24,240 per person sharing (±US$ 1,735 )
R6,085 single supplement (±US$ 435 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.

Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .

Keurbooms River Nature Reserve attractions

Part of the Keurbooms River, near to the river mouth at Plettenberg Bay.

Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay is situated on the shore of an impressive bay of the same name. The town is located ±33 km east of Knysna on South Africa's Garden Route. The Portuguese explorers who first set eyes on the bay named it "Bahia Formosa", the "Beautiful Bay".

The view back towards Robberg Beach and Plettenberg Bay from the hiking trail on the Robberg Peninsula.

Robberg and Robberg Nature Reserve

The Robberg Peninsula, which forms the western shoreline of Plettenberg Bay, is managed as a small nature reserve. The northern shore of the Peninsula consists mainly of steep mountain slopes and cliffs, below which a large seal colony resides. On the southern side it is easier to get close to sea level and to two pristine sandy beaches that can be found here.

A beach at Keurboomstrand near Plettenberg Bay on South Africa's Garden Route.

Keurboomstrand

Keurboomstrand (Keurboom beach) is a coastal village on the opposite side of the Keurbooms River from Plettenberg Bay. It is in a prime spot on the Garden Route and highly popular for camping, fishing and swimming - enjoying the frequent sunshine of South Africa.