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“A Wonderful Experience”

Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
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US$48.08*
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2-Hour Game Drive at the Plettenberg Bay Game...
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Game drives and horse back safaris , game viewing excellent , all in Big 5 territory,all for only R490.00 per person
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed 2 April 2014

I took a group of education students for a visit to this Reserve recently. It was an amazing experience for all of us. One enters the reserve on to vast plains that are full of springbok and zebra, and in the distance, grazing contentedly, were some rhino. Our guide's name was Kiewiet, and he was incredibly informative. He seemed to know everything about every animal that we saw, and my students' minds were broadened and stretched beyond what I had hoped. The animals of prey are kept in separate camps, and this was definitely to our benefit - we could get really close for remarkable photographs.
The reserve is well-stocked and Kiewiet knew exactly where to find the animals - and we saw everything! It is well worth a visit. Apart from the animals, the reserve is incredibly beautiful, and some of the photographs that the students took are quite remarkable. Huge vistas of sweeping landscapes, with wonderful mountain ranges that turn purple against the horizon. It was a visit that changed the lives of each one of my students.
There is a picnic area where light lunches are served, and the Reserve is also fully licensed. We sat under the trees and ate toasted sandwiches that are stupidly cheap, and gazed about us in awe. It was a very, very special experience.

1  Thank Sandra J
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

Had a great time with the Safari and the overnight stay.
The colonial-style lodge made you feel you where in "out of africa". We were lucky that we had no elecricity on the first evening (4 hour power shortage within western cape), therefore we had our delicious dinner with candle lights and fireplace (perfect scenery).

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Thank Andreas H
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

This reserve is a small one with not that many animals. We went on a game drive with a very informative guide/driver. The lions (2) and cheetah (2) were in different small enclosures so we could get up close for photos but it did feel a bit like a visit to a UK game park not like the game parks in other parts of SA that I have visited. We did see plenty of buck, zebras, buffalo and a couple of rhinos. A good introduction for anyone who hasn't been to a game reserve before.

Thank Marion B
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

We travelled this February with some friends on their first trip to Africa. So the visit to Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve was ideal to get them close to some of the game they may miss later when we go to Chobe & Vic Falls. The guide was quite honest that the animals are fed and don't hunt, but they looked in good condition. For visitors on the Garden Route this is an opportunity to sample game viewing.

1  Thank Wrinkleytraveller
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

We found this place to be another money making racket where the animals are the ones paying the price. They have only 2 lions in their own seperate enclosure. They don't hunt as they are fed, they are not allowed to re-produce so why have these animals other than to coax foreigners. Then they also have cheetahs in their own enclosure but walk up and down the fence and on the other side of the fence (in their own enclosure obviously) are wild dogs also walking up and down along the electrified fence.

Many buck, some Rhino and Wilderbees but really such a poor excuse for a game reserve. If they found better resorts for their cats and wild dogs I would find this place more acceptable. However, would they attract foreigners without the promise of seeing lions sleeping 2 yards away from the vehicle due to not having anything to live for?

4  Thank Craigearl
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