Emily Moon River Lodge sits in a lovely spot, some way out of the town, and the accommodation is great with views out over the river. We ate in the restaurant the first night and it is clear that it is a favoured eating place, with lots of local people celebrating family events etc. The food was good. Simon and Di were attentive hosts and had a number of helpful suggestions for ways of spending our time and places to eat.
We could not really understand why people like Plettenberg Bay itself. It is a modern seaside resort with a monstrous apartment block built right in the middle of the beach. The town has some of the most expensive houses in South Africa and we were not sure whether the shops were priced for their wealthy occupants or for tourists – but, from our brief visit, there was some classy stuff in the shops. Luckily it is surrounded by lovely places. We enjoyed a walk round the Robberg Peninsula (including the amazing cave at Nelson’s Bay where you can see 3000 years of history in all its layers). We had a great view of a hammerhead shark swimming below us. Sadly swimming was not possible for us as there was a Red Tide while we were there.
Simon, having discovered that we were interested in birds, arranged a trip for us with a local bird expert, Gareth Robbins (http://goldenorbtours.co.za), who took us out for five hours, looking at the birds in various habitats from forest to open farmland. This was one of the highlights of the whole trip and the knowledge that he shared with us set us up for further sightings later on. One of the best mornings of our trip to South Africa. In the afternoon we took one of the kayaks out on the river and added to our score of birds as well as having a very enjoyable paddle.
We had dinner in the highly recommended ‘Fat Fish’ (posh fish and chips, not expensive) and also at Enrico’s at Kerbooms Strand, which we enjoyed greatly, sitting on the veranda with the sunset and then the start of a massive (but distant) thunderstorm that lit up the sky for several hours.
We spent three nights at Emily Moon River Lodge and enjoyed ourselves with very helpful and attentive hosts and staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Where luxury and peace are to be found in a sweeping river valley. Where the views encompass a wetland, winding river and distant mountains and where the call of the Fish Eagle will forever remind you of the vast skies of Africa. Embracing the southern bank of the Bitou River in Plettenberg Bay, Emily Moon River Lodge is a small, exclusive lodge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Emily Moon River Hotel Plettenberg Bay