Robberg Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area

Robberg is a peninsula where once roamed giant versions of the present-day plains animals, as well as Stone Age people and ancestors of the San. Today, wind continues to play a part in the character of Robberg. The southern slope of the peninsula is gradual; the northern shoreline drops off almost sheer. And then there is the tombolo, a spit that links an island to a mainland.

There are three routes to choose from to walk the peninsula, they are circular and run clockwise. They increase in difficulty with distance, but can be described as up-and-down, so take water. And keep a look out for whales (humpback, Brydes and southern right, depending on the season), dolphin (humpback and bottlenose) and visiting open-sea birds.

Cape fur seal rookeries are mostly found on offshore islands inaccessible to the public, but Robberg has its own. Pups are born in late November and early December. The Cape fur seal is the only seal indigenous to southern Africa. Single seals can be seen hunting or resting almost anywhere along the Cape coast.

There is no accommodation on the peninsula, but there is plenty in the town of Plettenberg Bay.

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