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If you haven't seen our family of zebras, met Seun, the cat or glimpse of the seals in the river - there is much more wildlife to see around Plettenberg Bay.

Explore the wildlife right at your doorstep
Zebra at Stanley Island


One of the old time favourite, Monkeyland is situated just outside Plett. This is a primate sanctuary where you can catch Lemurs, Gibbons and Howler Monkeys. Enjoy a guided tour with one of their knowledgable tour guides. Monkeyland is a part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA). SAASA consists of different wildlife sanctuaries situated in Plett. This includes Bird of Eden and The Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Portion 11 & 12 of Kirbywood Farm The Crags | Open Times: 8:00 - 17:00 | Contact : 044 534 8906


Jukani, is a wildlife sanctuary home to various rescued predators in captivity. Enjoy a guided tour and learn about these majestic animals - they have lions, hyenas, Raccoons, a Honey badger, cheetah and you might even get a glimpse of their jaguar. This is apart of SAASA and you can get tickets to see Monkeyland, Jukani & Birds of Eden.

Location: N2, The Crags, 6600 | Open Times: 9:00 - 15:45| Contact : 044 534 8409


Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation and Awareness Centre is known for their rehabilitation facilities for injured and abandoned wildlife. Tenikwa offers a variety of wildlife tours and activities that focus conservation of wildlife. There is vthing for everyone from their Wild Cat Experience tour, Ecokidz Family Challenge, Forest and Fur Combo to full day exclusive tour of the Tenikwa rehabilitation facilities. Tenikwa also provides volunteering program where you learn and help with the upkeep of the animals.

Location: Forest Hall Road, The Crags | Open Times: 9:00 - 16:00 | Contact : 064 897 7694


If you can imagine the beauty of Jurassic Park (without the man eating dinosaurs) - Birds of Eden is the place for you. Walk into a two hectare dome of indigenous forest. This is a free flight bird sanctuary with over 3,500 birds from over 220 species, with the main focus being African birds. Immerse yourself in the beautiful forest and colourful birds. It is also apart of SAASA and you can buy combo tickets with Monkey Land and Jukani.

Location: Portion 11 & 12 of Kirbywood Farm The Crags | Open Times: 8:00 - 17:00 | Contact : 044 534 8906


There are two elephant sanctuaries in Plett.

The Elephant Sanctuary Plettenberg Bay is just down the road from Stanley Island in the Crags. They offer educational interactions with the elephants - from guided walks (quite literally with trunk-in- hand) to brushing the elephants down or being elephant keeper for a day. Please check out their website for the different offerings and pricing.

Time & Offerings

  • Walk trunk in hand with Elephants Tour - 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30 (7 days a week)

  • Elephant Brush down Experience Tour - 07:30 & 15:30 (7 days a week)

Location: Animal Alley, The Crags, off the N2 near Natures Valley | Open Times: 08:00 - 17:00 | Contact : 044 534 8145


Knysna Elephant Sanctuary is the first South African facility to house and care for orphaned African Elephants. This sanctuary is situated between Plett and Knysna. They offer volunteer programmes, meeting and feeding the herd, exclusive sundowners with the elephants and they even offer film and photoshoot packages.

Location: Just off the N2 between Knysna and, Plettenberg Bay | Open Times: 08:00 - 17:00 | Contact : 044 532 7732


For the adventurous - home to 100 snakes and just up the road in the Crags is the Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Enjoy an educational guided tour and maybe even get to touch a snake. They also have picnic areas and forest walks.

Location: N2 The Crags, Plettenberg Bay | Open Times: 09:00 - 17:00 | Contact : 044 534 8056


On the Garden Route between Knysna and Plett is the Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary. Enjoy a morning or afternoon with these incredible creatures and get to learn about the rescued wolves, wolf dogs and huskies living in South Africa. For an additional fee you can interact with the four legged creatures and get some more insight from their passionate tour guide. Just make sure to check the timetable to see when their guided tours are. In addition, kids under the age of 12 cannot enter the camps (which is understandable as the dogs may want play rough with them, but you can walk and see the camps. There is also an Animal Touch Farm - ranging from alpacas, emus, goats and sheep. Perfect for young ones to explore.

Location: Greater Plettenberg Bay Harkerville, Plettenberg Bay | Open Times: 8:00 - 17:00 | Contact : 082 626 9455


Radical Raptors is a rescue and awareness centre is dedicated to birds of prey. There are informative guided tours and flying demonstrations daily at 10:00, 12:00 & 14:00.

Location: The Heath Complex, N2 Harkerville, | Open Times: 09:00 - 16:30 |Contact : 078 135 3611


Who doesn’t want a selfie with a donkey? Enjoy a walking amongst the rescued donkeys and horses. Karoo Donkey Sanctuary have rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed over 200 donkey. Get to learn about the rehabilitation and rehoming of the donkeys.

Location: Askop Rd, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay | Open Times: 08:30 - 15:00 |Contact : 082 900 6103


Searching fo some adventure - meet the dogs of the ocean up close. This is a one and a half hour trip filled with excitement. Meet the Cape fur seal colony that have settled at Robberg. For this adventure you get to interact with the seals in their natural environment. The Offshore Adventure trip includes o boat trip along the coastline and snorkel with the seals. Offshore Adventure also provides the Jetski adventures and boat trip.

Location: Hopwood St, Plettenberg Bay, 6600 (Go to the Central Main Beach Parking lot - it is situated in the centre | Open Times: 08:30 - 16:00 |Contact : 082 829 0809


Enjoy a two hour trip up the Plettenberg Bay coastline and get a glimpse of the sea life. Plett is home too many different marine animals such as our beautiful dolphins, the Cape Seal colony and the infamous Great White Sharks. Oh, and don't forget our whale season to catch a glimpse of the majestic and largest mammals on earth. Plettenberg Bay is home to the Bryde's whale, the migrating Southern Right Whale (from June till November), the migratory Humpback Whales with their claves (November till the end of February) and maybe a glimpse of the Orcas.

There are many companies that provide different oceanic tours:

Ocean Safaris

Ocean Safari's provides a two hour boat tour that explores the Plettenberg Bay coastline from Keurbooms all the way to Robberg Point. This exciting trip offers insightful information about the marine world from their knowledgable guides.

Location: Hopwood St, Plettenberg Bay, (Go to the Central Main Beach Parking lot - it is situated in the centre | Open Times: 08:30 - 17:00 |Contact : 082 829 0809

Ocean Blue Adventures

Ocean Blue Adventure has various tours from dolphin encounters, whale excursions too cultural tours and guided hikes. Their tours are one and a half hours with either 08:30 am , 10:30 am , 12:30 am and 15:00 pm. Ocean Blue Adventures has additional tours such as dolphin watching, township excursions or hikes.

Location: Milkwood Centre, Hopwood St, Plettenberg Bay (Near the Yellowwood Spur) | Contact : 044 533 5083


You can see the big five right here in Plettenberg Bay. Enjoy a two hour game drive at the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve. If you searching for something different they offer a two hour horseback safari.

Location: Uplands Road, Wittedrift|Contact : 084 449 1275

Have you been to any? Let us know in the comments.


Plettenberg Bay & Stanley Island is well known for their birding. We have our very own birding list that you can take a look below.

Stanley Island Bird List
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