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Emily Moon

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Emily Moon has eight luxury rooms, all with fabulous views over the sweeping river valley and wetlands. It is a small, intimate lodge set in a beautiful location and a wonderful place to base yourself to explore the area, just outside Plettenburg Bay.

At a Glance

  • Sit listening for the call of the fish eagle

  • Enjoy delicious food overlooking the river

  • Incredible views from every suite.

  • Perfect location to explore Plettenberg Bay

  • Keep busy with a huge number of activities

  • Charming rustic chic surrounded by nature

Adventure, Culture, Family, Honeymoon

Insider's View

Enjoy a lazy afternoon canoeing down the Bitou River.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

The family rooms are perfect for those traveling with children!

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

Emily Moon’s restaurant is always packed with locals – a really buzzy place!

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

Try some of the home made sushi, served around the swimming pool

Anna Hearn

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Emily Moon or take a look at our itineraries to Garden Route


Emily Moon is small exclusive lodge set on the southern bank of the river Bitou with the Tsitsikamma mountains in the distance, close to all of Plettenburg Bay’s attractions. The lodge has stunning vistas of the meandering river below and a very tranquil feel.

The rooms all have fantastic views, with private decks on which to sit and soak in the peacefulness and beauty of the surroundings. Decorated in a chic African contemporary style, along with artworks collected from afar, all suites offer spacious living areas with minibars, satellite TV, ceiling fans, plantation blinds and a fireplace for those cooler nights. Bathrooms are well appointed and feature under floor heating and there are also open air showers.

The restaurant has an excellent reputation in the area and is also a favorite with locals. It serves an eclectic menu including candle-lit dinners to fun lunches around the pool.

Emily Moon is a sports and activity enthusiast’s paradise. There are wonderful walks, canoes, bike trails, golf courses, long sandy beaches, fishing, marine reserves and much more, within easy reach of Emily Moon.


Emily Moon has just eight lodge suites, one honeymoon suite and a self catering house. All the rooms are en-suite and have fabulous views from their private verandas. The rooms are furnished with global artifacts and have a contemporary African feel to them. The rooms feature all the expected amenities such as tv and mini bar. There is also a cosy fireplace for the cooler nights to keep you warm.

Double Room lodge

Each secluded lodge has a fully appointed bathroom, under-floor heating, mini-bar, satellite TV, a viewing deck and fireplace

Family Lodge

There are 2 family lodges for 4 adults and 4 children. Each lodge has fully appointed bathrooms, underfloor heating, mini-bar, Satellite TV, viewing deck and fireplace.


Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities. Two of the eight cottage are ideal for families and there is plenty for them to do in the local area. Attractions include Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, the Elephant Sanctuary and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Center.


Walking and mountain biking along forest trails are complimentary activities at Emily Moon. The river is also home to an abundant water bird life and some excellent birdwatching opportunities. Paid activities in the area include fishing, canoeing, horse riding and all other Plettenberg Bay activities.

Emily Moon has an inviting Swimming pool as well as a restaurant with an excellent reputation in the area.

Location & Directions

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Plettenberg Bay, is a town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. It was originally named Bahia Formosa (Beautiful Bay) by early Portuguese explorers and lies on South Africa's Garden Route 210 km from Port Elizabeth and about 600 km from Cape Town.

When to go

Garden Route enjoys a moderate climate all year round. In peak summer season, from December to February, temperatures can climb as high as 34ºC, although winter temperatures can drop to as low as 4ºC. Generally, this season has many sunny days with high wind at times. During the winter months of June, July, and August, expect frequent rains and a couple of chilly evenings. From June to December, the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) graces Walker Bay with its massive presence.

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