Emily Moon

Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa

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

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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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Insider's View

Enjoy a lazy afternoon canoeing down the Bitou River.

The family rooms are perfect for those travelling with children!

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

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

Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday to Emily Moon or take a look at our itineraries to 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.

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 favourite 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.

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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 artefacts 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 Centre.


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.



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A quirky little place with eclectic design (we walked through several sets of Zanzibari doors to reach the reception), Emily Moon is set up on a gentle slope overlooking gently swaying reed beds through which a slender river undulates its a fun, slightly unusual spot but with a great welcome.

Our room was designed to make the most of the view, and given the chill of the day, we were delighted to see each room had an open fire. Its a great little stopping point for those exploring the garden route with a few activities on offer including canoeing the river.


  • Birds of Eden

    Birds of Eden is the world's largest free-flight bird aviary. The aviary is home to about 3,500 birds representing over 200 species.

  • Black Water Tubing - Green Route

    Explore the beauty of Tsitsikamma's Plaatbos Nature Reserve through a fun combination of tubing and stand-up paddle boarding.

  • Black Water Tubing - Red Route

    For those who are thrilled with adventure, this is a unforgettable way to explore Tsitsikamma's Goesa Nature Reserve as you journey through beautiful forest and cliff sceneries which opens up to the spectacular Storms River Mouth.

  • Boat Trip on Storms River

    If you like to be on the water, then this boat trip will get you up close and personal to the stunning Storms River. Afterwards, walk through the forest to the suspension bridge.

  • Fynbos Flower Safari

    The Cape Floral Region has the highest concentration of plant species in the world. Staggeringly this recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site holds three times the diversity of species than the Amazon rainforest.

  • Great White Shark Cage Diving

    Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.

  • Hog Hollow Horse Riding - Farm Trail

    This one-hour farm trail takes you through open terrains and fields.

  • Hog Hollow Horse Riding - Forest Trail

    This two-hour forest trail takes you through the ancient Tsitsikamma rainforest.

  • Horse Riding in the Cape

    Enjoy exploring the dramatic landscapes of South Africa on horseback, an experience to be included on any visit.

  • Monkeyland - Plettenberg Bay

    Monkeyland is a unique primate sanctuary that rehabilitates and frees previously caged primates. All of the monkeys here move about the forest freely and peacefully and allow you to view them as they would bee seen in their natural habitat.

  • Mossel Bay

    Make a brief stop at Mossel Bay for the world-famous Post Office Tree at the Dias Museum Complex.

  • Paddle Up Storms River

    If you like to be on the water, then this two to three-hour kayak adventure will get you up close and personal to the stunning Storms River. Afterwards, walk through the forest to the suspension bridge.

  • Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve

    Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the Southern Cape and is in the perfect location for anyone who wants to experience a one day, big game viewing experience along the Garden Route.

  • Quad Biking at the Wineries

    This route takes you through Hamilton Russel Vineyards & South Right wineries into the Fernklook Nature Reserve.

  • Robberg Peninsula Walk

    The Robberg Peninsula is an outcrop of land from the western side of Plettenberg Bay. The Peninsula is now a nature reserve and a marine protected area which makes for spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna.

  • Sea Kayaking at Hermanus

    An adventurous 2-hour sea kayaking experience as you paddle along the coastline with opportunities to encounter sea creatures.

  • Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

    Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre at Plettenberg Bay offers guests a truly unique wildcat experience as they are taken on a guided tour of cheetah, leopard, serval, caracal and other wildcats, baboons and birds.

  • Whale watching on the Western Cape

    Southern right whales visit the Western Cape from about June to December every year. These beautiful gentle giants congregate to the shores of Hermanus all the way along the coast line towards Plettenberg Bay.

Location & directions

Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, 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.

How to get there

Guests are advised to fly to Port Elizabeth and proceed to Emily Moon by road. A flight from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth takes about 1hour 40minues. The distance from Port Elizabeth to Emily Moon is 230km and can be comfortably covered by road in 2 hours 30 minutes.

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