Animal Experiences

Plettenberg Bay is a wild-life enthusiasts' paradise.

Knysna Elephant Park

This was founded in 1994, the first of its kind in South Africa offers visitors an opportunity to “Be Touched By and Elephant Today”. The elephants range freely in the 60 hectare park on which there is plenty to eat, some big trees to rub up against and two large dams for bathing and drinking. Meet the herd – Sally; Harry; Thambile; Nandi; Thandi (she’s the first calf born at the Park); Shaka; Bulelo; Malaika; Jabari and Keisha – the baby

The Crags Elephant Sanctuary

Meet the six African Elephants: Maroela, Jabu, Thandi, Mopani, Thaba and Tumelo in a beautiful indigenous forest setting and choose your elephant experience from the varied programme.

Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

Experience a 1 hour guided tour consisting of an indigenous snake pit, a boomslang exhibit, a monitor lizard enclosure, a large dome housing South African and exotic snakes, followed by a huge python room housing giant constrictors. Open Tuesday to Sundays


The world’s first multi-species free-roaming primate sanctuary is renowned throughout the world for its rehabilitation work. On the 1 hour safari expect to see many species of monkeys, apes and lemurs living in the forested sanctuary.

Birds of Eden

The largest single free-flight aviary in the world, and incorporates an indigenous forest with waterfalls and elevated walkways. Previously caged birds from every corner of the globe live here in free flight.

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

Plett’s latest addition to a “must see” whilst visiting the Garden Route. An activity with a difference – the objective being to allow visitors to experience tame indigenous wildlife in a semi-natural environment whilst learning about their struggle for survival in the wild. Tenikwa offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience South Africa’s lesser indigenous cats, branded “The Furry Five” – Black Footed Cats, African Wild Cats, Caracal, Serval and two very cute young Cheetah cubs, Chester and Zimbali, that will steal your heart.

Game Safaris

Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve – A 2 hour game drive or horse safari experience with over 30+ different species of game, 800+ animals and 1300 hectares of indigenous beauty just 15 minutes from the town.

Buffalo Hills Game Reserve

An African Safaris on the Garden Route. Choose from half or full day visitors’ programmes.