Robberg Nature Reserve – one of the most important and iconic experiences in Plettenberg Bay – is reopening as lockdown regulations ease.
This Natural Monument and World Heritage Site, managed by CapeNature, is frequented daily by 100’s and sometimes 1000’s of local and international tourists. Located along the Garden Route in the Western Cape, this popular experience has been closed due the national government’s COVID-19 Coronavirus lockdown.
Locals and local businesses are excited for the reopening and most are looking forward to the boost that might come with the reopening during the Level 3 lockdown.
“We cannot underestimate the impact that nature and the environment play in our tourism industry along the Garden Route, and particularly for Plettenberg Bay.
When CapeNature contacted us last week, we were overjoyed and positive that SA Tourism is cautiously reopening and that the constant lobbying by organisations such as SATSA and the TBCSA are key to tourisms survival,” says Marius Venter, CEO of Plett Tourism.
“We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and are confident it will be spectacularMarius Venter, CEO of Plett Tourism
According to CapeNature, both the Keurbooms River and Robberg Nature Reserve are open from 12 June, with limited times and with the appropriate permits.
The Keurbooms River slipway will be open for boats with valid annual boat permits from 08h00 to 16h00 to accommodate recreational fishermen. Visitors are not allowed to waterski or braai on the picnic sites as theses activities are excluded during the current Level 3 lockdown.
Robberg Nature Reserve will also be open for anglers, hikers and trail runners, but one needs to book online as there is a limit of 120 people per day, including Wild Card holders.
As for Keurbooms activities, these will be limited to the above as National Parks and Nature Reserves are otherwise closed under the current Level 3 lockdown