- Western Cape
Keurboomstrand in the Western Cape of South Africa, is a resort town 12.5 Km from Plettenberg Bay.
From the beach you have a spectacular view of the Robberg Peninsula and Nature Reserve. The area is popular for swimming, fishing and hiking. The Keurbooms River meets with the Bitou River to form a Lagoon with its own island. This lagoon is popular with holiday makers for water-skiing and boat cruises.
Nearby is the Matjies River Cave where late Stone Age relics have been found. The upper reaches of the Keurbooms River are roofed with trees, notably at Whiskey Creek.
Keurboomstrand is perfectly situated on the Garden Route for you to explore many attractions in the surrounding area.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see:
- Keurbooms River Nature Reserve
- Matjies River Cave
- Keurbooms River Ferry
- Thyme & Again Farm Stall
- Dolphin Adventures Sea Kayaking
- Birds of Eden
- Bloukans Bridge Bungy
- Forest Night Game Drive
All types of accommodation are available e.g. camping, self-catering cottages, Guest Houses, B&B’s and Lodges.
The climate is considered warm and temperate
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 25˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 8˚C and 20˚C with the highest rainfall in August.
Chemair offers flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town directly to Plettenberg Bay. Commercial Airlines only offer flights into Port Elizabeth (2 hours) or George (1 hour) the two next closest local Airports. The scenic drive through Wilderness and Knysna from George is well worth the trip if you struggle to get a flight directly into Plettenberg Bay.
Car Hire Services are available at all airports.
March /April – Eden Walking Festival: 52 Walks along the Garden Route to choose from, one being the Natures Valley to Keurboomstrand Walk
October – Sasfin Wine and Bubbly Festival: An experience not to be missed!
Nov / Dec - Plett Rage: This music festival is the longest running and possibly the largest student festival in the Southern Hemisphere. A few hundred students started visiting Plett in the 8o’s to celebrate the start of Summer vacation and freedom. The festival has now grown to 10 days of partying at six festival venues filled with about 15 000 fellow students. Not for the “older” crowd!
“Keurboom” is derived from the local Keurboom tree or Choice Tree in the area with pretty pink-mauve flowers.
The shell middens (an old dump site containing shells, animal bones and other artifacts and ecofacts associated with past human occupation) at the Matjies River Rock Shelter close by was one of the largest in the world. It stands 10 m high, 15 m wide and 30 m long and provided useful resources for Archeologists studying the area. It included artifacts showing the existence of Bushman in the area dating as far back as the Neolithic period 11,000 years ago. The Matjies River Rock Shelter has been made a National Monument.
The first European settlement in South Africa was due to the ship-wreck of the Silo Goncalo nearby in 1630. The 200 odd Portuguese explorers who were ship-wrecked here for nearly a year built the first church and small homes.
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