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The Crags & Surrounding Accommodation

The Best Kept Secret on The Garden Route

Along the Garden Route is a small (relatively speaking of course in the scheme of things) area called The Crags. It's 12km outside the popular coastal town of Plettenberg Bay, a suburb of it, you could say.

Here in this 15km2 area you will find the most extraordinary things to do, places to eat, people to meet and places to stay.

Let's begin with the animals - we have six sanctuaries here - Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, the Elephant Sanctuary and even one for Snakes at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. So if it's a walk with a cheetah, or a visit to the Ellies, or a day with the birds you desire, look no further than The Crags. Of course who could forget our glorious oceans with all its teaming wild life? Pelagic birds, dolphins, seals, whales and there's Ocean Blue to ensure you have the best eco tour possible.

If it's boating you desire, well there is no better spot than the Angling Club - little put-put boats to take you up (or down) river, to moor at private beaches and enjoy the tranquility of nature.

And for those adventure-loving people, Ingwe Forest Adventures puts together some great group & team-building activities. Polo fields abound in this area, and it's always an exciting time when the teams and horses arrive for the season! Chukkas and Champagne are the order of the day then.

And the walks here are superb - over 50 charted in the area.

Then of course there's the shopping: not the ordinary run-of-the-mill stuff, but handcrafted, hand painted, community orientated, artistic, clever, funny, funky and functional creations. Fabulous fabrics at Langa Lapu, mohair delights (and you can meet the goats who supply the wool too) at the Mill, jewelry, leather, famous raku ceramics at Porcupine, knick-knacks, clothing, dying, beadwork handcrafted soaps at Old Nick's ... it's a shoppers haven.

And not to forget that this area boasts the very first vineyard this far east in the Western Cape! Bramon Wine Estate has created an award winning bubbly and you can taste it at their super restaurant in the vineyards overlooking the elephant sanctuary.

And as for excellent eateries: Enrico's Restaurant is perched right on the rocks at Keurbooms beach - "Any closer," says Enrico, "and you'll get wet!"

And there's the PepperMill for scrumptious lunches and breakfasts at The Mill; Nature's Valley Trading for pub grub and beach essentials and what stay is a stay without sampling the superlative Natures' Valley Beach? There's the Flight Deck at Birds of Eden, in the middle of the lake with the swans and ducks gliding by. Of course if you'd prefer to pack up a picnic then Natures Valley Farmstall is the place for you to stop ... fresh milk, farm cheese, preserves (yum!), and then you head off to the beach for a blissful day of doing absolutely nothing.

If that isn't enough, we have our very own Barnyard Theatre here - so for those with a theatrical mien or a musical ear, the Barnyard has a fabulous variety of shows throughout the year.

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The Knysna Lourie (Tauraco corythaix) is a common sight in The Crags area for those with a keen eye. Although these beautiful birds are found throughout South Africa albeit on a lesser scale they remain known as the Knysna Lourie to locals.
The Elephant Sanctuary, Crags, Plettenberg Bay is one of three African Elephant Sanctuaries across three provinces in Southern Africa. The Elephant Sanctuary, started in 1999, grew from five elephants to a total of twelve African Elephants (Loxodonta Africana). These Elephants have been domesticated through positive reinforcement animal management principles, and as a result, provide us with the unique opportunity to interact with them.
The Ruffed Lemur... one of many primates that can be enjoyed at Monkeyland. One of Monkeyland's aims is creating awareness about the plight of primates and to show that with a greater understanding of our primate cousins, that we can all live in harmony. We presently house 18 different species of primates with 11 being free roaming in the main 12 hectare Monkeyland forest while another 7 species are in large cages within in the main forest or call Birds of Eden their home.
A hidden cove as seen from the Otter Trail. This rugged stretch of coastline between Storms River Mouth and Nature's Valley provides breathtaking views for the hiker. Over 20 kms of unspoiled terrain and blue ocean vistas. Bring your camera!
Rugged coastline near Nature's Valley. Home to the renowned Otter Trail. This trail is widely regarded as one of the finest in the world and stretches from Storms River Mouth in the east to Nature's Valley in the west, is 26 km long as the crow flies and 44 km as the hiker walks. Walking the trail takes 5 days, and the 4 nights are spent in comfortable huts with superb views. The route is located entirely within the Tsitsikamma National Park, which protects an 80 km long strip of coastal mountains, forest and beaches.
Looking down on Nature's Valley. Home to magnificent sandy beaches and rugged outcrops. A rambler's dream with plenty of sand for the kids.
The delightful beach at Keurboomstrand, just 10kms from the are known as The Crags. Rugged coastline and sandy beaches run for approximately 15kms from Keurboomstrand in the west to Nature's Valley in the East.
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