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Platbos – Africa’s Southernmost Forest, Gansbaai

Platbos Forest Gansbaai

The ancient 30ha Platbos forest has trees that are over 1000 years old and is Africa’s most southerly indigenous forest. The magical walk, that takes one to two hours to complete, is on easy gradients and wide paths and is for old and young alike.

Sit on the benches situated along the forest trail and absorb the scents of tree blossoms, earth, mosses and leaves. A “Forest Information Sheet” supplies a wealth of knowledge about the forest ecosystem. Trees are labelled along the way to help you to get to know them. Look out for bushbuck grazing in the cool depths and enjoy the sight and sound of birds flitting between the ancient trees.

If you are in the mood for quiet contemplation and meditation, walk the forest’s beautiful labyrinth made from mother-of-pearl sea shells.

Platbos Forest Accommodation, Gansbaai

Platbos Forest Camp Site


For years, people have been asking for accommodation at Platbos, and so we are pleased to announce the eco-friendly, “off-grid” Forest Camp. Offering private, tented accommodation, this forest venue sleeps up to 6 guests. However, for larger groups, you are welcome to bring along your own extra tents. The Forest Camp is exclusive in that guests enjoy the privilege of having this unique and beautiful forest venue all to themselves.

Some Visitor Comments:

“We enjoyed our very interesting walk through your magical forest. We also enjoyed the labyrinth. We wish you much success in preserving this lovely spot.” – Susanne and Elf, Switzerland

“A refreshing difference; hauntingly beautiful” -Tracy, Bill and David, Canada

“Kom weer! Platbos is ‘n sielsbos!” – Esme, South Africa

“A spiritual experience, one which we have taken with us. Thank you.” – Wallace family, Dubai

“Dankie dat julle die bos bewaar – dis GOED dat dit nog hier is!” – Du Toit family, South Africa

“Amazing! We saw a bosbok – what a privilege. Other than that, thank you for offering this heaven of forest for the city dwellers to enjoy” -Andre and Annette Delport, SA

There is a picnic site and ablutions. As the numbers of walkers are limited, pre-booking is essential. Guided tours are also available.

Platbos Forest is situated in the Baviaanspoort Hills on the Grootbos Road between Stanford and Gansbaai. The forest is just 40 minutes from Hermanus, South Africa´s whale-watching capital.

Tel: +27 82 411 0448: Email:  Website.

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