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Emily Moon River Lodge

Garden Route

Rating: Deluxe    

Emily Moon River Lodge overview

Emily Moon River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Bitou River in Plettenberg Bay on the famous Garden Route. With accommodation for a maximum of just 24 (20 adult guests and 4 children over 8 years), this is a small and secluded lodge offering a peaceful and relaxing stay.

The luxury accommodation comprises 10 separate lodges, each with its own sitting area, spacious bathroom and private viewing deck. 2 of the lodges are family units, accommodating up to 2 adults and 2 children. There are 2 swimming pools, one tucked away at the end of a boardwalk, and the garden features wooden walkways allowing you to explore at their leisure.

Emily's Restaurant serves cuisine based on freshly prepared local produce. Before dinner you can enjoy a sundowner on the deck, relaxing after the day's activities. These include a wide range of outdoor sports including canoeing, hiking, mountain biking and golf. Other possible activities are fishing, taking a boat cruise, visiting local beaches, shopping and bird watching.


Open: Year round. 

Location: Situated on the southern bank of the winding Bitou River in the town known as the Jewel of the Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay. 

Rooms: 10 luxury lodges, 8 accommodating 2 adults each and the other are family lodges accommodating up to 2 adults and 2 children each. The maximum number of guests is 24. All lodges have spacious living areas, en-suite bathrooms with underfloor heating and a private viewing deck. They have ceiling fans, blinds, minibars and satellite TV. There is a fireplace for chilly evenings.    

Activities: Canoeing, mountain bikes, hiking and forest trails and swimming. Futher afield you have Plettenbery Bay to explore.

Facilities: The hotel houses the restaurant, cafe, lounge and bar area, an en-site art gallery and 2 swimming pools, one with a sundeck and chairs.  

Dining: Meals are served in the dining area (outdoor in warmer months) where you can enjoy the fantastic views of the river, wetlands and distant mountains. 

Children: The hotel welcomes children 8 years and over.

Health: This is non-malarial area. 

Communication: There is good mobile reception, phone, fax and internet access at reception (local charges apply).

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Their two biggest achievements are the amount of recycling they do (only 10% of waste goes to landfill) and their involvement in eradicating invasive plant species in the Biton wetlands.

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client reviews

Simon Waller

"Very helpful, quirky but nice, lovely room (underfloor heating in the bathroom - lovely!). Restaurant served great food."

Hannah Black, Tribes
"Located in natural wetland just a 10min drive Plettenberg Bay, overlooking a river, Emily Moon has beautiful views and the natural gardens which surround the propery are lovely. I loved this guest house. It's in a gorgeous location and has a really welcoming, homely vibe about it and it's full of character. All rooms have river views and can either see the sunrise or sunset. The restaurant on site is very popular so booking is essential!"
Mr. John Moore
"Staying at Emily Moon was one of the highlights of our holiday, a wonderful location with first class hospitality."
Mrs. Justine Addison
"Wow. That's the word that we repeatedly used when arriving at Emily Moon. The bar/restaurant was like some kind of paradise with views that are indescribable. We then got to our The room was huge, beautiful styled, perfectly equipped and the balcony/veranda was not only huge but had unbroken views of the river. Do not forget binoculars if you are coming to this hotel. The food, the service, the not miss this hotel. "
Mr. Alec Connah
"Nice lodge [though Alec did not particularly warm to the host]."

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