Emily Moon River Lodge - Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

Plettenberg Bay Accommodation
Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

Emily Moon River Lodge

Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route - Accommodation

Emily Moon River Lodge rating

Emily Moon River Lodge in Plettenberg Bay

Where luxury and peace are to be found in a sweeping river valley, where the views encompass a wetland, winding river and distant mountains and where the call of the Fish Eagle will forever remind you of the vast skies of Africa.

Embracing the southern bank of the Bitou River, Emily Moon River Lodge is an exclusive boutique Guest Lodge with accommodation for 20 adults and four children. Each luxurious suite is a separate lodge for two people with their own sitting area, private viewing deck, dressing room and spacious fully appointed bathroom with under floor and towel rail heating.

The family units sleep four with a shower, toilet and hand basin in the children’s room. All have their own unique Africa chic look with breath-taking views of the valley below. There are three units that can be either king size beds or convert into two singles for those with this preference.

There are two lodges which do not have full river views but have their own Robinson Crusoe private viewing tree top deck right next to the lodge where one can commune with nature, have sun-downers, early morning coffee or just read a book - the view from these is magnificent.

These two lodges can be made into a family room for six as there is a fully sound proof door between them which can be opened for the occasion for a family of six.

Four of the lodges have a completely private alfresco shower hot and cold where one can enjoy the river birdlife.

The restaurant Emily’s exudes the essence, spirit and mystery of Africa with Beautiful collectors’ items in every hue, texture and shape adorning every nook and cranny. Kelims , Persian, Nguni skins carved mermaids, Samburu spears, sculptures, old framed photographs, maps paintings, fabulous pieces of furniture are just a sample of the many pieces from this and other continents.

Jana our chef extraordinaire produces an eclectic menu for candlelit dinners with a daily changing menu of whatever is the freshest. The menu is as capricious as the weather, today its broccoli and gorgonzola soup, Thai spring rolls, succulent rack of lamb, fresh calamari seeped in Jana’s secret sauce, cheese cake or chocolate gateau tomorrow springbok with cranberry sauce or grilled cob! Whatever is freshest and of the best quality is served on the daily basis.

A large deck overlooking the river for sundowners and cocktails where guests can watch the beautiful sun sets with the carved Ethiopian day bed in front of the log fire being a popular choice.

Facilities & Activities nearby:

Facilities available at Emily Moon River Lodge,Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Womens Day Weekend
Activities Nearby
  • Bicycle Touring
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing / Kayaking
  • Caving
  • Fishing
  • Fishing - Deep Sea
  • Fishing - Saltwater
  • Gliding - Traditional
  • Health & Fitness
  • Horse Riding
  • Kite-Surfing
  • Paddling - Canoeing
  • Paddling - Kayaking
  • Paddling - Sea Kayaking
  • Rowing
  • Sailing - Yacht Charters
  • Scuba Diving
  • Scuba/Snorkeling
  • Skydiving
  • Surfing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Windsurfing
  • Yachting

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GPS Co-Ordinates: 23° 22' 22.1" E / 34° 0' 36" S

By Car / Driving

Driving to Emily Moon River Lodge in Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

Departing: George Airport
Address: George, South Africa
Distance: 0.2 km / Duration: 1 hour 27 mins
1.Head north toward R4040.2 km
2.Turn right onto R4042.4 km
3.Turn left to merge onto N211.7 km
4.Take the exit on the right toward N21.1 km
5.Continue onto N22.4 km
6.Keep right to stay on N282.9 km
7.At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on N24.0 km
8.Turn left onto Rietvlei Rd1.5 km
9.Turn left
Destination will be on the right
0.2 km

Nearest Airport & Flights

George Airport - George


With a growing number of travellers heading to the region's beaches, forests and mountains, George airport now has over 600 000 passengers a year. It has won the South African Airport of the Year award six times (at the time of writing), and George's city centre is 11 Kilometres away.

George Airport was originally named after the then president P.W. Botha and was built in 1977.

Reviews for Emily Moon River Lodge

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Emily Moon River Lodge rating

Beautiful guesthouse with view over the river and a good restaurant. We only stayed one night, but with the central 'garden route' location of this lodge and the many possible activities, this could easily be a place to entertain yourself for a couple of days. The lodge also has kayaks that you can use free of charge to explore the river. We had a very nice room (suite 1) with a private balcony, big bathroom (view on the river from the bath) and our favorite: A Fireplace. After the kayaking, it was great to drink a bottle of red wine and warm up in front of the fireplace. We would definitely recommend this place.

review by Christin Robben

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Emily Moon River Lodge rating

What an amazing experience! We will be back; party, festive, stuuning view and great food

review by Jacques Matthee

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Emily Moon River Lodge rating

A very special place. Individual lodges situated on a small hill overlooking the Bitou river and surrounding wetlands, they command captivating views. Exquisitely furnished inside, spacious, well laid out, and with a proper log fireplace!Excellent restaurant, a further pizza restaurant, two separate bar areas and numerous cozy corners to loose yourself with a drink or two.... Not to mention, friendly hosts.

review by Mark H

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Perfect accommodations and break fast, nice pizzeria and separate restaurant. Unfortunately small things like free of charge espresso or daily fresh mineral water in the room is missing. These small missing things (which dont cost much) made it not perfect.

review by Majo K

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Fabulous restaurant in a stunning setting. You can either have pizzas in one section or more variety in the restaurant. Amazing service from the lovely Emily Moon crew. Loved it. Bookings are essential in the busy season.A must visit.

review by victoria newton-king

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Great stay. Clean rooms, good food. Beautiful setting

review by William Clift

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Emily Moon River Lodge rating

Beautiful luxurious lodge with amazing views, friendly welcoming staff and homely atmosphere Weather left us down tho

review by Damien Mulligan

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Emily Moon River Lodge rating

I am so lucky to have the pleasure of staying in Emily Moon, such a wonderful place, once you enter this place you het the sense of adventure and history around this place, the owner is super friendly and helpful always making sure you have a good time, the rooms are piece of art, recommend for honeymooners and romantic couples, you must try the food here you will not regret it. Well done Emily Moon

review by Ahmad Alnajdi

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Emily Moon River Lodge rating

Really wonderful place. A unique and enjoyable setting for a nice meal. Staff friendly and accommodating. Food tasty and original.

review by Iain Van Zyl

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Emily Moon River Lodge rating

The location of this lodge is ideal with rooms over looking the river. The restaurant is absolutely superb and we will definitely be back again for the food. We had pizza from Simons Bar the first night and Lamb shank the second which was fantastic. We are also croissant people and boy did they have good croissants over breakfast! The only reason I cant give this place a 5 is because our linen was a little dirty which put me off slightly so just check that and lastly some of the staff although friendly just werent as incredible as the previous place where we had just come from. But over all another lovely place to try out along the garden route ESPECIALLY the restaurant! And if you do decide to sleep over take advantage of the complimentary kayaking down the river which was really relaxing. My cocktail of choice either the mango daiquiri or The pink lady

review by Joletta-luise Eichweber

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Emily Moon River Lodge rating

Always a pleasure. The food was incredible for our anniversary on 10th December but it lost a lot of spark when we returned on 23rd. Too many people to cater for I think.

review by Wendy Harrison

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A very romantic restaurant with typical African views. The food is excellent too and the waiters and waitresses very attentive and fun.

review by Anita Polledri

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Emily Moon River Lodge rating

We were seated outside the main restaurant, lovely surroundings and great view off the deck. Had the Pork Belly, Prawns and sirloin steak, all which were good, but not excellent. Mojito was very good though.

review by Luke Mckend

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It was an amazing experience. The ambience spectacular. The food and service top star notch. We will definitely visit again. Do not miss the experience we had.

review by Ephraim Keikelame

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Emily Moon River Lodge rating

Very nice restaurant. The food was great. We had to sit outside because they were totally booked this evening. When we were finished a few tables inside were still empty. That's the reason for not 5 stars. The staff is friendly, just a few mains but the taste is very good. Enjoy there!

review by Tobias Hübner

"What a beautiful stay!"

It was our honeymoon and we (unfortunately) stayed only one night at Emily Moon! The food was very good, the accommodation fantastic! We didn't have the opportunity to use the already prepared fireplace. Even our car was clean the next morning... One of our best experiences during our trip!!!

review by Sascha Glaeser, Germany

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