Platbos indigenous forest | Africa´s Southernmost forest | Baviaanspoort Hills, Grootbos Road between Gansbaai and Hermanus

Owl Camp

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No outside fire wood is permitted at the Reserve!
We have put strict restrictions in place to protect the forest from the Shot Hole Borer Beetle which is currently killing trees and forests in other parts of the country. Wood is for sale at Platbos for your braai needs.

Thank you for helping us to protect this precious forest!


Platbos Owl Camp

Set beneath a majestic white stinkwood tree and surrounded by forest, the Owl Camp offers a secluded and truly unique experience for camping enthusiasts. This is our only camping stand for guests to bring along their own tents or camper vans and the facilities are for the exclusive use of those booking the site.



  • Camp Site situated under forest canopy
  • Parking space for canopy tent / camper van
  • Donkey Boiler for hot water (wood supplied)
  • Open air shower
  • Composting loo (with a wonderful view!)
  • Sink for washing up and food preparation
  • Fire Pit and braai grid (we do not supply gas rings etc)
  • Use of communal freezer


Please note: A full payment is required to reserve your booking.
Rates per night: R275.00 per night for one to two guests;
thereafter R85.00 per person per night. Maximum 6 guests.
Minimum of a 2 night stay over weekends and over holiday season. Camping fees include entrance fee to the Platbos Forest Reserve.
Check-in: Any time after 2pm | Check-out: 10am (unless otherwise arranged).

For stays of over 4 nights, guests are welcome to recharge their laptops at the Platbos Forest Homestead (solar-powered).


  • Wood is provided for the ‘donkey boiler’, extra braai and fire wood may be purchased at Platbos – R50 per bag – please collect from the Freezer Room in the fire break and leave your money in the honesty box. No wood may be cut or collected from the indigenous Platbos Forest.
  • The Freezer Room can be found on the Firebreak (see map provided)
  • The code for the combination lock on the Freezer room is: 246
  • The Owl Camp is off-grid; this means no electrical plug points or fridge (but as already stated, there is use of the communal freezer).
  • While the water at the camp is fine for boiling and using in food preparation, you might like to bring along your own drinking water.
  • Please do not use ‘Doom-type’ pesticide sprays, etc, but DO bring along insect repellent during the summer months for mosquitoes.
  • Please respect the peace and tranquillity of the forest and keep noise levels down; no loud music, etc.
  • Cellphone receptivity varies in the forest and Vodacom receives better reception.
  • BABOONS: Platbos is occasionally visited by a troop of baboons when the trees are bearing seed. We are fortunate in that they are still wild and unaccustomed to human food. They are non-aggressive and will run away if they see you. To ensure that the baboons remain this way, there are signs up at the accommodation to remind you to please always pack food away after meals.
  • Platbos is also home to wild bees that make their nests in the old tree trunks. There are signs up to alert you of a ‘bee tree’ if it is anywhere nearby the forest trail. Simply walk quickly past the sign.
  • Platbos is a wilderness area; please treat all aspects of it with the utmost respect. The mosses and ferns that grow on the trees take many years to establish – please avoid unnecessary impacts on this delicate ecosystem.

The mosses and ferns that grow on the trees take many years to establish - please avoid unnecessary impacts on this delicate ecosystem.

Guests staying at the Owl Camp may walk the forest trail free of charge.

… take only pictures and leave only footprints …


Platbos grows in an exceptionally beautiful valley -
once you have finished exploring the forest, discover the Uilkraal Vallei:

Activities beyond the Uilkraal Vallei
(but still in our neck of the woods):

  • Boat-based whale watching with Dyer Island Cruises -
  • Commune with the Southern Right whales from the rocky shoreline of De Kelders
  • Visit the Klipgat caves - home to our collective ancestors over 100,000 years ago
  • Enjoy a beach outing at the family-friendly Stanford's Cove, De Kelders
  • Play putt-putt and have a ride down the super tube at Uilenkraalsmond Resort
  • The Baardskeerdersbos Art Route -
  • Bread-making workshops with artist Niel Jonker -
  • Take a drive to Wolvengat and visit the local artists
  • Visit the beautiful town of Elim, with its historic church and mill

For all accommodation enquiries please call:
during office hours,
Monday to Friday or email

The Forest is

Platbos Forest Reserve is off-grid and our accommodation units are serviced with river and dam water. Although our area is not yet receiving stringent water restrictions like those in Cape Town, we encourage our guests to always use natural resources mindfully. Four of our five accommodation units use environmentally-friendly composting toilet systems, and all the water that is used in the accommodation units is recycled back into the forest which is why we supply biodegradable, non-harmful washing up liquid for our guests.
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Ancient wild olive tree
White stinkwood flowers