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

The Forest Camp

Tented Accommodation beneath the canopy of Platbos Forest
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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!


We are pleased to announce the eco-friendly, "off-grid" Forest Camp. Private, tented accommodation, this forest venue sleeps up to 4 guests. However, for larger groups, you are welcome to bring along your own extra tents etc. The Forest Camp is exclusive in that guests enjoy the privilege of having this unique and beautiful forest venue all to themselves.

Immerse yourself in the forest: restore your soul and reconnect with the Earth´s rhythms. In the evenings, sit around the camp fire and listen for the owls and the deep bark of the bush buck. At dawn, awaken to birdsong and the sun´s first rays of pink and gold upon the tree trunks.


Sleeping Areas:
  • Two tented units with 2 single beds each.
  • All linen, towels and bedding provided (for up to 4 guests).
Indoor / Outdoor Kitchen:
  • Fully equipped kitchen with pots, pans, cutlery and crockery. Please note: The Forest Camp provides cutlery and crockery for 4 guests only; parties of over 4 guests must therefore please bring along their own catering requirements.
  • Gas for cooking (note: no oven, microwave or fridge as cabin is off-grid. There is a communal freezer for use at the Info hut).
  • Outdoor fireplace
Open Air Shower:
  • Hot water fuelled by the old fashioned Donkey Boiler.
  • Wash stand and basin.
Composting, Waterless Toilet:
  • Great efforts have been made to make this a cut above the traditional "long drop"!


Please note: A 50% deposit is required to reserve your booking.

Rates per night: R1050 for up to 4 guests; thereafter R90 per person.

Single night stays: By arrangement only; an additional R200 surcharge is applicable. Not optional over weekends / Public Holidays

In Season (16 Dec - 5 Jan): Minimum of a 3 night stay is required.

Check-in: Any time after 2pm | Check-out: 10am (unless otherwise arranged).

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

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


  • Solar lanterns and candles are provided; please bring along extra flashlights.
  • 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.
  • Please bring along your own fire-lighters / blitz.
  • Please bring along a Cooler Box and Ice Trays (re-freeze your ice bricks and ice trays in the communal freezer).
  • The Forest 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 cottage 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 music is allowed.
  • Cellphone receptivity varies in the forest and Vodacom receives better reception.
  • Platbos is a wilderness area; please treat all aspects of it with the utmost respect.
  • Platbos is unfortunately not pet-friendly therefore NO dogs are allowed.

… 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.
Paradise fly catcher
Batis Mom with insect from Dad
Batis heads off olive thrush
Male Bushbuck