Platbos is an ancient indigenous forest situated at the foot of Africa. Described by botanist and author, Professor Eugene Moll, as a "unique South African forest jewel", this is a forest that enchants and inspires all who come to visit.
Platbos Forest Reserve is DAY ZERO READY! 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.
The forest, found on the slopes of the Baviaanspoort Hills, is located on the Grootbos Road between the fishing village of Gansbaai and the seaside town of Hermanus in the Western Cape Province. Southern Right Whales gather each year in Spring to birth their young in the blue waters of Walker Bay, a few kilometers away from the forest. The vegetation surrounding the forest comprises low-growing limestone fynbos (an endangered ecosystem of immense floral biodiversity), coastal thickets, cultivated fields and dense stands of invasive alien vegetation. The discovery that the landscape also nurtures this unusual gem of an indigenous forest, takes many by surprise.