If a few days of Forest Therapy, to relax and recharge, is what you need then continue reading to get you on your way.
Here is all you need to know about what awaits you on your Platbos Indigenous Forest Weekend Away:
Platbos Indigenous Forest
Platbos indigenous forest is situated between Stanford and Gansbaai in the Western Cape. It’s about a 2.5 hour drive from Cape Town via Somerset West, Grabouw and Hermanus.
On the R43 road from Stanford to Gansbaai, look out for the Grootbos turnoff on your left hand side, approximately 12 km after passing Stanford. Turn left here and travel for exactly 6 km along this tar, followed by gravel road.
After 6km you will see a turnoff over a cattle grid on your right hand side, signed ‘Platbos Forest’. Turn right onto this road:
Platbos offers cabins, tented accommodation and a campsite in an amazing forest. Each of the different accommodation types are spread away from each other, which is great for privacy.
We stayed at Owl camp for the weekend. However, we would recommend booking the Forest Camp instead, especially if you camp with a Bush trailer like us. We say this because Owl camp is better suited for camping with tents or small trailers and has a maximum 6 people.
For a more detailed description of the accommodation, online booking and prices you can visit their website here.
All details for check in is provided via email upon confirmation and payment for your stay, as they don’t have a functioning office on site. The information provided by the office via email is extremely detailed and informative. You will have clear directions and instructions on how to get to your accommodation or campsite. I also phoned Platbos and found them very helpful and friendly.
Their onsite information hut also provides educational, informative and excellent information on the reforestation program.
The amenities at Platbos are brilliantly unique. It’s not often that the space you are camping in is so private that you can have an open bathroom and toilet, overlooking the forest!
The bathrooms and toilets are kept very clean and are well maintained. There is a Donkey Boiler for hot water and all the wood is supplied, however if you need extra wood, you can purchase more from the honesty shop on site.
Activities At Platbos
From the minute you first drive into Platbos you feel this urge to soak up the forest with it’s sounds, smells and colours for as long as possible – ultimate relaxation is soon to come.
The information hut, at the start of the forest trail, is a must-see before starting to explore Platbos.
So naturally, it’s where we began. Here you will receive a detailed map and information brochure on the forest routes. Day visitors can pay for their forest walk here too – just pay the fee into the honesty box provided
The magical forest walk can take around 2 hours from start to finish and is a very easy walk. An abundance of scents, sounds and textures will stimulate all your senses.
There are many benches along the forest trails to relax on while embracing the healing powers of mother nature. If you don’t have a problem with heights (like I do) then don’t miss the canopy lookout tower – I believe it is a must.
Around Platbos Area
Platbos is within a short drive of many activities in the area. Platbos is located in the exceptionally beautiful Uilkraal Valley – worth visiting as it is ideal for long walks, swimming, picnicking and bird watching.- should you have time left after exploring and experiencing Platbos.
Other Activities in the Area:
If you are staying at Platbos for longer and want to explore the area then here are a few suggestions to consider along the Whale Coast.
We arrived at Platbos around 6pm, as we took the long way round after missing the Grootbos turn off (We won’t make that mistake next time). It took a bit of time to decide how to park the trailer, but we soon had a fire going and soaked up the forest around us.
What makes Platbos so unique is the forest has trees that are over 1000 years old!. Indigenous forests are rare and endangered ecosystems, like Platbos, covering less than 0.05% of the Western Cape.
Because all the different accommodation types were cleverly constructed not to disturb the forest experience, one is immersed in the peace and tranquility of the forest throughout your stay.
We had a wonderful weekend being part of this magical forest with its insatiable ability to renew body and soul.We will definitely be back, Thank You Platbos for this magical forest experience.
Will we be back? Most definitely!
Till our next adventure!