What to do and see in The Crags, South Africa: The Best Places and Tips

August 7, 2017 Layne Dawes

Discover the best top things to do in The Crags, South Africa including AfriCanyon River Adventures, Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, Trans Africa Tours and Safaris, Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, Birds of Eden, Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, Birds of Eden, Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary, Plett Puzzle Park.
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1. AfriCanyon River Adventures

1 The Mill Centre, Animal Alley | Plettenberg Bay, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
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AfriCanyon River Adventures

AfriCanyon offers an incredibly unique experience on the Garden Route. Africanyon's professionally trained guides will take you into a world unknown, a hidden gem. You will abseil in and around Waterfalls, zip-line, swim and enjoy optional jumps - incredible beauty that exists in a canyon-world hidden from all. Also called canyoneering, gorge-walking and known as "Kloofing" locally - Open Daily. 2hr short trip and 4hr standard trip options. (zip-line on the 4hr Standard trip only) Booking essential. Children 8yrs+

Reviewed By Biancatravellife

Amazing experience that speaks to your soul! I love nature dont get me wrong, but i was scared that something would bite me! The 2 guides were awesome full of energy and so helping ! Thanks Guys. the Hike back up , was difficult especially...MoreHi Bianca, Thank you so much for your great review - we really appreciate it. Rogan

2. Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

Forest Hall Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa +27 44 534 8170
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

Tenikwa grew from humble beginnings in 2002 when the owners started rehabilitating injured birds in a wooded shed behind their house. Today Tenikwa has grown to be one of the largest active Wildlife Rehabilitation Centres in the Western Cape, attending to a diverse variety of animals accepting both terrestrial and marine mammals and birds. Rehabilitating injured and abandoned Wildlife with the goal to release them back to the wild. Our centre rescue, rehabilitate and release between 250 - 450 wild animals annually. We work closely with nature/conservation authorities in our area, CapeNature, SANParks, BirdLife, and SANCCOB. Our Awareness Centre ensures that our Rehabilitation facilities are sustainable, funding the rehabilitation work and to raise awareness of the conservation issues in South Africa, Tenikwa offers various, programs throughout the day, catering for all ages and fitness levels with a focus on providing a conservation-based, informative tour. Guests learn about the indigenous wild cats of South Africa and why they are disappearing from our landscape.Species include African Wild Cats, Serval, Caracal, Cheetah, Leopard and Lions. The Tenikwa encounter is a great follow-on to a game reserve / safari experience; from viewing the cats at a distance to the opportunity to study these beautiful animals at close quarters. Tenikwa also has a Meerkat Meander where visitors can see Meerkats and Tortoises and there is also a variety of indigenous waterfowl, Blue Cranes and Marabou Storks to delight bird watchers. Tenikwa supports the upliftment of local communities through Eco tourism and is environmentally responsible. Entrance fees fund Tenikwa's NPO Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release Programme. Open 365 days a year. Amenities include a Tea Garden for light meals, Parking, Wheel-chair Friendly, Mothers Corner

Reviewed By Praveen G - Ormskirk, United Kingdom

Very devoted staff looking after wild animal who cannot or will not survive in wild. They look after a lot of animals who would have died if left in wild

3. Trans Africa Tours and Safaris

Augrabies Falls National Park 6600, South Africa
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Trans Africa Tours and Safaris

Welcome to Trans Africa Tours and Safaris. Let us take you on a trip that will leave you speechless and then turn you into a story teller. Africa hides the most beautiful gems in landscapes and people for you to discover. Come explore Africa with us and we will introduce you to these beautiful places and interesting people. We do guided self-drive tours, travel arrangements, and 4×4 vehicle equipment fitting. We also outsource fully equipped 4×4 safari vehicles for those who don’t have their own. Traveling in Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths? Could it be because Africa is the place of all our beginnings, the cradle of mankind, where our species first stood upright on the savannas of long ago?

Reviewed By Geoff B

Brilliant trip through the Kalahari and kalagadi. Saw all the animals along the way. Had an experience of 8 Lions walking into the camp at Mabua in the early morning. We were kept well informed by George. He had very interesting facts about the places...MoreThank you for the wonderful review. Hope to see you soon on another epic adventure.

4. Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

Just off the N2, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa +27 82 667 6588
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5 based on 400 reviews

Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

Reviewed By Qapple13 - Iffezheim, Germany

From the moment we set foot in the car park, to the moment we left this was an experience to cherish.
I dont love snakes, neither do my children, the the surroundings, the owners and especially the staff, made it a fantastic experience.
It ended with my 4 year old begging me for a Burmese Python.
Albert, our guide, was SUPERIOR! When you visit I hope you get to tour with him. Very safe, friendly and knowledgeable.
Highly recommend!

5. Birds of Eden

Monkeyland Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa +27 82 979 5683
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Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA). Birds of Eden is the largest single-dome free flight aviary in the world, spanning 2.3 hectares of natural Forests, streams and dams. With over a kilometre of walkways, visitors can experience the thrill of spotting almost 3500 previously captive birds of over 200 different species flying free and living natural lives. The scenery alone warrants a visit with hundreds of different plant and tree species plus there are giant fruit bats, golden-handed tamarins and the smallest of the antelopes, Blue duikers. Visits to Birds of Eden are self-guided and you are free to wander for as long as you wish at your own pace. Guided tours for group bookings can also be arranged on request at no additional cost.

Reviewed By Retired_teacher_56 - Dwight, Canada

The Birds of Eden is the world’s largest free flight aviary and bird sanctuary. It has a mesh dome which covers 5.7 acres of indigenous forest. It is home to 220 different species of birds. There are 3500 birds living in the sanctuary. As you walk through on the walkway there is always a bird to watch. The birds are very entertaining especially the flamingos. We loved seeing the red ibis and all the parrots. I could have easily gone again and again. It was a fantastic experience and definitely one that should not be missed. You can also purchase a ticket for Monkeyland which is part of the same company. It is beside Birds of Eden and should not be missed.

6. Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

Monkeyland Road | Animal Alley, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa +27 82 979 5683
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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA). Monkeyland first opened its gates to the public in 1998 amidst much skepticism, a sanctuary of this kind had never been attempted before; multiple primate species all running free and together in one big forest. But despite the fears it was a huge success and the world's first multi-species, free roaming primate sanctuary has set a standard that other sanctuaries now aspire to. 12 hectares of indigenous forest is home to over 500 primates of 11 different species; Squirrel, Capuchin, Howler, Vervet and Spider monkeys, Hanuman and Spectacled Langur, Saki, Gibbon, Ring-tailed and Black-and-white Ruffed Lemurs all enjoy the freedom to climb trees, forage amongst the undergrowth and live a life that is far removed from where they came. Ex-pets, laboratory animals and surpluses from zoos that used to live in cages now have the opportunity to behave in a way that is natural to them. Our experienced rangers will guide you on a one-hour tour of the forest, pointing out the different species whilst offering a wealth of information on their ecology and conservation. An added attraction is the 128m long suspension bridge that stretches across the forest canopy offering magnificent views of the surrounding Forests.

Reviewed By sunset1005 - Johannesburg

We started our tour at Monkeyland, loved walking in the “jungle”, hearing the calls from the primates and going over the hanging bridge. We enjoyed Birds of Eden, Monkey Land and Jukani which we booked on the internet with a combo option. Really worth visiting.

7. Birds of Eden

P.O Box1190, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa +27 44 534 8906
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Birds of Eden

Reviewed By Paul460h - Adelaide, Australia

For us, this was even better than Monkeyland. You walk along a boardwalk and can stop and look at all the very colourful birds for as long as you like. There are plenty in the aviary, which is huge. There's a stream trickling through from a pond at the top where there are ducks. Certainly a good site to visit, especially when combined with Monkeyland and also Jukani

8. Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

N2, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa +27 44 534 8409
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

Jukani is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) #PlettPredators #CragsCarnivores #HandsOffOurWildlife #SaasaVisit Come and visit Jukani which is the home of rescued predators and other wildlife where the focus is on conservation and education, specifically on the plight of predators both in captivity and in the wild all over the world.At Jukani you can see most of the larger cats such as lion, Bengal and Siberian tiger, jaguar, leopard, cheetah, puma, caracal and serval together with rarer species such as white lions and tigers and black leopard.The sanctuary is also home to other predators such as African wild dog, hyena, jackal, honey badger and zorilla together with other wildlife such as zebra, springbuck and raccoons. Our experienced and knowledgeable guides will take you on a tour of the sanctuary and introduce you to its inhabitants whilst offering a wealth of interesting and fascinating information regarding each of the species.A visit to Jukani is not just about viewing big cats, it is an informative experience at a sanctuary where the animal's physical and emotional needs are placed first and foremost. Unlike some other facilities, the cats here do not breed and cubs are not removed from their mothers to be 'cuddled' by visitors. These cubs often end their days as trophy hunter's prey. Jukani is a sanctuary, a place of refuge where the wildlife is treated with respect and protected from hunting and other dangers in safe and natural surroundings.The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance, a non-profit organisation (PBO No. 200/060 667/08 NPO 008 - 464) is the sole custodian of all the animals at Jukani, and therefore their future is secured. Jukani is funded by means of responsible eco-tourism and strives to achieve an effective balance between conservation and economic reality.A restaurant and curio shop is also available together with disabled access and facilities.

Reviewed By BiscuitHampshire - Hampshire

We enjoyed a guided tour of this caring sanctuary. All the cats are rescues and live out their lives in peace in as large enclosures as possible.

9. Elephant Sanctuary

Animal Alley | Portion 10 of Farm Kirbywood, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa +27 44 534 8145
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Elephant Sanctuary

Reviewed By SherbutFizz - Nottingham

We walked with the elephants at this sanctuary and it was a very moving experience. You really do get up close to them and the handlers seem to treat them well. The experience of having an elephant breathing into your hand is one I will...MoreGlad you enjoyed! Greetings The Elephant Team

10. Plett Puzzle Park

2 Along N Highway, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa +27 44 534 8853
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Plett Puzzle Park

Reviewed By Kanupriyahs - Bombay

Our 5 year old loved it. They have 2 major activities - one is finding the way out from a complicated maze, and the other is a forest walk. We didn't do the walk (but, I guess this walk was better with more activities loaded). The maze activity was fun too. Though, it was very sunny so, it is better to go there in the morning or after 4 pm. Also, there was a kiddy quad bike which our son enjoyed sitting on.

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