Plett Game Reserve - the Big 5

Written by AmakayaBP

When you think of Plettenberg Bay – you may think of beaches, marine safaris, adventure sports, winelands but what probably won’t come to mind immediately is a game drive or safari.  Plett is certainly more popular for the Marine Big 5 than for the traditional African Big 5 but don’t let that deter you – the Plett Game Reserve spans 2000 hectares and is just a 15 minute drive from the town of Plettenberg Bay.


Visitors can enjoy a game drive across the plains of the Garden Route with sightings of Buffalo, Rhino, Hippo, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Kudu, Eland and other antelope species amongst smaller game animals.  Birders will be pleased to know that over 100 species have been recorded at the game reserve. A delightful offering for more adventurous travellers is Plett Game Reserve’s horse safari – take a guided ride through the game reserve and experience the peace of being surrounded by nature in a spectacular setting. We highly recommend this.

Plett Game Reserve has been home to four of the big five for years now: lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard but recently become the permanent home of a herd of rescued elephants. After a time of rehabilitation at the Knysna Elephant Park, Mpho, Lundi, Kito and Ntombi;  Harry, Namib and Gambo, Tosha and baby Harry have been introduced to the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve as free roaming elephants. Read more about their incredible journey here And thus, the Plett Game Reserve is now home to the Big Five on the Garden Route!


A visit to the Plett Game Reserve is perfect for a romantic game drive, a family horseriding outing or for international tourists visiting the Garden Route and looking for an authentic African safari experience. We hope you’ll take the time to visit them the next time you stay at Amakaya Backpackers.

Amakaya Backpackers Special until 30 September 2016