Embracing the southern bank of the Bitou River in Plettenberg Bay, Emily Moon River Lodge is a small, unique lodge with wonderfully quirky yet chic décor. The lodge is surrounded by indigenous vegetation and offers views of the surrounding wetland, winding river and distant mountains.

Emily Moon offers a range of outdoor activities, including mountain biking and horse riding. Paddle along the Bitou River in a canoe, or head out on a fascinating nature walk. Explore this stunning Garden Route location and its wonderful beaches, golf courses and fine dining locations, or simply relax beside one of the two swimming pools.


  • Scenic river lodge in Plettenberg Bay
  • Popular restaurant with an eclectic menu
  • Beautifully designed contemporary rooms
  • Fantastic views from the river facing rooms
  • Excellent sightings for avid bird-watchers

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Take scenic rides on a mountain bike to explore this area and the nearby forest trails. Alternatively, paddle along the river in a canoe.

Choose from two swimming pools where you can cool off and take in the view.Or visit the small bar where you can enjoy a refreshing drink on the sundowner deck.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool


The elegant and renowned Emily's Restaurant is decorated with quirky collector’s pieces. The menu features fresh flavours with a distinct Thai influence, created by the experienced chef.

Standard Luxury Double Room

Emily Moon River Lodge offers 7 lovely lodges that are individually decorated with an eclectic African chic style and collected artwork. These spacious lodges feature double or twin beds, a stylish living area, en suite bathrooms with under-floor heating, a fireplace, mini bar and satellite TV.

The lodges also offer private wooden viewing decks and open-air showers which offer a view of the river. Connected to the main buildings by leafy wooden walkways, the lodges are surrounded by indigenous vegetation and offer superb views. There is one dedicated Honeymoon Suite which offers spectacular river views.

Standard Luxury Double Room AMENITIES

    En-suite bathroom

Other Room Types

Emily Moon River Lodge also features 1 Family Lodge; that sleeps 2 adults and 2 children. The Family Lodge is is inviting and comfortable and features a private sitting area, mini bar, satellite TV, en suite bathroom, underfloor heating, ceiling fan and fireplace. The exterior part of the lodge offers a wooden viewing deck as well as an open-air shower.


  • Beach activities
  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing
  • Golf
  • Guided walks
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Oct 2017 - 30 Apr 2018 $135 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018 $80 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Oct 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $140 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019 $90 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Oct 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $145 Bed & Breakfast

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Family Unit,Standard Luxury Twin Room,Luxury King Room Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Loved this place. A lot of atmosphere.

    Robin Phillips, February 2016
  • Emily Moon was quite luxurious - with our own fireplace and bathroom with heated floors! We felt so spoiled.

    Michael Deitche, July 2015
  • This was the high point. A wonderful location, room. staff, and restaurant. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute there and in Plettenberg Bay, Nature's Valley and other points, and wanted to spend more time.

    William Griffith, October 2014
  • Totally loved Emily Moon. We were also happy to stay 2 nights and have some time to unwind. Loved the lodge, the restaurant and the area.

    Lorraine Gross, September 2012
  • Emily Moon is a beautiful clean place, excellent food - wish I had of ate there both nights and not just the one. The staff were fantastic - especially with Fiona's fear of spiders - They checked the room well for us. I would rate it at 10/10

    Darell Ainsworth, September 2010
  • Emily Moon Loodge was beautiful. It is in a fantastic location, has lovely furniture and have a nice team.

    Fabio Kahn, September 2010
  • Emily Moon was awesome. They have great people - friendly staff / owners. It is an excellent location and is very romantic. They serve great breakfast but dinner was not so good. The room was very nice and the attractions around were the best we have seen.

    Jacques Matone, June 2010
  • Emily Moon was wonderful. The staff, in particular Shirley & Simon, was exceptional. Our room was lovely and very quiet. However, a car is a MUST at this hotel. Fortunately, they have a great restaurant on site.

    Deb Brown, October 2009
  • Emily Moon River Lodge was such a lovely place to end our stay!!! Thanks so much for that recommendation - completely relaxing and a calmness we needed after running around Cape Town trying to get all the tourist sights in.

    Lea Rivera, September 2009
  • Emily Moon in Plettenberg was by far our favourite stop. The family room was beautiful and the welcome we received from the staff was lovely. The tips Simon gave us on how to get the best out of our stay were very useful and his insider knowledge allowed us to watch a right whale 30m of the beach, unbelievable!!

    Maureen Smith, July 2009

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Lisa Liprini

Lisa Liprini

Africa Safari Expert

"The breathtaking views over the river valley will hypnotise you! This family friendly lodge will leave you with amazing memories of a tranquil and relaxing holiday experience."



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Loved this place. A lot of atmosphere.

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