Emily Moon River Lodge

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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


  • Beach activities
  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing
  • Golf
  • Guided walks


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.


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.


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.

General facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
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Traveller Reviews

Emily Moon River Lodge

Robin Phillips

"Loved this place. A lot of atmosphere."

Michael Deitche

"Emily Moon was quite luxurious - with our own fireplace and bathroom with heated floors! We felt so spoiled."

William Griffith

"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."

Lorraine Gross

"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."

Darell Ainsworth

"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"

Fabio Kahn

"Emily Moon Loodge was beautiful. It is in a fantastic location, has lovely furniture and have a nice team."

Jacques Matone

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.
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Deb Brown

"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."

Lea Rivera

"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."

Maureen Smith

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 all owed us to watch a right whale 30m of the beach, unbelievable!!
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Kelli Springfield

Emily Moon River Lodge was also very nice. The owner actually sat down with us at breakfast and provided us with maps and information on must see places and things to do. Our room had a balcony that overlooked the river - it was a very beautiful and quiet setting. There was plenty to do and see within the area. And if you wanted to stay near the lodge you could take their bicycles for a ride or use one of their canoes to take on the river.
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Sebastian Brown

It's just we didn't realize that there was so much to do in Plett and we fell in love with Emily Moon River Lodge so another night there would have been handy. The setting was beautiful and, although we were no more than thirty yards from the other l odges, they are arranged in such a way that ensures complete privacy. The balcony and the view there-from, the outside shower and the open fire provided lots of novel entertainment value for us city-dwellers.
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Claire Evans

"It was actually very good, despite the confusion over the room. The free dinner and sparkling wine made up for it. The lady in charge was brilliant with sending us to the best attractions and places to eat. We also loved her little dog!"

Andrea Monks

"Emily Moon at Plett was a real highlight. It was a stunning location, the restaurant and bar were fabulous, funky and cool, and the proprietors could not have been more friendly and helpful. We will definitely go back."

Amy Robinson

"Accommodation was great as was the restaurant where we ate both nights. We enjoyed the canoeing and the owners were full of suggestions as to what to do."

Sandra Evans

This was probably the biggest surprise of all. As you know, I wasn't too excited about this place, but it turned out to be one of our favourite places. Our accommodation was superb, very relaxing to just sit on our balcony and watch the birds saili ng by. We had dinner at Emily's which everyone in town said was the best around. They were not mistaken. We sat on the upper deck for a sundowner, and then enjoyed a marvellous meal. During dinner we were befriended by a couple from Johannesburg who wanted to chat, and so we learned more about their life in the big city. The staff were very friendly, and the owners chatted us up about our adventures so we were made to feel very welcome. Very important in the hospitality industry.
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Michael McTeir

Plettenberg Bay and Emily Moon Lodge. This was a real favourite of mine, the lodges were beautiful, although again the children were not as close to us as we would have liked. I thought it was a very nice touch that they automatically reserved a ta ble at dinner for guests and checked with them at breakfast if they would be dining in ‘Emily’s’ restaurant or not. The food here was divine, the best we had all holiday. Unfortunately the weather deteriorated big time and the owners were kind enough to lend my husband and I wet weather gear. We did get a few hours on Plettenberg beach before the rain came and then visited Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and our favourite the Elephant Sanctuary which was a wonderful experience for us all. Simon and Diane at Emily Moon Lodge were keen to help us and were most attentive.
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Tanya White

It was the most beautiful vacation we have ever had. It has everything,the big city Cape Town, the vineyards,the whales,the most beautiful lodges,the friendly peoples,the game reserve(this was the best of it),from the beginning to the end,everything was great.
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