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Platbos, a unique and ancient indigenous forest offers: A Forest Trail for Bird & Tree Enthusiasts. Also: Tented Accommodation, Workshops, Labyrinth, Tree Nursery, the African Tree Essences & the Reforestation Project.

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Welcome to Platbos Forest

Platbos, hidden in the Uilkraal Vallei between Gansbaai and Stanford is an ancient indigenous forest with trees of over 1000 years of age. The forest itself is perhaps many millions of years old. Described as a “National Treasure” by Peter Slingsby – a cartographer for all major hiking trails in Southern Africa – Platbos is a “must see” for all Overberg nature tourists. Inevitably, first time visitors to this forest haven exclaim in astonishment upon seeing the trees: “but who would have ever guessed you would find a forest here?!”

A Forest Trail for Bird & Tree Enthusiasts

Gentle gradients and the leafy forest canopy make this an easy trail for young and old to enjoy. Relax on the wooden benches situated beneath majestic trees along the pathway, or if you are in the mood for quiet contemplation, walk the forest's beautiful labyrinth, made from mother-of-pearl sea shells. Platbos is open both to day visitors and to guests who would like to overnight in either the Old Olive Cabin, the Forest Camp, or the romantic Honey Bee Suite. Pre-booking is required.

Discover the Magic of this Unique and Ancient Forest

Visitors to Platbos always comment on its restorative, healing energy. The old and wizened trees, clad in mossy emerald cloaks, also evoke memories of childhood fairy tales - Platbos is a botanical wonderland for the whole family to enjoy.

Protecting & Rehabilitating Platbos Forest for Future Generations

Please help us to preserve and rehabilitate this ancient forest. Investigations into indigenous forests and their distribution in the Western Cape, leads to the inescapable conclusion that a combination of climate change over the eons, alien invasive vegetation and fynbos-orientated fire management programmes, have resulted in a situation where natural forests need active intervention in order to survive. We rely on funding to keep Platbos, a National Forest Treasure, alive.

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