Harkerville and Surroundings

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... Pristine Country Living at its Best ...

The village of Harkerville was named after Robert Charles Harker, who was Government Resident in Plettenberg Bay from 1826 to 1847 controlling the affairs of the town for 21 years.
Surrounded by the Harkerville and Diepwalle Forest, and located midway between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, Harkerville offers easy access to both of these enchanting towns.

Robberg Beach

The Beaches

Some of the best beaches of the Garden Route are in a 15’ driving range from Edenbrook.
The long and wide beaches of Plettenberg Bay (including Robberg, Central Beach, Look Out and Keurbooms) or the Knysna Lagoons’ safe beaches of Leisure Island (Bollard Bay, Green Hole) as well as the pristine and fascinating sandy shore in the Noetzie Conservancy. Click here for directions.


Mountain Biking

Hiking and Trekking

A vast choice of trails are available for everyone, from the elderly or youthful to the fit and adventurous.
Click here for a list of the areas’ best trails, the shortest pathway being just outside your room at Edenbrook to the two day Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail.

Guided tours available.


Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Harkerville is the heart of the Mountain Bikers’ Eden, worldwide renown for its amazing trails.

Click here to explore and download the maps.

Bike hiring and guided tours available



South African National Park

The Garden Route National Park is now a merged complement of the Knysna, Tsitsikamma and Wilderness National Parks.

Click here to learn more about it by reading the Scot Ramsay article “Year in the wild – Beauty without Boundaries”.


Robberg Nature Reserve

CapeNature Reserves

A public institution with the statutory responsibility for biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape.

Enjoy a canoeing day at the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve (Double canoes can be hired from the reserve office. Paddles, lifejackets and helmets are provided free of charge) or a Hiking day at the breathtaking Robberg Nature Reserve.


Whale Watching

Whale Watching

Close encounters with whales is almost certain from July to November. Dolphins, Seals Colonies and Seabirds watching can be experienced throughout the year.

Professional, safe and authorized boat tours are available either from Knysna or from Plettenberg Bay.



Bird Watching

Besides the many bird species resident in the Edenbrook gardens (including the rare Knysna Loerie) the Knysna-Plettenberg Bay area is literally a paradise for bird watchers, due to the abundance of sea, river and forest birds that inhabit this region.




Some of the most enjoyable golf courses in the world are available in Knysna as well as in Plettenberg Bay: technique orientated, affordable or with breath taking Ocean views.

Equipment is available for hire in most of the golf clubs.


Horse Riding

Horse Riding

Guided horse rides are available for the whole family, beginners or experienced riders.
Horseback rides through lovely indigenous forest giant sterlitzia, huge wild growing ferns, fynbos, small streams and mountain views.

One or two hours horse rides available.


Quad Biking

Quad Biking

Quad bike enthusiast, adrenalin junkies and nature lovers can enjoy the guided trails.
All trails start on the man-made obstacle course to ensure riders are comfortable and feel at ease on the Quad bike.
The natural and man-made forest trail offers beautiful scenery.


Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping

The ‘highest bungee jumping bridge’ in the world (The Bloukrans Bridge is 216 meters above the Bloukrans River), the Bloukrans Bungy is located 35km from Plettenberg Bay with direct access from the N2.

Open throughout the year, booking recommended.


Cultural Tours

Cultural Tours

A qualified resident tour guide will drive you on a 3 hours vibrant experience through the colourful townships’ bustling communities where you will find ordinary people living and working, children playing, homes being innovatively built and futures being created.


Harkerville Farmers Market

Harkerville Farmers Market

A wonderful tradition! Spending a Saturday morning at the local farmers market, enjoying living food and a vibrant atmosphere is a real treat.
An enjoyable relaxing morning where locals meet to share a typical shopping experience. There is also a midweek market on Wednesdays in Plett.


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Bruce Wylie as GM

N2 road
between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay
Harkerville, 6604
Western Cape - South Africa

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Tel: 044 532 7543
Cel: 066 066 3717