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Farm 17, Off R340, 4.2km from the N2, East of Plettenberg Bay, Plettenberg Bay 6600 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 20/06/24 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Bitou River Lodge
Updated 20/06/24 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#5 of 115 B&Bs / Inns in Plettenberg Bay
Watch the birds on the river from your bed... Explore the wetlands by canoe... Swim in the pool or at one of Plettenberg Bay's beautiful beaches... Enjoy traditional farmhouse breakfasts and hospitality... Bitou River Lodge is both a destination in its own right and a central base for exploring the area - golf courses, forests, beaches, game farms, shops and restaurants are all just a ten-minute drive away. Sue speaks English, Afrikaans, French and some German. We welcome children who are 7 years and older.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Children's playground
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' outdoor play equipment
BBQ facilities
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
River View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Afrikaans
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SAtravel wrote a review Jun 2021
Sutton, United Kingdom11 contributions2 helpful votes
What an amazing place to stay, my only problem was we only spent a single night there. This place deserves at least a few days as there is so much to do. Sue was an amazing host and the natural beauty of this place will definitely mean we will visit again. Meals, setting and host make this one of our best finds.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Jenny664 wrote a review Nov 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa10 contributions3 helpful votes
Stunning location facing the beautiful Bitou River. Excellent hospitality from wonderful hosts. We loved the breakfasts and we want to thank Sue on this platform for her outstanding care and fabulous vegetarian (on request) delights. The property is large, private and tranquil, alive with the sounds of birds and crickets and frogs. We loved canoeing down the river and we saw Knysna Loeries and fish eagles, amongst many other birds. Lovely room with kitchenette and everything we needed. Just a few minutes drive into Plett to the beaches and the buzz. We highly recommend this incredible spot. Thanks Sue and Paul.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
PurplePepperShades wrote a review Oct 2020
166 contributions6 helpful votes
This was absolutely the perfect location for celebrations and some soul cleansing. A peaceful setting with awesome hosts that made us feel on top of the world. I would highly recommend this fabulously tranquil venue for your next holiday.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Sue Scheepers, Owner at Bitou River Lodge
Responded 04 Oct 2020
What a wonderful review! Big thank you! Sue
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DeonJV wrote a review Mar 2020
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
This was my fourth time staying at this property. It is perfect in every way - the position, the hosts, the wonderful lounge, full of books and the superb breakfasts. The property is well positioned for exploring the beautiful Tsitsikamma area
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Date of stay: March 2020
Sleep Quality
Response from bitouSue, Owner at Bitou River Lodge
Responded 25 Mar 2020
Great review, thanks so much, Deon - lovely to see you both again! Sue
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David_B111111 wrote a review Mar 2020
Hoedspruit, South Africa13 contributions6 helpful votes
Nice spot on the garden route besides the river. Very friendly host, nice rooms, affordable rates, free kayaking on the river was a highlight. Nice location near Plettenberg Bay but more in the Bush as opposed by the beach. Enjoyed a lot.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Sleep Quality
Response from bitouSue, Owner at Bitou River Lodge
Responded 13 Mar 2020
Thank you David! Hope we'll see you again. Sue
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US$101 - US$144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bitou River Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Bitou River Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Robberg Nature Reserve (6.3 km), Plettenberg Beach (6.3 km), and Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve (3.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Bitou River Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Bitou River Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Bitou River Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Bitou River Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bitou River Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nineteen89, Molly's, and Nguni.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Bitou River Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Bitou River Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Afrikaans.
Are there any historical sites close to Bitou River Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old Timber Shed (6.4 km) and Van Plettenberg Beacon (6.4 km).
Does Bitou River Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.