Experience the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve, sit back and relax with an ice cold beverage and let your eyes and mind be, titillated with majestic scenery as you slip along shimmering waters cascading with dense pristine forest lining your meandering journey.

Let your ears be alighted to the mighty sounds of our natural orchestra of bird calls amplified by our amp theater of gorges.

This is a reality for Keurbooms River Ferries and our guests who take this journey with us.

This awe inspiring journey is only a bird call away from Knysna and Plettenberg Bay along the Garden Route in the Western Cape.  The boats depart every day,each journey is two and a half hours of pure pleasure for people of all ages, including those of us who are physically challenged.

We can accommodate large groups or should you wish to have a private experience you may charter one of our vessels.

This forest and gorge experience is only accessible via the pristine Keurbooms River Estuary so join us on a memorable journey and come and feel a part of what is left of a once mighty Knysna Forests.

This is what the Garden Route is all about!


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The Half-Collared Kingfisher:

Is a species of Kingfisher;that feeds almost exclusively on fish and can be found near water at all times. It can be found on shores and around larger bodies of water in southern and eastern Africa.

These are only 3 of the 52 different types of species of birds found along the Keurbooms River.


Jackets are advisable in the winter period. Hats and a bathing suit in the summer period.


Bathroom facilities are available on the riverbanks.

Keurbooms River Ferries booking for Plettenberg Bay

What if the weather is bad?

Not to worry. We can go out in most weather conditions, even if it rains, the only time we will cancel is if there is an strong east wind or east swell. We will inform booked clients in advance and if we are unable to reschedule, we offer a full refund.

When do you operate?

Departure Times:

11h00, 14h00 and sundowners / Seven days a week (including public holidays)

Groups larger than 15 adults and charter tours can stipulate time of departures.

Bar Facility

There is a cash bar available on board that consists of beer, wine and soft drinks.

Birds of all feathers

Forest and river birds are in abundance. Most notably are the Knysna lourie, malachite and giant kingfisher, narina trogan, fish eagle, reed cormorant, yellow-billed duck, little grebe, hamerkop, black-headed oriole, Cape batis, Knysna woodpecker and various sunbirds to name only a few.

Facilities and activities

Day visitors also enjoy the perfect setting for braais and picnickers under shaded trees.

White-backed Night-Heron

The White-backed Night-Heron is a largish bird about the same size as a Pied Crow. The height of the White-backed Night-Heron is about 55 cms and its weight is about 440 gms

Birding - White Backed Night Heron

The male and female White-backed Night-Heron have the same plumage and colours

Head is chestnut.
Eye is brown.
Bill is black.
Throat is brown.
Back is brown.
Legs are green.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length

The Knysna Loerie is a large Turaco, It is a resident breeder in the mature evergreen forests of southern and eastern South Africa. It was formerly sometimes considered to be a subspecies of the Green Turaco of West Africa.

This species lays two eggs in a shallow platform nest made from sticks and placed in a tree or clump of creepers.

Within its range, this is an unmistakable bird, although often inconspicuous in the treetops. It is 40–42cm long, including a long tail. The small but thick orange-red bill and a white line just under the eye contrast with the mainly green plumage. It has a tall green crest, which is tipped with white. The eye is brown and the eye-ring deep red. In flight, Knysna Turaco shows conspicuous crimson primary flight feathers. Sexes are similar, but juvenile birds have a shorter crest without the white tips.
The Knysna Turaco is usually seen flying between forest trees, or hopping along branches. It feeds on fruit, insects and earthworms.