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Bitou River Lodge
Ranked #10 of 84 Plettenberg Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Awesome place and people!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

Thanks so much to Sue who welcomed us with a hot cup of tea and biscuits! We really enjoyed staying at Bitou River Lodge..it is so tranquil and the service is excellent. What I also enjoyed is that it is not pretentious - we felt as if it is our home and we loved the farm setting. Even though you are close to Plettenberg Bay, the place feels remote and peaceful. It was nice for us to have a little lounge and veranda as part of each bedroom to do a little work. The price suited us very well too. Highly recommended! We'll be back : )

Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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bitoubabe, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, September 16, 2013
Thank you for your awesome review - hope you really will be back!
Sue
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Hermanus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

Bitou River Lodge sits nicely on the river bank where you can while away the hours or take a kayak and paddle the river. Nicely appointed rooms facing the river, comfortable and with all amenities. Sue's breakfasts keep you going until the evening and don't miss out on the muffins or scones. Save them for later in the day if full from the bacon and eggs, etc!! Only 10 minutes from the centre of Plettenberg Bay and within easy reach of good restaurants and Goose Valley Golf Club. If you are a keen bird watcher the area around the Lodge and river hosts many species including Little Bittern, Kingfishers, Knysna Touraco and with the mud flats close-by there are always plenty of waders and ducks. Sue is a wonderful host and you will not be disappointed.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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bitoubabe, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
Big thank you for your wonderful review. The bittern was well spotted!
Sue
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

We stayed at Bitou River Lodge in mid-July, 2013. The location is perfect, the service excellent, the rooms were comfortable, clean and quiet. Sue was the perfect host, and an authority on the local wildlife, including the birds. This place is a must for any trip to South Africa. Deon Venter, Brisbane, Australia.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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bitoubabe, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
Thanks for the review, Deon - awesome. It was great to meet you all, just too short!
Sue
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

The birdsong that is Bitou Lodge is just one of the plenty reasons to go back...

Bitou Lodge is tucked away from the frenzy that is Plett, but close enough for that early morning run on the beach, movie out or late night dinner.

A delicious and wholesome breakfast table awaits with great tips from Sue, the owner and oracle of knowledge on the best things to do/places to eat for all interests and tastes.

I will soon go back and this time definitely enjoy a paddle down the river.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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bitoubabe, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Thank you for the awesome review!
Hope we'll see you again soon!
Sue
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

The Bitou River Lodge is a superb guest house. The rooms are well appointed with lovely views acoss the garden to the river with its water lillies and reeds in which are many birds; a truly tranquil scene. Sue was very welcoming and helpful. Breakfast was delicious and we ate far too well. I wish we could have spent more time in this beautiful, peaceful environment.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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bitoubabe, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
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Vielen dank für die wunderbare Rezension!
Sue
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Bournemouth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

Stayed 3 nights at Bitou River Lodge and it was perfect. Very clean accommodation with everything you need. The bed was very comfortable the best one out of all of our guest houses.
Zinzi the dog is very friendly, and very well trained not to enter the guests rooms. The garden down to the river is beautiful, with lots of various birds to sit and watch.
Sue is an excellent host recommending places to eat your evening meal and booking a table for you. The breakfasts are out of this world, and Sue is the best cook ever, Banana & chocolate chip muffins & Scones, as well as a fantastic cooked breakfast, it is all so perfect.

Thank you Sue for a wonderful stay and for looking after us so well. Kim & Ian.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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bitoubabe, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
What a wonderful review! Thanks, Kim & Ian, hope we'll see you again before too long! Sue
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

On our road trip around the Western Cape one of the best places we found to stay was the Bitou River Lodge. The guesthouse setting, by the side of the river filled with a tangle of colourful waterlilies, is very picturesque and tranquil, and the available canoes looked inviting. Our room was clean, spacious and comfortably and tastefully furnished. Our hostess, Sue, was very gracious, helpful and keen to see all our needs were met. Tea and cakes on our veranda made our welcome complete. We only stayed one night but would like, at some time in the future to return to this quiet, peaceful haven.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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bitoubabe, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
I hope you will return! Huge thank you for such a lovely review!
Sue
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Property: Bitou River Lodge
Address: off R340, 4.2km from the N2, east of Plettenberg Bay, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 84 B&Bs / Inns in Plettenberg Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 at this Provencal-style guest house. 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. ... more   less 
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