Dogs in Our Environment

Dog Regulation for beaches of the Greater Plettenberg Bay Area

The Greater Plettenberg Bay area has fantastic  diversity in both Fauna and Flora and to celebrate this, was classified as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) by Birdlife South Africa in 2015. To maintain this status, we need to zone beaches in a  way that protects our shorebirds while also being inclusive to both dog owners and holiday makers that enjoy our beaches.

In partnership with Nature’s Valley Trust, Plett Tourism, PAWS and the Ratepayer Associations of Plettenberg Bay, Keurbooms and Nature’s Valley, Bitou municipality launched dog zonation on beaches, from Robberg to Nature’s Valley.

Please keep an eye out at beach entrances for the zonation in your immediate area and your closest preferred zone. Transition zones will be marked with clear signage on the beaches. Please leash your dog when moving from a green zone to an orange zone and remember that dogs are not allowed in a red zone, whether on a leash or not; these are high-density shorebird nesting areas or are designated Blue Flag Beaches.

Non-compliance to these new regulations as well as unruly dogs may be subject to a fine.


Downloadable beach maps for you area can be found here:

Nature's Valley

Keurbooms Beach

Keurbooms Peninsula and Goose Marsh

Lookout Beach and Poortjies

Central and Hobie Beach

Robberg Beach

We also have a 3-page, A4 flyer for your home and/or business with all the beach and their zones. 



Dog Guidelines in Nature's Valley and surrounding SANParks

Being surrounded by National park, Nature's Valley residents often have wild animals on their doorstep. This opens up an opportunity for companion-animal and wildlife conflicts. Click below for Nature's Valley Dog Guidelines to keep your fur children and the beautiful wildlife, safe.