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About The Pansy Shell

From a distance, the pansy shell appears as a pale, anonymous-looking shell that blends in with the surrounding sea sand but upon closer inspection, an intricate design can be seen, as though an unknown artist has been given licence to decorate the shell. At its centre is a realistic five peta... read more

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jacuzzi, pet friendly, apartments, backpacker, bed and breakfast, boutique hotels, bungalows, caravan parks, chalets, cottages, game lodges, golf lodges, guest farms, guest houses, guest lodge, holiday homes, hotels, resorts, self catering, villas.

244 accommodation listings within km from The Pansy Shell. Enter dates to see full pricing and availability:

Bamboo, the Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Hunters Home, Knysna

Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis to all travelers, be they holidaymakers, business folk, honeymooners, fami...

Swimming Pool
Pet Friendly
Laundry facilities
Braai Area
WiFi
TV
Parking on Premises
Bar

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R920.0

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27.5 km from The Pansy Shell*


Lovemore Lodges Knysna

Self Catering in Leisure Isle, Knysna

GREENHOLE COTTAGE is a three bedroom cottage and sleeps 8 people. One bedroom is en-suite and the other two share a ...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Dishwasher
TV
WiFi
DSTV

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R1500.0

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29.0 km from The Pansy Shell*


La Boheme B&B

Bed and Breakfast in Plettenberg Bay

The guesthouse is situated one minute drive from both Plettenberg Bay Main Street and the Market Square shopping area...

Swimming Pool
Pet Friendly
Laundry facilities
Braai Area
WiFi
TV
Parking on Premises
DSTV
Wheelchair Friendly
Internet access

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R1400.0

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5.3 km from The Pansy Shell*


The Greens Knysna

Guest Houses, Self Catering in Hunters Home, Knysna

These modern rooms have free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. All our guests are swept away with our service. Enjoy access to ...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
WiFi
Braai Area
Wheelchair Friendly
TV

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R1150.0

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28.0 km from The Pansy Shell*


Elephant Country Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in The Crags, Plettenberg Bay

Welcome to The Elephant Sanctuary – an Elephant Experience for Life
The Elephant Sanctuary - South Africa – has three...

DSTV
TV

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R1795.0

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17.3 km from The Pansy Shell*


Bergsig B&B

Bed and Breakfast in Rexford, Knysna

4 bedrooms, dinning room, TV room, patio,
All facilities upstairs

Parking on Premises
TV

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R900.0

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27.9 km from The Pansy Shell*


Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments

Backpacker, Self Catering in Plettenberg Bay

Amakaya Backpackers
Our upstairs bar and open air veranda offers magnificent views of the Tsitsikamma mountain range,...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Internet access
Parking on Premises
Bar
Laundry facilities
WiFi
DSTV

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R170.0

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4.7 km from The Pansy Shell*


Alkantmooi Private Nature Reserve Keursee Units 1 - 4

Apartments, Self Catering in Plettenberg Bay

Beauty in every direction. On the hill-top at Alkantmooi Private Nature Reserve you will find yourself surrounded by ...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen

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R1700.0

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10.9 km from The Pansy Shell*


Clift Cottage

Bed and Breakfast in Plettenberg Bay

Our GARDEN FLAT sleeps four. It is comprised of 2 bedrooms both leading into a central, shared bathroom
by way of se...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Dishwasher

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R500.0

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3.3 km from The Pansy Shell*


O Hannas Bed & Breakfast and Self Catering

Bed and Breakfast, Self Catering in Plettenberg Bay Central, Plettenberg Bay

Welcome to O'Hannas B&B and Self Catering accommodation, Plettenberg Bay, where we pride ourselves on our quality of ...

Braai Area
WiFi
Internet access
Parking on Premises
Conference Facility
TV

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R1130.0

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4.6 km from The Pansy Shell*


Backpacker Apartments

Apartments, Backpacker in Plettenberg Bay

For the private traveller or those who want some 'me' time, our double apartments are just what you need. For those ...

WiFi
DSTV
TV
Full Kitchen
Internet access

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R200.0

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4.6 km from The Pansy Shell*


Goose Villa

Villas in Plettenberg Bay

This superbly designed luxurious retreat beach villa, with spectacular views from every room, is situated in the pict...

Swimming Pool
Full Kitchen
Internet access
Braai Area
Bar
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Dishwasher
TV
WiFi
DSTV

FROM

R600

per night

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7.9 km from The Pansy Shell*


Riversea Guesthouse

Apartments, Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Plettenberg Bay Central, Plettenberg Bay

Riversea Guesthouse is a comfortable style home from home. We offer the choice of Self Catering, Room only or a conti...

Swimming Pool
Full Kitchen
DSTV
Braai Area
Aircon
Internet access
Parking on Premises
Bar
TV
WiFi
Dishwasher

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R1600.0

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5.9 km from The Pansy Shell*


Pumula Lodge

Bed and Breakfast in Hunters Home, Knysna

Nestled between the town of Knysna and the famous Knysna Heads, lies Pumula Lodge - "the place of rest". The lodge, w...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
DSTV
Braai Area
WiFi
TV

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R710.0

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27.9 km from The Pansy Shell*


Bayside Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Plettenberg Bay

Bayside Lodge, a 5 bedroomed four star Bed & Breakfast, is perfectly positioned in a quiet residential area of Plette...

Swimming Pool
Jacuzzi
DSTV
Braai Area
WiFi
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Bar
TV

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R2000.0

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2.9 km from The Pansy Shell*


Harkerville Forest Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Caravan Parks, Resorts, Self Catering in Harkerville, Plettenberg Bay

The Lodge is situated within the boundries of SanParks, however it is a privately owned 1.9ha property. The guests ha...

Swimming Pool
DSTV
Braai Area
TV

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R390.0

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14.7 km from The Pansy Shell*


Moonsong Backpackers

Backpacker, Self Catering in Plettenberg Bay

Just a few minutes drive from Plett Town Centre & situated in a peaceful country style surroundings you will discover...

Swimming Pool
Full Kitchen
Bar

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R180

per night

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5.6 km from The Pansy Shell*


Lala Panzi B&B

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Plettenberg Bay

Lala Panzi stands for “to lie down, relax and feel at home”. This mind-set towards holidaying has guided the entire d...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
Internet access
Braai Area
Bar
TV
Parking on Premises
DSTV

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R1450.0

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3.7 km from The Pansy Shell*


Sanctuary Beach Condo

Apartments, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Plettenberg Bay

The condo comprises 4 bedrooms. The main room has a king bed and en suite (with a bath) and overlooks the sea. The 2...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Laundry facilities
WiFi
Dishwasher
TV

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R2000.0

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1.8 km from The Pansy Shell*


Masescha Country Estate

Self Catering in Plettenberg Bay

Easily accessed from the N2 Masescha is nestled in a valley free of road noise. A majestic forest backdrop frames an...

Swimming Pool
Full Kitchen
Braai Area
DSTV

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R425.0

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14.3 km from The Pansy Shell*


Plett Villas

Holiday Homes, Self Catering, Villas in Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay is a premier holiday destination situated on the Garden Route. Plett, as it is popularly known, has s...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen
Braai Area
WiFi
DSTV

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R2200.0

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3.9 km from The Pansy Shell*


The Carraighs

Cottages in The Crags, Plettenberg Bay

* The Carraighs:
This lovely two-story cottage has a main bedroom downstairs, with a double bed. The large dining a...

Swimming Pool
Wheelchair Friendly
DSTV
Braai Area
WiFi
Internet access
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen
TV

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R800.0

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15.7 km from The Pansy Shell*


Cuningham's Island Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Leisure Isle, Knysna

Superior Double Rooms, or Standard Double and Twin rooms available. We also offer one Family Unit which sleeps 2 adul...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Internet access
TV

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R1250.0

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29.2 km from The Pansy Shell*


Headlands House Guest Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Lodge in The Heads, Knysna

Poised on the highest point of the famous Knysna Heads, Headlands House Guest Lodge offers breathtaking views of the ...

Swimming Pool
Bar

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R2062.0

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28.9 km from The Pansy Shell*


Rivertide Lodge

Guest Lodge in Leisure Isle, Knysna

Offering panoramic views of the Knysna Heads, Rivertide Lodge is situated just 5 minutes’ walk from the Knysna Lagoon...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
TV
WiFi
Laundry facilities

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R550.0

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29.4 km from The Pansy Shell*


Weldon House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Plettenberg Bay

Situated on a hill with magnificent views of the ocean and mountains, you will find an old Manor house dating back to...

Swimming Pool
TV

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R650.0

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5.5 km from The Pansy Shell*


Thanda Vista

Bed and Breakfast in Plettenberg Bay

Intimate, exclusive and private, Thanda Vista offers 5 luxury en-suite bedrooms. Guest lounge with free Wi-Fi Interne...

WiFi
Aircon
TV

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R1295.0

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6.1 km from The Pansy Shell*


Antlers Country Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Self Catering in Plettenberg Bay

Welcome to Antlers Lodge, your perfect getaway situated in the world renowned Garden Route, just 14 km outside of Ple...

Swimming Pool
Wheelchair Friendly
Braai Area
Full Kitchen

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R650.0

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16.5 km from The Pansy Shell*


Knysna B&B King of Kings

Bed and Breakfast in Knysna

Each of the Five Rooms has its own private entrance and all have en-suite bathrooms with the option of self catering,...

Braai Area
Internet access
TV

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R450.0

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29.2 km from The Pansy Shell*


113 Robberg

Bed and Breakfast, Self Catering in Plettenberg Bay

113 Robberg offers you comfortable en-suite rooms - bed and breakfast or self catering - for your memorable stay in ...

Swimming Pool
Pet Friendly
Internet access
Braai Area
WiFi
TV

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R500.0

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2.8 km from The Pansy Shell*


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More info about The Pansy Shell

From a distance, the pansy shell appears as a pale, anonymous-looking shell that blends in with the surrounding sea sand but upon closer inspection, an intricate design can be seen, as though an unknown artist has been given licence to decorate the shell. At its centre is a realistic five petal flower design. The pansy is the skeleton of a type of sea urchin and is commonly found along the southern shores of South Africa. Plettenberg Bay appears to be their preferred destination as they are mostly spotted in this bay and have become the symbol of the region.   

When the creature is alive, it resembles a furry purple shell, the fur consisting of thousands of spikes that are used both as a form of protection and to propel itself below the sand. It is a sequential hermaphrodite, meaning that it’s born a male and later changes form into a female in order to breed. Thousands of eggs and sperm are released from the tiny holes that make up a small star formation at the centre of the flower pattern. Fertilisation then takes place in the open waters and the resulting larvae are washed into shore where they gradually develop under the sand.

Those fortunate to find a pansy shell that has lost its spines but hasn’t yet been bleached by the sun will see the amazingly intricate purple patterns on the underside.

The live creatures are protected and should never be removed. In fact, the shells should be left where they surface, rather take a holiday snap with the pansy shell and return it to its place for others to appreciate.

In the Americas and Caribbean, a similar creature can be found which are called sand dollars.