Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay, on the Garden Route, is a holidaymaker's paradise and the ecotourist's dream. Its eternal spring weather ensures days of warm comfort and lazy, pleasurable evenings seldom found anywhere else in South Africa.

For the nature-lover there is an unparalleled wealth of fauna and flora. The rugged Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains form the backdrop for an area encompassing no fewer than fifteen private and public nature reserves, (Tsitsikamma National Park) each with its own treasures, beckoning you to spend time to explore and to experience the pleasures it has to offer.

The greater Plettenberg Bay area is home to vast expanses of unspoilt Cape flora, delicate ecosystems in wetlands and lagoons, forests of unsurpassed beauty.

As if to add their stamp of approval to this playground, the great whales of the southern oceans appear regularly in these waters.

Horse trails, bicycle trails, golf, tennis, diving, sailing, canoeing on the lagoon and lovely walks are available for energetic visitors.

The more relaxed visitor can visit one of the many excellent restaurants, or just lounge around the pool at one of the hotels.


Arts & Crafts
Plettenberg Bay is a creative haven with an abundance of arts and crafts galleries and shops, village markets and artists studios. Markets include Old Nick Village, The Simunye Community Centre in KwaNokuthula and the The Crags about 20 km from Plettenberg Bay.

Here you'll meet some of the most creative artists workshops in the area for hand crafted basins, fabric, curios, beadwork and basket ware as well as farm stalls for the freshest and tastiest home fare.

Hikes & Walks
Plettenberg Bay and environs offers a spectacular range of hikes and walks ranging from 1 hour to 6 days, from historical interest to nature and birding interests - such as the Harkerville State Forest Trails and 5-day Otter Hiking Trail

Whale Watching
In early June, southern right whales leave their Antarctic feeding ground to frolic in the warm waters of the Cape coast. They are clearly visible for some spectacular shore and cliff based whale watching from points along Robberg and Keurboom beaches and Robberg Nature Reserve.

Plettenberg Bay Diving
The best months to dive at Plettenberg Bay are September through to October, but fair conditions prevail all year round.

Boat Cruises
Exploring the coastline by boat is an enjoyable past time and a spectacular way for close encounters with Brydes, Southern Right and Humpback whales or impressive pods of Bottlenose and the shy Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins.

Bungy Jump
Bungy jumping - this is the ultimate thrill! Come and jump off the worlds highest (commercial) bungy bridge - the Bloukrans River bridge about 40 km. east of Plettenberg Bay.

Canopy Tours
Enjoy the unequaled beauty of the indigenous forest high up on ten treetop platforms. Gently glide along in a harness, on steel cables 30 meters above the forest floor.

Sea Kayaking
Get up close and personal with marine life and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Trips leave from Plett Central Beach.

Unspoilt Beaches
The white, sandy beaches around the town are very popular and include Robberg Beach, Central Beach (at the Beacon Isle Hotel), Lookout Beach and Keurboomstrand.

Harkerville Saturday Market
At the Harkerville Market, the emphasis is on natural and organic products

Animal Sanctuaries
Plettenberg Bay is a haven for animal sanctuaries - monkeys, birds, snakes, elephants, cheetahs.

Golf courses to play are the signature Goose Valley and Turtle Creek course in Plettenberg Bay, as well as the Country Club, offering unique golfing experiences. A mere 30 minutes away you will find the Pezula Estate Golf Course and 40 minutes away the courses at Fancourt Hotel and Country club.

Horse Trails
Many horse riding trails in Plett or in the rural countryside areas surrounding Plettenberg Bay.

Mounitain Biking
The lush indigenous forest trails and spectacular scenery of the Plettenberg Bay area make this part of the Garden Route a favourite mounitain biking destination.
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