Plettenberg Bay is a chic resort town with panoramic views of the sweeping bay backed by the Tsitsikamma Mountains. The Portuguese called it Bahia Formosa (beautiful bay) when they first saw it in 1497. ‘Plett’ is known for moderate climate moderate climate, its superb sandy beaches, water sports and the spectacular Robberg Nature Reserve. It is immensely popular with South Africans as the beach resort of choice, with occasional sorties from the international polo jet-set crowd. But outside of the festive (Christmas) season it returns to being a charming and quiet seaside town.
From its beaches, you may be lucky to see the Southern Right Whales which comes right into the bay to calf from July to November. (The peak season is September and October). Daily ocean safaris are on offer for boat-based whale-watching.
Plettenberg Bay is ideal if you want to spend time on the beach, and it’s also a great base to explore the eastern side of the Garden Route such the the Tsitsikamma.
As well as hotels and boutique lodges in Plettenberg Bay itself, there are some stunning hotels in rural areas nearby, including the Crags which lies only 20km away.
Plettenberg Bay Highlights:
- Visit Robberg Nature Reserve for wonderful walking trails along the cliff tops amongst superb fynbos
- Whale-watching by boat for close & awe-inspiring encounters
- Sea kayaking amongst the whales and dolphins as well as the pelagic birds, seals…
- Cruise up the Keurbooms River to see the unspoilt natural vegetation and soaring gorges
- Great walks on the coast and along forest trails
- Alfresco lunches at the beach
- Scenic flights over Plettenberg Bay and along the coast
Plus look at our pages on the Tsitsikamma which lies close to Plettenberg Bay…