Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay is a small chic resort on the Indian Ocean. Located in the Eastern Cape province on the beautiful Garden Route. Plettenberg Bay is a place with a wonderful climate and temperatures on average between 17 (in July) and 23 (in January) degrees. In short, a wonderful environment, where you will also like to stay.

The Portuguese seafarers called it here Bahia Formosa “Beautiful Bay”. A lot has changed since that time and Plettenberg Bay now has a jet set beach here. The South Africans call it Plett here, but with a smile it is also called ‘the Riviera of South Africa’ and it is the place to see and be seen. Most people come here for the beautiful endless beaches and the many water sports that one can practice here. But of course you can also go shopping, grab a terrace and eat in one of the many restaurants.
Plettenberg is also the delivery room of the endangered Southern Right Whales who give birth to their young in large numbers between July and December. The Humpback and the Bryde’s Whale also occur here, but to a lesser extent and to see the Killer Whale you really have to be incredibly lucky. The Humpback, Bottlenose and the common dolphin are often seen acrobats in the Bay of Plettenberg. A beautiful excursion is a few hours on the water in search of whales and dolphins. Here you will undoubtedly also encounter the sea lobes. Choose an organized boat trip or more excitement: go canoeing!

On the beach you can not only enjoy the sun and the water spectacle, but also look for the special Pansy shell. An activity that is popular with young and old and that still keeps the locals busy.

It is a place where after the Khoisan and the Portuguese also the Dutch, who were part of the VOC, came ashore and traded. The town hall is a remnant from the Dutch period and De Houten Schuur from the same period is now a National monument. In Nelson’s Bay Cave and the Matjies River Cave, remains (tools and ornaments) have been found to indicate that these caves were inhabited more than 100,000 years ago by people in the Stone Age and later by the Khoisan. Excavations are still being made and the cave is open to the public.

Just outside Plettenberg (approx. 5 km) towards Port Elizabeth, lies the Keurboom’s Nature Reserve where large colonies of seagulls breed. In the reserve you can walk, take a boat trip, canoe, swim or picnic. The area is named after the native Keurboom, also called Blossom tree.

Those looking for an adventure can go on a Canopy tour in the Tsitsikamma park or take a Bungee jump from the Bloukrans bridge. Or what about a parachute jump!

Just north of Plettenberg Bay are the beautiful Tsitsikamma mountains and the nature reserve The Crags and this offers many other special activities.

Golf enthusiasts will of course play at the golf courses of Plettenberg Bay and Goose Valley, but can also easily move to Knysna where there are three more beautiful golf courses. And so close to the Indian Ocean you can imagine that the views must be breathtaking and the sea breeze here must be wonderful.

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