Plettenberg Bay Information
There are more than 20 uniquely unforgettable, easily accessible tourist attractions within 30 minutes' drive from Plettenberg Bay, and several more within comfortable day-trip distance. From wild animal sanctuaries, township tours and lunch among vineyards to theatre, art, whale watching and the highest bungee jump in the world, Plettenberg Bay and surrounds offer something for everyone.
The Garden Route has a Mediterranean Maritime climate, with moderately hot summers, and mild to chilly winters. It is one of the richest rainfall areas, most of which occurs in the winter months, brought by the humid sea-winds from the Indian ocean. Any time of the year is good for visiting the area, depending if you enjoy a peaceful retreat during the winter months or a bustling holiday destination during the summer. Originally christened "Bahia Formosa" (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers, Plettenberg Bay can now be accessed by first class national roads, by sea or by scheduled air flights. The great forests lying at the feet of the fabled Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains are the gateway to the incredible indigenous African wealth of Plettenberg Bay, which lies on South Africa's spectacular south coast 210 kms from Port Elizabeth and +/- 600 km from Cape Town. The Outeniqua-Tsitsikamma indigenous forests are a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and temperate forest and offer the nature lover world-renowned hiking trails and an exciting opportunity to see the last remaining forest elephants of South Africa. The entire area teems with birdlife. Nearly 300 species are to be found in the great variety of habitats ranging from fynbos to forest to wetlands.
No less than ten important nature reserves embrace the varied ecosystems of the area as well as unique marine reserves, home to soft coral reefs, dolphins, seals and a host of other marine life. The bay itself is Nursery to the endangered Southern Right Whale which come here to calve in the winter and spring (July to December)
The area is of course a sports paradise and boasts fabulous trails for hikers, mountain bikers, horse riders and canoeists. The highlight of the area is undoubtedly the rivers, beaches and the bay with its ideal conditions for all facets of water sports, including sailing in the safe waters of the Bay, superb rock and surf fishing and scuba diving spots. Alternately one can simply stroll along its clean, sandy beaches stretching for miles along the Indian Ocean or enjoy its safe swimming areas. At night, Plettenberg Bay is alive with pubs, night-spots and fine restaurants.
Plettenberg Bay Accolades
Perfect weather, perfect beauty, perfect atmosphere - that's Plett Perfect. The Plett locals know it and our visitors know it!
Trip Advisor CHOICE DESTINATION AWARDS
Trip Advisor recognised Plettenberg Bay as the number three most popular Beach & Sun Destination in Africa for 2011.
WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS
The World Travel Awards ranked Plettenberg Bay as the 2010 Leading Beach Destination in Africa.
ADVENTURE TRAVEL AWARDS
Plettenberg Bay was voted as one of the Top 10 Sky Diving Destinations in the world by Adventure Travel.
FRIENDLIEST HOLIDAY DESTINATION: SMILES ALL ROUND FOR PLETT!!!
Want to be sure of a smile this summer? Best you head for the Garden Route, and the friendliest town in South Africa. That’s according to Kulula.com, whose Friendliest Destinations survey says that the warmest holiday welcome in SA is to be found in Plettenberg Bay.
GOLF DESTINATION OF THE YEAR South Africa was named “Africa, Indian Ocean and Gulf States Golf Destination of the Year 2011" by the International Association. of Golf Tour Operators.
Plettenberg Bay boasts two amazing golf courses. The magnificent Goose Valley Golf Estate offers a splendid Gary Player designed 72 par, 18-hole signature golf course in pristine surroundings, only 4km from Plettenberg Bay.
The Plettenberg Bay Golf & Country Club has an 18 hole par 72 golf course set in a private nature reserve Lush Kikuyu grass fairways and bayview greens recently over seeded to bent grass provides golfers with an excellent playing surface, with year round consistency, on this parkland golf course
Plettenberg Bay has become a premier adventure destination with affordable adventure activities. Visit mountains, forest, rivers, lakes and ocean the choices are endless, or just laze away the plus 300 sunshine days of Plettenberg Bay.What ever your preferences, we can help you to plan a holiday itinerary jam packed with fun. Add to these our pristine beaches and choice of superb restaurants, and you have the recipe for a holiday you’ll never forget.
:: Bird watching
:: Bungee Jumping
:: Elephant Park
:: Forest trails/canopy
:: Game Park - Buffalo Hills
:: Golf – world class courses
:: Hiking - forest, mountain
:: Horse Riding
:: Monkey land
:: Mountain biking
:: Polo - international circuit
Ocean, Rivers, Lagoon
:: Scuba Diving
:: Yacht sailing
:: Dolphin & Whale Watching
:: River Rafting
:: Fishing - surf & rock
:: Micro Lighting
:: Airplane trips
:: Sky Diving
:: Glider trips