One of the most scenic stretches of coastline anywhere in the world lays just 400kms east of Cape Town and is internationally known as THE GARDEN ROUTE.
Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of the Garden Route, is a premiere destination in South Africa. It offers sweeping unspoilt beaches, lagoons, estuaries, indigenous forests, cape flora, unpolluted rivers, the Robberg Peninsula and a colourful history.
It has an abundance of bird life and is home to the great sea mammals, whales and dolphins. The Big Five can now be viewed at Game Parks and sanctuaries within a 30km radius of the town and the developed vineyards provide for Plettenberg Bays own unique wines. Over 300 days of sunshine per year, an average summer temperature of 27 and winter temperatures rarely below 10 degrees centigrade, provide the perfect environment, all year round, for the many visitors and residents of Plettenberg Bay.
Being a coastal town Plettenberg Bay can offer the water sport enthusiast many hours of enjoyment, not only with our beautiful beaches but also the lagoon and the Keurbooms and Bitou Rivers.
Whales and dolphins can be observed in their natural habitat. This can be done with supervised boat tours, scuba diving or just from the beach.
The Keurbooms river forms part of the Keurbooms Nature Reserve and the Bitou river offers one of the most diverse concentrations of bird species per hectare in the world.
Other spectacular Reserves in the area include Robberg Peninsula, Harkerville Forest, Tsitsikamma, Storms River and Natures Valley.
Hiking is possible on these reserves and trails vary in difficulty. Information can be obtained from Cape Nature offices in Plettenberg Bay. Monkey Land and Birds of Eden are unique sanctuaries where the emphasis is on free living in a natural habitat. The Bird sanctuary is a 2 hectare dome, the largest of its kind in the world!
The Elephant Sanctuary offers the opportunity to interact with African elephants. The focus is on education and a hands on experience where you are encouraged to walk, touch and even ride the elephants
As mentioned before, Plettenberg Bay really does have an amazing variety of sanctuaries none more impressive than Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness and Rehabilitation Centre. Offering a close encounter experience with the lesser cats of Southern Africa. Once again education is the emphasis and much can be learned about these graceful creatures. Accompany the cheetahs on their daily walk in the natural forest surroundings for a truly unique experience.
On other Game Farms in the area one can get up close and personal with Big Five game, including rhinos, lions, and buffalo. Zebras and many species of large and small buck can also be seen. Game drives and other activities are available.
There are a great many sporting activities. Plettenberg Bay has a Country Club where tennis, bowls and of course Golf may be played. Goose Valley (a Gary Player Signature Course) is also popular amongst visitors and residents alike. Polo is fairly popular in the area with an international tournament being held annually.
For the more adventurous there is black water tubing, tree top canopy tours and the world’s highest bridge based Bungy jump.
And when you have experienced just some of what Plettenberg Bay has to offer… then relax with a glass of locally produced wine and watch the extravaganza of the setting sun across the sea and mountains… you’ll think you are in heaven!!!!