About Plettenberg Bay
Plettenberg Bay, better known as Plett to the locals and regulars, is the quintessential South African seaside town. Sprawling beaches stretch on for days; their white sands being lapped lazily by the ebb and flow of the warm, blue waters of the Indian Ocean. It is a gorgeous town with a well-established infrastructure, ideal for the locals that call this home as well as the impressive numbers of tourists that flood here every summer to enjoy the laid-back vibe and spectacular views.
Plett is in the Western Cape Province and most of the town is built on the hillsides that tumble towards the ocean, assuring them of breath-taking views of the beaches, sea and whales (between June and December). The beachfront is peppered with hotels, restaurants and bars to showcase the loveliness at every available spot.
It was during the 1400’s and 1500’s that Plett was a common stop for the Portuguese explorers that were navigating the tip of the African continent. During the latter part of the 1700’s, Europeans finally settled here, establishing homes and communities. These first settlers created a distinct identity, one that continues to be celebrated in the form of relics and historical homes.
In addition to this historical charm, Plettenberg Bay is a vibrant epicentre for all things water-related. Surfing, kite-surfing, hydrofoiling, sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and wind-surfing are all very popular pastimes here.
Deep-sea fishing expeditions are awesome adventures and anglers can look forward to catching shad, cob, Cape salmon, red roman, hake and a number of shark species. Dolphin-watching is always rewarding as these playful and inquisitive mammals often frolic close to the shore.
Whale-watching excursions can be also absolutely breath-taking as visitors are taken out to see humpbacks, southern rights and, occasionally, orcas splash, peep out of the water or even leap out in a fantastic breaching display.
The countryside surrounding Plett is brimming with indigenous vegetation and is as beautiful as it is fascinating. There are many trails to walk, run or cycle, while taking in spectacular views and the fresh sea air. And for golfers there are two great golf courses at which to test your skills.
This is an adventure sports enthusiast’s dream destination, as there is just so much to see and do that is sure to test the limits. Bloukrans Bridge is the world’s highest commercial bungy spot, at a heart-stopping 216 metres and is just a short drive away. Abseiling, kloofing, ziplining and paragliding are all available in this part of the Garden Route, assuring adventurers of memories to last a lifetime.
The climate here is excellent. Plett enjoys hot days from December to around March, while winter is temperate and, although cool (around 18 degrees Celsius), the days are sunny. Of course, there may be a few days of showers here and there, providing the ideal opportunity to spend a day exploring the gastronomic delights of the many restaurants, coffee shops, and delis.
Plettenberg Bay is only about 20 minutes from Knysna, 2.5 hours from Port Elizabeth (in Nelson Mandela Bay) and 6.5 hours’ drive from Cape Town. Port Elizabeth has the nearest major airport, while the smaller George Airport is a little over an hour away.
Some of Plett’s local and nearby tourist attractions include
- Bloukrans Bridge
- Birds of Eden
- Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
- Plett Puzzle Park
- Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
- Bramon Wine Farm
- Radical Raptors
- Adventure Land
- Knysna Elephant Sanctuary
- The KhoiSan Village (at Bloukrans Bridge)