Plettenberg Bay, one of the Garden Route’s most beautiful towns, is flanked by gorgeous beaches and rolling hills, with a charming town in-between. It is one of South Africa’s most popular coastal getaways, especially for families, honeymooners and fans of watersports. It offers a world of things to do and see, and there is never a dull moment for visitors, no matter what season they choose to visit the Garden Route in.
Here is a list of potential things to do to add to your Plett itinerary:
Visiting the beaches of Plett is a must during the hot South African summers, and even during the rest of the year, which is usually temperate. The warm Indian Ocean laps pristine white sands lazily, inviting swimmers, surfers, sunbathers and adventurers to indulge in the beauty and the great vibe. See more here.
Bloukrans Bridge is the world’s highest commercial jump (216 metres) and is only half an hour from the centre of Plett. There is also a restaurant and bar here, with TV screens that share every jumper’s heart-stopping leap live.
Abseil down gloriously rugged mountain faces into otherwise almost-inaccessible valleys while drinking in the views. Some adventures include swimming in the mountains streams and exploring the majestic waterfalls.
Visitors to Plett and South Africa that share a real passion for wildlife cannot miss out on the unique experiences that these sanctuaries offer. Monkeyland is a forest that is home to rescued primates from all over the world. Walk amongst ringtail lemurs, black howler monkeys, and white-handed gibbons with an experienced guide. Birds of Eden is the biggest free-flight bird aviary on the planet, and guests can watch as magnificent macaws soar overhead and friendly parrots follow you around while chattering away.
Jukani is a sanctuary for wild cats like the Siberian tiger, cheetah, tawny lion, hyena, jaguar, serval, puma and caracal. Their enclosures are spacious and visitors can get an up-close view of these elegant predators. Lawnwood is sure to delight young ones as they get the opportunity to touch and interact with snakes of all sizes, even huge boas. The Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness & Rehabilitation Centre is wonderfully exciting for visitors that long to learn more about and even touch some of Africa’s most beautiful species.
This water park is fabulous for adventurers of all ages. It includes pools and slides for toddlers, as well as for older children and daring adults. There is a little café here and plenty of place to suntan and picnic.
Head out onto the water for a deep-sea fishing adventure or to watch the dolphins as they swim by and eye the boat curiously. Between July and December, whale-watching tours are super ways to spot humpback, southern right and killer whales as they pass the South African coastline while calving.
Situated at The Heath, just minutes outside Plett, Radical Raptors is a fantastic sanctuary for raptors like the black eagle, African fish eagle, spotted eagle owl, barn owl, kestrels, and even a Harris’ hawk. Daily shows are conducted under the trees and enable visitors to hold the owls for excellent photo opportunities. There is a coffee shop and restaurant that stocks renowned craft beers, as well as several shops and a huge play area that includes mini ziplines, swings and climbing equipment.
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Just outside Plett, prey and predators roam the plains and visitors can look forward to seeing four of the South African Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros) as well as zebra, wildebeest, and many bird species at this reserve. The indigenous vegetation and the exquisite views make for near-perfect wildlife photographs too. This reserve also has a coffee shop and curio shop.
Plett has a number of awesome restaurants. They range from convenient take-aways and quaint coffee cafés to opulent eateries that assure discerning diners of a fantastic culinary experience. Some of Plett’s most popular spots include the luxurious Zinzi and Emily Moon, as well as the Fat Fish, Bramon Wine Farm, The Lookout Deck, Cornuti Al Mare, and Equinox.
Plett may be relatively small, but there is no shortage to the variety of shops, boutiques, galleries and supermarkets. Explore the unique offerings of Old Nick Village or stock up on essentials at the Market Square Shopping Centre. The streets are lined with quirky little stores, and there is an African-style market in the heart of the town.
Plett is an all-round destination that combines fun, adventure and convenience within its borders.