Plettenberg Bay is truly the jewel of The Garden Route, situated about 210kms from Port Elizabeth and +/- 600km from Cape Town. Originally christened “Bahia Formosa”, meaning Beautiful Bay, by early Portuguese explorers, Plettenberg Bay offers holiday makers a wonderful holiday experience. The town has miles of sweeping golden beaches, the dramatic Robberg Peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, indigenous forests and unpolluted rivers and sea to entice visitors.
The peaceful little village of Wittedrift is situated between the hills covered with indigenous fynbos and the Bitou River and is a bird and nature lover’s paradise. From Keurboomstrand to the Robberg Peninsula there are 15 kilometres of beaches disrupted only by the river mouth and an island. The river, lagoon, bay and beaches are an absolute paradise for fishing and boating enthusiasts and the area offers the best shore based whale watching of the area.
The delicate pansy shell is endemic to this part of the coast, and is used as the symbol representing the town. Looking for these shells on Plettenberg Bay beaches is a popular activity amongst visitors and locals alike.
Activities in the area are plentiful with fabulous trails for hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders. Water sports include sailing in the safe waters of the Bay, superb rock and surf fishing, paddling and scuba diving.
Plettenberg Bay has a very rich marine life. Schools of playful dolphins can regularly be seen surfing the waves off the local beaches. Whale watching is a very popular attraction during the months July to December. There are boat-based tours available as well as marine safaris which provide a chance to see these gentle giants up close.
The massive Robberg Nature Reserve is the perfect spot for whale and dolphin viewing, bird watching, hiking trails and exploring the Nelson Bay Cave. The Robberg is a must see for all visitors with the Peninsula being home to a large Cape fur seal colony. Seals can often be seen in the surf off Robberg Beach.
The Plett Winelands is a unique, wine and bubbly centred experience stretching from Harkerville to the Crags. Plettenberg Bay is South Africa’s smallest wine growing region with 58 hectares of the 100 000 hectares planted countrywide. Plett’s wine region is the country’s most easterly cultivar and stretches 57 km along the thin coastal strip from Packwood in Harkerville until Lodestone on the Redford Road in the Crags.
Plett hosts an annual Wine & Bubbly Festival in early October. Participants taste wines from the different wine farms, enjoy music and locally produced artisan foods. All wine farms open to the public are within a 45 kilometre radius.
The activities directory can provide more information on what is on offer.
Plettenberg Bay offers visitors a wide range of accommodation options from luxury hotels, exclusive country retreats, cosy bed and breakfasts, self-catering chalets and excellent camping facilities. The accommodation directory provides a list of advertisers in the area.
Plettenberg Bay has a thriving business community and provides a wide range of goods and services to its residents as well as surrounding communities. See our business directory for a list of businesses in Plettenberg Bay or add your own free business listing.
At night the town is alive with pubs, night-spots and fine restaurants.
For more information on Plettenberg Bay, please visit :
www.plettenberg-bay-info.co.za as well as our online magazine at
|Plettenberg Bay Tourism Office Information|
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