Plettenberg Bay

Boats on the beach at Plettenberg

Travel to Plettenberg Bay – Jewel of the Garden Route

Now one of South Africa’s most popular holiday town’s, Plettenberg Bay had been named Bahia Formosa (Beautiful Bay) in 1630, when the first Portuguese explorers settled-South Africa´s first European settlement.

With 18 km of coastline landmarked by the Robberg Nature Reserve. The region is known for its rich inter-tidal eco-system and diversity of birds. Nelson´s Cave was inhabited over 120 000 years ago, leaving a legacy of some 250,000 artifacts. The Matjies River Shelter, too, has yielded many treasures.

Sea kayaking affords you a bird´s eye view of dolphins, whales, penguins and Cape fur seals at play in the warm waters. Back on land, the ‘Arts, Craft and Cultural Route’ takes in a jeweller, goldsmith, painter, potter, cabinet-maker, art and antique shops.

Visit Robberg Nature Reserve which offers both angling and walking. Choose from the 45-minute, 2-hour and 9.2 kilometre or 4 ½ hour walk. Guided tours are offered, which also take in the caves, as well as offering information about Robberg´s geology, archeology and existing marine life. The Robberg Nature Reserve affords an incredible vista from which to observe dolphins and whales at play below the cliffs.

Plettenberg Bay offers outstanding whale watching facilities with ideal viewpoints along the coastline. Southern Right Whatles visit between the months of June to September.

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is home to many species and the worlds only multi-species, free roaming primate sanctuary.

From leisure to nature-based activities, to historical tours, wildlife, food and drink – Plettenberg is not short in any of these categories including Boat Cruises, Canoeing, Diving, Abseiling, Sea Kayaking, Bungi Jumping, Blackwater Tubing, Horse Riding, River Ferry, Wild Waters Park, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Monkeyland, Elephant Park, Golf, Scenic Flights and Gliding, Fishing Charters, Outeniqua Choe-Tjoo, Wagon Rides, Game Farm, Polo, Harvest Market, Township tours, Umthombo Theatre, even a visit to a dairy farm.

The local restaurant and nightlife scene has risen to the occasion and services an ever-increasing number of South Africans and foreign visitors.

Plettenberg comes ablaze during key holiday periods, notably during the Easter, June-July, and December-January holiday season. It can be argued that there is no better place to see in the New Year in South Africa than at Plettenberg, when fireworks ignite the clear night sky.

  • With her exceptional climate, and beautiful view sites over the Indian Ocean, Plettenberg Bay is perfect for those visitors interested in exploring, watching or simply relaxing.
  • Enjoy sweeping, unspoilt golden beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests and unpolluted rivers and sea.


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