Considered by some to be the crown jewel of South Africa’s Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay was originally discovered by Portuguese Explorers who aptly named it Bahia Formosa – the beautiful bay. The white sandy beaches and the warm Indian Ocean make Plettenberg Bay a great destination for both honeymooners and families alike, with plenty of outdoor activities and water sports, fine dining and nightlife to satisfy all ages.
For the nature lover, Plettenberg Bay boasts miles of unspoilt beaches, clean lagoons and estuaries, the fresh air of the neighbouring indigenous forest and a rocky peninsula that just begs to be photographed. With so much nature to explore, visitors to the Bay can enjoy hikes, a surf and a river kayak all on the same day. Bird lovers can head to nearby Wittedrift for some great bird spotting, whilst the coastline provides excellent opportunities to enjoy some whale watching.
Arts and culture lovers meander through The Crags – 20km from Plettenberg Bay – with it’s well-to-do Polo fields, wildlife sanctuaries, arts and craft stores and local theatre productions offering more than enough to see and do on a day visit. If you’d prefer to sit back, relax and watch the passing parade, the abundance of coffee shops will be happy to oblige with great coffee and delicious treats.
Just 30km from Plettenberg Bay is Nature’s Valley, where the Tsistikamma Mountains have preserved the National Park protected area leaving it virtually untouched – perfect for a day trip and a picnic on the pristine beach. Here the mighty Storms River brings an abundance of birdlife and Cape flora, with thriving wetlands and lagoons. It’s also here that adrenaline junkies can enjoy one of the world’s highest bungee jumps or a treetop canopy tour amongst the forest.