Plettenberg Bay, affectionately known as Plett, is a popular holiday destination. Conveniently located with easy access to many of the attractions of the Garden Route and blessed with a mild climate, Plettenberg Bay is a year round destination for adventure seekers.
Portuguese explorers aptly named the area Bahia Formosa or Beautiful Bay. The bay is separated from the open Indian Ocean on the southern end by the Robberg Peninsula. To the north, the fynbos covered Tsitsikamma Mountains stretches from the Keurbooms River and form a continuous range with the Outeniqua Mountains to the west.
The beautiful scenery on the Keurbooms River, named after the indigenous keurboom tree, is best explored on a paddling adventure. Listen to the cry of the African fish eagles and spot the elusive Knysna Lourie as you explore the river on a canoe.
Tools and ornaments found in the many caves of the Robberg Peninsula give insight into life of the earliest inhabitants of this area. Today, the peninsula is home to a large Cape fur seal colony. Swim or paddle on a sea kayak amongst these inquisitive mammals. Dolphins are also a common sight and southern right whales frequent the bay to calve during their breeding season from July to December.
A short drive out of town is the unique opportunity to walk hand-in-trunk with an elephant.
To the north, you find the picture perfect Natures Valley. As the name suggests, this tiny village is surrounded by nature reserve on all sides. It is also the final destination of the popular Otter hiking trail.
If you are feeling energetic, join a mountain biking adventure and head out of town for the protected wilderness of the Baviaanskloof.
Adrenaline junkies enjoy the sight of this beautiful bay and coastline from above on a skydiving adventure. After your safe landing back on land, you will be pleased to know that there are plenty of festive bars and restaurants in Plettenberg Bay where you can toast the end to a great adventure.