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Plettenberg Bay travel guide
The beach known fondly as Plett, is right between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth in the prettiest part of the Garden Route. It’s only half an hour’s drive away from Knysna and 2.5 hours’ drive from Port Elizabeth. You can also fly to George from Cape Town or Johannesburg and then drive 1.5 hours to Plett. In summer there are direct flights to Plett airport. This small town sits above gleaming white sands and rocky coves and has a lovely relaxed feel, with cafes, a street market and boutiques.
For many people, summer in Plett is about perfect beaches, watersports, glamorous nights and cocktails. It gets very busy in December/January. Central Beach is where the scene is, but for a quieter moment head for ultra-long Robberg Beach. Plett is a great place to visit in autumn and winter too, as the weather is mild and you may well have the beaches to yourself. Winter is also the time to catch the Food and Film Festival in July. You’ll see excellent films on a food theme and presentations by some of the country’s best known foodies.
If you’re looking to be active, the indigenous forests are chock-full of hiking and biking trails, and you can take kids to a choice of two water parks and a 3D puzzle park. Also on the cards are golf, zip lining, skydiving, abseiling and bungee jumping, or you could visit animal sanctuaries, a township and quite a few wine farms.
Awesome daytrips near Plett:
- Robberg Nature Reserve – a beautiful marine protected peninsula with Stone Age caves and a tidal swimming pool. Choose from easy to difficult hikes where you can spot some rare wildlife, phenomenal views of the coastline, plus you can swim with seals and spot dolphins and whales in season.
- Jukani Wildlife Reserve – a conservation focused destination where rescued wild animals are given a safe home. On a guided tour you will see wildlife such as lions, Bengal and Siberian tigers, jaguars, hyenas, honey badgers, zebras.
- Knysna – Spend the day in this stylish yet offbeat town on the shores of a large lagoon. You can explore the cafes, boutiques and craft shops in town, cruise on the lagoon or take a ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve.
- The Crags – this hub has the fantastic Monkeyland sanctuary, Birds of Eden sanctuary and the Elephant Sanctuary, all recipients of responsible tourism awards. You can also taste wine, visit the Old Nick Village for some shopping or just lie on the beach.
- Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve – book a game drive or horseback safari through 2000 hectares of malaria -free indigenous bushveld, and you may spot some of the Big Five, plus hippos, crocodiles, zebras and giraffes. And only 15 minutes’ drive away from Plett.
- Keurbooms River: Choose from one of two boating experiences. You could journey by boat or canoe through a quiet inland gorge, with only the sounds of birds in the thick forests, stopping to picnic on a tiny beach. Or you could float your boat to the stunning estuary where the Keurboom River meets the sea, enjoy the beach and lagoon before heading back.
- The Tsitsikamma National Park – A mere 68km away from Plett you will come across dense forests and intertidal lakes. You can canoe along the waterways, do a canopy tour of the treetops or simply walk along the coast or in the forest. If you want a few days hiking, the Storms River Mouth is the start of the much-loved Otter Trail.