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Plettenberg Bay

The Garden Route

The enormous horseshoe of Plettenberg Bay is one of the most glamorous and beautiful spots along the Garden Route, with attractions like hiking, whale watching and Monkeyland, the world’s first free roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary.

Plettenberg Bay is a top-class holiday, nature-lovers and adventure destination, all rolled into one. Whether you’re after a seaside holiday, with a difference, a wilderness experience in pristine natural surrounds or adrenaline-packed adventures, you’ll find it in Plettenberg Bay – fondly referred to by locals as Plett.

Plettenberg Bay is one of the major attractions on the Garden Route. Its location on the Indian Ocean coast, surrounded by mountains and nudging the famous Tsitsikamma forest, makes it one of the top visitor destinations in South Africa. With these abundant natural resources, there’s plenty to do. The area is a sports paradise and boasts fabulous trails for hikers, mountain bikers, horse riders and canoeists. The highlight of the area is undoubtedly the rivers, beaches and the bay with its ideal conditions for all facets of water sports including sailing, rock and surf fishing and scuba diving. Alternately one can simply stroll along its clean, sandy beaches stretching for miles or enjoy its safe swimming areas. From June to November, when Southern Right whales come into the bay to calve, whale watching excursions are popular.

Plett is also renowned as an adventure destination with dozens of heart-stopping experiences to its credit including bungee jumping, blackwater tubing and taking a zipline tour through the Tsitsikamma forest, some 30m up in the air. The town also boasts a number of wilderness experiences including walks, hikes and horseback safaris through the forest, indigenous fynbos, gorges and mountains. For a personal wildlife encounter, visit the Tenikwa Widlife Centre and take a once-in-a-lifetime walk with the resident cheetahs.