The enormous horseshoe of Plettenberg Bay is one of the most glamorous and beautiful spots along the Garden Route. Known as Plett to the locals, it 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 will find them all right here.
Plettenberg Bay is located on the Indian Ocean coast with extraordinarily beautiful beaches; surrounded by mountains, it nudges the famous Tsitsikamma forest. With these abundant natural resources, there’s plenty to do. The area is a sporting paradise and boasts fabulous trails for hikers, mountain bikers, horse riders and canoeists. The beautiful rivers, glorious beaches and sparkling bay boast ideal conditions for all facets of water sports, including sailing, rock and surf angling and scuba diving. Or you can simply stroll along the pristine white-sand beaches that stretch for miles and enjoy Plett’s safe swimming areas. From June to November, when southern right whales come into the bay to calve, whale-watching boat 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 a zipline tree-canopy tour through the Tsitsikamma forest, some 30m up in the air. Wilderness experiences include walks, hikes and horseback safaris through the forest, indigenous fynbos, gorges and mountains. For a personal wildlife encounter, visit Monkeyland, the world’s first free-roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary, or the Tenikwa Wildlife Centre where you can take a once-in-a-lifetime walk with the resident cheetahs.
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