Plettenberg Bay, or 'Plett' as the locals call it, is one of the most beautiful coastal towns on the Garden Route of South Africa. With its pristine beaches and lagoon, it offers outstanding water sports and beach opportunities, while its numerous shops, excellent restaurants and quaint coffee bars give it a cosmopolitan character.

It is known for its all year round temperate climate and the scenic beauty of its beaches, rocky peninsulas and nature reserves. It is situated on South Africa's Whale Route and from May to November visitors can see Southern Right, Humpback and Bryde's whales off the Plett shoreline.
Plett is a nature-lover's paradise and there are many beautiful areas where you can walk, hike, cycle or drive.

For hikes, picnics or sundowners (pack your own!) don't miss a visit to Robberg Nature Reserve, a national treasure with its kilometres of white sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, spectacular scenery, beautiful indigenous vegetation, birds, seals and wildlife.

The ancient indigenous forests of the area can be explored on foot or mountain bike along marked trails designed to suit different levels of fitness and expertise. Local companies also offer horse riding in the forest, leisurely two-hour horse-drawn carriage rides or guided 4x4 trails to search for the elusive Knysna Elephant!
Water sports
Plett is surrounded by water - the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the Keurbooms River and Lagoon. Experience the thrill of an ocean whale and dolphin encounter with a local tour operator or a relaxing river cruise through the Keurbooms Nature Reserve. Take a guided tour in a sea kayak to the Robberg seal colony or rent a canoe for a slow paddle up the river.

Other water sports include scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and surfing and kite surfing.
The Garden Route is a golfing mecca with many stunning golf courses within driving distance, which welcome visitors and hire out clubs.

In Plett there are two excellent courses - Plettenberg Bay Country Club and Goose Valley Golf Estate.

Just twenty minutes drive away in Knysna are two championship courses, Pezula and Simola, and the well-known Knysna Golf Club.
Animal experiences

The area around Plett is well-known for its animal sanctuaries where visitors can get up close and personal to a variety of African and other game species which are bred in captivity.

At both the Knysna Elephant Park and the Crags Elephant Sanctuary, visitors get to feed the gentle giants and even ride them.

At Monkeyland, a popular primate sanctuary, you can go on safaris conducted by experienced game rangers and see many species of monkeys. Next door, Birds of Eden has a unique two hectare dome which spans a gorge of indigenous forest and provides sanctuary for a large collection of free-flight African birds.

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre offers a truly unique wildcat experience where guests are taken on a guided tour to meet captive-bred furry felines living in a semi-natural environment, including cheetah.

For a Big Game experience visit Buffalo Hills Game Farm or The Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve and go on a game drive or horse safari to see rhino, leopard, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, hippo and many species of buck and birds in two unique malaria-free game parks which are open to day visitors.
Adventure sports
For adrenaline seekers, professional adventure companies will give you the opportunity to experience the ultimate thrill of bunjy jumping (the highest commercial jump in the world), abseiling, a zipline treetop canopy tour in the Tsitsikamma Forest, or black water tubing on Storms River.

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