When you get to the eastern point of the Garden Route, you’ll start to see signs for Plettenberg Bay. It’s a picture-perfect playground for wealthy holidaymakers, but there are also some interesting activities for travellers on a budget.
The town of Plettenberg Bay stretches across several tall hills and, perhaps unsurprisingly, looks out over a beautiful bay. This idyllic location is nestled within the cliffs of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. Plettenberg Bay is known for its beaches. The town extends towards white sandy beaches that go on for miles. One of the most famous is Keurbooms Beach. It’s a beautiful spot on the lagoon which was formed centuries ago by the Keurbooms River. There’s a beachside restaurant where you can get delicious local snacks and, like most beaches in Plettenberg Bay, you’ll have a great views of the water.
Big waves swell up on the beaches, making Plettenberg Bay the perfect spot for surfing. Give it a go while you’re here. Whale watching is a popular pastime in Plettenberg Bay. Walk along the cliff edge and look out for whales and dolphins playing in the waters. The best spots are between the wreck of the Athene and the southern end of Lookout Beach. Robberg Peninsula is another a good spot.
Plettenberg Bay is one of the best whale watching locations in South Africa thanks to its elevated position on the cliff. You’re almost guaranteed to see a southern right whale if you come during the right season. From here, you can also head south to the Robberg Peninsula. The steep cliffs and rocky shores are a bit tricky to traverse, so get a guide or choose the easier options if you’re not very experienced. The Robberg Peninsula has some of the best-preserved indigenous forest in South Africa, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
Plettenberg Bay, or ‘Plett’ as the locals call it’, is a beautiful resort town. It has everything you need from a coastal retreat; pure white sand, blue water and tall craggy mountains to provide shade. Add to that a laid-back atmosphere and activities such as walking, nature-watching, swimming or just relaxing on the beach, and you might never want to leave.
Plan your trip to Plettenberg Bay today.