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plettenberg bay

plettenberg bay south africa

Plettenberg Bay is the jewel of The Garden Route and is tranquil and charming, hospitable and rather special.  With its exceptional climate and beautiful view sites over the Indian Ocean, Plettenberg Bay is perfect for exploring, watching or just lazing.

Originally christened “Bahia  Formosa” (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers, Plettenberg Bay offers the visitor miles of sweeping, un spoilt golden beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests and unpolluted rivers and sea. 

Situated between the hills covered with indigenous Fynbos and the Bitou River is the tranquil and rural village of Wittedrift, it is a bird and nature lover’s paradise.

From Keurboomstrand to the Robberg Peninsula there are 15 kilometers of beaches punctuated by the river mouth and an island. The river, lagoon, bay and beaches are much used by fishing and boating enthusiasts and offers the best shore based whale watching of the area.

The Crags is situated 20 km’s from Plettenberg Bay and has become one of the must seen areas, with polo fields, wildlife sanctuaries, theatre, and an abundance of arts and crafts offerings along its vibrant Cruise the Crags route.

Nature’s Valley is situated 30km’s from Plettenberg Bay and the most unspoilt of all of Bitou. This little bay’s untouched indigenous trees, forest and beautiful unspoilt coastline has been preserved since the first inhabitants of early times. It is also the only town within a national park.

Nestled in the great forests lying at the feet of the fabled Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains is the quaint hamlet of Storms River offering teeming birdlife, vast expanses of Cape flora, delicate eco-systems in wetlands and lagoons, gigantic trees and adrenaline pumping activities such as the world’s highest bungee jump and tree canopy tours.

Stay at Lagoon View Villa, a wonderful 7 bedroom family home or at Villa on the Rocks, a castle style 5 bedroom residence in a private nature estate.   If you would prefer a hotel, we highly recommend the elegant and boutique Plettenberg Hotel, set on a commanding headland over-looking the bay.

Return to Garden Route page or, for an overview of everything on offer in this magical country, please see South Africa

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  • Summer:  December – February
  • Winter:  June – August
  • Spring:  September – November
  • Autumn:  March - May

Garden Route (Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay)

Summer-time in the Garden Route is typically warm with mild to chilly winters. Most rainfall occurs in winter but mostly at night, keeping the area perennially green and scenic. In fact winter along the Garden Route is often tempered by lovely sunny, wind-still days only getting chilly at night.

Best time to travel and what to do

Year-round!  With its particularly mild, relatively warm and sunny climate, the Garden Route is accessible at any time of year. Summer is typically spent on the beaches of Plettenberg Bay or nearby, but with plentiful activities in the area, you’ll be busy enough in winter time too! Bungy-jumping, tree-top canopy tours, whale-watching, boating, kayaking and plenty of hiking or cycling trails for the adrenalin junkies, to elephant parks, bird & monkey sanctuaries, walking trails, lagoon cruises, or simply relaxing, there’s plenty to do for everyone!

Average temperatures (° celsius)

  • Summer:  Min = 15, Max = 25
  • Winter:  Min = 7, Max = 19

Whale watching

It's perfectly possible to spot whales pretty much all year round for different species.  For example, the Southern Right Whales come from about June to November and the Humpback whales from November to around February to March. 

Getting here

The closest airport to Plettenberg Bay is George, which about an hour away.  Alternatively, it's a 6 to 7 hour drive from Cape Town or a 3 hour drive from Port Elizabeth.

the plettenberg

the plettenberg

plettenberg bay, south africa    room per night from £215

Built on a dramatic rocky headland that separates the two main swimming beaches, The Plettenberg is an elegant boutique hotel located at the heart of the picturesque 'Garden Route'.

villa on the rocks

villa on the rocks

plettenberg bay, south africa    exclusive use per night from £1,050

For something completely different and absolutely unique, On the Rocks is an incredible 5 bedroom villa for you to enjoy. Situated literally on the cliff edge, in a private nature estate, the villa is quirky yet homely and has unbeatable ocean views!

lagoon view villa

lagoon view villa

plettenberg bay, south africa    exclusive use per night from £1,100

A fabulous 7 bedroom family-loving home situated on the banks of the Keurbooms lagoon, just minutes from the center of the popular seaside town of Plettenberg Bay. This villa has a truly beach-holiday atmosphere you feel the stress disappear as you step inside and take in the sea-air and stylish, homely dcor!


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