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Pocket Guide: Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay has long been a popular beach holiday destination among South Africans, but increasingly, visitors from outside the country are also catching on to the area’s significant charm. Treat yourself to luxe accommodation in the Plettenberg Bay area, where lavish suites overlook golden sands and royal blue waters. Stylish, five-star hotels line the waterfront, offering both excellent value and unbeatable views. If you’re on a tighter budget, you’ll find practical, cheap Plettenberg Bay hotels both the town centre and further along the bay.

Watch Whales (and More) in the Waters of Plettenberg Bay

The waters around Plettenberg Bay are sheltered by the Robberg Peninsula, and attract marine species such as the southern right whale, Cape fur seals, bottlenose dolphins and even the occasional orca. Many of these creatures only visit seasonally, but you can take a boat ride at any time of year to search for the resident colony of Bryde’s whales.

Extreme Sports from Your Plettenberg Bay Hotel

The vast expanses of Garden Route National Park, located just a short journey north of Plettenberg Bay, are sure to get the adrenaline pumping. Different sections of the park hold a variety of challenges. In Wilderness, you can clamber across rope bridges through the forest canopy, while in Tsitsikamma you can throw yourself off a bridge attached to a bungee. Canyoning and rappelling tours, where you scramble down a river, also leave from Plettenberg Bay.

Family Hikes and Attractions in Plettenberg Bay

For more leisurely pursuits, the Plett Puzzle Park offers mazes and other open-air challenges suitable for the whole family. Alternatively, hike along the Plett Trail, an accessible walking route with unbeatable views of the bay. Keep an eye on the sky to see some of the many different bird species that live in and around Plettenberg Bay.

At the end of your thrilling day, relax in one of the fine-dining restaurants in town. As you sip on a glass of local wine while gazing out across scenic Plettenberg Bay, there is a good chance you won’t want to ever leave this gorgeous part of the Western Cape.