Plettenberg Bay Travel Guide
Off The Beaten Path
One big brute
Beautiful beaches, wonderful national parks and walks, friendly folk
Just can get very busy over Christmas
In a nutshell
One of my favorite places we have visited.
Robberg Nature and Marine Reserve
The Robberg Peninsula is a nature reserve and national monument that lies about 8 km south of Plettenberg Bay.It is situated in an overlapping region of winter and summer rainfall. There is an increased likelihood of showers between August and November. To Do:Hiking:Choice...
The game reserve of Plettenberg Bay is the largest of the Southern Cape. It has all the big animals you want to see such as lions, zebras, hippos, giraffes, waterbuffalos, wildebeast, crocodiles, rhinos and all sorts of antilopes. You can also spend the night in their lodge.
We decided to visit Monkeyland which is located just a short distance from the beautiful Plettenberg Bay , it is the world’s first multi-specie free roaming primate sanctuary. Monkeyland opened its doors in 1998 and this unique primate sanctuary is currently the top...
Birds of Eden
Located just outside of Plettenberg Bay you will find the world’s largest free flight bird aviary, the Birds of Eden Sanctuary. This unique two hectare dome which spans a gorge of beautiful indigenous forest, offers a truly unique and African experience. Some 100 species of...
Gardenroute Wolf sanctuary
I was a bit sceptical about the place, but my friend wanted to go and get in touch with the wolf within, so we went. cost is R60 per adult and R30 per child. They have three pens with wolves. Two of them only have two in, but the large on has 12 wolves residing there. At the...
Walking the labyrinth
At Harkerville you will find a little cluster of shops with a restaurant and the labyrinth that you can walk. The labyrinth is of lavender, so you have fantastic smells coming from the plants, but beware as there are quite a number of bees also enjoying the flowers.
A visit to the elephant sanctuary is not cheap, but worth the money I think. We decided to not only feed and touch the elephants and walking with them in the forest but also to go for a ride. Not a very comfortable ride I must say, but well worth it.
Take a scenic drive and visit the Trumilk Dairy in the Bitou Valley for cheese, and wine tasting. Trumilk Dairy recently received an award for the best feta cheese in South Africa. Their production includes cheddar cheese and a handmade Camembert. Carefully selected wines...
Near Storms River is an environmentally friendly and sustainable fern-harvesting and cultivation industry. You can view the indigenous ferns of the Tsitsikamma forest. Teas and light lunches are available as well as guided tours of the nursery and export facilities.Open...
sanctuary for wolves, foxes, wild dogs, hyenas and is on the N2 between Nature's Valley and Plettenberg Bay. The animals are caged and although generally not wild anymore, they are not tame. There are also farmyard animals and a children's playground. The wolves are fed...
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
sanctuary for snakes and has an indigenous snake pit, a large dome housing South African and other snakes, and 2 giant python rooms. The sanctuary offers a 1-hour guided tour, including how to respond to unexpected encounters with local snakes. The tour costs R50 for adults...
The Plettenberg Hotel
1 Review and 152 Opinions The Plettenberg Bay hotel is faultless. The staff, accomodation and service were all first class and...
Beacon Island Resort
2 Reviews and 81 Opinions What a fantastic place to stay in. I really enjoyed my time here and we had great fun Location
Moby Dick's: Moby Dick's
A place with a really fantastic view over the bay and the Beacon Isle Hotel. The food is fantastic and the waitron's are really special.
Prices as at 18 Oct 2010Filter coffee = R12.00Amstel beer = R15.00Chicken Strips & chips = R40.00Calamari & chips = R47.00
Enricos: Over Rated.
Enrico's has an excellent location on the beach but don't let that hide the fact that they serve very average food and beware of the green 'pesto' they put on the table prior to the starter arriving. I spread some on the garlic and mozarella bread to discover it was chilli...
The Lookout: Cheap, Cheerful, Enjoyable
The food at the Lookout is basic and delicious. Massive portions abound and both seafood and steak didn't fail to impress. The ambience is definitely on the relaxed side with an almost constant demand for 'seaview' tables and friendly and efficient waiting staff.The view is...
The Art Cafe: Authentic Continental Charm
We found the Art Cafe in Plett to be one of the warmest atmospheres around and the "home made" food was truly exceptional. They bake their own bread, grow their own organic lettuce (picked daily) and make their own sausage! The Asparagus, Artichoke and 3 Cheese Quiche is to...
Getting to Plettenberg Bay
Most travellers reach Plett by car, travelling from either Cape Town or Port Elizabeth. Car hire is simple and one can drop off a vehicle in the next major centre/airport. There is also the BazzBus which although I have not used, it appears to be quite reliable and reaches out of the way destinations. Until recently, there was an airport in Plett which had direct flights to and from JHB International daily. These flights have been suspended for the moment:( However, specials into George and PE from other areas are really good. George (which is 1 1/2 easy drive from Plett) or Port Elizabeth (2 1/4 easy drive) Do remember that if you are used to the distances in Europe/UK, you will find the distances in SA alot longer! Travelling at about 120 - 130km per hour, it will still take you about 5 - 6 hours to get to Plett from CT. For those of you who do not have to worry about costs, there is an "African Ramble" plane which flies up and down the coast. The pictures you see on the page are all taken from the Ramble.
A warning in terms of getting here...there are traffic cameras between Plett and George that can be a real pain! Just look out for the skid marks on the roads and you shall be safe in terms of the flashing cameras!
Between Plett and Knysna there is also a very conscientious official with a hidden radar...so 80km/ hr is 80km/hr. Upon consideration, this ought to fall under warnings!
For travellers generally, do look at www.kulula.com - there are some great deals which can be booked online.
Updated May 10, 2006
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Mohair millshop: Mohair millshop
Lots of mohair items can be bought in this shop as well as animal skins, slippers, candles and more. If you are looking for mohair blankets and scarves, they have them in all colours. Very colourful place indeed to browse around.
Double bed mohair blanket cost R1290. Mohair...
The Art House: Unique Art and Jewelry from South Africa
After a disappointing stop in many of the shops on Main Street (the jewelry shop was selling silver made in Mexico), I stumbled across the Art House and was pleasantly surprised.
They carry a lovely collection of art, furniture, jewellery, home-ware, pottery, clothing,...
Visit Monkeyland Primate sanctuary.
Situated in an eco-sensitive location, 16 km East of Plettenberg Bay.Monkeyland opened its doors to the public on the 6th of April 1998. The unique primate sanctuary is currently the top eco-tourism attraction on the Garden Route. Monkeyland has captured the hearts of...
nora_south_africa 1095 reviews
The golf course remains a popular destination for tourists. the main attraction being the challenging layout built to USGA specifications and is rated in the TOP 50 in South Africa. Set in a nature reserve, lots of bird life and small animals like antelope and bush pig, etc. The site has also become popular with the local bird-watching club and is home to a large colourful bird known as the Knysna Loerie
Written Apr 12, 2008
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