Plettenberg Bay Travel Guide

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  • Things to Do
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Plettenberg Bay Things to Do

  • Tenikwa -- to be with big cats

    We did not visit this place since we were told that it is not so good. But some others told us that they enjoyed being here. So we are not sure. But the reason we decided not to go was that it is an unnatural setting where big cats are allowed to be touched and petted. I for one prefer to see them in natural habitats. But if you have young kids who...

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  • Monkey Land

    Right opposite to Birds of Eden is Monkey Land. This is a sanctuary for Monkeys that had been previously caged. There are many varieties of monkeys that you get to see. There are guided tours into the sanctuary and the guides are very well informed.

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  • Admiring our feathered friends

    Visit the Birds of Eden park, which is a huge netted sanctuary for birds. What is good about this place is that birds are let to be free and in tune with nature. The photographs on my page can speak more than my words. Of course no photography can do full justice to what you get to see in person.

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  • 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 of three circular routes of increasing difficulty with distance. Round trip...

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  • Birds of Eden

    I loved this place. It was nice to be able to "improve" my photographic skills as you wander around on your own admiring all the birds.

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  • Monkeyworld

    A great experience. The guide takes you through the forest and explains about the "rehab" of the monkeys at the sanctuary. Very very interesting

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  • Game Reserve

    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.

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  • Garden of Eden

    Situated between Knysna and Plettenbergbay, I believe that it is a must for visitors to stop here and go for a walk in the indigenous forest. The cost is R10.00 but well worth it.

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  • Monkeyland

    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 eco-tourism attraction on the Garden Route. Monkeyland’s aim is to rehabilitate and...

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  • 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 incredible African birds are housed at the Birds of Eden Sanctuary, some...

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  • 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 time of our visit they also had 6 cubs. They have some wild dogs, emu's,...

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  • 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.

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Plettenberg Bay Hotels

Plettenberg Bay Restaurants

  • 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

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  • The lookout

    A lovely place for lunch time eating as you can sit and overlook the beach and sea. They have a nice menu and the staff is very friendly.

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  • The Grand

    A great experience. You can select to sit inside or outside. They have a small but stunning menu to choose from and I did not find them very pricey.

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  • 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 which almost blew my head off! Quite how this figures so strongly in Italian...

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  • 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 fantastic, looking over Plettenberg Bay with even the chance to glimpse...

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  • 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 die for and the pizza is, in my opinion, the best in town. The Sausage con...

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  • Mouth Watering!!!

    Wow! What a special experience ... grilled oysters, sweet & succulent prawns - and that was just the meal! The service was excellent and the atmosphere wonderful - especially outside on the terrace. The Med has been operating for many years and this experience proved exactly why! So worth the visit! Okay it would be a toss up between the prawns...

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  • great seafood!

    Quite expensive but food was good., This restaurtant can get very busy even out of season . Its right on the beach with great views. Seafood

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  • Fantastic location

    This restaurant has the most enviable position overlooking Keurbooms beach just outside Plett. We sat outside watching the surf and whales close by.Italian with a hint of Mediterranean foods- Pizza, Pasta, Fish, Meat. Right on the Keurboomstrand Beach . Lamb shanks were good, pizza and pasta also good.

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Plettenberg Bay Transportation

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    by Alimacg Updated May 10, 2006

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    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.

    Wonderful beaches in Plett
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Plettenberg Bay Shopping

  • 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 scarve cost R60

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  • Zandla Zam

    In this store they sell a variety of items, from clothing to cards. Nice to just browse around, but quite pricey.

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  • African cloth paintings

    You see it all over South Africa and neighbouring countries, but they still make a good gift to take home, or even a lovely souvenir. Very colourful indeed. Prices vary.

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Plettenberg Bay Off The Beaten Path

  • 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 visitors in its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates. The...

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  • Big tree

    Another must see when in this region is the old Big tree. It is an Outeniqua Yellow wood tree that is estimated to be over 800 years old.

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  • Wilderness

    It is really a lovely day drive from Plettenberg Bay plus there is a lot to do and see along the way.

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Plettenberg Bay Sports & Outdoors

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    by nora_south_africa Written Apr 12, 2008

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    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

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    • Golf
    • Singles
    • Road Trip

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Plettenberg Bay Favorites

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    by littlebush Written Feb 10, 2003

    Favorite thing: Plett is a great place to laze about and not do much. The beach is fantastic to relax on. Its a typical holiday town. The town has a fair few shops so when youre bored of the beach, shopping is an option (around 140rand for a billabong t-shirt). There are also plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.

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