Plettenberg Bay Travel Guide


Plettenberg Bay, or Plett, as it is more familiarly known, is the most fashionable spot on the Garden Route and has been called the Riviera of Africa. It’s no exaggeration. With fabulous beaches stretching for miles, whole neighbourhoods of expensive summer homes hogging the best views, a couple of championship golf courses, and about a dozen world class polo fields, it’s definitely the playground of the rich.

But there’s more to Plett than glitz and glamour. It’s one of the best boat based whale and dolphin watching destinations in the world, the diving is good, the surfing is great, and the fabulous Harkerville mountain biking trails are about halfway between Plett and Knysna.

There are some awesome hikes close to the town and loads of great day walks. You can do a tandem skydive, fly in a glider or just do a scenic whale and dolphin watching flight.

When the 15th Century Portuguese explorers first saw the place we now call Plett, they dubbed it Bahia Formosa – the beautiful bay – and it’s apt. The spectacular Robberg Peninsula, which defines the western edge of the bay, is a nature reserve where you can do walks ranging from a half hour to a day, look at seals, whales and dolphins from the cliff and visit a stone age cave with an informative site museum.

The Keurbooms and Bitou Rivers meet up near the national road to the east of the town and join up to form the beautiful Keurbooms Lagoon. There is great paddling on both rivers, particularly the bigger Keurbooms, which has a lovely overnight hut, accessible only by canoe, about 7km upstream.

Plett is absolutely stuffed with lovely guest houses, great restaurants, good hotels and wonderful little coffee shops. The many creative locals that have chosen to make their home in this little paradise create a constant supply of innovative crafts, foods and clothing that supply the numerous retail therapy venues.

Every place has its down side, though, and Plett’s is its popularity with school leavers. At the end of November, or beginning of December, they descend on the town in full breeding plumage, usually in Daddy’s second or third BMW, and make their presence known. But if you steer clear of the pubs and clubs you should manage to avoid them – and they only get to the beaches in late afternoon, immediately upon waking.

In and Around

Accommodation near Plettenberg Bay

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R910
1 night, 2 adults

Coral Tree Cottages

Sleeps 30 Plettenberg Bay Self-catering in Plettenberg Bay

Coral Tree Cottages offers you a homely getaway to explore the delights of the Garden Route. We are...

from R140
1 night, 2 adults

African Array Backpackers Lodge

Sleeps 48 Piesang Valley Backpacker in Piesang Valley

African Array Backpackers Lodge is nestled between a biometry of fynbos on a high cliff overlooking ...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Bliss on Beacon Isle

Sleeps 15 Piesang Valley Guest House in Piesang Valley

Nestled behind the dune of Robberg Beach, Bliss on Beacon Isle guest house is just a short walk from...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Madon Studio

Sleeps 5 Piesang Valley Self-catering in Piesang Valley

If you’re looking for accommodation in a peaceful and tranquil setting look no further! This sunny N...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Jay Dees B&B

Sleeps 4 Plettenberg Bay Bed and Breakfast in Plettenberg Bay

Jay Dees B&B is situated in the beautiful town of Plettenberg Bay. Guests have a choice between two...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

Twilight Self-Catering Cottage

Sleeps 6 Plettenberg Bay Self-catering in Plettenberg Bay

Twilight Self-Catering Cottage is a lovely open-plan unit situated in the town of Plettenberg Bay, w...

Cathedral Rock At Keurbooms Beach