Plettenberg Bay Information

24th March 2014

Beacon Island Hotel Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay is commonly regarded as the jewel of South Africa's Garden Route region. It's more than a village, less than a town. Plettenberg Bay is tranquil and charming, hospitable and rather special. Originally and rightly christened "Bahia Formosa" (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers, Plettenberg Bay can now be accessed by first class national roads, by sea or by scheduled air flights.

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Plettenberg Bay is characterised by sweeping, unspoilt golden beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests and unpolluted rivers and sea. With its exceptional climate, and beautiful view sites over the Indian Ocean, Plettenberg Bay is perfect for tourists interested in exploring, watching or just lazing.

Canoeing in Plettenberg BayPlettenberg Bay is home to the rare Knysna forest elephant, teaming wildlife, vast expanses of Cape flora, delicate ecosystems in wetlands and lagoons, gigantic trees, and a bay large enough for the great whales of the Southern Ocean to calve in and protect their young.

More than a village and less than a town, Plettenberg Bay is accessible by first class national roads, by sea or by scheduled air flights (Plettenberg Bay has the only airport within a 100km radius). It also boasts:

Golfing in Plettenberg Bay Plettenberg Bay is serviced by three airports and is ideally positioned for exploring the region.

An hour’s scenic drive from George Airport and two hours from Port Elizabeth Airport, Plettenberg Bay and environs stretches from Harkerville through to Nature’s Valley and Storms River, some 80km along the N2 national road that connects Cape Town in the Western Cape to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

Majestic mountains, lush indigenous forest and magnificent Indian Ocean, offer not only breathtaking scenery, but endless spectacular holiday experiences throughout the year.

Be inspired by Plettenberg Bay with its abundance of unique tourist attractions and endless stretches of unspoiled golden beaches – excellent year-round land-based and water-based activities.

Dolphins in Plettenberg Bay A myriad adventure and other sporting activities include 18-hole championship golf courses, polo championships, spectacular walks and hikes and many a magnificent country meander that will keep you spellbound.

Adrenalin junkies will be spoilt for choice with world renowned land, air and water extreme sporting activities such as the world’s highest bungi jump and adventure events like the Robberg Express, a multi-disciplined adventure race held in the Robberg Marine and Nature Reserve.

Boasting a climate of eternal springtime, Plettenberg Bay and Bitou surrounds makes it a year-round destination and we invite you to bask in our warmth.
  • Knysna Elephant Park - Be touched by an elephant today
  • Birds of Eden - Largest free flight bird aviary in the world
  • Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary - A living forest experience
  • Noah's Park Wolf sanctuary and touch farm
  • Sweeping, unspoiled golden beaches
  • Dramatic rocky peninsula
  • Intriguing lagoons and estuaries
  • Towering indigenous forestry
  • Unpolluted rivers and sea
  • Beautiful view sites over the Indian Ocean
  • Exceptional climate all year round

 Scenic Drives & Day Trips:

  • Kranshoek picnic site, overlooking cliffs and sea
  • Pheasant Hoek, outstanding views along circular drive
  • Garden of Eden, picnic site and Big Tree
  • Brackenhill Falls, series of cascades down a deep ravine
  • Knoetzie beach and river, Knoetzie castles and river estuary
  • Knysna, scenic coastal town 35 kms from Plett
  • Keurbooms River and Beach, picnic spot next to river, restaurant
  • Prince Alfred Pass, stunning mountain views along historic pass
  • The Crags and Forest Hall, tea and historical tour of mansion
  • Grootriver Pass to Nature's Valley, picnics, viewspots and beach
  • Bloukrans Pass, unique pass amid indigenous forests
  • Plettenberg Bay Arts and Crafts Route
  • Storms River Mouth, exquisitely scenic river mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park
For additional information on Plettenberg Bay day trips and self drive see:

Hiking Trails:

  • Harkerville to Nature's Valley
  • Kranshoek Coastal Walk
  • Robberg Nature Reserve
  • Milkwood Scenic Trail
  • Wittedrift Nature Trail
  • Nature's Valley Network
  • Stinkhoutkloof Trail
  • Storms River Mouth Trails
  • Bloukrans to Storms River (Tsitsikamma National Park)

Plettenberg Marine Environment

More than 100 species of fish are known to occur along this coast. Fish found on the reefs are highly susceptible to exploitation and marine reserves play an important part in restocking overfished areas.

Whales in Plettenberg BaySome of the finest soft coral reefs in the world are found here with sponges, starfish and many shellfish including our unique Pansy Shell.Common marine animals are dolphins, whales and seals. During winter months the spectacular Southern Right Whales are resident in our bay when they arrive up from the southern oceans to calve.

Fynbos and Flowers

The small Cape Floral Kingdom between Cape Town and Grahamstown (0.04% of the world's land mass) contains 8500 different flowering plants. This is more than is found in the Entire Northern Hemisphere. There are 27 common species of Ericas in this area, a great many wild proteas and an extensive list of geophytes.

Flora in Plettenberg BayIndigenous Forests

Although the largest tract of natural forests in South Africa, only 65 000Ha of the original forests remain today. The Outeniqua yelowwood or kalander is a true forest giant reaching over 50m in height. Other magnificent specimens are the ironwood and stinkwood trees. Our forests also harbor many species of ferns including the seven week fern, prolific in the Tsitsikamma area, as well as a profusion of colourful lichens on rocks and trees and many species of mushrooms.

Plettenberg Bay Climate

Plettenberg Bay is famous as one of the most beautiful resort areas in South Africa,enjoying one of the world's mildest and most temperate climates in winter and summer, with over 300 sunshine days a year. It also boasts warm sea temperatures and less wind than many other coastal resorts.

ButterflyFlanked on three sides by the magnificent Tsitsikamma mountains and the Indian Ocean to the East we are surrounded by lush indigenous forests.

The peninsula of Robberg extends some 4 km eastwards into the sea and acts as our natural barrier against the prevailing winds. Just a few kilometers away the rainfall doubles, providing perfect conditions for the wide variety of indigenous flora and fauna found there.

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