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About Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

Plettenberg Bay is close to the Western Cape's boundary near Eastern Cape. The majority of the town is built on a steep slope going down to the ocean, which means that you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the bay and neighboring hills and mountains no matter where you stay.

Plettenberg Bay offers a wide range of vacation accommodation. Accommodation is available in various pricing levels, from cheap to over-the-top luxury, ranging from upscale hotels and resorts to inexpensive Bed & Breakfasts and self-catering. You will undoubtedly discover a fantastic location to stay.


Plettenberg Bay has a lengthy history for a South African village, explored by European explorers regularly throughout the middle ages. There are remnants of their trips throughout town, and history buffs may see relics like the Gonzales Wreck. The Old Rectory, constructed by the Dutch East India Trading Firm in 1776, and Forest Hall, a privately run stately house constructed in 1864 by William Henry Newdgate, are basic tenets of European immigrants to the region who left behind many interesting historical artifacts.


Plettenberg Bay has received numerous accolades as a pleasure-seeking hotspot in recent years, with a wide range of leisure activities on offer. Polo in Kurland, boating at the Keurbooms River and marina, and less affluent pastimes like sunbathing and water activities in the warm, calm seas are all available. Indeed, as you approach the town proper, you are greeted with a bronze sculpture of dolphins playing in the warm seas right off the shore, which is one of the emblems of this beautiful, almost tropical port.

With kilometers of beautiful beaches to pick from, it's no surprise that tourists choose to relax on the beach. Still, there are many charter boat excursions, hiking, kayaking, and abseiling for those who can tear themselves away, to mention a few activities.

The Monkeyland Monkey Sanctuary, situated a few minutes from outside town, is another must-see sight. It is the world's only multi-species, free roaming primate sanctuary.

Tours to the Mampoer and Witblits distilleries are offered for the adventurous taste, where they can see how these potent locally manufactured alcoholic drinks are made and try them.

While many excellent restaurants, coffee shops, and other places to select from in town when it comes to gastronomic and other pleasures, one of the most memorable must definitely be Emily Moon.

A short drive on the N2 toward Port Elizabeth and across the boundary into the Eastern Cape will lead you to the Bloukrans Bridge, which offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This bridge, in addition to being an architectural wonder, has another crowning achievement. It's where the world's highest commercialized bungee jump takes place. This is not for the timid (or weak-minded) at 216 meters or almost 70 floors, and many people choose to watch the apparently unending fall from the purpose-built observation platform on the gorge's brink.

Whether you decide to leap or not, it's worth stopping by the Khoisan Town, which provides insight into the life of the area's original peoples as well as chances to purchase local arts and crafts.

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Plettenberg Bay FAQ

  • Is it better to stay in Knysna or Plettenberg Bay?

    Tourists will find that Plettenberg Bay offers more luxurious lodging options than Knysna does, which is a major selling point for the latter. Fortunately, the distance between the two is so small that you can easily incorporate them into your trip's agenda!

  • What is Plettenberg Bay known for?

    Plettenberg Bay is a popular vacation spot in South Africa's Southern Cape region. In addition to its well-known beaches and the Robberg Peninsula, Plett also has towering indigenous woods, pristine rivers and unspoiled wine farms and vineyards.

  • How far is Plett from Cape Town?

    South Africa's Plettenberg Bay is 521.4 kilometers from Cape Town. An average speed of 70 kph (43 mph) 7 hours and 27 minutes, 60 kilometers per hour (37 mph) 8.41 minutes at a speed of 45 km/h (28 mph).

  • Is Plettenberg Bay Eastern or Western Cape?

    Plettenberg Bay is situated in the Western Cape.

  • Is there an airport in Plettenberg Bay?

    Plettenberg Bay Airport (PBZ) is located on the outskirts of Plettenberg Bay and is a short 10 minute drive way from the city center.

  • Can you fly from Cape Town to Knysna?

    No. But the closest airport to Knysna is Plettenberg Bay airport which is about a 20 minute drive away.

  • What Ocean is Plettenberg Bay Located Near?

    The Indian ocean, which is warmer than Cape Town's sea temperatures.

  • How much is a shuttle from George to Plettenberg Bay?

    There are daily shuttles to Plett each day. By Bus: +/- R200. By Taxi: +/- R1100.00

  • What is there to do in Plettenberg Bay at night?

    There's plenty to do in Plettenberg Bay at night! You can enjoy the town's vibrant nightlife, go for a romantic dinner, or simply relax under the stars. For a night out on the town, check out one of Plettenberg Bay's many bars and clubs. If you're looking for something more low-key, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from.

  • What is there to do in Plett on a rainy day?

    One thing you can do on a rainy day in Plett is to visit Porcupine Ceramics. This shop has a wide array of handmade pottery and other ceramic items, perfect for a rainy day activity. You can also browse the art galleries in Plett and check out By Ormont, which specialises in contemporary South African art. If you're looking for something to eat or drink, why not stop by Lodestone Wine and Olives? This shop offers a range of local wines and olive products, perfect for an indoor picnic on a rainy day.

  • What can I do between Plett and Knysna?

    Adventure Land is a greatoption for those looking for some thrills, while antique shopping and Bosky Dell Farm. The Rose Garden are perfect for those looking for a more relaxed day out.