Plettenberg Bay

South Africa

Plettenberg Bay, the “jewel” of the Garden Route, situated near the southern tip of Africa, has much to offer visitors. The area lives up to its reputation, providing some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. The combination of wild mountains, indigenous forest and pristine beaches makes it one of the finest holiday destinations. Whether you are lazing on the beach, mountain biking, kayaking, surfing, fishing, golfing, whale and dolphin watching, collecting Pansy shells, or bungee jumping off the Bloukrans Bridge, Plett has activities for everyone and weather to match.

Sunrise on Robberg Beach
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The Bay

Famed as one of the most beautiful resort towns in South Africa, it enjoys a marvellous temperate climate, both winter and summer, with warm sea temperatures , more sunshine and less wind than any other coastal resort area. Flanked on three sides by the magnificent Tsitsikamma mountains and the Indian Ocean to the East, it is surrounded by the sea and lush indigenous forests. This area is home to teaming birdlife and natural “fynbos” coastal areas, as well as to fauna, delicate ecosystems in wetlands and lagoons, and a bay large enough for the great whales of the Southern Ocean to calve in and protect their young.

The peninsula flanking our house contains the Robberg Nature Reserve and extends some 4 km eastwards into the sea. It acts as our natural barrier against the prevailing winds and seas. It is a protected area managed by Cape Nature, our provincial conservation authority, with stunning walks and picnic sites.

Scenic drives and things to do

Our natural unspoilt beaches incorporate two main swimming beaches, these being Central and Robberg. The Lookout Lagoon merges with the sea to provide a host of water sports. Rock, surf and deep-sea fishing along with scuba diving are popular activities as are tennis, bowls, forest trail hikes, horse riding, and spectacular coastal drives. There are 2 golf courses in Plett: the Country Club Golf Course and Goose Valley, a Gary Player-designed course. Knysna has 3 golf courses, and the world-renowned Fancourt Golf Course is one hour's drive away near George.

The town is well served by shops and malls, has many restaurants and informal eating spots, bars and cinemas and all the other facilities of a first class holiday destination. The nearby modern town of Knysna has fresh oyster farms, and boat trips on the lagoon. Plett is more village-like!

Scenic drives are abundant, but here are some favourites:

  • Kranshoek picnic site, overlooking cliffs and sea
  • Keurbooms River and Beach, picnic spot next to river, restaurants
  • 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
  • Storms River Mouth, exquisitely scenic river mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park

Hiking Trails:

  • Kranshoek Coastal Walk
  • Robberg Nature Reserve
  • Harkerville Trail (Day trip)
  • Nature's Valley Network
  • Storms River Mouth Trails

This information was obtained from the Coastal Properties Website

Climate

Average weather conditions over the last 3 years:

Sunshine 252 days per year
Rain 4 days per month
Wind 2 days per month
Min temp 13° C, 56° F in winter
Max temp 28° C, 85° F in summer

Traditionally, Plett's “winter” months extend between June and August, with August being the coldest month. (Average minimum 13° C, 55° F average maximum 17° C, 67° F). Its mild weather is renowned.

Most of our rainfall occurs between August and September — between 64 mm and 99 mm respectively.

Transport

George International Airport is about an hour away, with flights daily to major cities. Taxis are available from there to Plett and should be arranged in advance. Car hire is similarly available.