Plettenberg Bay has it all – mountains, rivers, lagoons, Blue Flag beaches, and a town well equipped with exciting, shops, restaurants, together with a host of outdoor ecoadventure and wildlife activities to choose from. It is well known as a tourist hub for The Garden Route, attracting thousands of tourists each year, who visit to experience the natural splendour of the area.Read More
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Plettenberg Bay was incorporated under the administrative sovereignty of the Dutch-East India Trading Company in 1778. The Company used the location primarily as a shipping port for the hardwood timber that grew extensively in the area. A Norwegian whaling station operated from 1912-1920. It was situated where the present Beacon Island Hotel stands today. To-day, the town boasts more environmentally friendly ethos, home to one of the top spots in South Africa for whale and other marine species boat-based and land-base sightings.
Robberg Nature Reserve, a World Heritage site is a crucially important marine protected area, offering breathtaking views of Plettenberg Bay, the Indian Ocean and Tsitsikamma range of mountains.
There are spectacular hikes suitable for all fitness levels where rock formations date back over 120 000 years. Nelson’s Cave was discovered to have been home to humans up to 120 000 years ago, first by Middle Stone-Age man, and later by the ancestors of the Khoisan.
For bird lovers, there is the ‘near threatened’ African Oyster Catcher with its black feathers and striking red-ringed eyes and beak; and the fynbos loving Cape Surgarbird, endemic to the Western and Eastern Cape can be spotted, together with brightly coloured sunbirds, and many other species.
Whether delighting in shopping, dining or pursuits of an adrenaline rush, or the pure joys of nature, Plettenberg Bay and its surrounds will afford this, and more.