Abseil down steep rock sections and feel that adrenalin rush! An activity for the adventurous, abseiling is a premium outdoor pursuit and demands that you face your fears and step over the edge.
Go walk a beach and walk free, walk wild and walk a lot. Plettenberg Bay and environs offer miles and miles of beach most beautiful, golden and unspoilt, including the famous Robberg and Keurboomstrand beaches.
Plettenberg Bay is a birder’s paradise with its wide range of different habitats of sea and rocky cliffs, estuaries and freshwater, forests and fynbos which support a rich diversity of bird species. The African Black Oyster Catcher (Haematopus moquini), the Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer), Malachite Sunbird (Nectarinia famosa) and the Knysna Loerie (Tauraco corythaix) are just some of the magnificent species awaiting you.
Don’t miss a visit to Birds of Eden, the world’s largest single span aviary consisting of 2.3 hectares, structure weighing 80 tons and 1.2km of walkways. It is home to the largest collection of free-flight African birds in the world as well a number of exotic birds from all corners of the globe.
Exploring the coastline and its offerings by boat is an enjoyable past time or a spectacular way for close encounters with Bryde’s, Southern Right and Humpback whales or impressive pods of Bottle Nose and the shy indo-pacific humpback dolphins. Explore the estuaries and rivers or picnic at the famous Whiskey Creek in the Keurbooms Nature Reserve, all only accessible by boat.
Defy gravity! The Bloukrans River Bridge is the highest commercial bungy jump in the world at 216m with a 7 second free fall or experience the adrenaline of the Flying Fox – a 200m cable slide. If you are not brave enough to jump, do the Bridge Walking Tour and discover the amazing feats required to build the Bloukrans single span bridge.
Visit the enchanting indoor tropical rain forest that is home to hundreds of exotic free flying butterflies.
Plettenberg Bay and environs offer numerous opportunities to paddle in the sea, on rivers and dams in the area. Rafting companies are generally prepared to help kayakers with logistics. One can also book a 2-day Keurboom Canoe Trail, easy paddling with an overnight stay in a hut in the Keurbooms Nature Reserve.
If you are looking for a safe environment for children to play, Plett has an enclosed park with a super tube, mini golf and jumping castle and picnic facilities. Try the new adventure world at Harkerville where your children will be amused by the super tube and quad biking.
Plettenberg Bay and environs offers scuba diving options for advanced and open water divers. There is a breathtakingly beautiful underwater dive train at Beacon. Other dive sites are Grootbank, Island, Blinders, Jacobs Reef and the Athena Wreck of Robberg Beach.
Bitou and Plettenberg Bay offer an endless array of flavours and an amazing assortment of cuisines at a range of cafés, bars, bistros and fine-dining establishments. There are also a number of markets offering fantastic local farm produce or simply enjoy fresh-off-the-boat seafood for an alfresco beach lunch or dinner.
Visit one of the two elephant sanctuaries in the area and get close and personal with small and old. One can feed, touch, ride and walk in the forests with these magnificent animals.
Of the 400 to 500 elephants that use to roam local forests in the 19th century, only four remain. Shy and elusive, it is rare and wonderful to catch sight of them.
Miles of open sands, rugged seas, refreshing breezes and the certainty of peaseuful solitude makes fishing in Plettenberg Bay on of the best location on earth to wet your lines. Good rock angling sites include, Lookout Rocks, Beacon Island Rocks, Robberg Beach, Natures Valley and Keurboomstrand for galjoen, elf, roman or Steen bras. Deep-sea anglers may catch tuna, leervis, hake and calamari. Angling permits are required and these with information on which fish are in season, can be obtained at the local post office.
Plettenberg Bay and environs offers a spectacular range of hikes and walks ranging from an hour to six days, from historical interest to nature and birding interests. Robberg Nature and Marine Reserve is a rocky peninsular that juts out into the sea. It has three of the most popular day walks in Plett, showing the “wild side” of the coastline with views of dramatically churning seas from its cliffs, contrasting with serene secluded bays where seals, dolphins and whales are often spotted frolicking in the waves.
Other day hides in the area will take you through forest and fynbos, through wetlands and rivers along coastal escarpment, rocks and sandy beaches.
he Otter Trail and Tstistikamma Trail are both five-day trails. Breathtaking and spectacular, these are popular trails and you need to book well in advance through the National Parks Board. The Harkerville Trail is a difficult circular 26km two day hike which takes you through forest, coast and fynbos.
Other hikes include the Elephant Gorge Hiking trail on one of Plettenberg Bay’s Private Game Reserves or the Dolphin Trail along the Tsitsikamma Coast. A new alternative is one of the Eden to Addo initiative hikes. These are all guided and fully portaged, with meals and accommodation included.
The Garden Route offers excellent game and safari experiences, but unlike most of Southern Africa our trips and stay-overs are malaria-free. So next time you have the urge to chase down the Big Five, do it in the safety of the beautiful and diverse Garden Route. Plettenberg Bay has two game parks where you can view the Big Five, Buffalo Hills and Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve (Rhino Base Camp) both situated in Wittedrift
The Garden Route is South Africa’s golf Mecca. No other area in the country boasts the sheer variation of scenery and close proximity of courses to each other than the Garden Route. Golf courses to play are the signature Goose Valley and Turtle Creek courses in Plettenberg Bay, offering unique golfing experiences. A mere 20 minutes away the Pezula Estate Golf Course at the four magnificent courses at Fancourt Hotel and Country club only 40 minutes away offers are prime championship courses, renowned for their amazing year round condition with modern Clubhouses and facilities. Golf is one of the most popular pastimes in the Garden Route making advanced bookings essential.
Experience the unique sensation of a Hot Air Balloon trip over the Klein Karoo. Drifting with the wind you will enjoy a sense of peace and tranquility. The panoramic view of Oudtshoorn and the majestic Swartberg mountains will stay in your memory forever. Ballooning is enjoyed by all and requires no special effort other than rising a little earlier than usual, for some.
If you like getting out onto the ocean using your own steam and tasting salt water on your lips, then kayaking is a must. Trips leave from Plett Central Beach to Robberg Nature Reserve
High in the mountains, whilst most people try their best to stay away from the edges of cliffs, there are a number of adrenaline junkies whose mission is to find the highest cliff possible and jump off into the icy waters below. The art of kloofing in South Africa is a sizzling favourite and very popular amongst thrill seekers. Keurbooms River is a popular spot for beginners in kloofing.
A microlight is a very light, usually single-seat, aircraft with either fixed or flexible wings. Various areas in Cape Garden Route offer micro light flights. Fixed-wing and micro light training are offered all year round by the Plettenberg Bay Flying Club.
Plettenberg Bay is fast becoming one of the world’s most desirable sought after wedding and honeymoon destination. Combined with the spectacular setting is a range of superb facilities, a wide range of accommodation choices, excellent cuisine and professional wedding planners. See Plett Tourism’s special wedding section for more information.
ountain biking, paragliding, polo, quadbiking, river ferries, rock climbing, sailing and sailing charters, skydiving and parachuting, snorkelling, swimming, surfing, tree-canopy tours, 4×4 trips and trails, woodcutters’ journey, steam train.