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Plettenberg Bay Introduction

Plettenberg Bay, or Plett as the locals call it, is a seaside destination on the border between Eastern Cape and Western Cape. Its pristine beaches draw in crowds of tourists every year, all wanting to savour the bay's mild climate, relaxed vibe and opportunities for outdoor adventures. At night, Plettenberg Bay switches to party mode. The bay has a lively nightlife scene fuelled by craft-brewed drinks distilled locally as well as dishes created with seafood and farm-fresh ingredients.

Hotels in Plettenberg Bay

There's a wide range of lodging in Plettenberg Bay, most of which is in the form of guesthouses, B&Bs and self-catering holiday homes. Some of the guesthouses are designed to house backpackers and budget travellers. They offer only basic amenities, though a number do have swimming pools. Some guesthouses and B&Bs are designed to cater to couples on holiday; a few of these properties are for adults only. They have a cosy, romantic ambience unspoiled by underage guests. There are also a few boutique hotels in Plettenberg Bay. They're small yet luxurious and offer an array of high-end amenities and services.

Where to stay

Many of the hotels in Plettenberg Bay are located in Upper Central. Upper Central is only a short walk from the town centre, where most of Plett's shops and restaurants are situated. Central Beach, Plett's most popular seaside spot, is also nearby. Another neighbourhood close to the town centre is Cutty Sark. Cutty Sark is a genteel community with stately homes and charming B&Bs. Whale Rock, located on a ridge on the southern end of Plett, is the town's largest suburb. Holiday homes here enjoy magnificent views of Robberg Beach below. Whale Rock is the closest neighbourhood to Plettenberg Bay Airport.

Things to see

The Birds of Eden Sanctuary provides a safe haven for previously caged birds. This 2-hectare dome spanning a gorge mimics the natural environment of these birds, many of which are endangered. Right next door to Birds of Eden is the Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. Monkeyland rescues and rehabilitates captured monkeys and gives them a safe place to live similar to their natural environment. These monkeys are free to move around the sanctuary as they wish. The Garden Route National Park is just outside Plettenberg Bay. The park protects the indigenous flora and fauna found in this portion of Garden Route, as well as the environment around Wilderness Lake and Knysna Estuary. It's also a popular hiking destination. Another favourite hiking spot in the area is Robberg Nature Reserve. This peninsula is home to Cape fur seals and numerous birds. People also visit the nature reserve to catch a glimpse of dolphins and whales.

How to get to Plettenberg Bay

The N2 highway cuts through Plettenberg Bay. To get to Plett, you can drive from either Cape Town or Port Elizabeth via the N2. Cape Town is 500 kilometres away from Plett and the drive will take you around 6 hours. Port Elizabeth, on the other hand, is only 230 kilometres away. Driving from there to Plett will only take 2 and a half hours. It's also entirely possible to drive to Plett all the way from Johannesburg. This means 11 hours of driving more than a thousand kilometres on the N1 and N9 highways.