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An Unforgettable Day in Plettenberg Bay
You’ll never forget your first sight of this beautiful bay. With a backdrop of majestic mountains stretching from horizon to horizon, the town lies to one side under a sunny sky and among a collage of green forests and fynbos that are separated from the blue of the Indian Ocean by endless white and sandy beaches. Truly the stuff that picture postcards are made of.
Closer inspection reveals that this really is a tourists’ paradise because in Plettenberg Bay, where the weather is eternally set to springtime and where warm, lazy days stretch into long, pleasurable evenings, you’ll find rest and adventure in equal proportions.
The waters of the bay itself hold an uncommon richness of marine life and the result is a bay unparalleled for its biodiversity. Plettenberg Bay boasts vast schools of the delightfully playful common dolphin, pods of endangered Bottle-nosed dolphins and shy Humpback dolphins, as well as resident Orca and Bryde’s whales and the migratory Humpback and Southern Right whales. And it’s the only place in the world where scientists have seen and filmed the rare and enigmatic Tropical Beaked whale.
Many elevated lookout points offer excellent land-based whale watching and regular boat-based whale watching tours and marine safaris provide a chance to see these gentle giants and to experience the absolute beauty of Plettenberg Bay at close quarters. If you prefer your encounters a little more personal, the Bay offers excellent scuba diving and, on the Tsitsikamma shore, brilliant snorkelling and guided snorkelling trails.
But the Indian Ocean is just one of Plettenberg Bay’s many natural wonders. The rugged Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains form a backdrop to a sub-region that boasts more than fifteen private and public nature reserves - an unparalleled wealth of fauna and flora that begs exploration.
The bay is dominated by the massif of the Robberg Nature Reserve - a Cape Nature Conservation property. Offering sweeping views, superb whale and dolphin watching, excellent birding, three interesting hiking routes and the Nelson Bay Cave, an archaeological site with evidence of human habitation that stretches back for more than 120 thousand years, Robberg should be a priority on any list of things to do in Plett.
If it’s big game you’re after, join a guided drive or hike at Buffalo Hills Private Game Reserve: you could spot white rhino, buffalo, bontebok, impala, eland, sable, wildebeest, giraffe or any of a number of other mammals - as well as almost 150 species of birds.
Learn about the monkeys and lemurs, gibbons and other primates at Monkeyland, the first sanctuary of the ‘Touch a Monkey’s Heart’ Foundation'. Find out about the plight of the African elephant as you meet the rescued animals that now live in a controlled, free range environment at the Knysna Elephant Park. Enjoy birding on the Keurbooms and Bitou River estuaries or explore our indigenous forest on Africa’s first tree-top experience, the Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour, or on a Woodcutter’s Journey at Storms River Township.
One of the best ways of seeing the great outdoors is on the luxurious ox wagon and Dolphin Hiking Trails and don't forget the world's highest bungy jump from abridge at Bloukrans.