Garden Route: 6 Reasons Why you should visit Plettenberg Bay

First time in South Africa? Or are you a local planning to visit Plettenberg Bay? These are 10 things to do in this beautiful town. Plettenberg Bay offers a gorgeous slice of nature, ripe with activities, sights, and tastes you’d only find in a place that’s so naturally beautiful. This is why everyone should make it a priority to visit this town on the Garden Route.

1. Beaches on the Garden Route

Plettenberg Bay has a number of wonderful beaches, whether you’re looking for an untamed beach, or a beach with character. There’s something for everyone in Plett, and what better way to enjoy the good weather than by relaxing on the golden sands and refreshing in the cool waves?



2. Hike on the Garden Route

Hiking is one of the best things to do to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Robberg Nature Reserve is a South African reserve between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna. It offers some of the most awesome hiking trails in the country not to mention breathtaking scenery along the way. All the trails here are so unique, picturesque, and pretty much a photographer’s delight, because they all have something special to offer.


3. Views at Whale Tail Lookout Point

The name Whale Tail comes from the shape of the cliff. Whale Tail Lookout Point is just a few minutes drive from Plettenberg Bay and there is an excellent view of the town and bay area. You might even be able to see some dolphins frolicking in the bay or as the name suggests, some whale tails.


4. Do some quirky shopping on the Garden Route

Stores are clustered in the centre of Plettenberg Bay. The two main areas for shopping are the high street and the section between the N2 highway and Glencairn beach. Thyme and Again is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs for friends and family. The stall which is owned by cookbook author Tessa Taylor, offers a selection of home accessories, vintage artwork and homewares — all handmade by local artisans. You’ll find everything from linen napkins to hand-embroidered tea towels. If you’ve got a few more coins in your pocket, be sure to take a look at their European pottery, which includes everything from Dutch floral pieces to Turkish coffee pots – there’s definitely something for everyone.


5. Become one with the wild on the Garden Route

South Africa has long been hailed as one of the finest destinations in the world for anyone who wants to see a display of magnificent animal life. And while there are now tons of wildlife reserves throughout South Africa, giving tourists endless options as to where they can go and interact with animals, certain places stand head and shoulders above the rest. Near Plettenberg Bay in South Africa, there are several great wildlife sanctuaries where efforts are being made to protect South Africa’s unique animal life. So in order to become one with the wild, why not go and visit Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, Birds of Eden, Monkeyland and the Elephant Sanctuary.


6. The Grand Café

Plettenberg Bay has all kinds of restaurants to please the palates of all kinds of people – fine dining, fast food, and diners. Although one of the most loved places to eat in Plett is The Grand Café. This restaurant serves some of the best pizza. So, If you’re looking for a cool place to hang out in Plett outside of the touristy town’s centre, make sure to check out The Grand Café. Their terrace is open throughout summer and there is also an abundance of tables inside making it perfect for any season. Enjoy the stylish interior and take in the jaw-dropping view.



Located on the Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay is one of South Africa’s premier holiday destinations.

While you can have a great time on your own at the beachfront and local restaurants, you should also take advantage of this superbly situated base to explore the Knysna Elephant Park as well as everything in Wilderness.

So book a Garden Route tour with us by clicking on this link to enjoy the Garden Route’s major activities on offer.