Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa
Plettenberg Bay is dubbed 'The jewel of the Garden Route ', and was originally called "Bahia Formosa " meaning 'beautiful bay' by early Portuguese explorers. 'Plett' as the locals know it is a neat little seaside town, and is a very popular tourist destination for international and South African tourists alike. With almost 30 kilometres of beautiful sandy beaches and cliffs there are many wonderful views of the Indian Ocean which can be enjoyed. Here are a few Plettenberg Bay Attractions:
Boat Cruises can be enjoyed during the morning and afternoon. The cruises depart from Central Beach, ranging from 1.5 - 2.5 hour trips. On these trips you may be able to see dolphins, whales and much other sea life.
For those who enjoy angling, 5kms east from Plett is the Keurbooms River. This nature reserve stretches up the river for about 5-6km. You can explore the reserve either on a boat trip, or by hiring a boat yourself. Many picnic spots are found next to the river where you can swim and fish. Deep sea fishing is a common pastime for tourists in the area.
Canoeing is also available on the Keurbooms River; you can hire a canoe and canoe up into the Nature Reserve. Sea Kayaking is also available in the Plett area.
At Storms River, east of Plett you can enjoy Abseiling and Tubing.
Diving is available from Plett and there is a dive trail on Plett's Central Beach where markers guide you along a underwater route. All diving equipment is provided.
There are Horse Riding facilities near Plettenberg Bay, you can take a trek into the mountains and get some wonderful views of the coast.
Monkey land is just what the name suggests and is a must for anyone in the area with children! It is home to many varied species of monkey from several continents which were bred in captivity prior to their release at Monkey land. You will find Monkey land 16 km east of Plettenberg Bay, visitors are given tours and information by rangers.
The Outeniqua Choo-tjoe steam train departs daily from George to Knysna in the morning and back to George in the afternoon. So you can travel on the unique little train and have enough time to explore the town you travelled to. Stunning scenery can be enjoyed along the way.