Western Cape Regions
Plettenberg Bay, originally named Bahia Formosa (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers, is on the Garden Route, about 600 km east of Cape Town. The wide-sweeping, J-shaped bay is separated from the Indian Ocean by a long thin peninsula. To the north are the Tsitsikamma and Langkloof Mountains.
Plettenberg Bay is home to wildlife sanctuaries, game reserves and the Bitou and Keurbooms rivers, wine estates and nature reserves.
Situated between the hills covered with indigenous Fynbos and the Bitou River is the tranquil and rural village of Wittedrift, a bird and nature lover’s paradise.
From Keurboomstrand to the Robberg Peninsula there are 15 kilometers of beaches punctuated by the river mouth and an island. The river, lagoon, bay and beaches are much used by fishing and boating enthusiasts and offer the best shore based whale watching of the area.
The Crags is situated 20 kilometers from Plett central and has polo fields and wildlife sanctuaries.
The scenic R102 to tranquil Nature’s Valley has untouched indigenous trees, forest and beautiful pristine coastline. It is also the only town within a national park.
Further down the N2, nestled in the great forests lying at the feet of the fabled Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains is the quaint hamlet of Storms River offering teeming birdlife, vast expanses of Cape flora, delicate eco-systems in wetlands and lagoons and gigantic trees. It also has the world’s highest bungee jump and infrastructure for tree canopy filming.
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Plettenberg Bay has a maritime temperate climate with mild temperatures and even, distributed rainfall throughout the year.
All major national coaches stop 1km from the town center and the Baz bus goes into town.
George Airport is the major airport in the region serving Plettenberg Bay and is an hour’s drive away. Port Elizabeth Airport is two hours drive away and for private flight arrivals Plettenberg Bay Airport is only 5 minutes from town centre. All three airports support flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Being a popular tourist destination, there are hotels, lodges, bed & breakfasts and self-catering apartments.