5 Reasons to visit the Gem of the Garden Route - Plettenberg Bay
1. Stay in absolute luxury
It’s not for no reason that Plettenberg Bay has long been held as the playground of the rich and famous in South Africa. Choose from a stunning array of luxury accommodation options to suit every requirement and bliss out on a holiday to remember.
2. Explore South Africa’s very own Bubbly Route
With more than 18 wine farms in the area, many of which produce award-winning Methode Cap Classique, Plettenberg Bay has become known as the Bubbly Route of South Africa and you don’t need to wait for the annual Wine and Bubbly Festival to enjoy all the region has to offer. Book a half day tour with Plett Wine Tours for exclusive transport to selected wine farms where you will get to enjoy 9x leisurely tastings and a light lunch over the course of a languid 4,5 hours. The perfect way to spend a day! And there’s no need to worry about the dangers of drinking and driving.
3. Horse-back Safari
Take a step back in time on the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve horse safari – as if luxury game viewing wasn’t enough, now you can enjoy a 2-hour close encounter with the Big 5 on horseback through the reserve with a specially trained game ranger. For those who are more inclined, take in the action the traditional way, from a game viewing vehicle. Visit Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve for more information.
4. Blue Flag Beaches and Outdoor Activities Second to None
This year Plettenberg Bay once again was awarded six Blue Flags for beaches and two Blue Flags for boats by the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA) for the 2019/2020 summer season.
Meeting 33 criteria to obtain this gold-standard for coastal destinations, the six beaches are: Robberg 5 Beach (11th year), Keurboomstrand (9th year), Nature’s Valley Beach (8th year), Lookout Beach (6th year), The Dunes Beach (4th year) and Singing Kettle Beach (3rd year), and our two boats are Offshore Adventures’ Robberg Express and Oceanic Express.
Add to this pristine nature trails and hikes, canoeing and kayaking, world-class water sporting opportunities, cycle routes, abseiling , kloofing and more and you have no excuse not to get outside and soak up some sun in this pristine holiday destination.
5. Fine Dining at its best
No trip is complete without excellent dining options to round it off and Plettenberg Bay is not short of excellent culinary destinations for you to put on the list. Located at one of Plett’s most iconic landmarks, the White House Theatre, Nguni Restaurant includes a touch of nostalgia infused with an African ambience. Dishes are beautifully served either on the sunny verandah or the inviting interior with its original wood-burning stove. The Nguni girls have perfected the art of serving flavoursome local dishes including Bobotie, game, Springbok, Karoo lamb and the like – a true taste of the Cape!
Situated across from Plett’s Central Beach, the Fat Fish is a must for when you’re looking for the best fish dishes in town – exceptional views of the bay and mountains, open verandah, fine wine and fresh seafood. With a coastal-casual and up-beat vibe, you’ll know that you’re on holiday as you stroll in off the beach for tapas and a cocktail on the verandah or linger late into the night with a fine wine and sushi while enjoying a magnificent view.
Emily’s at Emily Moon provides a mix of wonderfully eclectic ‘Africo-chic’ décor, spoilingly-good river and mountain views, simple food and good service make this a ‘must visit’ whilst in Plett. Try a platter from Katy’s sushi bar with a glass of something chilled, or one of their great cocktails as you soak up the sunset on the deck, or perhaps a candlelit dinner for two surrounded by fairy-lit trees. These are just a few of our recommended spots to indulge at.