The beach resort town of Plettenberg Bay is often the start (or end) point of any Garden Route road trip, has immaculate beaches, vibey restaurants and ample hiking opportunities, and is an ideal place to base yourself when exploring this part of the world.
Plettenberg Bay is a lively, seaside resort town characterised by never-ending views of exquisite natural beauty. Considered the beach capital of the Garden Route, this destination is a prime centre to enjoy the area’s oceanic delights with many other adrenaline-filled activities and culinary experiences in between. The towering indigenous forests and unspoiled rivers, lagoons, and bays will keep you mesmerised, while the wildlife sanctuaries, game reserves, whale and dolphin watching, and birding will present you with endless opportunities to appreciate the unbelievable biodiversity.
Explore the Indian Ocean and encounter sea life on a guided marine tour.
Hike in the Robberg Nature Reserve to get up close with untouched natural beauty.
Go to fantastic surfing spots with warm waters and moderate swells.
Take on the world’s highest commercial bungee jump between a lush, green valley.
Visit 6 Blue Flag beaches for long, wild stretches of golden-sand coastlines.
Learn about South Africa’s unique animals at nearby wildlife sanctuaries that uphold ethical standards.
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Best time to go to Plettenberg Bay
The best time to visit Plettenberg Bay is from October to May. During this time, the warmer days will present countless opportunities to enjoy the outdoor scenery as well as the endless activities. Plettenberg Bay’s moderate, oceanic climate and warm sea temperatures are only some of the reasons why it is such a popular holiday destination. With the whale-watching season taking place from July to November and the winters having comfortable, cool temperatures, this destination will not disappoint no matter when you decide to visit.
Featured Plettenberg Bay stays
Boutique glamping tents in a forest hideaway surrounded by the valleys of Plettenberg Bay