Plettenberg Bay impresses with an impressive, sweeping bay and the nature of its surroundings.
Although the town itself has no classic sights to offer, unless you are interested in expensive villas and vacation homes, there is a lot to discover in the surrounding area:
On the one hand, there are the long, fine-sand beaches, including Keurboom Beach, which is considered one of the most beautiful in South Africa; a few kilometers south of the town, you can take one of the most beautiful hikes of the Garden Route along the rocky peninsula of the Robberg Nature Reserve; and the Tsitsikamma Nature Park, as part of the Garden Route National Park, can also be reached from “Plett” after a short drive to the east.
Plettenberg Bay has a good selection of accommodations in different categories and a distinct restaurant scene.
If you want to visit the Robberg Nature Reserve as well as the short hike (rather a walk) to the suspension bridge at the mouth of the Storms River in the Tsitsikamma Nature Park, you should stay at least 3 days in Plettenberg Bay.
A local attraction is the private bird sanctuary called “Birds of Eden” where some 3000 birds represent 220 species, including many non-African ones such as macaws and toucans once confiscated from irresponsible pet owners.
Those looking for an adrenaline rush will find it in the free fall from the 216-meter-high Bloukrans Bridge, considered one of the most spectacular bungee jumps in the world.