Plettenberg Bay, toward the eastern end of the Garden Route, is a playground for South Africa’s wealthy holidaymakers. There are many activities available as well as lots of great restaurants.
Plettenberg Bay spreads across the hills, overlooking the bay of the same name, and steep streets lead down to cliffs with spectacular views: whales (in season) and dolphins cruise the waters between white sandy beaches and the plunging cliffs of the Tsitsikamma Mountains.
The town extends down on to the beaches that stretch away in both directions. South lies the Robberg Peninsula, a headland of steep cliffs and rocky shores protected by a reserve, while to the north, you will find Keurbooms Beach, sheltering a lagoon formed by the Keurbooms River.
For a bite to eat at lunch, it is worth trying Enrico’s restaurant on Keurbooms Beach, which serves excellent seafood. If you are looking for something a little closer, then the Lemon Tree is also worth a visit (although mainly for its wonderful views), or the Lookout which, as its name suggests, is right on the water’s edge.
For a special meal, then why not book a table at Emily’s, which is about five minutes’ drive outside Plettenberg Bay, or Zinzi, which is nine kilometres from Plettenberg Bay in the direction of Knysna (it is part of Hunter’s Country House). You can also head over to Knysna which is famous for its fresh oysters.
Some of these restaurants will need to be booked in advance, so please let us know if you need us to do this for you.
Suggested itineraries featuring Plettenberg Bay
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Plettenberg Bay, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Plettenberg Bay
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Places near Plettenberg Bay
- Knysna 18 miles away
- Tsitsikamma Forest 23 miles away
- Wilderness 46 miles away
- The Klein Karoo 52 miles away
- Oudtshoorn & Surrounds 74 miles away
- The Cango Caves & Swartberg Pass 80 miles away
- Calitzdorp 103 miles away
- Port Elizabeth 128 miles away
- Addo Elephant National Park 144 miles away
- Amakhala Game Reserve 161 miles away
- Sanbona Game Reserve 163 miles away
- Shamwari Private Game Reserve 163 miles away
- De Hoop Nature Reserve 163 miles away
- Swellendam 168 miles away
- The Eastern Cape Game Areas 174 miles away
- Pumba Private Game Reserve 180 miles away
- Montagu 187 miles away
- Kwandwe Private Game Reserve 195 miles away
- The Overberg 204 miles away
- De Kelders 232 miles away
- Hermanus 237 miles away
- The Whale Coast 238 miles away
- Franschhoek 244 miles away
- The Winelands 252 miles away
- Paarl 254 miles away
- Stellenbosch 259 miles away
- The Cederberg Mountains 268 miles away
- East London 273 miles away
- Constantia 284 miles away
- The Cape Peninsula 284 miles away
- Cape Town 284 miles away
Photos of Plettenberg Bay
Accommodation choices for Plettenberg Bay
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Plettenberg Bay. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
As the name suggests, Anlin Beach House is a mere 100 metre walk to the stunning and unspoilt Robberg Beach. With its warm and inviting atmosphere, this popular B&B and self-catering accommodation is the perfect place to unwind in Plettenberg Bay.
A three storey guesthouse located adjacent to Robberg Blue Flag Beach and a short drive from Plettenberg Bay, Periwinkle Guest Lodge is the ideal seaside location to relax and unwind after a day of exploration.
Nestled along South Africa’s Garden Route and a short drive away from Plettenberg Bay, Emily Moon River Lodge is situated within the Vlei (wetlands), above the Bitou River. The lodge is set among beautiful and tranquil surroundings.
The Plettenberg is one of the most luxurious options on the Garden Route. An elegant hotel with a wonderful colonial feel, it's situated on a rocky headland overlooking Plettenberg Bay. This is a hotel that really merits its great reputation.
Situated in the heart of South Africa’s Garden Route, just 20 minutes from Plettenberg Bay, Hog Hollow Country Lodge offers wonderful scenic views. It is set among lush indigenous forest, surrounded by trails, with the Tsitsikamma Mountains in the distance.
The Old Rectory’s story dates back to 1777, when it was used by the Anglican church. Restored in 1939, it has since been renovated and brought into the modern world, though touches of its heritage remain.
Located between the unspoiled beaches of Plettenberg Bay and the Knysna estuary, this gorgeous country estate is a luxurious place to rest and recharge along the fabled Garden Route.
Kurland is famous for helping to bring polo to South Africa, and attracts international polo teams from around the world during the short season.
Hunter's has all the refined exclusivity of an English country house, but set amidst beautiful African flowers and trees in the heart of the Garden Route.
The wonderful setting amidst the tree tops, the fantastic rooms with their lovely African decor and the overall standards of comfort and service make this one of the best, and most interesting, places to stay on the Garden Route.
Ideas for experiencing Plettenberg Bay
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Plettenberg Bay, and which use the best local guides.
Sailing & Sea Kayaking
Sailing & Sea Kayaking
Sailing & Sea Kayaking
There are a few outfits that offer sailing trips into Plettenberg Bay as well as sea kayaking. Apart from spectacular offshore coastal scenery, it is very likely that at some stage, a close encounter with the marine animals will occur so you can get very close to them.View details