Whether approaching Plettenberg Bay from the east or west, one is greeted by the expanse of magnificent blue. Aptly named “beautiful bay” or “Bahia Formosa”, by Portuguese explorer Manuel da Perestrelo, in 1576; its rich history dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Plettenberg Bay is a coastal town situated in the Southern Cape, where it is fondly referred to as the jewel in the crown of the Garden Route. Plettenberg Bay or Plett, offers a mild climate with little rainfall or temperature extremes.
With a bounty of local attractions it’s easy to see why Plett appeals to both domestic and international tourists. Teeming with some of the country’s most dazzling coastlines and indigenous forest regions, nature lovers can delight in world-renowned hiking trails adorned with Cape Fynbos. Avid birdwatchers can marvel at the near 300 species of birds that inhabit everywhere from the bushveld to the wetlands.
The diverse ecosystems of the area thrive in the ten nature reserves. Included in these are exceptional marine reserves, home to soft coral reefs, dolphins, seals, and a host of other marine life. Perhaps the most famous of all Plett’s attractions, is the bay itself, which is a nursery to the endangered Southern Right Whale, which calve in the winter and spring (July to December). Another must-see are the numerous animal sanctuaries, animal rehabilitation centres, and other animal attractions which are open to the public.
Plett is also a paradise for those who enjoy sports and outdoor activities. The area boasts scenic trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and horse riders. The rivers, beaches, and the bay offer ideal settings and make an ideal playground for all facets of water sports. A winter sunrise or sunset is something to behold and the view over the bay is simply breath taking. A leisurely stroll along the pristine, sandy beaches is a favourite pastime among many a resident or visitor.
Surrounded by both mountain and sea, this charming coastal town is a treasure trove of things to do and experience. Discover the magic that is Plett and let The Amber Collection make your stay a memorable one.