The picturesque town of Plettenberg Bay (known locally simply as "Plett") is situated within a narrow coastal stretch of 300 km between Mossel Bay and the Tsitsikamma Mountains, known as the Garden Route. Here, the climate is mild, the sunshine is glorious and the vegetation is unique. From fynbos to forest, the region is blessed with some of the most spectacular natural beauty in the country.
Along with the other well known small towns of the Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay has become one of South Africa's most popular tourism towns for both local and foreign visitors. The views are endless as they sweep down unspoilt golden beaches over the Indian ocean to the mountain ranges beyond. It was originally called "Bahia Formosa" (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers. It is 210km from Port Elizabeth and +/- 600km from Cape Town.
Spoil yourself and the family with a multitude of activities in and around Plett. For further information see www.plettenbergbay.co.za or contact Plettenberg Bay Tourism on +27 (0)44 533 4065
Plett boasts two fine, challenging courses both only 5 minutes from Anlin Beach House:
- Plettenberg Bay Country Club - 18 hole par 72 :
Plettenberg Bay Country Club has an 18 hole parklands golf course set in a private nature reserve. The highly rated course is a very popular tourist destination. The course is easy to walk, and the 2 main inclines can be observed from the veranda. Visitors are welcome. Lush Kikuyu grass fairways and bayview greens recently over seeded to bent grass provides golfers with an excellent playing surface on this park like golf course. Despite intense competition from the beautiful white beaches and rolling surf, the club is busy and booking is essential.
- Goose Valley - 18 hole par 72:
The Goose Valley Golf Club is situated in pristine surroundings, only 4km from Plettenberg Bay, bordering on the Keurbooms Lagoon, access to the Club is from the N2.
This magnificent golf estate offers a splendid Gary Player designed 72 par, 18-hole signature golf course in the heart of the Garden Route.
And there are a number of other great championship courses within easy driving distance, too: Pezula, Simola and Knysna Golf Club in Knysna and Fancourt and George Golf Club in George.
The shoreline around Plett teams with whales between June and November. Ask a local or grab a map from the tourism office and find your perfect whale watching spot.
Diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, sundowner cruises, fishing charters, ferry trips, boat and canoe hire, Hobie Cat sailing, surfing and kite surfing - options are unlimited. Rock, fly, beach and deep sea fishing - whatever your pleasure.
For the adrenalin seekers, visit the highest commercial bungi jump in the world at Bloukrans River Bridge.
Perfect for the entire family, the Harkerville Cycle Routes offer all skill levels. Permits and maps for this trail are available at the "Garden of Eden" which is about 17 km from Plett on the N2 to Knysna. Guided biking trails are also available.
The Robberg Peninsula offers three trails - short, medium and long, as well as a guided option. Other walks include Kranshoek, Garden of Eden, Nature's Valley, Wittedrift, Milkwood Trail, Tsitsikamma National Park trails and more. Longer trails with overnight huts can be booked.
There are two companies near Plettenberg Bay that provide horse trails in the forest. (Unfortunately no horse riding allowed on beaches).
Monkeyland, The Birds of Eden and Elephant sanctuary
Guided walks through the world's only multi specie, free roaming primate sanctuary are not to be missed and neither is a day spent at leisure inside the enormous bird sanctuary on the same property. Whilst at Monkeyland, the Elephant Sanctuary is a short drive away and here they specialize in up close and personal educational tours focusing on interaction. Guests get to touch, feel, feed, walk trunk-in-hand and even ride these magnificent creatures.
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre at Plettenberg Bay offers a truly unique Wildcat Experience. Guests are taken on a guided tour to meet captive-bred furry felines, living in a semi-natural environment. So close, you can hear them purr.
With Plett now known as South Africa's polo mecca, there is nothing like the thrill of watching a game. Practices take place throughout the year, with tournaments played during Easter and in December and January, when an annual International is held at Kurland.
Scenic drives & Day trips
Kranshoek picnic site - overlooking cliffs and sea; Garden of Eden - picnic site, circular walk and Big Tree; Prince Alfred Pass - stunning mountain views along the historical pass; Bloukrans Pass - unique pass amid indigenous forests to Nature's Valley; Plettenberg Bay Arts & Crafts Route/Historical Route - maps at the tourism office.
For long and lazy evenings of pure culinary indulgence, Plett abounds with great restaurants and watering holes.