Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay is a focal point of the Garden Route and although the town itself is uninspiring, the surrounding area, particularly around the Crags and Nature's Valley offers spectacular remote beaches and beautiful rural mountains, forest and farmland. There are several superb rural lodges which serve as an idyllic base to explore the area for 3-5 days. The beaches on the Garden Route are more suited to adventure and wave worshippers than sun bathers, but there is plenty of scope for days spent playing in the surf, body-boarding and visiting one of the many attractions in the area. Plettenberg Bay can serve as a central base to explore the whole Garden Route area.

The town’s hot season typically lasts from November to March, with January the warmest month of the year. July’s both the coolest and driest month of the year, while March is more often than not the wettest. Generally speaking, the town’s climate is favourable year-round, with not too much rainfall compared with other places along the Garden Route and quite warm temperatures. The town itself has a good line-up of places to stay, but if your heart isn't set on staying near the beah, then we prefer to recommend the lodges set within the beautiful surrounding countryside.

There’s a plethora of activities available both in the town itself and nearby. For adrenaline junkies, there’s the chance to go skydiving, tackle some thrilling mountain biking routes or even go bungee jumping at one of the world’s highest commercial jump bridges. There are also plenty of water-based activities available, from kayaking and scuba diving, to body boarding and surfing. Boat trips to the Robberg Nature Reserve are readily available, as are seasonal whale watching expeditions. Many also enjoy visiting Knysna Elephant Park, Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre (nr Plettenberg Bay), Birds of Eden (nr Plettenberg Bay) and Monkeyland (nr Plettenberg Bay). We recommend taking a day to visit the stunning Tsitsikamma National Park.


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Circular Garden Route Holiday starting and finishing in Cape Town and including Oudtshoorn, the Garden Route, Safari & the Winelands

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

Adults from $2,673 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,205 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,848 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,205 per person economy class from London

Classic Garden Route holiday including our trademark Cape Town experience, Eastern Cape Safari and Coast.

Tailor-made 2 weeks

Families from $2,341 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,071 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

The Plettenberg

Plettenberg Bay

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Deluxe hotel with panoramic ocean views
- Superb ‘Garden Route’ location
- Two pools, spa, fine dining
- Short walk to beaches and activities

Hog Hollow

Plettenberg Bay

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- High quality forest lodge
- Beautiful forest location
- Swimming Pool
- Base for Garden Route

Periwinkle Lodge

Plettenberg Bay

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Across the road from a blue flag beach
- Well presented property
- Excellent choice for visiting Plettenberg Bay

Emily Moon River Lodge

Plettenberg Bay

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Luxury lodge
- Superb restaurant
- Colonial-chic decor

Hunters Country House

Plettenberg Bay

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Beautiful Gardens
- Family Friendly Accommodation
- Central Garden Route Location
- Fab for families.

Laird’s Lodge

Plettenberg Bay

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Upmarket hotel on private estate
- Excellent ‘Garden Route’ location
- Pool and extensive grounds

Robberg Beach Lodge

Plettenberg Bay

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Located in Plettenberg Bay
- Beach location
- Sea Views
- Chic accommodation

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Well located in the Plettenberg Bay area
- Stunning valley views
- Rooms are well appointed and spacious
- Good number and range of activities available

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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