No Plett visit would be complete without ticking off at least one (or all) of these bucket-list items.
Plettenberg Bay remains a favorite South African destination being a top spot for adventure lovers who want to immerse themselves in nature - and Don’t make the mistake of thinking that Plett is purely a summer destination. This all-rounder wunderkind is as magical in winter as it is when under the balmy summer sun.
Be sure to add these to your bucket list for next time you visit Plett.
#1 - Buckets & Bikini’s On the Beach:
It goes without saying but dipping your toes in the sand on at least one of six gorgeous blue flag beaches is a must - be it an early morning jog, sandcastles with the kids, or searching for Plett's infamous treasure - The pansy Shell. Free entertainment for young and old.
#2 - How great is that grape!
If you haven’t yet experienced, up close and personal, the boutique vineyards of the region, then you are in for a treat. From the emerald forests of Harkerville to the fynbos dotted landscape of the Crags, the favorite tipple of the route is on everyone’s lips. Producing award-winning wine and bubbly, has become more than just a casual pastime. The vineyards are open to tours and lunches. Read more here….
#3 - Hit the trails.
Hiking in and around Plett in winter is more pleasant than you may think. The weather is temperate and therefore you don’t have to brave the scorching heat in order to enjoy the abundance of natural beauty that this famed peninsula has on offer. From stonkingly difficult foot slogging to just north of sedentary, the choice of trails is endless. Read more here...
If you are more inclined to peddle your way through the foliage on a mountain bike then you’re in luck. Plett is one of the top MTB destinations of the world. Yes sir, if it’s outdoor pristine you’re looking for, then Plett is the place to be! posthaste. Read more here...
#4 - Shopping!
Living in an area surrounded by greenery and plenty of fresh air is clearly conducive to very creative thinking. Plett is an enclave of art and crafts. The Market On Main is open 7 days a week as a little bit of everything. The Harkerville Morning market offers the biggest variety of arts, crafts and some awesome eats every Saturday and the Sunday market at Moss & Maple in the crags.
For your mid-week retail therapy fix, visit the Wednesday market at Old Nick Village where you can also tour the Famous Mungo Mill - A feat of modern architecture with a whisper of ages gone by, this working textile mill is a delight to visit.
In fact, it could take you the whole day, popping into various interesting little stops along the way, to get from Harkerville to the Crags. Bespoke furniture, handcrafted odds and sods, pottery, you name it, you’ll find it.
# 5 - Have a whale of a time!
Take some time to enjoy these gentle giants. Watch from land or by boat as the Southern Right and Humpbacks breach, loll and slap the water with the grace of an Olympic gymnast.
The best base to go whale watching is none other than Plettenberg Bay. If you’re lucky, you won’t need to leave the shore, picking your spot along Robberg and Keurboom beaches to watch them frolic about in the bay.
Take to the water with a local licensed tour operator or paddle out in a sea kayak, perhaps to add a view of the breeding colony of Cape fur seals to the mix.