Whether it’s an international polo match, taking a walk with wild cheetahs or heading out on a wild canyoning adventure, the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay—named Beautiful Bay by early Portuguese explorers—offers travelers ample opportunity to explore the outdoors. The surrounding mountains are home to plenty of hiking trails and scenic bike passes ideal for nature-lovers, while extreme sports like skydiving and climbing prove ideal for the thrill-seeking set.
Plettenberg’s sunny shores, particularly along the Keurbooms Lagoon, offer options for travelers looking to swim, relax and take in the area’s quiet shores. In July, these protected waters attract Southern Right Whales and lucky travelers can catch a glimpse of these beautiful beasts from the safety of shore.
Plettenberg Bay is located about 600 kilometers west of Cape Town and 200 kilometers from Port Elizabeth, along South Africa’s famous Garden Route.