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General Info about Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Visas
All that EU, US, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand nationals require to stay as a tourist in Plettenberg Bay for a period of up to ninety days is a valid passport. In order to receive the required stamp on your passport, it must have two free pages and must be valid for 6 months beyond your date of departure from South Africa. Citizens of all other countries should check with their South African embassy to see what the visa requirements are for their particular nationality.

Currency
The currency used in South Africa is the Rand which is made up of 100 cents. Notes come in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100, R200 and the coins in use are R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.

Language
South Africa has 11 official languages and of these 11, some of the main languages spoken in Plettenberg Bay are Xhosa, English and Afrikaans.

Climate

Visitors to Plettenberg Bay will experience a mild temperate climate consisting of hot, but not too hot summers and mild winters. During the summer months of October to March, temperatures here tend to reach around 29ºC, while occasionally getting into the high 30s or more. In winter, temperatures usually remain in the high teens, reaching an average low of about 19ºC during the day in July. On average, the area in and around Plett sees around 700mm of rain each year.

Time Zone
Plettenberg Bay is located in the South African Standard Time (SAST) zone which is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Opening Hours
Shops in Plettenberg Bay are generally opened from 9.00am until 5.00pm from Monday to Friday. At weekends, smaller shops may only be open in the morning while the larger malls have longer weekend opening hours.

Tourist Office
The Tourism Bureau in Plettenberg Bay is located at Melville’s Corner Shopping Centre on Main Street. The contact telephone number for this office is: +27 (0)44 533 4065.

Currency Exchange
Banks in town offer currency exchange services. There are also a number of ATMs in Plettenberg Bay, from which you can withdraw local currency.

Electricity
Electricity in South Africa is 220V/230V, 50 Hz. In Plettenberg Bay you’ll need to use a round 3-pin plug.

Telephones
To call Plettenberg Bay from abroad you first dial 00, followed by 27 which is the country code for South Africa, the local area code 044 and the local number, but don't forget to drop the 0 on the area code.

If you wish to call abroad from Plettenberg Bay, dial 00, followed by the international calling code for the country you are calling, the area code (without the 0) and then the local number.

Post Office
The main post office in Plettenberg Bay is located at 30 Main Street.

Tipping
While a service charge tends to be included in restaurant bills, it is still customary to leave a tip if the service was good. This tip usually amounts to 10%. Café employees, taxi drivers and tour guides should also receive a small tip.

Public Holidays
It is worth noting what the public holidays are as the majority of businesses, banks and shops usually shut for the day. In South Africa they are New Years Day (January 1st), Human Rights Day (March 21st), Good Friday and Easter Monday (March/April), Freedom Day (April 27th), Workers Day (May 1st), Youth Day (June 16th), National Women’s Day (August 9th), Heritage Day (September 24th), Day of Reconciliation (December 16th), Christmas Day (December 25th) and Day of Goodwill (December 26th).

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