Hostelworld Guide for Plettenberg Bay

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Plettenberg Bay, which is more commonly known as Plett, is an exceptionally pretty seaside town on South Africa's well-traversed Garden Route. Adrenaline junkies will be in adventure heaven here in Plett, with a large selection of activities to enjoy. These include everything from sky diving to bungee jumping. If you prefer animals to activities, you'll find plenty to see in and around Plett including the numerous inhabitants of Birds of Eden and Monkeyland. The town is home to a number of beautiful beaches such as Central Beach and Robberg Beach where you can swim, surf or sunbathe. A town with many faces, Plett is a great choice whether you're looking for a laid-back break or an adventure-laden experience.



In this Guide...      

Useful Information
After Dark
Places to Eat
Top Attractions
Budget Tips
Where to Shop

 The Essentials


Getting There

By air: The closest airport to Plettenberg Bay is located in George, just over 80 kilometres away.

This airport is served by domestic flights operated by 1Time, Kulula, British Airways and South African Airways.

Shuttle transfers between George Airport and Plettenberg Bay are available daily.

By bus: Plettenberg Bay is serviced by a number of South Africa's major bus companies including Baz Bus and Intercape which connect the town with plenty of different cities and towns throughout South Africa including Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Johannesburg and more.

Getting Around

On foot: Plettenberg Bay is a pretty small town so you'll be able to get around the town centre, to the beach and more on foot.

However, if you want to visit some of the area's main attractions such as Monkeyland and the Bloukrans Bridge, both of which are located out of town, you'll need to take advantage of one of the options below.

By car: Renting a car in Plettenberg Bay couldn't be simpler as a number of car rental agencies offer services in the area.

This is a great way to get around independently and at your own leisure, especially to those previously mentioned attractions outside the town centre.

By taxi: Private taxis offer a quick, efficient and reasonably priced way to get around Plettenberg Bay.

 Plettenberg Bay facts

Name: Plettenberg Bay was initially named 'Bahia Formosa' which means 'beautiful bay' by early Portuguese explorers. Today, it is known to the locals simply as Plett.

Population: Approximately 44,000 people are permanent residents here in Plett; however, the number of people in town increases dramatically during high season.

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 29C, while occasionally getting into the high 30s or more. In winter, temperatures usually remain in the high teens, reaching an average low of about 19C during the day in July. The area doesn't see a huge amount of rainfall but you can expect to see the most rain between August and October.

 Good to know...

Languages: Xhosa, English and Afrikaans.
Currency: Rand.
Electricity: 220V/230V, 50 Hz.
Area code: +27 (South Africa), 044 (Plettenberg Bay).
Emergency codes: Ambulance/Fire 10177, Police 10111.
Time zone: South African Standard Time (GMT +2).
Central Post Office: 30 Main Street.
Main Tourist Office: Tourism Bureau, Melville's Corner Shopping Centre, Main Street.
Price of a meal: R60.
Price of a beer: R15.
Price of a coffee: R15.

Embassies and Consulates

USA: +27 (0)12 4314000*
Canada: +27 (0)21 4235240**
Australia: +27 (0)12 4236000***
New Zealand: +27 (0)21 6968561**
UK: +27 (0)41 3638841****
Germany: +27 (0)12 4278900*
Spain: +27 (0)21 4222415**
France: +27 (0)21 4231575**
Italy: +27 (0)21 4873903**
Ireland: +27 (0)12 3425062*

*Embassy in Pretoria
**Consulate in Cape Town
***High Commission in Pretoria
****Consulate in Port Elizabeth

Hostelworld Guide for Plettenberg Bay

 Cheap Eats

 After Dark

Pie Shop, Church Street Small and cosy, the Pie Shop serves up a wide variety of incredibly satisfying savoury pies. With offerings like sweet and sour chicken, lamb and mint, feta and spinach, and pepper steak you should definitely make this a mandatory stop during your stay in Plett. Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-1pm, closed Sundays.

 Boerewors on the braai-becue

Braai You can't leave South Africa without having at least one braai, which is the national version of a barbecue. With braai areas all around town, including up on the Robberg Peninsula, Plett is the perfect spot to indulge in this tradition. You'll tend to see boerewors (a spiral sausage), chicken kebabs, steak, corn and plenty more cooking on a typical braai.

Ice Palazzo, Shop 13, The Lookout Centre, Main Street It can get really hot here in Plettenberg Bay but never fear as the perfect solution is close at hand. Just head to the Ice Palazzo to sample some of the 20 mouth-watering flavours of ice-cream made on the premises. Open daily Feb-Nov 10am-6pm, Dec-Jan 10am-10pm.

Granzgot's Pizzeria, 9 Main Road A firm favourite with locals and visitors, this long-running pizzeria has been in operation since the 70s. Unsurprisingly, pizzas are the speciality here but you'll also find seafood, spare ribs and more on the menu. Prices are reasonable and great value lunch specials are offered each day. Open daily 11.30am-9pm.

Moby Dick's, Hopwood Road, Central Beach Boasting a great view out over Central Beach, Moby Dick's is a must for anyone with a fondness for fish. The menu is jam packed with oceanic offerings including prawns, mussels, calamari and line caught fish. Those with a big appetite will appreciate the hefty seafood platters, while meat dishes are also available.Open daily 8.30am-11pm/12am.

 Chic cocktail den

Cubar, Nol Centre, Main Road Cubar is a chilled spot with plenty of comfy couches to lounge in while you enjoy multi-coloured cocktails and other drinks specials. Listen to loud house music while you sit at one of windows overlooking Plett's main thoroughfare and watch the world go by. Open Mon-Sat 7pm-2am, closed Sundays.

VIP, 15 Truter Street, Plett Industria Whether you want to be the centre of attention on the dance floor or watch in comfort from the sidelines, you'll be able to find the perfect spot in this club. Live DJs, lively punters and a substantial selection of cheap drinks combine to make this one of the most popular nightspots in Plett. Open Feb-Nov Fri 11pm-4am & Sat 12am-4am, Dec-Jan daily 9pm-4am; admission R50 (high season), R20 (low season).

Flashbacks, Marine Building, Main Road If there's a major sporting event on, chances are they'll be showing it on one of the numerous TV screens gracing the walls at Flashbacks. Here you can show off your skill at the pool table, enjoy your drink at one of the many balcony tables or bop along to the loud dance music blaring from the speakers. Open Mon-Sat 12pm-2am, Sun 5pm-2am.

Surf Caf, Shop 10, Beacon Isle Centre Cocktails aplenty, beers, spirits and more can be enjoyed at one of the comfy tables inside or out on the balcony on balmy nights. Live music is a regular feature at Surf Caf, with open mic nights also providing plenty of entertainment. Open daily 9am-12am/1am.

Plett Movie House, Market Square, Beacon Way Take a break from bars and catch a movie at this cinema located in the Market Square shopping centre. New releases are shown, with discounted tickets available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Opening times vary; check listings for details.

 Don't Miss

 Plettenberg Bay for Free

Bungee Jump, Bloukrans Bridge, Tsitsikamma Forest Village Market, on the N2 Adrenaline junkies will revel in the thrill of jumping from the world's highest commercial bungee jump at 216 metres. Those looking for an alternative adventure should check out the Flying Fox, a 200m cable slide out to the bungee platform. Open daily 9am-5pm; admission R650 (Bungee jump), R180 (Flying Fox).

Robberg Nature Reserve, Robberg Road Not far from the centre of Plett you'll find the Robberg Nature Reserve, a peninsula of incredible natural beauty which boasts stunning views of the town and the coast. It hosts a number of hiking trails and is a good spot for whale watching. Open daily Feb-Nov 7am-5pm, Dec-Jan 7am-8pm; admission R25.

 Hey, hey, they're the monkeys

Monkeyland, The Crags, off the N2 Opened in 1998, Monkeyland is a primate sanctuary home to a wide variety of monkeys and more including the spectacled langur and the endangered ring tailed lemur. On guided walks through the park, you'll get right up close to these amazing animals as they go about their daily lives. Open daily 8am-5pm; admission R115.

Ocean Blue Adventures, Central Beach During their 2-hour Marine Encounter tour, Ocean Blue Adventures take you to the waters around Plett via an exhilarating beach launch. What you see depends on the day but it can include dolphins, sharks and whales. The company also offers sea kayaking and more. Tour times vary with season; admission Marine Encounter tour R400.

Birds of Eden, The Crags, off the N2 Walking into the sunken forest at Birds of Eden is just the start of an awe-inspiring trek through the largest free-flight aviary in the world. You'll marvel at the colourful and often very vocal birds from Africa and all over the world. Open daily 8am-5pm; admission R115.

Soak up the sun at Keurbooms Beach This beautiful expanse of beach is some 10 kilometres from Plett and is well-worth a visit. Though the waves are a bit wild for swimming, the golden sand is perfect for sunbathing and walking along. You'll also come across some cool viewing spots from the wooden boardwalk plus plenty of rock pools to poke around in.

Watch the surfers and body boarders Plettenberg Bay is home to a number of top-notch surf spots including Robberg, the Wedge, the Wreck and Keurbooms. Watching experienced surfers taking on the impressive swells at any one of these spots is a lot of fun, plus there's also the option of grabbing a board and paddling out yourself.

Enjoy a long walk along Robberg Beach Split up into a number of different sections, including Robberg 5 which has been awarded a Blue Flag, Robberg Beach takes up the long stretch between Beacon Island and Robberg Peninsula. It's a great place to stroll along the sand, picking up a shell or two along the way.

Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales While it's pretty amazing to get out on the water and see these animals up close, you can also catch great glimpses of them for free from a number of locations around Plett including the main beaches. Bottlenose dolphins can be seen throughout the year, while the best time to see southern right whales is from June to November. So grab your binoculars and get looking!

 Beside the seaside

Check out Plett's popular Central Beach You can walk down to this popular beach from the centre of Plett in no time at all. When you get here you'll find golden sand, a great place to go for a dip and lots more including a number of nearby restaurants and kiosks.

Hostelworld Guide for Plettenberg Bay