Top 20 activities in Plettenberg Bay 2017.

Situated along the gorgeous Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay is a trove of beautiful beaches, secret adventures, caring animal sanctuaries, surf spots and so much more; it’s a tourist destination of note, among local South African travellers and foreign tourists alike.

Here are some of the best activities to enjoy in Plettenberg Bay:

#1 Enjoy family fun at Adventure Land

Offering good, clean fun for the whole family, Adventure Land is a place of water rides, playgrounds, super tubes and more. There are also awesome braai and picnic facilities, as well as a take-away kiosk, if required.

Highlights include the 75-metre super tube; 2-lane racer; kamikaze slide (with a 12-metre drop!) and even some kiddies’ slides and splash pools for the tots.

Contact: (044) 532 7869

Website: www.adventurelandplett.co.za

Address:  Adventure Land, Plettenberg Bay, Thohoyandou-F, Thohoyandou, Garden Route

#2 Cycle the 14-km Buffalo Hills MTB Trail

For avid cyclists, the 14-kilometre, circular route at Buffalo Hills Reserve is an awesome outdoor experience.

Here, you can enjoy riding a relatively easy route (though there are, nevertheless, some challenges in store), which should take you between 1.5 to 2 hours to finish.

Ride through grassy plains, forest and then onto a single-track. What’s more, there’s a great ascent up a jeep track, where you can stop and admire the surrounding reserve’s spectacular scenery. Do a self-guided tour (minimum of three riders must participate) or opt for a guided one and learn about the forest and flora as you ride.

Contact: (044) 535 9739, (082) 783 8392

Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: Buffalo Hills Reserve (off R340 towards Wittedrif), Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#3 Experience game drives at Plett Game Reserve

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Located some 20 minutes outside Plett, the Plettenberg Game Reserve is a wonderful place to experience African wildlife/terrain and to enjoy seeing the Big 5 in their natural habitat.

Two great activities to choose from when visiting are the game drive or horse safari, which both run for two hours. Or, if you want to experience something even more exotic, try the new 1.5-hour-long Elephant Safari.

The game drive and horse safari both allow you to experience game on a real wildlife safari – either from horseback or from inside a vehicle.

Contact: (044) 535 0000/1

Website: www.plettgamereserve.com

Address: Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, R340 Road, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#4 Enjoy educational entertainment at Plett Puzzle Park

Found in the heart of the Garden Route, this unique attraction offers interactive family-fun. Activities are designed with all ages and sizes in mind and are intended to provide educational entertainment in an affordable way.

Plett Puzzle Park’s main attractions are the life-sized 3D Maze (a first of its kind in SA) and the exciting Forest Puzzle Walk.

There’s also an on-site childrens’ play area and coffee/puzzle gift shop set in a tranquil garden, with oversized garden games to keep visitors occupied.

Contact: (044) 534 8853

Website: www.plettpuzzlepark.co.za

Address: Plett Puzzle Park, Greater Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

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#5 Be amazed at Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden – the world’s largest free-flight aviary – is a unique, two-hectare dome, spanning across beautiful indigenous forest.

It aims to provide a sanctuary for birds, as well as miniature monkeys. Donations and bird releases once a protocol and criteria have been met, are welcome.

With a mysterious ruin, walk-behind waterfall, 200-seater amphitheatre and some 3,500 birds, it’s an experience like no other.

Contact: (044) 534 8906

Website: www.birdsofeden.co.za

Address: The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#6 Have your eyes opened at Junkani Wildlife Sanctuary

Home to an assortment of big cats (like lion, cheetah, Siberian and Benegal tigers, leopard, jaguars, pumas and more), zorilla, hyena and honey badgers, Junkani Wildlife Sanctuary is an eye-opening, once-in-a-lifetime experience for one and all.

The only sanctuary of its kind in the Garden Route, it is a conservation wildlife park, which gives animals the freedom to run, play and explore.

There are daily tours (from 9:00 am – 4:00pm), which are conducted in all weather conditions and which provide great insight into all Junkani’s animals.

Contact: (044) 534 8409

Website: www.jukani.co.za

Address: Junkani Wildlife Sanctuary, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#7 Monkey around at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

The world’s first free-roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary of Monkeyland offers tours, and comprises of more than 550 primates.

This primate sanctuary presently houses some 18 different species, 11 of which roam freely around the 12-hectare forest that makes up Monkeyland. The other seven are housed in large cages within the main forest or else, call the nearby Birds of Eden home.

There is also an excellent, 128-metre suspended canopy walk, restaurant, souvenir store and viewing deck, with multi-lingual guides on-hand to provide insight into these amazing monkeys.

Contact: (044) 534 8906

Website: www.monkeyland.co.za

Address: Monkeyland, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#8 Hit the beach – any beach

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Plettenberg Bay is all about the beach, with surfing, bodyboarding, sun tanning, swimming and more on offer in this sun-loving, seaside city. The three most popular and beautiful beaches in Plett are Central Beach, Robberg Beach and Lookout Beach.

Each of this beach trio offers something different: Central Beach is great for families and sunbathers, with lifeguards on duty for the swimmers; Lookout is popular among SUP paddlers and surfers – and finally, Robberg is wonderful for long walks, beach runs and even paddle skiing.

Contact: (083) 655 3618

Website: www.plettenberg-bay.co.za

Address: Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#9 Birding and bird-watching at Fynbos Ridge

This private nature reserve, some 7km outside of Plett, is the ideal place for birding. Owners Brian and Liz Philips have ensured a delightful fynbos home for all kinds of birds, providing a rustic, yet natural environment for these feathered residents.

Birds are partially habituated so photographers will have the chance to take numerous shots, as birds visit feeding trays and birdbaths dotted about the grounds.

With a list of roughly 90 species, every inch of the property is overflowing with birdlife, fynbos and proteas.

Tick everything from Pin-tailed Whydas to Forest Canaries, Sunbirds, Sugarbirds and even Fish Eagles off your list. Fynbos Ridge is also one of only three bird-friendly establishments in Plett, as approved by BirdLife South Africa.

Contact: (044) 533 0106

Website: www.fynbosridge.co.za

Adddress: Fynbos Ridge Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#10 Saddle up with Hog Hollow Horse Trails

Experience the amazing Tsitsikamma Forest on horseback with Hog Hollow Horse Trails.

Choose between either a one-hour-long farm trail, with views out across the mountains and forest, or enjoy a two-hour-long forest trail, a three-hour-long private nature reserve trail or even a half/full day Cruise The Crags Trail, which will see you riding to various nearby attractions on horseback.

Booking is essential and comfortable clothing, sunblock and closed-in shoes are highly advised.

Contact: (082) 771 3745

Website: www.cruisethecrags.co.za or www.horseridinggardenroute.com

Address: Hog Hollow Horse Trails, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#11 Close encounters with the Whale kind

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If you’re looking to enjoy some close encounters with these gentle underwater mammals, particularly during Whale Season, by chartered boat – then Ocean Blue Adventures is your answer.

Enjoy awesome, permitted whale watching, as well as possible dolphin and other sea animal sightings, and get a brief history of the area too.

Trips last between 1.5 and 2 hours and no guaranteed sightings are given; booking is advised.

Contact: (044) 533 5083

Website: oceanadventures.co.za

Address: Ocean Blue Adventures, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#12 Go fishing in Robberg Nature Reserve

The national monument and nature reserve of the Robberg Peninsula: Robberg Nature Reserve offers limited rock and surf angling, with permits from the Marine and Coastal Management available from Cape Nature.

So while you can enjoy some fun recreational fishing, please be advised that bait-collecting, fishing from boats and spearfishing are entirely prohibited.

Contact: (044) 533 2125

Website: www.safarinow.com

Address: Robberg Nature Reserve, Airport Road, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#13 Explore the Elephant Sanctuary

Offering African elephants and an interactive experience (which can include elephant back riding), the Elephant Sanctuary at The Crags, is dedicated to elephant conservation and allowing guests to enjoy intimate experiences with these huge mammals.

Guides are committed, well-trained and insightful and will help you to interact with, ride and even touch the elephants.

Contact: (044) 534 8145

Website: www.elephantsanctuary.co.za

Address: Elephant Sanctuary, Animal Alley, The Crags (off the N2 near Natures Valley), Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#14 Go wild with Radical Raptors

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Opened in 2008, Radical Raptors is a rehabilitation centre, which aims to create community awareness on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of noble birds of prey.

Operating directly under the rules and regulations laid down by Cape Nature Conservation, Radical Raptors is a caring, yet exciting experience. Visitors are invited to enjoy a flying display, which sees a variety of trained, non-releasable birds of prey flying around freely, allowing guests the chance to admire, photograph and watch these magnificent birds – weather permitting.

Contact: (044) 532 7537

Website: www.radicalraptors.co.za

Address: Radical Raptors, The Heath, N2, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#15 Visit the Harkerville Saturday Village Market

Every Saturday, this rural and rustic, but also ultra-vibey, market takes places in the heart of the Garden Route. It’s a mix of flea-, craft- and farmers’-market combined and offers an all-round South African market experience.

There is a wealth of stalls, with the likes of organic food, jewellery, woodwork, clothing, flowers, music, books and more on offer.

Contact: (084) 510 9939

Website: www.harkervillemarket.co.za

Address: Harkerville Saturday Village Market, Harkerville, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#16 ‘Run’ with wolves at Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary

Situated between Knysna and Plett, this exciting sanctuary offers interactive tours that take visitors through wolf enclosures, offering a truly unique and intimate experience.

Aside from the wolf packs, there are also friendly wild dogs and huskies awaiting to greet guests.

You can enjoy a guided tour, which runs for +/- 40 minutes, with no prior booking required.

There is also a touch farm, with farmyard animals, and a restaurant, offering breakfasts and light meals.

Contact: (074) 303 0657

Website: wolfsanctuary.co.za

Address: Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary, N2, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

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#17 Shop at Porcupine Ceramics

Selling hand-made ceramics crafted by fire, Porcupine Ceramics makes ‘raku’-fired ceramic art pieces, inspired by African art and animals. Items include sculptures, plates, pots and other goods, all of which reflect the colours and traditions of our wonderful continent.

Products are produced by a group of local artisans, who have been trained and mentored by Porcupine since 1994.

Visit The Mill, a factory shop and studio, at The Crags and enjoy a tour of the working studio daily, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Contact: (044) 534 8910

Website: porcupineceramics.com

Address:  Porcupine Ceramics, The Mohair Mill, Kirbywood, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#18 Try something new with Learn to Surf Plett

As mentioned earlier, Plett is a surfers’ paradise and, with so many great beaches, it’s only natural for those keen on surfing to flock here.

Even if you can’t yet surf, there is hope with Learn to Surf Plett. This locally owned and operated surf school offers lessons for surfing and stand-up paddle boarding, taught by passionate people, with a love for surfing and the ocean.

Learn to Surf Plett is suitable for those of all ages, though booking is required.

Contact: (082) 436 6410

Website: learntosurfplett.co.za

Address: Learn to Surf Plett, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#19 Get up high with AfriCanyon Adventures

Experience unique canyoning, kloofing and gorge-walking with AfriCanyon. Discover the fun of canyoning/kloofing in the amazing Crags, try optional jumps, navigate deep gorges and even takr a cool, rock-pool zip line.

All professional equipment is provided but bookings for those 10 years and older is essential.

Contact: (044) 534 8055

Website: www.africanyon.com

Address: AfriCanyon Adventures, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#20 Take in the beauty of Robberg Nature Reserve

Situated some 8km outside of Plett, you will find the beautiful Robberg Nature Reserve. This national monument and World Heritage Site is one special place and no visit to Plettenberg Bay is complete without having successfully explored some of Robberg Nature Reserve.

There is an assortment of hikes, walks and wildlife to be seen and enjoyed when visiting this reserve and for those who wish to linger longer, there is even an overnight hut to stay in.

Contact: (044) 533 2125/85

Website: www.capenature.co.za/reserves/robberg-nature-reserve
Address: Robberg Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

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These are just some of the top activities you can enjoy when you visit the paradise-like Plettenberg Bay in the Cape’s most gorgeous Garden Route.

 

Top 20 activities in Knysna 2017.

The beautiful Garden Route town of Knysna is by far one of South Africa’s most scenic and wonderful towns to explore, with so much on offer.

Here are some fun and different activities to enjoy in Knysna:

#1 Visit the Knysna Elephant Park

Experience an unforgettable up-close and personal experience with these famous gentle, giants, on their terms at the wonderful Knysna Elephant Park, which was first established in 1994, as SA’s first facility to house and look after orphaned African elephants.

Visitors can enjoy viewing the creatures in their natural habitat, free from inhibiting fencing, with well-trained staff on-hand to ensure safety for all.

Contact: (044) 532 7732

Website: http://knysnaelephantpark.co.za

Address: Off the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay

Photo credit: Fernanda Machado via Instagram

#2 Enjoy Brenton Beach

At Brenton-on-Sea, lying near the Knysna Western Head, you can visit the pristine, beautiful Brenton Beach. It is surrounded by indigenous forests and of course, edged by the stunning, warm Indian Ocean.

Enjoy long walks along the breath-taking shoreline, gathering sea shells and exploring little pools and rocks.

Contact: (044) 382 5510

Website: http://www.visitknysna.co.za

Address: Brenton Beach, Brenton-on-Sea, Knysna

#3 Picnic and hike at Jubilee Creek

Enjoy a beautiful forest picnic alongside a cool, forest stream. There are lots of picnic sites (with facilities).

You can also do the Jubilee Creek walk to a waterfall and swimming hole. Cost is R17 per adult and R9 per child, for kids under 13.

Contact: (044) 302 5600

Website: http://www.gardenrouteadventureguide.com

Address: Jubilee Creek Nature Reserve, Knysna

#4 Take a ferry trip across the Lagoon

Enjoy a ferry ride across the Lagoon with Knysna Charters to the iconic Knysna Heads. Cruises depart daily from Whet Restaurant, Thesen Island.

Trips last approximately 75 minutes. R310 (adults) and R100 (children), with prices valid till end April 2017.

Contact: (082) 892 0469

Website: http://www.knysnacharters.com

Address: Whet Restaurant, Thesen Island, Knysna

#5 Visit the Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market

For some 15 years, this diverse and internationally famous farmers’ market, situated on the outskirts of nearby coastal town Sedgefield, has been attracting locals and travellers alike.

Experience the award-winning market first-hand every Saturday, come rain or shine, throughout the year to buy fresh, locally produced foods, bottled goods and so much more.

Times (summer) 7:30am – 12pm and 8:00 am – 12pm (winter).

Contact: (082) 376 5020

Website: http://www.wildoatsmarket.co.za

Address: N2, Sedgefield

Photo credit: Ingrid Botha via Instagram

#6 Head to Buffalo Bay Beach

Lying some 25 minutes from Forest Edge is one of the cleanest, safest and loveliest of the Garden Route’s beaches. Famous for whale watching and surfing, it’s popular among families and outdoor adventurers both.

There’s a restaurant/shop and life guards during the busy season.

Contact: (044) 383 0038

Website: http://www.forestedge.co.za

Address: Buffalo Bay Beach, Knysna

#7 Experience Featherbed Nature Reserve

This South African Natural Heritage Site is home to two of the Garden Route’s biggest icons, the Knsyna Loerie and Blue Duiker, one of the smallest antelope species in Africa, and other wildlife!

Join the daily 3.5-4-hour excursion to Featherbed Nature Reserve – a 150 hectare private nature reserve – which encompasses the whole Western Knysna Head. It includes a ferry ride, 4×4 drive up Western Knysna Head, optional guided 2.2 km trail walk and buffet lunch at a world-renowned forest restaurant.

Contact: (044) 382 1693

Website: http://www.knysnafeatherbed.com

Address: Featherbed Nature Reserve, Knysna Quays, Knysna

#8 Swim in the Drupkelders Rock Pools

Drupkelders – meaning Dripping Cellars – are wonderful rock pools within Knysna forest; do the 3.5km forest walk and visit these amazing rock pools.

Pack in a picnic and swimming clothes and don comfortable, good walking shoes. Only 12 people are allowed in per day, with a SANPARKS permit a must.

Contact: (044) 389 0126 or (044) 302 5606

Website: http://www.forestedge.co.za

Address: N2, between Knysna and Sedgefield

Photo credit: Jake Aikman via Instagram

#9 Explore the Knysna Heads

Go scuba diving and explore the depths of Knysna Heads. One of the most popular shore dives is to the wreck of Paquita, a German vessel, which sank in 1903.

However, the site experiences strong currents so may only be dived to on the turn of the tide. Here, you will also encounter a variety of underwater life in this vibrant lagoon.

Contact: none

Website: http://www.diveadvisor.co.za

Address: 25 George Rex, The Heads, Knysna

#10 Pop by Millwood Museum

Visit the intriguing Materolli Museum, which depicts the Millwood Goldfield Gold Rush of 1876, and Tea Garden, and learn about the birth of the former Millwood Mining Village.

Contact: (044) 302 6320

Website: http://www.gardenrouteadventureguide.com

Address: Queen Street, Knysna

#11 Winetasting and cheese platters at Packwood Wine Estate

Visit this award-winning vineyard-and-country estate, found between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna. It is surrounded by indigenous forest and offers amazing nature and views alike.

Enjoy wines and homemade cheese platters, produced from the estate’s gardens and dairy.

Contact: (044) 532 7614

Website: http://www.packwood.co.za

Address: Off N2, between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Garden Route

#12 Beer tasting at Mitchell’s Brewery

Started in 1983 by Lex Mitchell, the beer produced in Knsyna, is as unique as the beautiful town.

For R75 per person, you can experience the first microbrewery in South Africa and enjoy an extensive tour of it to see how handmade beer is produced to perfection.

Contact: (044) 382 5530

Website: http://www.mitchellsbrewing.com

Address: 10 New Street, Knsyna

#13 Do the Blombos Trail

Undertake the longest of six trails found within Goukamma Nature Reserve: Blombos Trail. It’s aimed primarily at bird spotters and has three different route option to choose from at 6.5, 13 and 15km respectively.

Contact: none

Website: http://www. gardenrouteadventureguide.com

Address: Goukamma National Reserve, Knsyna

#14 Cycle Harkeville MTB Trails

The Harkeville Trail offer a variety of mountain biking routes to suit all fitness levels and riders. They’re colour coded and include: Yellow (14km), Blue (12km), Green Route (15km) and Red Route (24km).

Contact: (044) 532 7793

Website: http://www.knysnacycles.co.za

Address: Harkeville, Garden Route

#15 Experience deep sea fishing

Operating out of the famous Knysna Heads, with Eco Afrika Tours you can experience the thrill of hooking, fighting and eventually holding your own fish proudly.

Their vessel is a registered charter with a fully qualified skipper on board. The trip includes a fully equipped 7-hour fishing adventure.

Cost is R900 per person, kids under 14 are not permitted and groups must include a minimum of 4, a maximum of 11 passengers.

Contact: (082) 558 6570

Website: http://www.eco-afrika-tours.co.za

Address: Eco Afrika Tours, Knysna, Garden Route

Photo credit: Mary Santore via Instagram

#16 Magical moonlight meander

Join Garden Route Trails for powerful and engaging trails through stunning environments. They educate on biodiversity and around new and full moon, offer the highly recommended Moonlight Meander and Starlight Stroll.

Judy Dixon will speak to hikers about the magic the rich intertidal area conceals; cost is R150 per person.

Contact: (083) 262 2307

Website: http://www.gardenroutetrail.travel

Address: Garden Route

#17 Enjoy the Garden of Eden Forest Walk

Located nearby in Plettenberg Bay, this amazing forest walk site, first opened in 1926, is set along boardwalks, is designed to be wheel-chair friendly (along the 800m trail) and is intended to give you the feeling of total seclusion.

Pack along a picnic lunch and enjoy this wonderful forest experience.

Contact: (012) 428 9111

Website: http://www.sanparks.org

Address: Harkeville, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#18 Visit Grootdraai Picnic Site

Located outside Gouna Forest and near the Terblans Trail (though you will need a permit if you wish to hike this) is Grootdraai Picnic Site, equipped with braai and ablution facilities, a lawn picnic area, picnic benches and fresh water.

Consider doing the Terblans Trail first or simply head there straight away and settle down for a relaxed, tasty picnic at Grootdraai.

Contact: none

Website: http://www.gardenrouteguide.com

Address: Gouna Forest Station, Knysna

#19 Horse rides in Knysna Forest

Experience the forests and mountains in Knysna on horseback with the Dirty Boots horseriding tour operators.

Contact: esna@dirtyboots.co.za

Website: http://www.dirtyboots.co.za

Address: Knysna, Garden Route

#20 Kayak with Knysna Kayak tours

Enjoy kayaking in lovely Knysna with Knysna Kayak Hire. They are affordable and allow you to explore to Lagoon in your own time, meaning you can even stop over at the beach if you like too.

Contact: (082) 892 0469

Website: http://www.visitknysna.co.za

Address: Thesen Island, Knysna

Although there is always so much more in the lush, beautiful Garden Route to explore, these are certainly some of the top activities and experiences to enjoy in lovely Knysna.