Plett: the most beautiful town on South Africa's most beautiful coast
- Closest Indian Ocean beach: the east parking area of Lookout Beach (at the bottom of Salmack Road) is just 1 km from your door at Plett Beacon House!
- Closest access to the Keurboom's River Lagoon: Take a stroll down Zenon Street, turn left at the T-Junction with Plato Road, and right at the T-junction with Phitidi's Walk - now amble along for another 150 metres or so, and you'll get to a path to the right that'll bring you to the water's edge. Total distance from Plett Beacon House: 430 metres.
- Lookout Beach - the most popular swimming area of Lookout Beach is situated at the bottom of Hill Street. It's great for sunbathers and surfers, SUPs and kite boarders, and it’s a fantastic venue for watching the sunset - especially from the benches of one of Plett’s best-kown eating and drinking venues: the Lookout Deck. 1.4 km from Plett Beacon House.
- Central Beach (Main Beach) - usually the busiest, vibeiest (does that word even exist?) beach in Plett, and great for families. It’s the launch site for local whale-watching tours and other marine activities, and home of Plett's branch of the NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute Station 14). With its beachside eating spots, it’s also the site of many of the town’s annual events (please watch plett-tourism.co.za for details). Lifeguards in season. 2.2 km from Plett Beacon House.
- Hobie Beach - basically the extension of Central Beach (on the eastern side), Hobie Beach is the site of one of South Africa’s best-known body-boarding waves: The Wedge. It’s a unique and challenging break! 2 km from Plett Beacon House.
- Robberg Beach - stretches all the way from Beacon Island to the Robberg Peninsula - a 4-km stretch of white sand that's popular for walking, whale-watching, and dolphin-watching. Beacon Island parking and beach entrance: 3.3 km from Plett Becon House
Plett Wine Route
- The Plett Winelands includes around 16 wine farms, and while the first vines in the area were planted only as late as 2001 (at Bramon Wine Estate), Plett has already been recognised as one of South Africa’s 'Wine of Origin' regions. Its most successful products include cooler-climate wines like Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs. Various estates offer wine tastings and sales, as well as excellent dining. Please watch plettwinelands.com for information about our annual Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival, and for other exciting events and activities.
- Plett Mountain Bike Park at Cairnbrogie Farm - Mountain biking, trail running, pump track and honour-system coffee shop (just off the Plett Airport Road).
- Garden Route National Park MTB Routes - in the Farleigh Forests, the Harkerville Forests, and the Diepwalle Forests. Various routes and distances for riders of most classes. SANParks requires you to buy permits before you ride: they're available from their offices on Thesen Island, Knysna: www.sanparks.org
- Goose Valley Golf Club: 72 par, 18-hole course designed by Gary Player. Kikuyu fairway with bentgrass greens.
- Plettenberg Bay Country Club: 18 hole par 72 golf course in a private nature reserve. A parklands course – with no houses overlooking the greens or fairways - with kikuyu fairways and bayview greens over-seeded to bent grass. The club has two bowling greens and four all-weather tennis courts. Visitors welcome.
Whale watching & water adventures
- Ocean Blue Adventures - boat-based whale and dolphin excursions, cultural tours of Plett’s townships, and guided hikes in Robberg Coastal Nature Reserve.
- Ocean Safaris - 2-hour marine tours, as well as seasonal Dolphin Discovery Cruises (1 December to 31 May), and Whale Watching Cruises (1 June to 30 November).
- Keurbooms River Ferries - Guided ferry trips to explore the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve. Great for birders, and anyone who wants to know more about the estuary and surrounding evergreen forests. Please note that you’ll need to pay a conservation fee to enter the Reserve - which is the only way to access the Ferries.
Shopping & community markets
- Harkerville Market - Saturday mornings from 08:00 – 12:00. Visit this friendly weekly gathering to meet the locals, and for fresh breads, organic vegetables and cheeses, home-cooked meals, art (African ethnic, contemporary, ceramics), jewellery, clothing, books, music, gifts, and more.
- Plett Market on Main - open daily. Traders on this market offer a wide variety of meals from around the world (pizza, sushi, curries, fish), as well as antiques, quality second-hand clothing, books, hats, silver & African jewellery, high quality African Art, etc. Live music Wednesdays and Fridays from 18:00 to 21:00. Enquiries: 082 492 4417
- Old Nick Midweek Market - It's always worth visiting Old Nick Village (see below), but Wednesdays are especially good if you're into fresh, local, home-made, and wholesome. Organically grown fruit and vegetables, ethical meat and dairy, enviro-friendly home care products and green energy solutions. Every Wednesday from 10h00 - 14h00 (and just 1.2 km from Plett Beacon House!)
- The Mohair Mill Shop - open daily. Stop in at The Mill on your way to Monkeyland and Birds of Eden in The Crags. South Africa produces more than 60% of the world's mohair, and this factory outlet stocks possibly the widest ranges of mohair products available - throws, blankets, scarves, accessories and speciality mohair socks.
Malls & high street shopping
- The Market Square - across the road from Plett Beacon House, and open daily, this strip mall-style centre has two supermarkets, as well as 47 smaller shops selling trendy clothing, outdoor equipment, food and fresh produce, books, mobile phones, wines, and home-ware. Also a pharmacy, an optician, an internet cafe, a ladies gymnasium, banks, ATMs, restaurants, and a coffee shop.
- Old Nick Village - "a landmark shopping destination on the Garden Route, featuring an eclectic collection of shops owned by creative manufacturers, designers and curators." The earliest buildings in this quirky rural destination date back to 1880 - the latest is the beautifully modern Mungo Mill, which produces top quality home textiles. Other products at Old Nick include ceramics, crystals, soaps, clothing, and fine art- and there's an outstanding restaurant and bakery, too.
- Main Street, Plettenberg Bay - a great variety of small, interesting, family-run shops, galleries, restaurants, and coffee shops. It's worth just parking your car and taking a casual stroll!
- Monkeyland - this 12-hectare park provides free-roaming space for dozens of species of primates (lemurs, monkeys, langurs, gibbons, etc.). Guided walking tours in English, Afrikaans, German, Dutch, French, or Spanish, a 128-metre suspended canopy walk, viewing deck, restaurant, souvenir store, etc.
- Birds of Eden - billed (if you'll pardon the expression) as, 'the world’s largest free-flight bird aviary,' this 50 metre high mesh dome covers 23,000 square meters of forest, and houses more than 3,500 birds of more than 280 species - as well as several ponds, 2 km of boardwalks, and a restaurant. Visits are usually self-guided, although guided tours are available on request. Birds of Eden is situated on the same property as Monkeyland.
- Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary - provides one-and-a-half hour, guided walking tours to view 17 different species (mostly apex predators like lions and tigers). Since Jukani, Monkeyland, and Birds of Eden belong to the same alliance, discounted prices are available for tickets to visit two or three of their sanctuaries.
- Radical Raptors - a centre that provides rescue, rehabilitation, and release of birds of prey, and strives to create awareness of the role these birds play in the natural order. Daily displays at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. include a variety of trained, non-releasable birds flying free in natural surroundings. (Closed on Mondays out of season).
Plett Tourism: plett-tourism.co.za. Telephone +27 (0)44 533 4065