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If you're staying in the Cape, Plettenberg Bay is a wonderful weekend getaway destination

The seaside town of Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route is beautiful, especially the Keurboom Lagoon area. Visiting this town in South Africa’s Western Cape Province, you’ll find sandy beaches (like the beautiful Robberg and Poortjies beach) and fabulous surf spots as well as excellent accommodation.   Here is a quick travel guide to Plettenberg Bay giving you interesting options on things to do and places to stay.

Things to do  in Plettenberg Bay

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Monkeyland is the worlds first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary

Feeding a Lemur

Birds of Eden’s

A unique two hectare dome (the world’s largest) which spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. Their main focus is African birds. You can visits Birds of Eden and explore self-guided, however guided walks are offered on request.

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (Big Cat Sanctuary)

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Tsitsikamma National Park 

Offering wonderful hiking opportunities.  (We suggest you definitely book a guided tour.)

Birds of Eden Plettenberg Bay Things to do

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Beacon Island Resort Hotel Plettenberg Bay

Get the best accommodation

There are more than 400 fabulous family-friendly places to stay in Plettenberg Bay (or Plett as the locals refer to it).  Places like:

AfriCamps at Ingwe

Camping in Plettenberg Bay:  Located 16 miles from Robberg Nature Reserve, AfriCamps at Ingwe offers an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, and air-conditioned accommodations with a patio and free WiFi.

Keurbooms Camping

Keurbooms Lagoon Camping site is also a nice option for a weekend getaway.  This spot is particularly popular during December months, so you best book well in advance.

The campsite offers easy access to the stunning river and sandy lagoon beach.


More information

The people in Plettenberg Bay speak both Afrikaans and English.  

The town is situated near:
  • Jeffreys Bay (1 hr 48 min (163,6 km) via N2)
  • Mosselbay (and Groot Brak) (1 hr 47 min (141,4 km) via N2 and N2)
  • George (1 hr 20 min (95,1 km) via N2)
  • Wilderness (1 hr 5 min (79,3 km) via N2)
  • Knysna (31 min (32,3 km) via N2)
  • Tsitsikamma National Park (approx. 26 km)


Plettenberg Bay is often the starting point of the coastal and famous Otter Trail.

Getting there

The nearest airport is Plettenberg Bay (PBZ) however you can drive up the Garden Route from Cape Town and visit all the beautiful places along the way as part of your holiday experience.  Taking the N2 from Cape Town International Airport (Cpt), Plettenberg Bay is a 5 hr 36 min (504,6 km) drive.  I would suggest stopping for overnight at at least one place along the way.