A Cultural and Natural Sojourn

The ultimate seaside getaway, Plettenberg Bay offers a multitude of varied and unique experiences for all ages. It’s a destination with a year-round temperate climate, beautiful beaches and unrivalled scenery – it’s also a destination that has a culture of conservation, living history, and annual events and festivals, as well as a flourishing creative community.

If you’re after local arts and crafts, pay a visit to Old Nick Village. (credit: Old Nick Village)

The Plettenberg is located within walking distance of the Lookout Art Gallery. Established in 1974, its collection of art (from ceramics to paintings) focuses on the Southern Cape and South Africa. Also, get to the heart of Plett’s art community at Old Nick Village, a network of restored heritage buildings set in lush, indigenous gardens and housing resident fine artists and master craftsmen. Find local design, entertainment and so much more.

Traveller’s tip: Another interesting creative cultural excursion is to Global Village, a quaint shopping village filled with arts and crafts purveyors to discover. The whole family will love it.

Flamingoes and Ibis at Birds of Eden (credit: Alessio La Ruffa)

Families will also enjoy Adventure Land in Harkerville, with activities ranging from waterslides to quad bikes.

Another must-visit is the Plett Puzzle Park, with its life-size 3D maze, the forest puzzle walk that meanders through the natural forest, and a rope maze for the kids.

Plettenberg Bay’s rich eco-systems support many kinds of creatures, big and small, and as such, there is a sharp focus on conservation.

There are a number of parks that offer one-of-a-kind encounters with wildlife.

One of the most famous is Monkeyland, a sanctuary for various species of free-roaming monkey; visitors can join them in the forest on a “monkey safari”. 

Located next door is Birds of Eden, which is said to be the largest free-flight aviary in the world.

Think indigenous forest with waterfalls and elevated walkways.

A ring-tailed lemur at Monkeyland (credit: Alessio La Ruffa)

At the Elephant Sanctuary visitors can touch, feed, walk as well as ride African elephants.

There are many such experiences, and some include birds of prey, snakes, wolves and more.

With its beautiful backdrop and efficient infrastructure, Plettenberg Bay hosts many annual festivals and events; look out for regular concerts, too. Some of the highlights on the calendar include the Tour de Plett, the Whale Rally, the Plett Fringe Festival and, most recently, the Plett Food Film Festival.