The winter months along the Garden Route – and in Plettenberg Bay in particular – are generally temperate and windless, and this means when its not too chilly you can enjoy it’s beaches and wild areas right through the colder months, along with a plethora of wining and dining experiences.
Here are 10 things to enjoy this winter.
Spectacular hiking trails
Outdoor lovers are spoilt for choice on The Garden Route. There are walks, trails and hikes aplenty along the coast, through indigenous forest, and along rugged escarpment. Some of the most popular hiking routes are: the Giant Kingfisher Trail in Wilderness, the Woodcutters Trails in Knysna, and the Robberg Nature Reserve trails in Plettenberg Bay.
Winter is the best time to eat oysters – and the Garden Route is full of places to enjoy them. Plus, the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival takes place in the heart of winter. Over a 10-day period enjoy oyster eating, sporting events, wine tasting events, boat cruises and so much more. The 2018 festival takes places between 29 June and 8 July 2018.
Run in the forest
As part of the oyster festival programme: The Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon is one of the world’s most beautiful running events as most of the run takes place deep in the forest. Expect also views over Knysna lagoon towards the Knysna Heads.
The Garden Route was named the 2014 Golf Destination of the Year for Africa and the Gulf States. Practice your swing at a number of beautiful golf courses in stunning natural scenery.
High tea with a difference at The Plettenberg
Forget cucumber sandwiches and scones, our High Tea is a thoroughly modern affair. Think Prawn, Coconut & Pea Springrolls and Cumin Naan Bread filled with Pulled Pork and Homemade Chutney as savoury bites; and Brandy Snap cones filled with a sticky Marshmallow topped with Cotton Candy as a sweet treat. All are served with the finest selection of teas or coffee, as well as MCC or Champagne on request.
Gastronomy on the Garden Route
…and while we’re at it. Here are a few more delicious experiences to be had. The Plettenberg is located in the heart of the Garden Route: an area famed for farm-fresh produce, oysters and seafood, one of the best bakeries in the country.
Adrenalin will keep you warm
The Bloukrans bungee jump is the world’s highest commercial bridge jump (216m) and is set amid the beauty of the Tsitsikamma Forest.
Take to the trees
Revel in the beauty of the forest with a Tsitsikamma canopy tour, where participants follow a course 30 metres above the forest floor.
The Plettenberg Bay Wine Region
One of the youngest wine regions in South Africa, there are now 18 producers in the area. It was awarded Wine of Origin status in 2005 and the region is making a name for itself for the production of Méthode Cap Classique (MCC). It’s also one of the most scenic routes: think vines shadowed by the Tsitsikamma Mountains, grapes growing on the edge of thick forests, or estate’s overlooking blue ocean vistas…
Enjoy animal encounters for a good cause by supporting Plettenberg Bay’s wildlife sanctuaries. Birds of Eden is the largest single span free-flight aviary in the world; Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is the world’s first free-roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary, which covers an area of 12 hectares of indigenous forest; and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary is home to rescued predators and other wildlife.