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City Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay is a small upscale town at the Indian Ocean, located in the Eastern Cape Province on the beautiful Garden Route. Plettenberg Bay is a place with a wonderful climate and temperatures between 17 (in July) and 23 (in January) degrees. Overall it is a wonderful environment, where you will stay happy.

The Portuguese sailors called it Bahia Formosa "Beautiful Bay". Much has changed since then and Plettenberg Bay is currently a "jet set" beach. The South Africans call it Plett, but with a laugh sometimes; the Riviera of South Africa and it is also the place to see and be seen. Most people come here for the beautiful endless beaches and the many water sports that can be practiced here. But go shopping and eating at one of the many restaurants is also possible.

Plettenberg also bring the breeding ground of the endangered Southern Right Whales here in large numbers between July and December for their young. The humpback and Bryde's Whale is here too, but to a lesser extent, and to see the Killer Whale you really have to have incredible luck. The Humpback, Bottlenose and common dolphins are often seen doing acrobats in Plettenberg Bay. It is a wonderful excursion for a few hours on the water in search of whales and dolphins. Here you will then undoubtedly encounter the seals. There is a choice of organized boat trips or for more excitement go canoeing!

On the beach you can in addition to enjoying the sun and the water spectacle also try to find the particular Pansy shell. An activity that is popular with young and old and locals still do it.

It is a place where the Dutch, who were part of the VOC section, came ashore and traded after the Khoisan and the Portuguese. The town house is a relic of the Dutch period and the wooden barn from the same period is now a National Monument. Nelson's Bay Cave and the Matjies River Cave are where remnants (tools and ornaments) were found that indicate that these caves were inhabited by people in the Stone Age more than 100 000 years ago and later by the Khoisan. There are still excavations done and the cave is open to the public.

Just outside Plettenberg (5 km) towards Port Elizabeth, is the Keurboom's Nature Reserve where large colonies of nesting gulls are. In the reserve you can walk, take a boat trip, go canoeing, swimming or picnicking. The area is named after the indigenous Keurboom, which is also called a Blossom tree.

People looking for adventure can do a canopy tour in the area or a bungee jump from the Bloukrans Bridge and what about sky-diving?

Just north of Plettenberg there is the beautiful Tsitsikamma mountains and the nature reserve; The Crags and it offers many other special activities. Look for it in "The Crags".

Golf enthusiasts will naturally play on the golf courses of Plettenberg Bay and Goose Valley, but can also easily move to Knysna where there are three superb golf courses. And as flat as you can imagine along the Indian Ocean, the ocean breezes and breath-taking views are very nice here.

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