A visit to Plett is not quite complete without seeing some of the local places of interest. We’ll soon be featuring them all in detail, but for now, here are a few to get you started:
- The remains of the Beacon Island Whaling Station
- The Van Plettenberg Beacon
- Nelson’s Cave and Robberg – “Out of Africa” 100 000 years BC
And coming soon
- Secrets of the Forest
- The Bitou Valley Foundation
- Nature Valley Trust
- Pinnacle Point
A bit more about Plett
Plettenberg Bay and environs forms the Bitou Municipal area and stretches from Harkerville 10 kilometers outside Knysna to Nature’s Valley and Storms River some 80 km away along the N2 national road, the main artery connecting Cape Town in the Western Cape to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.
Situated 8km west of Plettenberg Bay, Harkerville is set at the edge of the beautiful Diepwalle Reserve, and is a peaceful rural community famous for nature hikes in beautiful indigenous forests. It is also the best place for a Saturday morning leisurely breakfast at the Harvest Time Saturday Market which is also considered to be the best produce and crafts market between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna.
Along the gravel road traveling towards the airport and 10km from Plettenberg and home to the Griqua people is Kranshoek, a vibrant village set on the edge of the beautiful Robberg mountain reserve with beautiful sea vistas and indigenous plants offering the visitor traditional hospitality.
Traveling along the N2 towards Plettenberg Bay is KwaNokuthula, one of Bitou’s fastest growing areas with its vibrant community and traditional African warmth. Join one of the township tours on offer and explore the area and learn a bit more about the Xhosa culture and meet its vibrant people, Inspiring Afrika at its best.
Just further along from KwaNokuthula is New Horizons, its birth dating back to the era of apartheid. Built in 1968 it was the first municipal town which was built as a result of the apartheid group’s act. This township was opened without any infrastructure and a bucket system was used as toilets with water was delivered in tanks. Many of the residents were living in the main town of Plettenberg Bay and have colorful and poignant stories about their move.
A visit to the village is a must if not only for storytelling and traditional Cape Malay cuisine but also for some of the best views across the Bitou valley to Formosa Peak.
Named after The Governor of the Cape, Baron Joachim van Plettenberg, Plettenberg Bay is the main business center of the Bitou Municipal area and one will find Main Street abuzz with economical activity.
Plettenberg Bay is the jewel of The Garden Route and is tranquil and charming, hospitable and rather special. Originally christened “Bahia Formosa” (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers, Plettenberg Bay offers the visitor miles of sweeping, un spoilt golden beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests and unpolluted rivers and sea. With its exceptional climate and beautiful view sites over the Indian Ocean, Plettenberg Bay is perfect for tourists interested in exploring, watching or just lazing.
Situated between the hills covered with indigenous Fynbos and the Bitou River is the tranquil and rural village of Wittedrift, it is a bird and nature lover’s paradise.
From Keurboomstrand to the Robberg Peninsula there are 15 kilometers of beaches punctuated by the river mouth and an island. The river, lagoon, bay and beaches are much used by fishing and boating enthusiasts and offers the best shore based whale watching of the area.
The Crags is situated 20 km’s from Plettenberg Bay and has become one of the must seen areas, with polo fields, wildlife sanctuaries, theatre, and an abundance of arts and crafts offerings along its vibrantCruise the Crags route.
Nature’s Valley is situated 30km’s from Plettenberg Bay and the most unspoilt of all of Bitou. This little bay’s untouched indigenous trees, forest and beautiful unspoilt coastline has been preserved since the first inhabitants of early times.
Nestled in the great forests lying at the feet of the fabled Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains is the quaint hamlet of Storms River offering teeming birdlife, vast expanses of Cape flora, delicate eco-systems in wetlands and lagoons, gigantic trees and adrenaline pumping activities such as the world’s highest bungee jump and tree canopy tours.