If there is one thing that the age of smartphones and social media have given every one of us, it’s the ability to brag shamelessly when we’re on holiday. Selfies, beach-legs-brags and usies have taken over our newsfeed and with good reason: we love to travel and share our adventures with our friends, and they (mostly) love to follow those adventures! Without further ado, here are ten Plett spaces to stop for a snapshot in 2019. Remember to tag Plett Tourism or use #plettitsafeeling when posting online.
AT THE TOP OF THE WITSAND DUNE
Plett’s Robberg Peninsula is a national monument steeped in history, with prehistoric rocks and Stone Age artefacts, but with gorgeous ocean views, marine life sightings and its own island, it is so much more. The Witsand (white sand) dune is accessed by either the Witsand and Point walks and is one of only seven climbing-falling dunes on the Cape coast. The island traps sand driven ashore from the south-west by wind and currents. Dry sand is then blown upwards for about 80m before sliding into Plettenberg Bay. Stop at the top of the dune for a photo before running down to Robberg’s island and the water’s edge.
Immerse yourself in a blue world of marine animals in Plettenberg Bay. One of Plett’s most popular marine encounters is the seal colony on Robberg Peninsula. Visitors can swim, snorkel or scuba dive with these infinitely playful marine mammals on a boat charter – they love blowing bubbles too! For a more in-depth look at our underwater world, a scuba dive or snorkelling excursion will introduce divers to a colourful display of marine invertebrates in oranges, purples, electric blues and reds. Underwater selfies are mandatory 🙂
Plettenberg Bay is home to one of South Africa’s newest Wine of Origin regions and has made a name for itself as a “Bubbly Route”. With 16 producing vineyards and several excellent restaurants and tasting rooms, you’ll be hard-pressed to choose just one or two. For an extra boost of wine-tasting romance, book a carriage ride through the Plett Winelands route along Redford Road. The winelands are still an up-and-coming Plett attraction, so you get extra points for originality!
SURROUNDED BY NATURE
AfriAbseil is one of Plett’s newest adventure attractions and, after climbing “The Fingers” into the middle of the gorge to be surrounded by nothing but fresh air, blue sky and indigenous forest, a selfie is necessary proof that you were there at all! The abseiling is preceded by a rock climb, using the Via Ferrata (always connected) system – easy to use and perfect for beginners. Once out on the edge of The Fingers, you’ll abseil 50m to the forest floor. It’s the perfect blend of immersion in nature and adrenalin.
THROWING CAUTION TO THE WIND
Face Adrenalin, at Bloukrans Bridge, is another selfie opportunity that shouldn’t pass you by. Join the likes of Kelly Slater, Jonty Rhodes and Jackass’ Steve-O in experiencing the sheer thrill of jumping off the 216m highest bridge bungy in the world. Walking the bridge (which some say is as scary as the jump itself) is also selfie-worthy, but full marks if you’ve taken the leap. You can thank us for this unforgettable experience later 🙂
CROSSING THE FOREST
There are plenty of reasons to add a visit to Monkeyland to your travel plans. Most importantly, it is the world’s largest free-roaming primate sanctuary, located in the heart of the Garden Route Biosphere Reserve’s Afromontane forest (and just outside Plettenberg Bay). Monkeyland is home to 11 different species, 700+ primates and is a pioneer of no-touch and sustainable tourism. There are plenty of photo opportunities at Monkeyland, but a favourite is the suspension bridge: at 128m, it’s the longest suspension bridge in Southern Africa and you never know who or what you might meet in the crossing!
FLYING THROUGH THE FOREST
Listen to the call of the Knysna Loerie, spy a flash of red and emerald green through the trees and breathe in the clean forest air. Fly through indigenous rainforest from platform to platform, amongst ancient Yellowwood trees, some up to 700 years old! Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours was the first canopy tour in Africa and this unforgettable aerial adventure in the Tsitsikamma forest will leave you wanting more!
There are few holiday selfie photos that quite match up to the “I’m-cruising-the-ocean-on-a-yacht” selfie. In Plettenberg Bay, you can sail, fish, swim, snorkel and enjoy sundowners on the yacht, Ocean Rhythm. Time slows down as the sails snap in the wind and the salty taste of ocean air surrounds you. Sunrise, sunshine or sunset – this is one of the best places to get your holiday feels. You’ll get full marks here or lose some very jealous friends!
AT THE ARCH
A stroll down Keurbooms Beach will lead you to ancient ocean caves and rock formations, the most dramatic of which is Arch Rock. Legend has it that if you can throw a stone through the hole at the top of the arch, you’ll always return to Plettenberg Bay! Keurbooms and nearby Singing Kettle beaches are both international Blue Flag beaches.
AT THE START
Selfie or not, watching the sunrise (or sunset, if you prefer) is a colour and light spectacle. The ocean turns from blue to purple to pink and finally fiery orange as the sun emerges from behind the Tsitiskamma Mountains. This is best enjoyed from Lookout, Central or Robberg beaches.
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