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Plettenberg Bay

© Ocean Blue Adventures© Ocean Blue AdventuresWhen the 15th Century Portuguese explorers sailed into what we now know as Plettenberg Bay, they called it Baia Formosa - the Beautiful Bay. It's an apt description. Protected from the open ocean by the spectacular Robberg Peninsula, the bay is home to an astonishing variety of creatures.

Plett is widely considered to be the best destination worldwide for boat-based marine mammal watching. Southern right whales are in residence from about June to November, and humpback whales from August to December. Large, seaworthy skiboats transport clients in comfort or, for the more adventurous, there are escorted sea kayak trips. For a gull's eye view, there are scenic flights in a variety of aircraft. Close by is the highest bungy jump in the world at Bloukrans Bridge, some fantastic mountain bike trails through Harkerville Forest, wonderful hiking trails along the Tsitsikamma coast and a fabulous tree-top canopy tour. Plett has wonderful beaches for swimming, walking or surfing. The diving is good and the whole area is just littered with excellent hotels, guesthouses and restaurants. While this area is not the best safari destination in South Africa, there are some good game lodges, where you can do game drives or even walks, getting up close and personal with buffalos, rhinos and other game. With its plethora of polo fields and annual international polo tournament, it’s definitely a favourite destination of the Mink and Manure Set.

Plettenberg Bay’s aerodrome may be upgraded to an airport again but, in the meantime, it is not lying dormant as it hosts a huge number of very expensive private jets all through the year, but especially so in December. George Airport is about an hour’s drive away, and Port Elizabeth about two-and-a-half hours.

Plett is situated on the Garden Route, just over 500km from Cape Town and about 250km from Port Elizabeth.

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