Activities,  South Africa

GUIDE: the best things to do in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

There is so much to do in Plettenberg Bay that we decided to list our favorite activities below. Whether it's a day of relaxation, sport or family, there is something for all ages and all tastes!

Consulting :

-Before starting the day, we recommend a brunch at a French bakery at Bakehouse (for those who want French bread and croissants!). If you stay several days, we also really enjoyed having brunch at the Bungalow by the beach and also at Old house which has a nice store attached to the little restaurant.

-You can book all activities directly at Plettenberg Bay – except for diving with seals. We recommend booking this activity in advance to make sure you have space.

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The best relaxation activities in Plettenberg Bay in South Africa: beach by the sea or in the lagoon

Keurboomstrand beach is one of the best relaxation activities in Plettenberg Bay in South Africa

Enjoy beautiful beaches from the region by basking in the warm lagoon water or by the seaside. You are on vacation after all! If you haven't visited it yet, the beach in Robberg National Park is fantastic (see our guide here). Otherwise, another pearl to see is the Keurboomstrand beach. Walk along the seashore on the left until you come to a lagoon that flows into the ocean. It is a beautiful place often deserted because tourists stay on the main beach. At the end of the day you can book a massage in the best spa in town at 'The Plettenberg Hotel'!

The best sports activities in Plettenberg Bay in South Africa: canoeing, surfing and canyoning

Canyoning is one of the best sports activities in Plettenberg Bay in South Africa

If you enjoyed doing canoeing in the Wilderness, you can also go up the pretty Keurbooms river here during the day. Camino cape kayak offers morning excursions at sea and even multi-day excursions to discover all the hidden corners of this region. If you are less athletic, you can also go up the river by ferry !

For the more adventurous, you can canyoning ou of the reminder in the heights of the valley with AfriCanyon. Personally, we loved rappelling the waterfalls and it remains a memorable memory of our stay!

For surfers, you will enjoy the beautiful waves of the different spots on the coast. Inquire with local surf school so they can tell you which spots have the best conditions for the day.

And if you haven't visited the Robberg National park, you can read our guide here.

Plettenberg Bay has so many activities to offer that we haven't done it all, but if you are passionate about sports, we have listed other activities that are doable for you:

  • From the addict branch in the Tsitsikamma forest with Tsitsikamma canopy tour
  • Golf at the club Goose Valley Golf Club
  • Big game fishing with Plett Fishing Charters
  • From the almost complete diving with bottle or mask / snorkel with seals
  • Skydiving with Skydiving @Skydive plett
  • Quad biking with Quad Biking at Sunthern Comfort
  • Buoy for descend the gorges of Stormriver

Best Plettenberg Bay Activities for Kids: Encountering Animals

The monkey park is one of the best activities to do with children in Plettenberg Bay in South Africa

If you have children, you can visit Birds of Eden, monkey land et Jukani where you will respectively see exotic birds, monkeys of all kinds and jungle animals. We had a good laugh when we met some macaques! The kids are sure to have a great day. For the little ones, there is also Plett Puzzle Park (a theme park).

The best discovery activities in Plettenberg Bay: Old Nick's craft or township tour

Old Nick is one of the best discovery activities in Plettenberg Bay in South Africa

To buy gifts or souvenirs, there is no better thanOld nick village. It is a small cluster of pretty houses where potters, jewelers, and all other forms of art and craft have settled. They are known in the region for their fabrics that they make themselves (you can visit the weavers' workshop with the vintage machines). If you wish, you also have the possibility to visit the township which borders the city with the organization Qolweni Township Tours.

Discover the magic of phosphorescent plankton in the Plettenberg Bay lagoon in South Africa

The phosphorescent seed piece is one of the best activities discovered at Plettenberg Bay in South Africa

As soon as it gets dark, go in a swimsuit to the Plettenberg lagoon. If you are lucky, you will see phosphorescent plankton. It appears when the water is moving so swim or soak your feet to activate it. As soon as a fish moves it leaves a trail of light behind it! It's a rare and magical phenomenon that you won't soon forget so it's definitely worth a try!

The lookout deck is one of the best spots to watch the sunset at Plettenberg Bay in South Africa

Consulting : You can wait for the sun to set at Lookout Deck. It is a very nice bar restaurant on the lagoon beach with a breathtaking view of the bay.

Stay in the best value for money B&B in Plettenberg Bay in South Africa

113 on Robberg is ideal for staying in Plettenberg Bay in a quality Guest House at affordable prices

In the evening, we recommend that you sleep at the B&B 113 on Robberg who made us very welcome and who is well located for a reasonable price.

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For more options, read our article on the other Plettenberg Bay hotels we recommend.

Our tips for a successful trip:

  • Book your flight in advance to take advantage of the best prices

Airline ticket prices are cheaper when booked 6 to 3 months in advance. To be sure of getting the best price, we recommend using a flight comparator such as Skyscanner.

  • Book your accommodation before departure to have access to the best offers

You will always find a room at the last minute, but the best located accommodations are necessarily those that are always full. That's why it's best to book your accommodations as soon as possible. We recommend going through Agoda which offers the best prices. In addition, this site allows you to be easily reimbursed in the event of cancellation.

  • Skip the line to visit the most popular attractions

By booking your excursions in advance on Civitatis, you do not queue on site to get your tickets. Less time waiting = more time enjoying your vacation! Plus, their guided tours ensure you have a knowledgeable guide who speaks your language.

  • Use a comparator to find a rental car at the lowest price

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  • Don't leave without travel insurance

For us, it is unimaginable to leave without travel insurance. We recommend the one proposed by AXIS. This is the best guaranteed way to leave with peace of mind. However, consider taking out additional specialized insurance for activities not covered (such as skiing or scuba diving).

  • Want more information about your destination?

Do not hesitate to complete the information present on this blog with a travel Guide. You can take it in your luggage and refer to it throughout your vacation.

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Itinéterre is a travel blog written by a team of expatriates and locals. They share their experiences so that you can enjoy the best tours in their countries. Their advice will help you plan your vacation easily as if a local is accompanying you!