Check with virtually any first-time traveler to South Africa what’s within their schedule, and they’ll probably bring up the Garden Route. This is a 300 km stretch of lush coastline in between Mossel Bay and Storms River, which offers surfing, adventure activities, game driving, and a whole lot more!
Here’s our choice of things to do around Plettenberg Bay as well as Tsitsikamma – sufficient to fill 4 days, that are certainly not sufficient to check out all Plett has to offer.
1. Experience Old World Charm at Kurland Hotel
Picture driving through a thunderstorm, till a turnoff brings you to a spot known as ‘Kurland’. One enters a space with luxurious sofas along with a crackling log fire, you’ll be immediately greeted by friendly hotel staff and offered a high tea and cake. This is wonderful place to relax and enjoy the charm and elegance that was once common in the bygone era. They offer quad bike rides and the is estate is huge and features it’s own Polo playing field.
It has obtained a status as an unique hideaway found on an enormous 700 hectare private Estate of amazing natural splendor, located between the mountain tops and also the beautiful shorelines of Nature’s Valley. The plants and creatures provides visitors an awareness into local plants, trees and shrubs located in the area not to mention the award-winning Kurland roses.
The restaurant located in the Homestead which has received numerous accolades through the years. Wherever your mood takes you; to the pool, verandah, library, courtyard, your terrace or the lovely rose gardens, a tasteful environment will be organized either for more romantic dinners or for team parties. View more info on Kurland.
2. Whale-watching in Plettenberg Bay
Much like Hermanus, Plettenberg Bay is a superb whale watching spot, particularly in between June and September whenever it turns into a breeding destination for southern right and humpback whales.
South Africa must be probably the most amazing places globally for observing sea animals. At the begining of June, Southern Right whales depart their Antarctic feeding zone to play within the warmer waters of the Cape.
This is where they breed, calve and typically spend time together, from time to time sticking their heads or flopping a tail up from the water. They’re very easy to watch.
These huge mammals occasionally swim a few meters just from the seashore, hence they’re plainly visible for many breathtaking cliff or shore based whale watching. Locations along Robberg Nature Reserve and Keurboom and Robberg beaches are popular.
Whale presence within the bay originates from mid May to February with all the Southern Right whales from June to Nov, the humpback whales which are migratory, turn up with their calves in early November and remain ’till the end of February coming back again in May or June.
There are all year round sightings of the pods of Bottle Nose dolphins, local Bryde’s whales and the elusive humpback dolphins. A large breeding colony of Cape fur seals over the Robberg Nature Reserve peninsula provides outstanding viewings throughout the year. BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE TODAY WITH OCEAN SAFARIS
3. Hike the Robberg Nature Reserve
Robberg, only 8km from Plettenberg Bay, isn’t just a nature reserve, but additionally a World Heritage Site and a national monument . Rocks out of this location go as far back 120 million years and proof of mid and later Stone Age settlers has been discovered in some of the caves across the reserve.
The 3 trails round the Robberg Peninsula are extremely popular for an excellent justification – the surroundings are just breath taking! There are 3 hikes on offer, one for not so fit at 2km circular route, the 2nd for slightly more fitter at a 4km circular route (the most popular) and lastly the longest circular route of 8km, for the very fit, which takes you right around the entire reserve.
Some highlights of an outing here consist of seeing the uncommon blue duiker, the smallest antelope in the Western Cape; trekking next to among the seven climbing-falling sand hills around the Cape’s coast; watching the highest lighthouse on the South Africa’s coast, also known as the “Cape Seal Lighthouse” which sits at just over 146m above sea level; and swimming in the natural rock pools. The nature reserve additionally expands 1.8km offshore, offering protection to a array of vulnerable species of fish. You should expect impressive surroundings, thrilling whale and dolphin sightings in season, as well as to be followed on your hikes or walks by a selection of bird species and also the random seal. Accommodation in an overnight hut is available for many who wish to take more time in such a gorgeous reserve.
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