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About Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay is a resort town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. With a population of more than 31,000 people, it is blessed with awe-inspiring mountains and calming beaches. Plettenberg Bay is the chance to enjoy the Garden Route gems at your own pace. Touristic attractions include whale watching, Plett Game Reserve and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary.

Cheap flights to Plettenberg Bay* are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready for an incredible adventure in this amazing town. Plettenberg Bay is the home of Plettenberg Bay Airport (PBZ), which is a 10-minute drive from the city centre. PBZ serves the airline called CemAir. Popular flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. There is one flight per day. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Why visit Plettenberg Bay

beaches

Beaches

These world-renowned beaches, with endless miles of golden sand and waves that attract the best surfers, are worth visiting. Choose amongst the best tranquil views, from Central Beach to Robberg Beach, Plettenberg Bay is beach heaven!

bird sanctuary

Bird Sanctuary

Located near Plettenberg Bay, the Birds of Eden is the largest free flight bird aviary in the world. It is an incredible feat which stretches over a gorge of indigenous forest. Visitors can see over 220 bird species, including flamingos and swans.

cycle trails

Cycle Trails

Discover insanely amazing cycling and mountain bike trails, tracks and routes near and around the holiday town. Throughout your intense cycle work-out you’ll be rejuvenated by lush, emerald indigenous surroundings.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country South Africa
Currency South African Rand
Language Afrikaans / English / Xhosa
Hub Airport Plettenberg Bay Airport
Airline CemAir
Time Zone GMT +2
Travel Adaptor Type D / M / N

Best time to visit Plettenberg Bay

Located along the Garden Route, Plett’s peak season runs from the months of December through February. The Garden Route and especially Plettenberg Bay can become profusely packed with holidaymakers as it is school holidays. If you wish to avoid the peak season mayhem, November and March are ideal months to plan your Plett vacation - minus the rage. Tourists will also be delighted with the lower room accommodation rates, as many businesses offer discounts during low season. Insider’s scoop: Plettenberg Bay has a secret season or rather, “whale season”, not many know about it as it falls outside of the busy period. For an extravagant showcase of migrating whales displaying incredible water acrobatics, be sure to visit Plett from June to November.

Weather & Climate in Plettenberg Bay

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 17°C 18°C 16°C 14°C 12°C 9°C 9°C 10°C 11°C 13°C 15°C 17°C
High °C 27°C 28°C 27°C 25°C 24°C 22°C 21°C 22°C 22°C 23°C 25°C 26°C
Rainfall (mm) 63 62 80 66 65 48 62 80 51 75 86 69

Nestled on the beautiful Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay is a scintillating resort town with the most exquisite natural scenery. This friendly, laid-back town is a South African gem. Originally named Bahia Formosa (Beautiful Bay) by early Portuguese explorers, this visual beauty is also called the “Jewel of the Garden Route”. Upon arriving in Plettenberg Bay, she dazzles you with her mountain and beach mystic. Nature triumphs in these neck of the woods, it is a quality destination for those who thrive outdoors. With the luxurious choices of cycling, hiking and animal watching, you are in for a splendid time.

Famous for its end of year mayhem, Plettenberg Bay is home to Plett Rage – South Africa’s longest lasting Matric party - festival. The town becomes alive with raging music and all-round fun celebrating a new beginning in their lives.

Plettenberg Bay is truly a destination for unwinding and for a temporary escape from the city life. Visit Birds of Eden for a tranquil escape and bewilderment, it is the largest free bird aviary in the world.

The town has a variety of accommodation options to choose from. Be sure to venture to Plett for a rewarding vacation.

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There are no specific or mandatory vaccinations required for visiting Plettenberg Bay. Vacationers are still encouraged to be up-to-date with all routine vaccinations. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) and yearly flu shot.

Plettenberg Bay is a safe holiday town. Vacationers should still practice caution when touring the Garden Route town. Safety tips for Plettenberg Bay:

• Do not wear flashy jewellery in public.

• Do not leave your handbag unattended.

• Avoid carrying large sums of money around.

• Lock away your valuables in the hotel or guest house safe.

• Do not walk around alone at night.

• Do not trust strangers at ATMs.

• Make sure to always keep a watchful eye on the shark flags at the beach.

• Do not go swimming under the influence of alcohol.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Plettenberg Bay
Meal ,Inexpensive Restaurant R100 R100 R80
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R20
Cappuccino (regular) R23 R23 R21
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R10 R11
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R39 R40 R38
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