Plettenberg Bay, nicknamed Plet is a town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. It was originally named Bahia Formosa (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers and lies on South Africa’s Garden Route 210 km from Port Elizabeth and about 600 km from Cape Town.
Plettenberg Bay hosts one of the largest seagull breading colonies along the South African coast at the mouth of the Keurboom’s River, named after the indigenous keurboom tree. Whales are a common site in the bay during their breeding season, while dolphins are frequently seen in the surf.
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Tourism is a thriving industry in this area, starting in November when teenage school leavers are the first to descend upon the small town, followed thereafter by various waves of arrivals from abroad as well as other parts of South Africa.
The white, sandy beaches around the town are very popular with tourists, who have the following to choose from: Robberg Beach, Beacon Island Beach
Birds of Eden:Birds of Eden is the largest free-flight aviary in the world. The sanctuary encompasses 2.3ha of partly forested land, covered by a 3.2ha mesh and criss-crossed by a 1.2km walkway. Visitors are welcome to explore at their own pace, with the use of Birds of Edens specialised guidebook. The sanctuary is home to over 2,000 birds of around 150 species, including louries, parrots, parakeets, waterfowl, flamingos, starlings, robins and cranes.
Tsitsikamma National Park – The Tsitsikamma National Park is a coastal reserve on the Garden Route in South Africa. It is well known for indigenous forests, dramatic coastline, and the Otter Trail. The park covers an 80 km long stretch of coastline. Nature’s Valley is at the western end of the park, and the main accommodation is at Storms River Mouth. Near the park is the Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest bungee jump at 216m.