7 fun things to do in pretty Plettenberg Bay

Posted on 4 November 2023

Heading to Plett? Awesome! Now for that itinerary. Luckily, Plettenberg Bay (well, most of the Garden Route, really) is brimming with exciting things to do. Whether you’re outdoorsy and adventurous or indoorsy and relaxed, there are more than enough activities to keep you busy. Here are our top seven things to try when you find yourself in this spectacular town.

1. Visit Cairnbrogie Farm

Picture: Cairnbrogie

This farm is the ultimate destination for outdoor lovers. They offer hiking trails, mountain bike trails, horse and pony rides, dog walking trails, fishing spots and birding spots. There’s also a cafe for delicious after-activity coffee and treats. The area boasts about 100ha of coastal fynbos and spectacular scenery.

Cost: Entry is free, visit the website to enquire about prices for activities

Contact: Visit their website here or call 044 533 9192

2. Eat and shop at Market on Main

Picture: Market on Main

If you love browsing unique, locally-made items, amazing food and drinks plus a very lekker vibe, Market on Main is the place to be. This hotspot in the middle of town offers anything from pizza and sushi to jewellery and home decor, and of course an array of drinks.

Cost: Entry is free

Contact: Find them at 10 Main Street or visit their website here

3. Hike Robberg Nature Reserve

Picture: Scott Ramsay

This reserve is one of the most popular coastal nature reserves in the province, and not without reason. You’re guaranteed astounding views, crystal clear rock pools and clean beaches. Dolphin and whale sightings are not off the table either. Visitors have a choice of three trails on offer, ranging from a 30-minute stroll to a four-hour hike. The reserve also extends 1.8km offshore, providing protection to vulnerable marine animals.

Cost: R50 per person for a day visitor

Contact: Visit the website here or call 044 533 2125/85

4. View art at the Art Source Africa/Dallas Smith Gallery

Picture: Dallas Smith

Art enthusiasts will not want for spectacular art in Plettenberg Bay. The Art Source Africa/Dallas Smith Gallery in Main Street features incredible works by world-renowned artists Dallas Smith and Michelle Bestbier, as well as some unique paintings by artists Hesty, Zachary Smith and fascinating sculptures by Timothy Smith. You might even meet the artists in the gallery when you pop by!

Cost: Entry is free

Contact: Visit their website here or call 082 8747 995

5. Explore Keurbooms Beach

Keurbooms beach

Picture: Anita Froneman

Beach lovers all agree that Keurbooms Beach is one of the best in the area. Stretches of soft sand dotted with impressive rock formations and the well-known picturesque arch overlooking the whole coastline await eager beachgoers.

6. Browse sculptures at Bronze Fields Foundry

Picture: Robert Leggat

More art, this time amazing sculptures by Robert Leggat and his son Brendan Leggat. Their working farm also doubles as their workshop, bronze foundry and sculpture garden. Robert is the artist behind the famous life-size bronze sculpture of a dolphin and calf in Plettenberg Bay’s town centre. Robert and Brendan work with various mediums, combining bronze, silver and stainless steel with great skill. They also do commission works for other artists. Those interested can visit by appointment, and even attend a bronze pouring by prior arrangement.

Contact: Visit Robert’s website here or call 0826972341

7. Snorkel with seals

Picture: Plett Seal Adventures

Now back to the ocean! Plett is known to be home to many marine animals who frequent the shores, like the playful seals who live among the kelp and rocks. Plett Seal Adventures will take guests on a guided snorkel tour to witness the fascinating lives of seals, while learning more about them. The trip includes a boat ride, wet suit and gear, snorkel tour and pictures of the excursion.

Cost: From R895 per person

Contact: Visit their website here or call 079 992 5432

Stay here

Sky Villa Boutique Hotel 

Perched on a hill, Sky Villa has 360 degree views of the ocean and Keurbooms lagoon. This modern, spacious hotel has an eclectic quality to it, being dotted with bronze sculptures and metallic-coloured chandeliers. Outdoors, the hotel’s two pools and bars beckon, and the variety of lounge chairs, couches, deck chairs and other plush recliners make it difficult to leave the vibey hangout spot.

But once you step into your room, the festive atmosphere gives way to tranquillity. The smooth, cool linen and large glass doors give the rooms an airy, minimalistic feel and suddenly the only appropriate thing to do would be drinking an espresso on the porch.

The hotel currently has a special offer: R5 200 per couple for two nights, including a complimentary bottle of Bramon Blanc de Blanc MCC on arrival, a R1 000 Sky Villa Food & Beverage voucher and a 60min Thai Oil Massage (courtesy of Royal Thai Plett).

Valid until end June 2022. Subject to availability. Booking is essential. Contact: +27 87 550 2967 or [email protected], or visit the website here.


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