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Plettenberg Bay Essentials:
- How many people inhabit Plettenberg Bay?
- As of the 2001 census, there's over 8,650 permanent residents here in Plett. During the high season, this number increases quite substantially when large numbers of visitors arrive to enjoy the summer months.
- What are the language and the currency?
- Of the 11 official South African languages, the three main languages spoken here are Afrikaans, English, and Xhosa. The currency used in Plett is the South African Rand (ZAR).
- View of the ocean from Kranshoek viewing point
Things to see in Plettenberg Bay
- Tell me about some of the most popular attractions in Plett.
- Two of the most popular attractions here in Plettenberg Bay are found side-by-side at The Crags off the N2. These are Monkeyland and Birds of Eden. Monkeyland, which opened in 1998, is a primate sanctuary and houses a wide variety of monkeys and more. During your visit, you’ll be taken on a guided walk through the park by one of the knowledgeable guides. On the way you’ll be able to get right up close to numerous animals, including the endangered ring-tailed lemur. Birds of Eden is the largest free-flight aviary in the world and is home to a huge number of colourful birds from Africa and beyond.
- Is there anything else I should see or do while I’m there?
- Lots! For instance, you can take a trip with Ocean Blue Adventures, who launch from Central Beach. Their Marine Encounter tour is pretty great and after the exhilarating beach launch you’ll be taken out onto the waters around Plett. What you see depends on the day but it can include dolphins, sharks and whales. The Robberg Nature Reserve is another great attraction here in Plett. This reserve is located on Robberg Peninsula, just a short drive from the town centre. Here you’ll be able to tackle a number of hiking trails, which provide stunning views of the ocean below and the coastline. Home to a seal colony, the reserve is also a good spot for whale-watching during whale season. A lot of people use Plett as a base to take on the bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge. This jump is the world’s highest commercial bungee jump at 216 metres above the Bloukrans River. If that’s a bit too much for you, you could try the Flying Fox, which is a 200m cable slide out to the bungee platform.
- Is there anything I can do for free?
- Definitely! Plett is home to a number of beautiful beaches that won’t cost you anything to visit. Central Beach is the one closest to the town centre. Here you’ll find a long stretch of golden sand, a good swimming area and lots more. Robberg Beach is somewhere else that should go on your list of places to visit in Plett. This beach is split up into a number of different sections, including Robberg 5, which has been awarded a Blue Flag.
- If I want to go shopping, where should I go?
- You don’t have to go far to find great shopping in Plett. Along the main street, you’ll find numerous stores selling everything from women’s clothing to books. Have a wander around here and you’re bound to find something to tempt you.
Going out in Plettenberg Bay
- Do I need to carry my ID with me when going out?
- You more than likely won’t be asked for any ID when you go out; however, it’s always good to have some with you just in case.
- What bars would you recommend?
- If you’re looking for cocktails, head on over to Cubar in the Noël Centre on Main Road. Filled with comfy couches and window seats overlooking the town centre, this bar plays loud house music and offers up a great selection of drinks specials. Check out VIP on Truter Street in Plett’s industrial area if you want to dance the night away. With a number of different bar areas and dance floors, this club attracts plenty of lively punters, especially during high season. To enjoy a beer while watching some sport, head to Flashbacks on Main Road. Plenty of TV screens grace the walls of this bar, showing all the major sporting events. There’s also a pool table, plenty of balcony tables and loud music blaring from the speakers. Also well-known for the quality of its food, Surf Café is a popular spot for drinks. You can order cocktails, beers, spirits and more from the bar here which can be enjoyed inside as you listen to the regular live music or out at one of the balcony tables as you watch the sun go down.
- If I don't want to drink, is there anything else to do?
- Sure! If you’re not into the bar scene or you just want to give your liver a break for the night, check out the Plett Movie House. This movie theatre is located inside the Market Theatre shopping centre and shows a great selection of new releases.
Eating Out in Plettenberg Bay
- Is it expensive to eat out in Plett?
- While some of the restaurants are a bit more expensive than those in other towns along the Garden Route, you’ll still be able to find incredibly reasonable meals here in Plett.
- What restaurants should I check out?
- Right on Plettenberg Bay’s main drag you’ll find Granzgot’s Pizzeria which has been a favourite with both locals and visitors since the 70s. On the menu here you’ll find a huge variety of affordable pizzas along with seafood, spare ribs and plenty more. Speaking of seafood, if you want to try some of the best fish dishes Plett has to offer, head on out to Moby Dick’s, set right beside Central Beach. The menu here is extensive and features everything from prawns and calamari to line-caught fish. If you’re really hungry, check out the great-value seafood platters. And if you’re not in the mood for fish, you’ll still find something to suit you as the menu also includes steak, chicken dishes and lots more. The cosy Pie Shop on Church Street is a must when looking for a quick, delicious and affordable lunch. The pies here have a huge variety of different fillings, including sweet and sour chicken, lamb and mint, feta and spinach and pepper steak. Some sweet fillings are also available. If you’re looking for a way to cool down here in Plett, look no further than the Ice Palazzo in the Lookout Centre off the main street. Around 20 different varieties of ice-cream are made freshly here on the premises each day, with waffles and milkshakes also served up.
- Anything else I need to know?
- Plett has plenty of great spots where you can try a traditional South African braai. A braai is the Afrikaans version of a barbecue and you can’t leave South Africa without having at least one. You’ll find braai areas all around Plett, including up on the Robberg Peninsula, making this the perfect spot to cook up some boerewors (spiral sausage), chicken kebabs, steak, corn and lots more.
Transport in Plettenberg Bay
- What's the best way to get around Plett if I don't have my own car?
- Private taxis offer a quick, efficient and reasonably priced way to get around Plettenberg Bay.
- Can I get around the city on foot?
- Plettenberg Bay is fairly small so it's pretty easy to explore the town centre and the beaches on foot. However, places like Monkeytown and Bloukrans Bridge are a bit further out of the way so you'll need to catch a taxi or drive. Don't walk around alone after dark.
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