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Plettenberg Bay: Whale Watching Boat Cruise

1. Plettenberg Bay: Whale Watching Boat Cruise

Start your 2-hour adventure with an adrenaline beach launch into the sea on a 400 horsepower speedboat. The purpose-built cat style boat has been designed to conquer the ocean without compromising on safety or comfort. Knowledgeable guides and skippers will treat you to close encounters with some of the whales that visit the shores during the months of June to November. You could be graced with sightings of the Southern Right Whale in the Bay or Humpback Whales travelling along the coastline. You may experience the joy of seeing them breach or even view a mother and calf as they enjoy the safety the bay offers. Take a closer look at a vast seal colony and the many pelagic and coastal birds. Other possible sightings include sharks, big fish, penguins, and octopus in their natural habitat.

Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve: 2-Hour Game Drive

2. Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve: 2-Hour Game Drive

Arrive at the Safari Center at the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve and embark on a magical 2-hour safari game drive through the reserve. Travel with a knowledgeable game ranger who will enthrall you with interesting facts about the wildlife and reserve. During the safari, try to spot 4 of Africa's 'Big 5', and other wildlife including elephants, buffalo, rhinos and leopards, different species of antelopes, birds, and more. At the end of the tour, return to the Safari Center where your tour will end.

Plettenberg Bay: Canyoning Trip

3. Plettenberg Bay: Canyoning Trip

Check in at the base camp to pick up your wetsuits, harnesses, life jackets and helmets. Once the group is ready, leave base camp for a short drive to the start of your canyon adventure. First, start your ropes course with a gentle 25-meter abseil into the canyon. Then, kick off with your first jump into the river followed by a short swim. Next, if you choose, try your hand at some cliff jumping. For this part of the activity, the highest jump is around of about 7 meters, and lowest 1 meter above the water level, so there are many options if your nerves are getting the better of you. Continue swimming and hiking down the river to The Rush, a waterfall abseil, and seasonally a controlled zip-line over the waterfall. Carry on swimming and hiking down the river until your next adventure, a 55-meter zip-line over a waterfall and into the river below. On completion of the trip, you will be collected from the pick-up point and transported back to the base camp for a nice hot shower, and to collect your pictures of the canyon trip.

Plettenberg Bay: Seal Colony Viewing Excursion

4. Plettenberg Bay: Seal Colony Viewing Excursion

Head out to Robberg Marine Protected Area to view a colony of 6,000 Cape fur seals. Meet at the office on Hopwood street to fill out the necessary paperwork before making your way to the boat. Board the Robberg Express at Central Beach and head out through the surf to the seal colony. On the way, take in beautiful views of the coast’s sandy beaches and rocky platforms.   Experienced guides on board will be able to answer all your questions and take great pictures of your experience. Observe these wild animals lazing in the sun, swimming, and playing with each other — they may even come up to the boat to say hello.

Plettenberg Bay: Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Jukani Wildlife

5. Plettenberg Bay: Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Jukani Wildlife

This ticket will give you access to one of 3 sanctuaries: Explore Monkeyland, the world’s first and largest free roaming primate sanctuary hosting 11 species and over 550 primates. With a 1-hour guided tour into the 12-hectare forest with a professional guide. In Birds of Eden, the world's largest single dome free flight aviary, discover over 200 species and nearly 3,500 birds. Go on a self-guided tour or go with a guide for no extra cost. The Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary is the first sanctuary of its kind, with enclosures built especially for the animal’s needs and personality, hosting apex cats and other predators and wildlife Animals. Go on a tour with a professional and trained guide into the sanctuary. Walk past the enclosures while the guide shares interesting facts of the animals you see.

Plettenberg Bay: Fair Trade Accredited Dolphin & Marine Tour

6. Plettenberg Bay: Fair Trade Accredited Dolphin & Marine Tour

Arrive at the marina in Plettenberg bay where you will board the boat. Prior to departure, get equipped with life-jackets (and ponchos, if necessary) then listen to a short safety briefing. Once passengers have boarded their boat, begin the trip with an exciting beach launch through the surf. While the routes may vary, depending on weather, animal distribution and sea conditions, the typical trip runs as follows: First, head East past the bird sanctuary and make your way along Keurbooms Beach towards Arch Rock. Along this stretch,  encounter Bottlenose and the rare Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins, as well as some shark species. From Arch Rock, cross the bay where you might see pelagic seabirds which are normally found some 7km from the shore. Keep your eyes peeled for Bryde’s Whales as well as Common Dolphins. Having crossed to the point of Robberg Peninsula, venture out to the Wild side, occasionally seeing groups of whales and pods of dolphins. After this, cruise back along the inside of Robberg to see the unique geology from an unusual perspective. Also, observe the growing Cape Fur Seal Colony. At certain times of the year, it is also possible to see numerous Great White Sharks, which frequent the area. Finally, head back along Robberg Beach as you listen to a brief run-down on the history of the area. After passing the Beacon Island Hotel, built on the site of an original Whaling Station, conclude the tour with an exhilarating James Bond-style landing on Central Beach.

Plettenberg Bay: Whale Watching Excursion

7. Plettenberg Bay: Whale Watching Excursion

Depart from Central Beach in Plettenberg Bay with an exciting beach launch. Sail eastwards past the bird sanctuary and Keurbooms Beach to Arch Rock. Here, you may see Bottlenose and the rare Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins as well as some shark species. From Arch Rock, head out into the middle of the bay where pelagic seabirds are normally to be found about 7 kilometers from the shore. Try to spot the resident Bryde’s whales and common dolphins or Southern Right and Humpback whales during their breeding season. Then, travel towards the Robberg Peninsula and try to spot groups of whales and pods of dolphins. Cruising back along the inside of Robberg, admire the unique geology of the region and observe the growing Cape Fur Seal colony. Finally, sail back along the Robberg Beach, and learn about the history of the area. After passing the Beacon Island Hotel, built on the site of an original Whaling Station, finish the experience with an exhilarating landing on Central Beach.

Plettenberg Bay: Guided Forest Walk and Wild Cat Experience

8. Plettenberg Bay: Guided Forest Walk and Wild Cat Experience

Discover some of South Africa's most beautiful fauna and flora at the Tenikwa Wildlife Center. Your guide will welcome you and provide a breakdown of the planned activities for the day as you arrive at the center. Your outdoor adventure begins with a walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma forest. Follow your guide along ancient paths and learn about the historical logging activities that took place here. See giant hardwood trees, interesting fungi, and beautiful orchids as you make your way along the meandering paths towards mossy, pebbled streams. If you're lucky, you may spot a Knysna Loerie, or the rare and shy Narina Trogon, both native to the mature evergreen forests of South Africa. Discover the secret forest glade where giant tree ferns throw dappled light onto the forest floor, before returning to your allocated picnic area where you can enjoy a delicious freshly prepared picnic. After lunch, return to the wildlife center and go on a guided wildlife tour. Walk through the animals' habitats along elevated walkways where you can see and photograph the cats and other wildlife. Learn interesting information about each of the species and their role in promoting biodiversity from your guide.

Wild Cat Experience 1-Hour Tour

9. Wild Cat Experience 1-Hour Tour

Join a guided 1-hour tour to get up close to the indigenous wild cats of South Africa, including servals, caracals, cheetahs, lions and leopards. Catch a glimpse of other animals such as meerkats, marabou storks, and many more. Enjoy this unique opportunity to see incredible wildlife, as you learn about conservation efforts in the region from your informative guide.  Follow your guide through the various habitats of the different cats as you listen to interesting facts about each species. See and photograph the wild cats at close range from a raised walkway. Your tour includes a visit to the penguin pool, where you'll discover more about marine conservation and wildlife rehabilitation as you watch these playful animals.

Robberg Nature Reserve Hiking Trails

10. Robberg Nature Reserve Hiking Trails

Enjoy a day immersed in beautiful nature with a hiking trail trip along the Robberg, one of the most popular and well known trails in the area. Travel this circular route along the Robberg Peninsula with a comfort level that is appropriate to your fitness level - easy or moderate.  With your professional guide who is an expert on the local area, you will set-off on your journey along the Peninsula, taking in the beautiful scenery along the way. Be amused by the sight of bathing and resting Cape Fur Seals as they lay on the rocks. This is a fantastic site to witness even more animals, such as the Grey Buck, Duiker and Bushbuck. On some occasions, even Cape Clawless Otters and mongooses can be seen. Robberg is also an ideal vantage point to spot marine life such as Killer Whales, dolphins, whales and Orcas. There are also numerous bird species like Cape Robins, Cape White-Eyes, Red-Winged Starlings, and Orange-Breasted Sunbirds to name but a few.  Stop for a moment and admire the majestic Tsitsikamma Mountains. This is the ideal location to stop for a bite to eat and watch the large numbers of Swift Terns and Kelp Gulls. Your guide will provide you with knowledge on the natural fauna and flora whilst on route to explore a cave.

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What people are saying about Plettenberg Bay

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 144 reviews

The staff were all so friendly and called us several times before our trip to make sure we had not forgotten about our booking and that we made it on time for canyoning. They provided DRY wetsuits for us to wear and also gave us the option to rent shoes so we didn't get ours wet and muddy. I would definitely do this again and recommend the longer canyoning trip to anybody looking to do this.

My boyfriend and I had the most amazing experience doing the canyon tour yesterday. Not only were the guides super friendly and encouraging, but the entire adventure was more than we both expected. Beautiful rocks and forest surrounding us, extremely safe activities and the perfect amount of adrenaline. What an amazing morning, we will definitely be back for more in the future.

Something completely different! Most folk won’t get to see those beautiful places. So if you enjoy the outdoors, this is for you. There is a bit of everything and a great bonding experience with the family. Your guides are excellent, providing a safe and humorous experience. Tebz and Puna, you chaps rock! Highly recommended.

It was a super unique experience. The two guides did a great job and safety was always the top priority. For us the first but not the last time!

Loved it! And the crew were fantastic. A wonderful experience!