Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve Information
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is the biggest game reserve in the Southern Cape, with more than 2200 ha spread out across the hills above the scenic Garden Route coastline. With its breathtaking views across the Bay of Beauty, its abundance of wildlife, superb facilities for day and overnight visitors and warm African hospitality, it offers an exciting child-friendly safari experience in a non-malaria area with an excellent chance of spotting four of Africa’s Big Five – buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino.
Just 12 km from Plettenberg Bay, one of the most popular and beautiful holiday destinations on South Africa’s Garden Route coast, Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is easily accessible for day visitors who want a big game viewing experience in an open 4×4 vehicle or on a guided horseback safari, or for those looking for an African safari getaway in a luxury 4-star lodge.
The reserve boasts a diversity of natural biomes, including fynbos, grasslands and indigenous forests, and the property is the natural confluence of the Keurbooms and Palmiet Rivers. Over 35 species of game, including lion, rhino, giraffe, hippo, crocodiles, buffalo and a large variety of antelope roam free in their natural habitat which is also home to more than 101 different bird species. It is the biggest sanctuary in the area for the endangered white rhino.
The friendly and professionally trained game rangers are passionate about sharing their vast knowledge of the local fauna & flora and are experienced guides.
The Reserve has outstanding facilities for day visitors which are supervised by cordial, helpful staff. The reception area has a curio shop, coffee shop and well stocked bar and serves an all day menu of light meals and snacks. Guests can dine alfresco next to the children’s play area or on cooler days they can get cosy on the comfortable couches in front of two roaring fireplaces.
Plettenberg Bay has one of the most temperate climates in the world, and the weather is suitable for game viewing all year round. During mid-summer temperatures average about 26 ºC by day. Winter temperatures are moderately cooler during the day but warm enough to enjoy the outdoors. The area does not experience the severe windy conditions common to the Eastern Cape and has an average of only four rainy days a month!
Plettenberg Bay Information
Plettenberg Bay is a beautiful seaside town in the centre of South Africa’s world famous Garden Route, a comfortable five-hour drive from Cape Town.
The temperate climate of Plettenberg Bay, or Plett as it is known by the locals, makes it a popular holiday destination for local and international visitors alike. The average minimum temperature is 13 ºC while the average maximum temperature is 22 ºC. Moreover, Plett does not experience the severe windy conditions common to the Eastern Cape regions and averages only four rainy days a month!
Plett lives up to its reputation for being a top family holiday destination with its exquisite scenery, beautiful white sandy beaches, outstanding water sports, great shops and excellent restaurants. There is something for everyone, and popular activities include close encounters with whales and dolphins, walking hand-in-trunk with elephants, scenic day-drives, cheese and wine-tasting and numerous adventure activities.
Plett is a paradise for nature-lovers and there are many beautiful areas where you can walk, hike, cycle or drive. Robberg Nature Reserve is a national treasure with its stunning views, beautiful indigenous vegetation and prolific wildlife.
The Garden Route is a golfing mecca with many stunning golf courses within driving distance. In Plett two excellent courses, Plettenberg Bay Country Club and Goose Valley Golf Estate, welcome visitors and hire out clubs. In nearby Knysna there are two championship courses, Pezula and Simola, and the well-known Knysna Golf Club.
The area around Plett is well-known for its animal sanctuaries where visitors can get interact with a variety of game species. The Crags Elephant Sanctuary allows visitors to feed the gentle giants and even ride them. Monkeyland is the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary, while Birds of Eden has a unique two hectare dome spanning a gorge which provides sanctuary for a large collection of African birds. Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre offers a unique wildcat experience where visitors can walk with cheetah.
Adrenaline seekers will feel at home in the area, with the world’s highest commercial bunjy jump just 20 minutes’ drive away, while abseiling, zipline treetop canopy tours and black water tubing are all offered by professional and experienced operators.
If it’s pampering you’re after, the area has a number of world-class spas including Plettenberg Park and Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa.