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Plettenberg Bay


Plettenberg Bay is the jewel of The Garden Route and is tranquil and charming, hospitable and rather special.  With its exceptional climate and beautiful view sites over the Indian Ocean, Plettenberg Bay is perfect for exploring, watching or just lazing.

Originally christened “Bahia  Formosa” (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers, Plettenberg Bay offers the visitor miles of sweeping, unspoilt golden beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests and unpolluted rivers and sea.

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Useful information

flight times

From London to Cape Town: 11 hours, then a short flight of 1 hour to George



time difference

GMT +2 hours

visa requirements

Two blank pages and 30 days before passport expires after leaving South Africa if duration is less than 90 days


Summer-time in the Garden Route is typically warm with mild to chilly winters. Most rainfall occurs in winter but mostly at night, keeping the area perennially green and scenic. In fact winter along the Garden Route is often tempered by lovely sunny, wind-still days only getting chilly at night.

When to travel

Where to stay

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