Plett Game Reserve

Plett Game Reserve

Plett Game Reserve

Winter in Plettenberg Bay is a very mild affair. We do have the odd winter storm but generally the winter months of May-August are very pleasant on the Garden Route. Calm, sunny days edged with a temperature drop in the early mornings and evenings. All around, nothing to get excited about, weather-wise.

One of our favourite winter activities to recommend to our guests is Plett Game Reserve. It’s ideal for our international guests travelling only in the Garden Route or Western Cape, as the reserve offers visitors the opportunity to view the African Big Five in the wild. Although Plettenberg Bay isn’t known as “safari country”, Plett Game Reserve gives visitors an authentic wildlife experience that is unique and unforgettable.

Safari Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is located over 2000 hectares of golden Garden Route, right next to the mega-reserve that is the Garden Route National Park. Visitors can choose from a 2 hour game drive or 2 hour horse safari and can expect to see rhino, elephant, hippos, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest and more…

Plett Game Reserve has only recently been able to offer visitors an African Big Five experience due to the arrival of “Harry’s Herd” an inspiring herd of rescued elephants that have banded together, under patriarch Harry, to form their own special family. Read their incredible journey of Harry Herd here. Plett Game Reserve is also passionate about Rhino Conservation and hope to bring more rhinos to the open plains of the reserve, where they can be monitored and protected on the smaller Plett Game Reserve. Find out about their Protect our Rhino project

game drive plettenberg bay

Have a look at this lovely video below of Harry’s Herd moving across the reserve at sunset. We live in a beautiful part of the world!

Sail Plettenberg Bay


Just right off the bat, we’re going to say this: you haven’t really seen Plettenberg Bay unless you’ve seen it from the water. And what better way to sit back, relax and enjoy the views than a sailing cruise around Plett?

Ocean Sailing Charters operates in Plett, unless the weather is really bad; then they take shelter in the Knysna Lagoon. The yacht is moored off the Plett Ski Boat Club accessible only by a small tender boat, but rest assured this little boat is easily launched by Skippers Neil & Simon and before you know it you’re speeding across the water towards the glamorous 44ft “Ocean Rhythm”.


Step onto the yacht, greetings from your hostess with offers of a drink and settle in, it’s anchors away! The catamaran is decorated with quoted about ocean life, enjoying life and taking time to relax – just what the doctor ordered! There’s something truly magical about the moment that they cut the motor and let the sails take over, everything is very quiet except for the waves along the shore and the snapping of the sails – you’re feeling relaxed, you’re feeling inspired, you’re getting a slice of that “Plett feeling”.


For our trip, the yacht travelled across the bay towards the point of Robberg, while we enjoyed the views across the bay to the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the odd sighting of dolphins in the distance. We then turned in towards Robberg Peninsula to visit with the thousands of Cape Fur Seals that call the peninsula their home. Lounging on the rocks, sliding into the waves or streaming alongside us, the water is boiling with swimming, jumping, gliding curious seals – this was definitely a highlight.


All in all, we can’t recommend this sailing excursion highly enough, rain or shine. We went during an overcast and rainy, although very calm, day and had the time of our lives. No rushing, no boat motors, no heavy paddling – we just sat back and enjoyed one of Plett’s absolute treasures.

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Take a trip to Tsitsikamma National Park


Tsitiskamma National Park, Storm’s River Mouth and Storm’s River Village are just a short 50km from Plettenberg Bay and, if you’re in Plett for more than a day or so, we do recommend to our guests that they head east for an unforgettable day trip.


Tsitsikamma’s terrain, unlike Plettenberg Bay’s endless, sun-kissed beaches, is a bit wilder with a dramatic rocky coastline, hedged by ancient indigenous forest and carved by mighty gorges – it is a truly magnificent stretch of South Africa and less than an hour’s drive from Plett.

For adventurous souls:

Adventurers will love the activities in Tsitsikamma. Home to the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy, at 216m, Face Adrenalin’s Bloukrans Bungy is on every adrenalin junkie’s Bucket List. The indigenous forest offers visitors a treetop zip-line and a waterfall zip-line, in addition to a family-friendly Segway tour. Tremendously enjoyable blackwater tubing makes for a memorable journey through the Storms River Gorge.


For nature lovers:

Hike, walk, bike, run, stroll – Tsitsikamma has natural wonders everywhere you look: from the sections of coastal Fynbos (found nowhere else in the world), indigenous forest, birding opportunities and beautiful ocean views, we recommend heading down to explore one of the coastal or forest hikes from Storms River Mouth. There is also a guided woodcutter’s trip from the village that will take you into the heart of the Tsitsikamma forest and the famous Big Tree.


For ocean lovers:

Ocean lovers should make a beeline for Storms River Mouth, or the quieter Eersterivier, to enjoy the wild and beautiful ocean that gives Storm’s River its name. At the river mouth, visitors can swim, snorkel and scuba dive or take a walk along the coastline to the suspension bridges or the waterfall. A unique and popular adventure is the Kayak and Lilo trip from the mouth. Paddle by kakak across the bay and into the ancient Storms River Gorge, which rises dramatically around paddlers until the waterway becomes too narrow to kayak and the mode of transport changes to lilos for even more exploring.


Have you visited Tsitsikamma? We would love if you shared your snapshots from the trip.

Watersports this Plett Summer

Sea kayaking Plett

If you’re anything like us, you can’t get enough of the beach during the summer months. For us, Plett Summer is about salt water, sunshine and sandy feet. The beaches of Plettenberg Bay are some of the most beloved in South Africa; Robberg, Keurbooms, Nature’s Valley, The Lookout and The Dunes are our five International Blue Flag beaches but it goes beyond those too. The Island’s beach on Robberg is magnificent, Central Beach is so action packed and the waters and waterways of Plett are a hive of summer fun every day. Here’s a quick round-up of our favourite summer watersports:

Plett Stand-Up Paddling

Whether you choose to paddle the lagoon and rivers of Plett or hit the surf, you’ll love the freedom of SUPing around the waterways of Plettenberg Bay. Find out more:

Scuba Diving

You may surprised to learn that scuba diving along the Southern Cape coastline is both interesting and varied. The mixture of warm Mozambican and cold Atlantic currents make for an array of colourful soft corals decorating reefs that are teeming with marine life including shysharks, nudibranchs, reef fish and more. Find out more:

scuba diving Plett

Swim with the Seals

The clear, shallow waters around Robberg Peninsula lend themselves perfectly to this adventure excursion. Swim and snorkel with the enormously playful Cape Fur Seals – Plettenberg Bay is one of the few places in the world to enjoy this exciting ocean adventure. Find out more:

Learn to Surf


As Plett is a bay and largely sheltered from the batterings of the open ocean, it’s a great place to learn to surf and surfing lessons are a popular holiday activity for the kids. More experienced surfers will enjoy the waves off Lookout Beach and Robberg. Find out more:

Ocean Kayaking

Take a paddle across the bay – you’ll find the silence behind the waves to be refreshing, you’ll love the views across to the mountains and Robberg – this is one unforgettable way to see Plettenberg Bay. You may encounter a pod of dolphins, lots of sea birds and the playful Cape Fur Seals on Robberg Peninsula. Find out more:

Sea kayaking Plett

5 Plett Summer Must-Do’s

Ocean Sailing Plett

Summer in Plettenberg Bay is a wonderful and frantic time. The sun is shining, the ocean is calling and Plett is full of interesting things to see and do. In addition to our year-round activities, adventures and tours, summer brings a slew of musicians, pop-ups and events to our little seaside town – making it the absolute must-visit destination of the South African summer season. Here are our five things you simply must do this Plett summer:

Ocean Sailing Charters

You’ll struggle to find a more relaxing summer adventure than taking a cruise with Ocean Sailing Charters around the bay. Anchor in the sheltered waters of the bay for a swim, sip cocktails to the sound of snapping sails and the smell of the ocean…this is what summer is all about!

Ocean Sailing Plett

Get Lucky Summer

Plett is fortunate to play host to South African band, GoodLuck’s summer residency: Get Lucky Summer. Every week, the lawns of the Beacon Isle, overlooking the ocean and Robberg, come alive as music lovers get down to the funky sounds of GoodLuck and their musical friends.

Get Lucky Summer


Swim, paddle, zipline, abseil, climb, jump…traverse the canyons and pools of the Crags every which way with Africanyon. If you’re looking for adventure in nature, coupled with the cooling waterways of the canyon, then this is the adventure for you!


Take a trip through the winelands

There isn’t really a bad time of year to visit the wine estates of the Plett Winelands, but there’s something “very Plett” about sipping an icy MCC bubbly at a shady table in the vineyards. You’ll also find that there are a number of interesting ways to explore the winelands: take a wine tour, on horseback, in a horse-drawn carriage, a hiking tour or on a bicycle – just sip and relax.


Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge

There’s something for everyone at the Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge: paddle, swim, walk, run or bike – it’s a family favourite – and all for a very good cause: the support of families with disabled children. This annual sporting event is a Plett Summer favourite.

Sabrina Love

September Specials at Cornerway House


Spring is in the air and we’re offering some fresh specials for the month of September:

September Special:


Less 20% off on all direct bookings for the month of September. Normal price: R670pp sharing. Contact us for availability and bookings:

And especially for our MTB friends…if you are attending the Dr Evil Classic 3 day stage MTB race from 14th – 17th September 2016

IMG_7537 Dr Evil 2015

R1000 per room per night (sleeping two). Contact us for availability and bookings:

Happy holidays!

Horse riding in the Plett Winelands


This has got to be one of absolute favourite Plett activities, especially for a sunny winter’s day; meander on horseback through the indigenous forest and vineyards of the Plett Winelands.


Now, we can say that we’ve had the pleasure of  experiencing most of Plett’s activities and adventures and the versatility of Hog Hollow Horse Trails offers so many options, that we’re sure you will be back for more than one excursion.  Visitors can choose between a one hour farm trail that is perfect for families, a two hour trail through a private game reserve or a three hour Cruise-the-Crags trail that can be tailor-made to include The Plett Winelands, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, The Millwood Craft Centre and other nearby animal attractions – they choices are endless.


We chose the Plett Winelands tour and a short farm ride to the most beautiful of hilltops overlooking the sea. It was a perfect combination for a group of largely inexperienced riders. Thankfully, the team at Hog Hollow Horse Trails were friendly, patient and experienced enough to make the trip an absolute delight.

Imagine this: you’re strolling, or the horse is, along a green hilltop with the ocean just peeking out in the distance, around you cows mill restfully and the exotic fallow deer scatter a short distance away. You stop for a brief chat to the farmer who stands languidly on the hillside, peeling an orange in his gumboots. As you move into the coolness of the forest, the trail narrows to single track and you’re walking through a mystical landscape towards the smallest of ponds – straight out of Arthurian legend – overhung by trees, sunlight cutting the early morning mist that has been left behind in this tiny vale. It’s perfection.


As you get into the Plett Winelands, the winter sun is warm and pleasant, you’re surrounded by vines and the Tsitsikamma Mountains are blue and imposing before you. This is a moment full of sunshine and bubbles.  The bubbles in the form of Bramon’s award-winning MCC Bubbly and paired with any number of delicious tapas from the menu. Eat a selection of cheeses, salads and pates served with fresh bread amongst the vines – we’re pretty sure you won’t want to go home after this.


To us, this Plettenberg Bay activity is the perfect combination of action and relaxation. So choose a slower (horse-power) pace and take in the beauty of The Crags. We can’t think of many better ways to spend an autumn or winter’s day in Plett.

Winter Special: Stay for 2 nights and receive 10% discount on direct bookings

Plett Hiking Kranshoek Coastal Walk



“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” Barry Finlay

Today we’re going to share one of our favourite Plett secrets – the Harkerville Coastal Hike. If you’re a walker, birder, photographer, nature-lover, hiker or trail runner, then you will want to make time to explore the coastal area around Kranshoek.

Picturesque Kranshoek is an exceptionally lovely suburb of Plettenberg Bay, located along the coastline between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna. Kranshoek is home to one of the largest Griqua populations in South Africa and is home to both the Griqua National Heritage Monument and the Griqua National Conference, offering visitors a fascinating look into the rich Griqua culture.


With some of the most dramatic coastal views to be found on the Garden Route, you’ll stroll through indigenous Fynbos and forest, hike down the cliff and meander along untouched shorelines – the Kranshoek Coastal Walk is an amazing hiking adventure in Plettenberg Bay.

There are two walks – a 3km and 9km option (which should take about 2 hours or 5 hours respectively) with the 9km being significantly tougher than the 3km – so choose whichever suits your fitness level. There is also a two-day hike and a number of MTB routes to enjoy in the area.

The “wildside” coastline between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna is characterised by seaside cliffs overlooking rocky shores and coves. The clifftop meander takes hikers through coastal Fynbos, endemic to the Southern Cape region; this flora plays home to some beautiful local birds including Orange-breasted Sunbirds, Southern Double-collared Sunbirds and the  Knysna Loerie.

We recommend packing a picnic lunch to enjoy along the way or at the picnic spot that serves as the start and end of the hike.




Find our more on the SanParks website


Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Plett


“There is nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realise that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean.” Dave Barry

Plettenberg Bay is probably best known for kilometres of pristine beaches, whale and dolphin watching and sublime summery days. We are fortunate to host 4 International Blue Flag beaches, hold the title of International Hope Spot and border the magnificent Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area, the oldest MPA in Africa.

If you are a scuba diving enthusiast, then this stretch of coastline is not to be missed as it offers a unique look at the South African coastline and the vast differences between the Cape South Coast and the Northern, more tropical, coastline. While Cape Town has kelp forests and Durban has tropical fish – the Southern Cape coast is a dramatic mix of vibrant soft corals, anemones and sponges and offers divers, and in particular macro photographers, an endless canvas of colourful reef to explore.

Photo: Pro Dive Plett

Photo: Pro Dive Plett

While the fish generally aren’t tropical and the water temperatures may be on the colder side of 20°C, the positives far outweigh the negatives with common sightings of Ragged-Tooth sharks, endemic shysharks, large schools of fish and nudibranchs covering reefs with delightfully dramatic topography.

The shallower reefs off the Beacon Island can be reached by shore entry and they, especially in summer, act as a nursery to all sorts of juveniles including Red Roman, Blacktail and Butterfly fish. Rays are common sightings on the sandy patches between reefs and lucky divers may even encounter a school of passing dolphins.

Photo: Pro Dive Plett

Photo: Pro Dive Plett

The deeper reefs are accessed by boat and feature the more interesting topography of the area including walls, pinnacles and drop-offs. Sharks and pelagic fish are common and the reefs offer a fireworks display of colour in sponges, fans and anemones – a treasure trove of soft coral waiting to be discovered.

If you aren’t a scuba diver, you can still enjoy the underwater world of Plettenberg Bay including a snorkeling excursion off the Beacon Island to the shallower Red Bait Reef. For an unforgettable marine experience, hop on a seal swimming boat to the Robberg Peninsula where you can snorkel surrounded by hundreds of playful Cape Fur Seals in the shallows off the peninsula.


Seals Plett

Photo: Offshore Adventures


  • While the water is generally warmer in the summer months, scuba divers will be delighted to know that the winter conditions are highly recommended with calm, clear conditions.
  • 5mm wetsuits and booties are recommended throughout the year
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See the Fynbos in Plett


“Earth laughs in flowers.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


A huge floral attraction of South Africa’s Southern Cape coast is our endemic Fynbos. Fynbos, from the Dutch fynbosch, directly translated as “fine bush” is actually a shrubland found only along a small coastal belt of the Southern Cape coast from the Cape to Port Elizabeth.

This puts Plettenberg Bay in the heart of Fynbos country. Known for its exceptional biodioversity – some 8500 species, nearly 6000 of which are endemic – the Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest and most diverse of the world’s six floral kingdoms.

Hikers, birdwatchers and walkers along the many trails around Plettenberg Bay will be amazed to find the majestic King Protea growing wild next to the trail. The King Protea might be the largest in the family, but it is by no means the only Protea on this coastline, blooming at different times of the year and adorning the Fynbos region with a beautiful and unusual flower.

Another very popular export of the Fynbos region is Rooibos, also known as “bush tea”.  Brewed as a tea in South Africa for centuries, Rooibos is now available internationally, but efforts to grow Rooibos outside of our Cape coastal region have reportedly failed.

Photo: Plett Tourism

Photo: Plett Tourism

We’re most excited to tell you about a product, grown in Plett and closely related to Rooibos, that is gaining popularity – Honeybush Tea.  Plettenberg Bay has a Honeybush Tea industry that is just 15 years old (much the same as the Plett Winelands) and it is widely accepted that the area from Tsitsikamma to Riversdale is the ideal place to cultivate honeybush – again putting Plettenberg Bay right in the middle of this area. Honeybush is quite similar to Rooibos, although it is sweeter and the plant gets its name from the honey-scented flowers.

Would you like to try Honeybush and visit a Honeybush Tea farm in Plett? In 2000, local community owned, government sponsored Honeybush farm was opened at the Griqua settlement in Kranshoek. The farm is named Ericaville and 84 families from this community benefit from sale of the crops 95% of which are exported to Europe and Asia.

Ericaville farm tours include a brief history and plant classification including medicinal properties and harvesting. Visitors can harvest by hand, chop the tea by hand and drying and flavouring the tea.

As you can see – Fynbos including Proteas, Rooibos and Honeybush is an essential part of the Plett experience.