Plettenberg Bay is best known for gorgeous beaches, watersports and the lovely Robberg Peninsula. Visitors rack up Bucket List items by bungy jumping, scuba diving and ziplining, and we love to recommend these activities and experiences for our guests to enjoy. However, if you have visited Plett on more than one occasion and are looking for something different, something new and immersive, we’ve put together a little list of some of the best out-of-the-way and out-of-the-box treasures to enjoy in Plettenberg Bay.
BOCCA DOLCE VEGAN RESTAURANT AND COFFEE ROASTERY AT QUARRY LAKE
Bocca Dolce, at Quarry Lake Farm, is “out Wittedrift way” and a short drive from Plettenberg Bay. Whether you’re vegan or not, Bocca Dolce is a delicious revelation. Home-roasted coffee, dishes prepared from freshly picked ingredients and a state-of-the-art kitchen produce mouth-watering results that will leave you feeling wonderful! A “Harvest Table” full buffet is served on weekends, with a mini buffet and a-la-carte menu during the week. Be sure to visit the farm shop for take-homes of freshly roasted beans, baked, bottled or dehydrated vegan goodies.
NATURE’S VALLEY NETWORK
Nature’s Valley, which forms a part of the Tsitsikamma National Park, is a wonderland of birdlife, indigenous forest and coastal beauty. The Nature’s Valley Network is a series of hikes around Nature’s Valley, the most popular of which is the Salt River Hike. Salt River enters the ocean via the most gorgeous, almost desert-island-like lagoon and hikers can look forward to spotting the shy Cape clawless otter, the Knysna loerie, dolphins and more on their adventures.
PACKWOOD COUNTRY ESTATE
The Plettenberg Bay winelands offer visitors an exciting array of wine farms to visit, but one of the most hidden, and most delightful, is Packwood Country Estate. Part wine farm and part dairy farm, visitors are treated to award-winning wines and bubbly, paired with homemade cheese and topped off with distant views of the ocean. It is pure holiday bliss.
TSITSIKAMMA WATERFALL HIKE
The Tsitsikamma National Park, a short drive from Plettenberg Bay, is Africa’s oldest Marine Protected Area. Bordered by lush Afromontane forest and dramatic coastline, this stretch of the Garden Route is one of South Africa’s most famous. The waterfall hike, which starts at Storms River Mouth, is the first stretch of the much-loved Otter Trail and makes for a lovely day-trip out of Plett.
CAPE KAYAK CAMINO
If you’re spending a week or so with us in Plettenberg Bay and have perhaps had enough of sand and sea, we’d suggest you give the river a try. The guided Cape Kayak Camino tour transits the entire Plettenberg Bay lagoon eco-system in two days of easy and safe paddling and one night’s comfortable camping enjoying traditional cuisine on the edge of the lagoon.