Some of my earliest memories are of family holidays as a young boy at Oupa’s family house in Plettenberg Bay. The double-story beach house was separated from the golden sands and warm water of Robberg Beach by a flight of wooden stairs that our little legs would run up and down during the course of the day.
Getting there: Plettenberg Bay is just off the N2, 500km from Cape Town.
GPS Coordinates: -34.05637, 23.37210
It boasts golden beaches: Robberg Beach, Central Beach, Lookout Beach and Keurbooms Beach. Lookout Beach has changed significantly over the years: a flood saw the mouth of the Keurbooms River move to the west at the rocks of Lookout Beach (and has subsequently moved back again).
The history of Plett reveals strong ties to the timber industry, as well as the whaling industry — the iconic Beacon Isle Hotel was once the site of a whaling station.
Places to eat
- Cornuti al Mare is an institution and an absolute must when in town. Be sure to book: 044 533 1277
- The Table Restaurant serves the best pizzas I have tasted on the Garden Route.
Things to do
- Hike in Robberg Nature Reserve and at Kranshoek
- Walk to the Cathedral Rock and visit the Matjes River Mouth Shelter midden
- Mountain bike the famous Harkerville Red Route
- Visit Birds of Eden and Monkeyland
- Take part in the annual Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge
- There is a burgeoning wine route centred around The Crags area to the East, and is is well worth paying a visit to some of the estates
- Visit the Old Wood Shed, the Whale Lookout Point and St. Peter’s Anglican Church