in Plettenberg Bay
Plettenberg Bay in South Africa 210
kms from Port Elizabeth by Gerald Crawford
christened "Bahia Formosa" (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers,
Plettenberg Bay can now be accessed by first class national roads, by sea
or by scheduled air flights.
The great forests lying at
the feet of the fabled Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains are the gateway
to the incredible indigenous African wealth of Plettenberg Bay, which lies
on South Africa's spectacular south coast 210 kms from Port Elizabeth and
+/- 600 km from Cape Town. The Outeniqua-Tsitsikamma indigenous forests
are a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and temperate forest and offer the
nature lover world-renowned hiking trails and an exciting opportunity to
see the last remaining forest elephants of South Africa. The entire area
teems with birdlife. Nearly 300 species are to be found in the great variety
of habitats ranging from fynbos to forest to wetlands.
less than ten important nature reserves embrace the varied ecosystems of
the area as well as unique marine reserves, home to soft coral reefs, dolphins,
seals and a host of other marine life. The bay itself is Nursery to the
endangered Southern Right Whale which come here to calve in the winter
and spring (July to December).
The area is of course a sports
paradise and boasts fabulous trails for hikers, mountain bikers, horse
riders and canoeists. The highlight of the area is undoubtedly the rivers,
beaches and the bay with its ideal conditions for all facets of watersports,
including sailing in the safe waters of the Bay, superb rock and surf fishing
and scuba diving spots. Alternately one can simply stroll along its clean,
sandy beaches stretching for miles along the Indian Ocean or enjoy its
safe swimming areas. At night, Plettenberg Bay is alive with pubs, night-spots
and fine restaurants. A wide range of accommodation offers luxury hotels,
exclusive country retreats, cosy bed and breakfasts, self-catering chalets
and excellent camping facilities.
in Plettenberg Bay