Plettenberg Bay: Must-visit attractions

Must see places in Plettenberg Bay

By Renate Engelbrecht

Friday, Jan 13

On a recent trip to Plettenberg Bay – a beach holiday destination that I have yet to see enough of – I was amazed at how much the seaside town and its surrounds had to offer. While staying at The Plettenberg hotel – a 5-star property under the Liz McGrath Collection with immaculate views across the Indian Ocean – we had the wonderful opportunity to explore the area.

THE PLETTENBERG – SEASIDE ELEGANCE

Here are the must-visit attractions I’d recommend when you visit Plettenberg Bay:

Plettenberg Bay’s very own Luka Vineyards

A wine pairing lunch at Luka Vineyards is a must. Bring the kids and let them play on the outstretched lawns while you indulge in some brilliant local wines served by lovely people.

Luka Vineyards Plettenberg Bay
Image: Renate Engelbrecht

We tried the Plettenvale Brut Rosé MCC, which was produced in the French tradition from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, the Luka Sauvignon Blanc 2018 from grapes grown at Luka Vineyards and the Lombard 2017 Malbec, a beautiful, full-bodied red.

Luka Wine Plett
Image: Renate Engelbrecht

Keurbooms River Ferries in Plettenberg Bay

Cruising up the Keurbooms River is definitely something not to be missed. We stopped and took a quick walk through the riverside forest and our Keurbooms River Ferrie skipper’s knowledge about the area was simply incredible. From the river’s black water system and the animals and creatures found in the water and on the island, to the type of forest found on the banks of the Keurbooms – Russel Katzenberg is an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to the area. The natural beauty of the river and its surrounds took my breath away.

Down to Earth Restaurant

For the best fish and chips in down, this is your spot. The Plett River Lodge restaurant is probably also one of the most relaxed dining destinations in Plett, since it’s located right on the Keurbooms River. It comes with a play area for kids too, which is great for families. It’s a stylish setting with family values, which I love.

Kwendalo, Plettenberg Bay

Try some delish, healthy café treats at Kwendalo’s The Green Café. They’re all about farm-to-table dining, biodiversity and good, honest food and their menu is ever-evolving. Or, book yourself in for a music therapy session at this new wellness retreat destination. Alternatively, you can also just enjoy the beautiful surrounds and explore their lovely herb garden.

Nguni Restaurant

If you’re in the mood for some red meat, I am pretty sure you won’t find better Ostrich fillet or game carpaccio in Plett than at Nguni Restaurant. Their bobotie spring rolls are to die for too. But, it’s the restaurant’s décor that impressed me most, complete with pink painted kudu horns and the likes.

Mungo in Plettenberg Bay

If you’re keen on shopping, shop local at the Mungo Weaving Mill’s shop. You’ll be able to buy various homeware textiles that are all made in Mungo’s working museum. There is also a nursery, artisanal ceramics, fashion shops, pottery studio, chocolatier and coffee shop on the premises, and even a Boplaas wine shop.

Robberg Nature Reserve

I’ve previously written about Robberg Nature Reserve and how impressed I was. I will stress it again: A visit to Plett is not a visit unless you do the full Robberg hike. From the most exquisite views to the incredible nature and birdlife, it’s something not to be missed. Plus, if you’re a guest at The Plettenberg hotel, there is also the option of getting a basket packed for a very special post-hike picnic – the cherry on top when it comes to the ultimate Plettenberg Bay experience.

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