Plettenberg Bay Information
Nestled between shimmering seas and the bluest of mountains, Plettenberg Bay is the Garden Route's indisputable sun and fun destination. Unspoiled beaches, sparkling lagoons and large tracts of surrounding fynbos and indigenous forest – all against a backdrop of the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains – combine in a uniquely multi-sensory feast of colour, fragrance and sound.
Just over an hour's drive (98km) from the George Airport, Plettenberg Bay is situated on the south-east coast of the Western Cape province, 240km from Port Elizabeth and 500km from Cape Town. As part of the world-famous Garden Route, it provides a comfortable base for a host of diverse attractions and activities.
The beautiful bay, where the Bitou, Keurbooms and Piesang Rivers run into the Indian Ocean, is associated with all-year mellow temperatures (average midday of 17°C in winter and 27°C in summer) with an average of 300 days of sunshine per annum and an average rainfall of 945mm, most of which falls during winter.
Plettenberg Bay and its surrounding area, also known as Bitou, is home to an estimated 40 000 people over a total surface area of 991,84 km². A bustling centre town of shops, restaurants, clubs and activities complement a vibrant tourism offering of beaches, eco and adventure tourism.
- Bitou (Plettenberg Bay) Tourism: +27 (0)44 533 4065
- Bitou Municipality: +27 (0)44 501 3000 and +27 (0)44 533 1692 after hours
- Ambulance: 10177
- Fire Department: +27 (0)44 533 5000
- Police +27 (0)44 533 2100 or 10111 for emergencies
- National Sea Rescue Institute: +27 (0)44 533 2744 or +27 (0)82 990 5975 after hours