Located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa is the primary town of the Bitou Local Municipality, and the jewel of the Garden Route; Plettenberg Bay. The town lies almost on the border of the Western and Eastern Cape and is built on the hillside....more
Located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa is the primary town of the Bitou Local Municipality, and the jewel of the Garden Route; Plettenberg Bay. The town lies almost on the border of the Western and Eastern Cape and is built on the hillside. Because it lies on a slope which leads to the sea, those visiting Plettenberg Bay will be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding area, including the bay. This peaceful town is said to be one of the most beautiful stops on South Africa’s famous Garden Route. Plettenberg Bay is home to pristine beaches, nature and game reserves, a beautiful lagoon, numerous attractions and so much more. The town offers something for everyone, and is the ideal spot for a family getaway. Muslim visitors should be aware that they will not be able to locate Halal food in Plettenberg Bay. But, there are a couple of Halal restaurants in the town of Knysna, which is located nearby.
Plettenberg Bay is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the Garden Route. The four beaches located around Plettenberg Bay, each have their own attractions and unique atmosphere. Two of the must-visit beaches in Plettenbery Bay are; Central Beach and Robberg Beach. Both of these beaches are ideal for families. For those looking for good surfing spots, a visit to Lookout Beach is a must.
Families will also enjoy a trip to Birds of Eden, which is a world class free-flight bird sanctuary. The sanctuary is located on the Garden Route and is a one of a kind two hectare, 50 metre high dome which is home to over 220 different species of birds. Visitors will get to explore the area on a 1 kilometre long walkway, which will take them through indigenous forest, and will give them the opportunity to watch the birds interact with each other in their natural environment. Birds of Eden also has a canopy walk and was developed to create a safe environment for free-flight African birds. For those interested, located next door to Birds of Eden is the popular primate sanctuary; Monkeyland.
Located approximately 12 kilometres from Plettenberg Bay is the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, which is the biggest game reserve in the Southern Cape. Spread out over 2200 hectares, this reserve is home to a plethora of wildlife and offers breathtaking views of the bay. This beautiful area has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Africa. While here, tourists must go on a safari to experience spotting some of Africa’s Big Five, as well as other animals. The safari’s are child-friendly, the reserve is easily accessible, and should therefore be on every visitor’s itinerary.
Also worth a visit is the Garden Route National Park.
While in Plettenberg Bay, tourists can also go whale and dolphin watching, fly-fishing, mountain biking, bungee jumping, abseiling, sea kayaking and hiking.
Since Knysna is located incredibly close by, tourists could also visit the attractions in Knysna, such as the Knysna Elephant Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve.
George Airport is the closest airport to Plettenberg Bay. This airport is located about 100 kilometres from the center of Plettenberg Bay and has domestic flights. For international flights, tourists will have to use the services offered at Port Elizabeth International Airport, which is located approximately 238 kilometres away.
There are no known Halal restaurants in Plettenberg Bay, but Muslim visitors will be able to find a couple of Halal restaurants in Knysna, which is a town located close by. Trio Flame Grills, Trio, Ocean Basket and Raasoie are said to serve Halal food. Well-known international fast food chains like KFC and McDonald’s also have an outlet in Knysna, which is said to serve Halal food. While these restaurants are either Muslim owned or Halal certified, it is best for Muslim visitors to double check on the Halal status of the food before dining.
There is one known mosque in Plettenberg Bay, namely the Plettenburg Bay Muslim Jamaat which is located at 6 Mintos Ledge. Muslim tourists can also ask the locals for other mosques located in areas nearby or, they are advised to pray in their hotel room before setting out on any excursion, if possible.