Planning a trip up the Garden Route? Be sure to enjoy all that Plettenberg Bay has to offer. From world-class Blue Flag beaches, to scenic hiking trails, wine farms, boutique shopping, the Mungo textile weaving mill and much more…
A Landmark Shopping Destination – Old Nick Village
More than a landmark stop-over destination on the N2, Old Nick Village is a creative shopping location that provides visitors the chance to relax and change pace. Centred around a historic homestead, Old Nick offers a unique mix of shops, galleries, abundant gardens, wide lawns and a restaurant under the trees.
Observe the Art of Textile Weaving – The Mungo Mill
Old Nick Village is also home to the Mungo Mill, where all Mungo textiles are designed, woven and made. Visitors can observe the full production process, right from the warping of threads, through to weaving, CMT (cut, make, trim), pressing, packing and dispatch. The weaving floor offers a unique cross-section of weaving techniques and technology, with a mix of both pre-industrial shuttle looms, and more modern rapier machines. The Mungo Mill is South Africa’s first, and only, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified mill.
A ‘Seakrit’ Coffee Spot
May or may not be the best coffee in Plett. And the almond croissants are pretty darn good too.
Thyme and Again
A well-stocked farmstall and restaurant located just outside Plettenberg Bay on your way to the Crags. Shop from their selection of local wines, stock up up pantry staples and fresh goods, or take home something tasty from their on-site bakery. The chickpea fudge or almond cake are favourites.
Breathtakingly Beautiful Hiking – Robberg Nature Reserve
An iconic Garden Route destination, Robberg Nature Reserve is one of the most traversed peninsulas in the world. With its incredibly beautiful and dramatic rocky coastlines, and a wealth of ingenious flora and fauna to spot along the way, the reserve is a must-visit for locals and travellers. The route offers various trails, each with differing levels of difficulty, but all with unique and beautiful vistas. An overnight hut is also available for those looking to spend a night or two on the reserve. Visit CapeNature to book. Permits required on entry.
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Wine Tasting – Bramon, Kay and Monty, Newstead
Plettenberg Bay is home to some award-winning boutique wine farms. Stop for a tasting at Bramon, Kay and Monty or Newstead to enjoy a glass of something special, or to enjoy a light lunch or alfresco afternoon.
For the Best Pizza and Gelato – Ice Dream Land
Authentic Italian-style pizzas, cheeses and gelato. May or may not be the best pizza you ever have. A pleasant way to spend a leisurely afternoon, with a playground to keep the kids entertained.
Sunrise Swims – Hobie Beach
If you’ve taken to the trend of an early morning swim, Plett’s Hobie Beach offers a secluded, sheltered spot for a dawn (or dusk) swim. If you missed out Mungo’s Swim Club (a week of early, cold water swims) and want to keep an eye out for another, sign up to the Mungo newsletter here.
For the Best Pie – Bread and Brew
For one of the best pie’s in town, make a turn at Bread and Brew in the Crags. With its garden setting, and small touch farm, it’s also a great stop-over when you’ve got kids in tow. Pet friendly (on leashes). The sweet and sour chicken pie goes highly recommended.
Yoga with a View – the Space Between
With an unparalleled view of the veld and sea, each class feels like a mini retreat. In addition to the regular offerings of yoga and pilates, the Space Between hosts a number of specialist classes and workshops well worth visiting. Pre-book via the Mindbody app.
Wondrous Walk – Arch Rock
Approximately 2 kilometres, this is an enjoyable family-friendly walk commencing from Keurboomstrand. The route takes you along a scenic coastal path, ending in an immense arched rock, officially named Cathedral Rock. Time your trip with a stop over to one of Plettenberg Bay’s most renowned restaurants, Enricos.
Secluded Swims – the Wreck
Terrific Trails – Salt River
Enter a lush, wondrous forest, which makes way to a pebbled beach, a dramatic mountain backdrop and a rugged coastline. A looped, lightly trafficked trail that is great for a leisurely walk, hike or run.
Breakfast with a View – Fairview House
Fairview is a family-owned boutique hotel situated on 68-acres of scenic countryside – taking its name from the incredible views over the fynbos-rich valley and surrounding Tsitsikamma Mountains. Stay a night at the hotel, or just enjoy the surrounds over breakfast. Booking essential.
For the adventure lovers – Cairnbrogie
Covering over 100 hectares of coastal fynbos, Cairnbrogie is a playground for the avid mountain biker, trailer, horse rider or family looking to enjoy the best of the outdoors. With secret coves, tracks, trails and a cafe to boot.
A steep and fairly challenging route that rewards with incredible views and diverse terrains. Start at the picnic site at the top of a waterfall, meander your way down through a forest following the waterfall’s stream, and arrive at a rocky coastline. There’s an optional shortcut up to the Kranshoek viewpoint and back to the picnic spot for those that find the full 9kms too challenging. Permits required.
Delicious Deli – Nature’s Way Farmstall
A family-run farm and working dairy, situated just beyond Plettenberg Bay in Nature’s Valley. Try out their selection of homemade and imported cheeses, best paired with a preserve from the well-stocked deli offering.
Did we miss any of your favourite stops? Let us know in the comments below.