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Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

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Activities in Plettenberg Bay

Activities Near Fynbos Ridge

Fynbos Ridge is situated in the warm heart of the Garden Route, renowned for its mountains, lakes, forests, lagoons and beaches. It is a paradise for those with a love of nature and a sense of adventure. There are many things to do in Plettenberg Bay, especially with the best beaches in the Garden Route less than 10 minutes from Fynbos Ridge.

Fynbos Ridge Activies & Things to Do: Swimming, Bird Watching and Walks.







Whales & Dolphins

Whale & Dolphin Watching in Plett

South Africa's boat based whale watching (also dolphins, seals and pelagic birds) with Ocean Safaris, Ocean Blue Adventures and The Explorer.



Whale & Dolphin Watching in Plettenberg Bay

Wine Estates

Plettenberg Bay Wine Region

Indulge in Bramon Estate's famous Methode Cap Classique Sauvignon Blanc Wine. Plettenberg Bay has been awarded a Wine of Origin status & Bramon is the only wine Estate in the area.


Plettenberg Bay Wine Region

Hiking

Hiking in Plettenberg Bay

Enjoy Guided tours of the spectacular Robberg Nature Reserve along the rugged coastline and through magnificent forests of the Garden Route.



Hiking in Plettenberg Bay


Mountain Biking

Plettenberg Bay Mountain Biking

Mountain Bike your way through four exciting routes in the Harkerville Indigenous Forest and other world class trails.


Plettenberg Bay Mountain Biking

Game Viewing

Game Drives in Plettenberg Bay

Go on 4x4 Safari Game Drives at Buffalo Hills Game Reserve and the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve.


Game Drives in Plettenberg Bay

Meeting Elephants

Knysna Elephant Sanctuary

Up close and personal at the Elephant Sanctuary and Knysna Elephant Park.


Knysna Elephant Sanctuary


Monkey Business

Monkeyland Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay's Monkeyland is the world's first multi species primate sanctuary where monkeys, apes and lemurs roam free in the forest.



Monkeyland Plettenberg Bay

Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden Plettenberg Bay

Walk in Plettenberg Bay's Birds of Eden features over 2000 birds in a free-flight aviary larger than the Millennium Dome.



Birds of Eden Plettenberg Bay

Cruising and Sailing

Sailing & Cruising in the Garden Route

Paddle steamers, pleasure boats, catamarans & luxury yachts! Keurbooms Ferries, Springtide Charters, Ocean Odyssey & the Featherbed of Knysna will make this a memorable experience.


Sailing and Cruising in the Garden Route


Kayaking & Surfing

Canoeing, Kayaking & Surfing

Go up the Bitou & Keurbooms Rivers, on the Knsyns Lagoon, or into the Indian Ocean with Dolphin Adventures, Surfing Rentals & Real Cape Adventures.


Canoeing Kayaking Garden Route

Diving & Snorkelling

Scuba Diving & Snorkelling in Plett

Experience marine magic on Plettenberg Bay's underwater trails with the Beacon Island Adventure Centre or Tsitsikamma Divers.


Scuba Diving & Snorkelling in Plettenberg Bay

Horse Riding & Polo

Horseback Riding in Plettenberg Bay

Go through magnificent scenery accompanied by experienced guides at the Southern Comfort Ranch or with Equitrailing. Polo lessons available at nearby Polo fields.


Horseback Riding in Plettenberg Bay


Sky Adventures

Skydiving, Microlights & Scenic Flights

Skydive Plettenberg Bay, Airsport Africa & African Ramble will show you the breathtaking views of the Paradise Coast from the air.


Skydiving, Microlights & Scenic Flights Plett

Featherbed Reserve

Featherbed Nature Reserve Knysna

Take the ferry to the western head of the Knysna Lagoon for a memorable eco-experience with the Featherbed of Knysna.


Featherbed Nature Reserve Knysna

Fishing

Fishing in Plettenberg Bay

Enjoy a half day of full day fishing trip with an experienced charter or spend your time fly-fishing and relaxing with the family!


Deep Sea Fishing Safaris Plettenberg Bay


Treetop Canopy Tours

Treetop Canopy Tours Tsitsikamma

An unforgettable 3 hour adventure 30 metres above the Tsitsikamma forest floor with Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours or over the waterfall with Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures.

Treetop Canopy Tours Tsitsikamma

Forest Tours

Tsitsikamma Forest Tours

Experience a 2½ hour guided forest drive through pristine indigenous Tsitsikamma forests.


Tsitsikamma Forest Tours

Bungy Jumping

Bungy Jumping & Bridge Walk

Face Adrenalin will take you to the world's highest bungy jump (216m with a 7 second free fall) & Africa's largest bridge.

Bungy Jumping & Bridge Walk Tsitsikamma


AfriCanyon Adventures

Canyoning, Kloofing & Gorge-Walking

Experience deep gorges, optional jumps and AfriCanyon’s unique rock-pool zip-line. Discover the fun and exhilaration of Canyoning/“Kloofing” in the amazing Crags. All professional equipment providedwill be provided and bookings are essential for 10 years and older.


AfriCanyon Adventures

Learn To Surf Plett

Learn to Surf & Stand Up Paddle

Learn to Surf Plett is a locally owned & operated Surf School based in Plettenberg Bay, one of South Africa’s most sought after holiday and beach destinations. We offer surfing and stand-up paddle boarding instruction and lessons to locals and visitors of all ages.


Learn to Surf Plett

Hog Hollow Horse Trails

Tsitsikamma on Horseback

Hog Hollow Horse Trails offers a one hour farm trail with views over the mountains and forest, a two hour forest trail with wildlife, a three hour trail on a private nature reserve amidst indigenous forest or a half or full day Cruise The Crags Trail, to attractions in the area.


Hog Hollow Horse Trails


Fynbos Ridge Birding & Birdwatching

Flocks of Dazzling Birds at Fynbos Ridge Plettenberg Bay

The Fynbos Ridge Private Nature Reserve, situated 7 km outside Plettenberg Bay, is ideal for birding. Owners Brian and Liz Phillips have created a lovely fynbos home for avian critters of every colour and variety. The rustic, natural environment, with it’s scenic vistas provides indigenous habitat for the birds.

Gardens overflow in and around the cottages and the main house, and guests can luxuriate on balconies and verandas, at the pool and on the trails armed with their cameras and birdbooks. A 200mm lens should do the trick. Many of the birds are partially habituated, and amateur photographers who miss their shot on first sighting can be assured to have another opportunity, as the birds make numerous visits to the feeding trays and birdbaths scattered around the grounds.

Fynbos Ridge has a bird list of approximately 90 species sighted on the property. Every parts of the property brims with beautiful fynbos and proteas and many of the birds are endemic to this part of the Garden Route.

From lively Pintailed Whydas, with their bright red beaks and their “bouncing in the air” courtship ritual, to Swee Waxbills, Forest Canaries, Cape Weavers, pretty Batis, Forest Buzzards, Fish Eagles, colourful Sunbirds to the Cape Sugarbirds with their long scimitar beaks – which has been adopted as the Fynbos Ridge logo – there is plenty to tick off on your birding lists.

Helmeted Guinea Fowl roam the lawns, Cape Bou-bou Shrikes come to beg from the kitchen, Knysna Turaco (Loerie) raid the berries on the vines. There are also rarer birds resident, such as the Knysna Woodpecker and the Victorin’s Scrub Warbler. Such a variety of birds are visible all year around, according to the flowering cycle of the fynbos.

There are also amazing birding opportunities beyond Fynbos Ridge, with Plettenberg Bay being a major Birding Route – sea and water birds at the beach and lagoons, waders in the rivers, and forest dwellers close by.

Fynbos Ridge is one of only three Bird Friendly Establishments in Plettenberg Bay approved by BirdLife South Africa.

Truly a birders paradise!
Download our Birding Checklist PDF
Join a Birding Course in Plettenberg Bay.













Courses in Plettenberg Bay

Art Courses | Birding Courses | Photography Courses | Cooking Courses


Whether you are an expert and would like to learn a new technique, or a beginner wanting to learn a new skill, we are excited to announce that we can now offer the following packages at Fynbos Ridge.

Contact us for prices, availability and course outlines. Packages include expert instruction, course notes, starter packs where applicable, all meals and Plettenberg Bay Accommodation.











Art Courses

Art Courses & Art Holidays
Plettenberg Bay Art Courses from R5000

We are pleased to have the expertise of David Thorpe to lead our Art Courses.

  • Drawing skills - one on one or three day group course
  • Oil painting, beginner and advanced - one on one or three day group course
  • Watercolour, beginner and advanced - one on one or three day group course



Birding Courses

Birding Courses & Guided Walks
Plettenberg Bay Birding Courses from R5000

We have the top birding guides in South Africa to do courses or guided walks.

  • Beginners and advanced
  • Raptor identification​​









Photography Courses

Photography Courses
Plettenberg Bay Photography Courses from R5000

We provide beginners and advanced photography courses that run all year round.





Cooking Courses

Cooking Workshops
Plettenberg Bay Cooking Courses from R5000

Courses or fun-filled demo evenings are offered for those wishing to improve their culinary skills.










Events in the Garden Route

Events, Festivals & Markets in the Garden Route


Here is a list of the events, festivals and markets over the next year for the following venues: Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, George, Great Brak, Sedgefield, Wilderness, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, Buffalo Bay, Storms River.







Plettenberg Bay

Events, Festivals & Markets in Plettenberg Bay

Date Location Event Image More Info
Harkerville, Plettenberg Bay Harkerville Saturday Market
Main Street, Plettenberg Bay Plettenberg Bay Market on Main
Old Nick Village, Plettenberg Bay Old Nick Midweek Market
The Crags, Plettenberg Bay Plett Barnyard Website
- Kurland Hotel, The Crags, N2, Plettenberg Bay Plett Polo Website
- The White House Venue & Theatre, Plettenberg Bay Plett Music Festival Website
- Kurland Hotel, The Crags, N2, Plettenberg Bay Plett Polo Website
- Redford Lane Wine Estate, The Crags, N2, Plettenberg Bay Plett Truck & Vine Festival Website
- The White House Venue & Theatre, Plettenberg Bay Plett Fringe MAD Festival Website
- The White House Venue & Theatre, Plettenberg Bay Nick Rabinavitz Show Website
- Plettenberg Bay Plett Arts Festival Website
The Yard in Piesang Valley Road, Plettenberg Bay Plett Country Fair Website
- The White House Venue & Theatre, Plettenberg Bay Plett Food and Film Festival Website
- Cairnbrogie Farm Website
- Plettenberg Bay Dr Evil Classic MTB Race Website
Plettenberg Bay Tour De Plett Website
Robberg Nature Reserve Car Park Robberg Express Trail Run Website
- Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival Website
- Plettenberg Bay Plett Rage Website
Kwano Stadium, Plettenberg Bay Plett 24 Hour Summer Reunion Website
- Plettenberg Bay Plett Summer Festival Website


Knysna

Events, Festivals & Markets in Knysna

Date Location Event More Info
- Knysna Quays, Knysna Knysna Oyster Festival Website
- Knysna, South Africa Knysna Cycle Tour Website
Knysna Forest Knysna Forest Marathon Website
Knysna, South Africa Rastafarian Earth Festival Website


Tsitsikamma

Events, Festivals & Markets in George

Date Location Event Image More Info
- Tsitsikamma National Park Nature's Valley The Otter Challenge Website
- Tsitsikama Big Tree, Stormsrivier, Eastern Cape Tsitsikamma Ultra Trail Run 2018 Website


Addo - Eden

Events, Festivals & Markets in Mossel Bay

Date Location Event More Info
- Addo Elephant National Park The Wild Corridor MTB Website


Sedgefield

Events, Festivals & Markets in Sedgefield

Date Location Event More Info


Storms River

Events, Festivals & Markets in Storms River

Date Location Event More Info
- Tsitsikamma Village Inn Storms River Traverse Website


Oudtshoorn

Events, Festivals & Markets in Oudtshoorn

Date Location Event More Info
- Oudtshoorn,South Africa Klein Karoo Klassique Website


Hartenbos

Events, Festivals & Hartenbos

Date Location Event More Info





Garden Route Golf Courses

Plettenberg Bay, Knysna & George Golf Courses


We are ideally situated for golf holidays, as there are many of South Africa's top golf courses situated close to Fynbos Ridge. Choose a different course every day, from Goose Valley - Plettenberg Bay, Plettenberg Bay Country Club, Knysna Golf Club - Knysna, Pezula Championship Golf Course - Knysna, Simola Golf Course - Knysna and Fancourt Bramble Hill Course - George.








 

Goose Valley Golf Club

Goose Valley Golf Club Plettenberg Bay
10 Minute Drive
 
Golf Course Design
Designed by:
Gary Player Design Co.
Golf Course Type
Type:
Combination Links & Parklands course.
Number of Holes
Holes:
18. Par - 72.
Fairway Grass Type
Fairway Grass:
Kikuyu
Golf Course Length
Length:
Championship: 5847m
Senior: 4795m
Club: 5455m
Ladies: 4795m
Goose Valley Golf Club Plettenberg Bay
Goose Valley Golf Club Plettenberg Bay

 
 

Plettenberg Bay CC

Plettenberg Bay Country Club
10 Minute Drive
 
Golf Course Design
Designed by:
Robert Hawtree and upgraded by Robert O'Friel
Golf Course Type
Type:
Parklands course.
Number of Holes
Holes:
18. Par - 72 / 71.
Fairway Grass Type
Fairway Grass:
Kikuyu
Golf Course Length
Length:
Championship: 6260m


 
Golf Course Website
Website:
www.pbcc.co.za



 
Plettenberg Bay Country Club
Plettenberg Bay Country Club
 
 
 
 

Knysna Golf Club

Knysna Golf Club Western Cape
20 Minute Drive
 
Golf Course Design
Designed by:
Unknown
Golf Course Type
Type:
Parklands course.
Number of Holes
Holes:
18. Par - 72.
Fairway Grass Type
Fairway Grass:
Kikuyu
Golf Course Length
Length:
Mens: 5799m
Ladies: 5031m

 
Knysna Golf Club Western Cape
Knysna Golf Club Western Cape
 

Pezula Golf Course

Pezula Championship Golf Course Knysna
30 Minute Drive
 
Golf Course Design
Designed by:
David Dale and Ronald Fream of GolfPlan USA
Golf Course Type
Type:
Combination Links & Parklands course.
Number of Holes
Holes:
18. Par - 72
Fairway Grass Type
Fairway Grass:
Kentucky Blue & Rye
Golf Course Length
Length:
Championship: 6355m
Senior: 5630m
Club: 5963m
Ladies: 5195m
Golf Course Website



 
Pezula Championship Golf Course Knysna
Pezula Championship Golf Course Knysna
 


 
 
 

Simola Golf Course

Simola Golf Course Knysna
30 Minute Drive
 
Golf Course Design
Designed by:
Jack Nicklaus
Golf Course Type
Type:
Parklands course.
Number of Holes
Holes:
18. Par - 72.
Fairway Grass Type
Fairway Grass:
Kikuyu
Golf Course Length
Length:
Championship: 6033m
Ladies: 4595m
Seniors: 5189m
Pro T's: 6318m
Simola Golf Course Knysna
Simola Golf Course Knysna
 

Fancourt Bramble Hill

Fancourt Bramble Hill Golf Course George
10 Minute Drive
 
Golf Course Design
Designed by:
Gary Player
Golf Course Type
Type:
Combination Links Parklands course.
Number of Holes
Holes:
18. Par - 70
Fairway Grass Type
Fairway Grass:
Kikuyu
Golf Course Length
Length:
Championship: 5500m


 
Golf Course Website



 
Fancourt Bramble Hill Golf Course George
Fancourt Bramble Hill Golf Course George




 



Health & Wellness in Plettenberg Bay

Fynbos Ridge Beauty Treatments, Massage & Gym


We have visiting therapists to pamper you in the privacy of your cottage or bedroom, in the peaceful and natural surroundings of Fynbos Ridge. Choose from the following during your stay: Beauty, Massage or Gym.








Beauty

Fynbos Ridge Beauty Treatments

  • Facials
  • Eyebrow tinting and shaping
  • Eyelash Tinting
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Waxing - Hot and strip wax - leg, underarm, bikini and facial


Massage

Fynbos Ridge Massage Treatments

Soothing, gentle music accompanies your massage using pure organic aromatherapy oils to relax the body and the mind. Working the main energy centers of the body, balance is restored to the whole system.

  • Full Body 1½ hours
  • Back, neck and shoulders - 1 hour
  • Indian Head Massage - 1 hour
  • Foot Refexology - 1 hour
  • Pedicures
  • Head / Foot Reflex combo - 1¼

Alternatively there is a Wellness Centre just 5 minutes drive from Fynbos Ridge with all of the treatment rooms overlooking the indigenous forest.



Gym

Plettenberg Bay Gyms

In Plettenberg Bay there are well equipped gyms, just a few minutes drive from Fynbos Ridge. They offer the following services.

  • Biokinetics
  • Chiropractics
  • Fitness assessments
  • Health Bar
  • Massage
  • Nutrition
  • Pilates studio
  • Personal training
  • Physiotherapy
  • Self-defense studio

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