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.
South Africa's boat based whale watching (also dolphins, seals and pelagic birds) with Ocean Safaris, Ocean Blue Adventures and The Explorer.
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.
Enjoy Guided tours of the spectacular Robberg Nature Reserve along the rugged coastline and through magnificent forests of the Garden Route.
Mountain Bike your way through four exciting routes in the Harkerville Indigenous Forest and other world class trails.
Go on 4x4 Safari Game Drives at Buffalo Hills Game Reserve and the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve.
Up close and personal at the Elephant Sanctuary and Knysna Elephant Park.
Plettenberg Bay's Monkeyland is the world's first multi species primate sanctuary where monkeys, apes and lemurs roam free in the forest.
Walk in Plettenberg Bay's Birds of Eden features over 2000 birds in a free-flight aviary larger than the Millennium Dome.
Experience marine magic on Plettenberg Bay's underwater trails with the Beacon Island Adventure Centre or Tsitsikamma Divers.
Go through magnificent scenery accompanied by experienced guides at the Southern Comfort Ranch or with Equitrailing. Polo lessons available at nearby Polo fields.
Skydive Plettenberg Bay, Airsport Africa & African Ramble will show you the breathtaking views of the Paradise Coast from the air.
Take the ferry to the western head of the Knysna Lagoon for a memorable eco-experience with the Featherbed of Knysna.
Enjoy a half day of full day fishing trip with an experienced charter or spend your time fly-fishing and relaxing with the family!
An unforgettable 3 hour adventure 30 metres above the Tsitsikamma forest floor with Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours or over the waterfall with Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures.
Experience a 2½ hour guided forest drive through pristine indigenous Tsitsikamma forests.
Face Adrenalin will take you to the world's highest bungy jump (216m with a 7 second free fall) & Africa's largest bridge.
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.
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.
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.
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.