Plettenberg Bay is a beautiful and exciting corner of the world, offering something for just about everyone. From the artist to the adventurer, we are sure to pique the interest of any traveller. When you stay at The Junction Boutique Hotel, discover the natural side and find the fascinating wildlife that calls this area home. Sit back, relax and start planning your trip. 

Adventures on Land

When it comes to terra firma, Plett is an almost inexhaustible fountain of trails and natural wonders. From World Heritage Sites to ancient, enchanting forests where you can lose and find yourself, Plett is ripe for the picking. 

Walk or run, Robberg Nature Reserve offers beautiful scenery and if you are lucky, a glimpse of the Great White Shark in its natural habitat (photo courtesy of Plett Tourism).

Right off the bat, the Robberg Nature Reserve leaps to mind. For the nature lover, the reserve is arguably the prime example of outdoor perfection. The picturesque peninsula is home to a wealth of fauna, flora and ocean life, all of which dazzle the senses. A National Monument, Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area, this is an absolute must-visit. Enjoy various hiking trail options and be sure to take plenty of water and an energy bar or two.

Tread softly through indigenous forests in Harkerville.

If immersing yourself in an ancient, verdant forest is more your speed, then the forests of the area will surely have you giddy with anticipation. Harkerville is to the hiker as water is to the duck. Beautiful trails, otherworldly flora, interesting little critters and the sounds of the Knysna elephant, are all excellent reasons to dust off the old hiking boots and get your adventurous spirit on. 

Mountain Biking is the fastest growing sport in South Africa and the Garden Route specifically, has become a destination for cycling events, as the area lends itself to both challenging and beautiful rides. Cycles in the Forest catesr to riders across the board, from occasional cyclists in flip flops to hardcore enthusiasts kitted out in latest and greatest cycling gear. The enchanting forests of Harkerville with its beautiful flora, impromptu meetings with wild boar and buck and the sounds of elephants and Loeries afar off, set the stage for a ride that is unparalleled. Bring your bike or hire one for the day and see for yourself what all the fuss is about. 

Seal Meet and Greet

Experience these gentle pups of the sea, an unforgettable experience (photo courtesy of Offshore Adventures).

Get up close and personal with South African Fur Seals at Robberg Nature Reserve, a Marine Protected Area, home to approximately 6000 of the playful, inquisitive cuties. Being a part of a group of seals in their natural habitat is very exciting and watching them at play is utterly entertaining. The professional team at Offshore Adventures, are ready to help you make the most of your visit to this very special corner of the country, courtesy of their qualified and experienced team of skippers and guides. 

Animal Ally

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many large cats, including the elusive African leopard (photo courtesy of Jukani)

If you pardon the expression, you can scarcely swing a cat in the Plett area without hitting an animal sanctuary. Crawling, flying, slithering, swinging or meandering, animal lovers are in for a rare treat. Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation & Awareness Centre covers some 8ha with the balance of the 46ha set aside for the wild animals occurring in the area, is home to a variety of indigenous birds, such as Blue Cranes, Marabou Storks and waterfowls.

Nothing cheers one up faster than a bit of monkey business. Monkeyland Free-Roaming Primate Sanctuary is a must-visit destination. Here at the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate, visitors will see more than 700 primates comprising of capuchin monkeys, ringtail and black-and-white ruffed lemurs, saki monkeys, squirrel monkeys, vervet monkeys, 2 species of langur, howler monkeys, gibbons, etc. in their forest home sanctuary. Remember – Look, photograph, video, but please don’t touch.  

At Birds of Eden visitors are free to enjoy a unique two-hectare dome (the world’s largest) that spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. Currently, it is home to over 3,500 birds from over 220 species, with the main focus being African birds. A trip is well worth taking with your lovebird.    

Land, sky or sea, visitors to Plett are sure to leave with a spring in their step and a song in their hearts. Book in at The Junction and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime. 

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