PLETT AND THE ROBBERG
The setting is “beautiful bay” (Bahia Formosa so called by early Portuguese explorers) now known as Plettenberg Bay, founded by Baron J Van Plettenberg in 1779.
Plettenberg Bay offers an all year round a la carte menu to the ocean giants. Bryde’s whales frequent the bay throughout the year being the most sighted during the summer months. Southern right whales are commonly sighted between July and December – during their breeding season. Humpback whales migrate past during July and December whereas Killer whales (orca) and sei whales are sighted less often.
It is common to see mother whales with new born calves off the break, giving us the best possible opportunity to encounter these majestic animals from a respectable and safe distance. Plettenberg Bay also boasts three species of dolphins which visit the bay throughout the year, these being the bottlenose dolphin, the common dolphin and the endangered humpback dolphin
The Robberg Peninsula is a nature reserve and SANParks (South African National Parks) monitor and protect the colony. The seal colony was re-established in the 1990’s and has flourished to its current size of =/- 6000 seals. Inside the colony provides a safe snorkeling environment. The seals will nudge you and interact with you like no other wild animal can. Seals have no fear of us in the water. You can swim with wild seals but you cannot run with wild gazelles!
The Robberg Peninsula is a World Heritage Site (link), with a human history stretching back to 125,000 years back. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Nelson Bay Cave. (link to the Robberg website)
In close proximity lies the wreck of the Athena that ran aground in 1960 adding a modern twist to the rich history of this “beautiful bay”.