Seasons of Plettenberg Bay

Written by AmakayaBP

“Embrace the current season…”

We’re fortunate, in Plettenberg Bay, to have one of the most temperate climates in South Africa; our summers are sunny, sometimes breezy, and long, while our winters are mild, often windless and seldom stormy. In short, the best of Plettenberg Bay: beaches, nature and activities, can be enjoyed year-round. Having said that, there is also something for every interest on offer: an art route, numerous mountain biking and hiking routes, winelands and restaurants, in addition to our major attractions of Robberg, Blue Flag beaches and abundant wildlife. As such, Plett is focused into four seasons that highlight the diversity of offerings for visitors and we’ve laid out those seasons, and their highlights below:

Plett Summer

(December – February)

If you’ve visited Plettenberg Bay in our high season, you’ll have enjoyed the peak of Plett’s popularity. The jet-set, both international and South African, decend on our little seaside town with enthusiasm. With them, they bring a slew of sporting events like Color Run and the Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge, and multitude of musical performers like GoodLuck, Matthew Mole and Mango Groove. The polo season is in full swing and our beaches are packed with holiday-makers; it’s a fun time to be in Plett and there’s never a dull moment. This festive atmosphere starts to wane in January but the summer weather and seemingly endless days linger even longer.

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Plett Adventure & Nature


Our Plett Adventure & Nature season is anchored by the Easter Weekend, over which the Buco Adventure Easter Games are held. This sporting event generally includes an ocean kayak, night run and mountain bike route and is enormously popular with the sporting set in South Africa. This year, the second annual Garden Route Walking Festival will also take place over the Easter Weekend, offering visitors an overwhelming selection of walks and hikes including summit-ing Peak Formosa, yoga walks, artists walks, and a kids’ pirate walk to name only a very few. This is an excellent time of visit Plettenberg Bay as the town starts to quiet down for the winter period, while the weather is generally fantastic and just cool enough for hiking, biking, birding and walking.

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Plett Arts & Culture


As the days shorten, Plett shifts its focus to more serene activities: the performing arts, fashion, film, music and more with the Plett Arts Festival in July. While the festival will be taking on a new format for 2018, past years have included the Plett Food & Film Festival, Plett 24 Hour Reunion, the Plett Music Festival, and the Plett Arts Main Street Meander. It’s also a popular time of year for photographers to capture those glorious golden hour moments from beach, mountain, forest and Fynbos.

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Plett Food & Wine


We South African do love our food. And we’re quite partial to wines too. Put those together and we’re happy to spend three months celebrating the Plett Winelands, and our local foodie culture, which includes everything from Afrocentric dishes to the freshest seafood. The Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival weekend brings these elements together in a perfect seaside location where visitors can sip wines and bubblies from one of South Africa’s newest Wine of Origin regions, taste dishes from some of Plett’s finest restaurants, catch up with friends and watch the sun set in style.

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Decided on your favourite season in Plettenberg Bay? Then make sure you check out our seasonal specials