Plettenberg Bay - South Africa
Originally christened "Bahia Formosa" (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers, Plettenberg Bay lies lies on South Africa's spectacular south coast 130 miles (210 km) from Port Elizabeth and 370 miles (600 km) from Cape Town. It is part of The Garden Route and here you can stroll along its clean, sandy beaches stretching for miles along the Indian Ocean or enjoy its safe swimming areas. At night, Plettenberg Bay is alive with pubs, night-spots and fine restaurants. The great forests lying at the feet of the fabled Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains offer the nature lover world-renowned hiking trails and an exciting opportunity to see the last remaining forest elephants of South Africa. The entire area teems with birdlife. Nearly 300 species are to be found in the great variety of habitats ranging from fynbos to forest to wetlands. No less than ten important nature reserves embrace the varied ecosystems of the area as well as unique marine reserves, home to soft coral reefs, dolphins, seals and a host of other marine life. The bay itself is Nursery to the endangered Southern Right Whale which come here to calve in the winter and spring (July to December).