Things To Do
Things To Do
In The Garden Route
Situated in Keurboomstrand, just outside of Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape, ArchRock Resort is the perfect base from which
to explore all that the Garden Route of South Africa has to offer. The Garden Route is world-renowned for its amazing selection of outdoor
activities and beautiful pristine beaches.
For those who love an outdoor life, ArchRock Resort offers a variety of activities. Swimming and surfing are high on the agenda as guests of all ages are drawn to the sparkling turquoise waves of the warm Indian Ocean. For those who prefer calmer waters there is the Matjies River, and at low tide, a myriad of rock pools. Mussels are plentiful to gather from the rocks and make a delicious meal. Sea fishing is rewarding for the more experienced fisherman, off the rocks or in the surf.
Long walks along the beach in either direction are an opportunity to appreciate the magnificence of the Garden Route coast. The area is a natural garden of mountains, forest, fynbos, rivers and ocean, for it is here that the coastal platform narrows, bringing the mountains close to the sea. A favourite outing is to walk along the beach to Arch Rock and the Matjies River, enjoy a picnic, then back along the cliff path to your accommodation at ArchRock Resort. There is an ancient Strandlopers’ cave along this escarpment overlooking the beach, an excellent vantage point for spotting whales and dolphins.
You are also likely to spot seals, otters; buck and monkeys in the forest; varieties of sea birds laying as much claim to the delights of the beach as you and your family. Twitchers are drawn to the Plettenberg Bay area which hosts an extensive range of endemic bird species such as the Knysna loerie, eagle, heron, crane, oyster catcher, sun and sugar birds and many others.
Low tide is the best time for exploring, when stunning rock pools of all shapes and sizes are revealed and teeming with small fish, crabs, octopus and a myriad of other colourful sea creatures and shells.
- Birds of Eden - reputed to be the biggest free flight bird sanctuary in the world.
- Monkeyland - the world's first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary.
- Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre – rehabilitation center for a variety of animals.
- Plett Game Reserve - home to Africa’s Big 5 (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard).
- Knysna Elephant Park – extraordinary Elephant Encounters
- Salt River Mouth Hiking Trail
An easy trail through forest and along the coastline from Natures Valley near Plettenberg Bay featuring spectacular birdlife.... . . read moreBird Watching in Plettenberg Bay
If you are a birder, then read our guide on the best spots for the local endemics in the Plettenberg Bay area and surrounds .... . . read moreTsitsikamma Storms River Mountain Bike Trail
Tsitsikamma Storms River Biking Trail, a spectacular circular ride, ranging between 22 - 55km. Cycling through the Tsitsikamma.... . . read moreWhale-Watching in Plettenberg Bay
Close-encounter whale-watching is one of Plettenberg Bay's premier tourist draws. See photos.... . . read moreThings to Do in Plettenberg Bay
Despite it being a traditionally seasonal town, there are always things to do in Plettenberg Bay at any time of the year .... . . read moreDiepwalle Forest – Petrus-Se-Brand Mountain Bike Trail
The Petrus-se-Brand mountain bike trail is a 24km trail through the Diepwalle Forests. This route has a rating of medium - hard.. . . read moreHomtini Mountain Biking Trail
The Homtini Mountain Biking Trail is an exhilarating 19km circular ride through the tranquil Homtini Forest and plantations.. . . read moreKranshoek Coastal Hiking Trail
Take this circular walk near Plettenberg Bay, which traverses amazing coastal scenery.. . . read moreMisty Mountain Reserve MTB Trails
Misty Mountain Reserve has four Mountain Bike Trails to suit every type of cyclist an easy 8.7km to a challenging 65km.. . . read moreHarkerville Forest Yellow Route MTB Trail
This Harkerville Forest Yellow Route Mountain Bike Trail is 14km in length and is perfect for the not-so-fit riders.. . . read moreTsitsikamma – The Dolphin Trail
The Dolphin Trail, set in the magnificent Tsitsikamma Coast and Forest is. . . read moreHarkerville Forest Green Route MTB Trail
The most popular of all the trails in the Harkerville Forest, this is probably one of the most scenic MTB tracks.... . . read moreOur local fishermen welcome you to Plettenberg Bay
See what they can tell you about fishing in Plettenberg Bay!. . . read moreThe Otter Trail
The Otter Trail offers Dramatic views, spectacular coastal scenery, fynbos, coastal escarpment, sandy beaches, secluded bays .... . . read moreVisit the Wild Side
The people of the mist, the Griquas, were led by their visionary path finder Andrew Abraham Stockenstrom le Fleur. . . read moreOne of the Best Beaches in South Africa
One of the best beaches in South Africa, Plett's Robberg 5 was again awarded International Blue Flag status for 2011.... . . read moreDay Trip to Wilderness and 7 Passes
Bird watching, photography and a love of the great outdoors on this self drive day trip from Plettenberg Bay...... . . read moreGarden of Eden Forest Walk, Plettenberg Bay
The Garden of Eden Forest Walk is along wooden boardwalks designed to be wheelchair-friendly and to give the feeling of being .... . . read moreDay trip from Plett to The Crags
Take a day trip to The Crags and discover unique animal sanctuaries, wine of origin bubbles, stunning rural scenery, polo and more. . . read moreDay Trip from Plettenberg Bay to Knysna
Discover Knysna and all the interesting spots along the way on this self drive day trip from Plettenberg Bay...... . . read moreWittedrift Nature Trail
Wittedrift Nature Trail along the Bitou River banks. Bird life is vibrant and attracted to interesting geology and wetlands.... . . read moreStinkhoutkloof Forest Trail
Stinkhoutkloof Forest Trail, Tsitsikamma, is located in the same area as the Otter Trail, the trail follows forestry road & rivers. . . read moreDay Trip from Plett to Nature’s Valley and Tsitsikamma
This self drive day trip from Plettenberg Bay satisfies the adrenalin junkie and the nature lover!. . . read moreOne Step at a Time in the Garden Route
Not an easy walk, it is spectacular and offers a diversity of vistas and habitats. Cresting the first summit of four dunes.... . . read morePlettenberg Bay Swimming Beaches
Plettenberg Bay is famous for its beaches. There are seemingly endless miles of golden sand, clean waters and great swimming.... . . read moreRobberg Hiking Trail
This circular walk in Plettenberg Bay will take you around the Robberg peninsula.... . . read moreWhales, Dolphins and Seals in Plettenberg Bay
Plettenberg Bay is rich in marine life. See whales, dolphins and seals among other marine life.... . . read moreTsitsikamma National Park
The road to the Tsitsikamma National Park leads down through lush secretive forest and natural fynbos to the crashing waves of .... . . read moreDay Trip to Spitzkop
This Day Trip is all about the scenery! Self Drive though rugged mountains and end up at the top of the world.. . . read moreKeurbooms River Boating and Canoe Trail
A boating trip on the Keurbooms River should be on the list of things to do for anyone visiting the Garden Route...... . . read moreA History of Plettenberg Bay
The Beautiful Bay has a fascinating history - from prehistoric cave-dwellers to shipwreck survivors to present day Plettenberg Bay. . . read moreKalanderkloof and Uitsig Hiking Trails
A Hike with spectacular views of the whole valley, with the sea and mountains in the background.. . . read moreThe Big Tree and Ratel Trail
The Big Tree and Ratel hike all about an incredible giant Yellowood Tree, height of 36.6m, trunk length is 18.3, around 800 years. . . read moreHarkerville Forest Blue Route MTB Trail
A beautiful and easy mountain bike trail through the indigenous Harkerville forest, suitable for the whole family..... . . read moreHarkerville Forest Red Route MTB Trail
This Harkerville Forest mountain bike trail has stunning scenic beauty and technical challenges to match.... . . read moreBirding at Storms River Mouth, Tsitsikamma, Garden Route
The Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park is situated at the heart of this picturesque tourist region.... . . read more