There is a secret that we’d like to share with you – Plettenberg Bay is as wonderful to visit in the winter months as it is in the summer months. We like to call it the “secret season”. Picture this: infinite stretches of empty beaches, gorgeous sun-kissed days, no queues or traffic, and a music, art and drama festival that will keep your toes tapping, your tummies full and a smile permanently on your face – welcome to the “secret season” in Plett!

5 reasons to visit Plettenberg Bay in the winter months

Sunny, windless days and mild nights – Plett does get the odd winter storm but the majority of the time, the weather remains pleasant and mild.

Sunrises and sunsets – bring your camera because the sunrises from any Plett beach are some of the most memorable you will ever encounter and, in winter, you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to enjoy them! Sunsets are best enjoyed from Robberg Peninsula, on the Keurbooms Lagoon or across the Bitou River.

We’ve got whales! The Plett Whale Season stretches from June to October so you’re very likely to see Humpback and Southern Right whales during this time. Get close to our marine giants on a whale watching safari boat or pack a picnic and head to one of Plett’s many view-spots to see what you can spy.

Plett MAD Festival –  the Plett MAD Festival is held in Plett every June and July and is a celebration of all things Music, Arts and Drama – all things MAD. Plett Tourism has compiled an intriguing calendar of events that includes Music by some of South Africa’s leading performers at venues around town; Arts in the form of a literary liaison, country fair, art walks and exhibitions and fashion; and Drama including the Plett Food Film Festival, individual performances and the annual Plett Fringe Festival.  More information:


Did we mention specials? During the quieter months, many Plett businesses including activities, accommodation and restaurants offer specials to their out-of-season visitors. Here are some specials that may just decide you to book a winter break to Plett – immediately:

Fynbos Ridge:

Stay for 3 nights │10% discount and 2 Plett Wine Tour Tickets (value R1200)

Stay for 2 nights │10% discount and a bottle of bubbly

Cornerway House:

Stay for 2 nights │10% discount

Madon Studio:

Stay for 3 nights │10% discount

Ingwe Forest Adventures:

Stay for 2 nights │Get a 3rd night free

Little Stint:

10% discount

Clift Cottage:

Stay for more than 3 nights │Stay another night for free

Amakaya Backpackers:

Stay for 2 nights │20% discount

Stay for 3 nights │30% discount

T’Niqua Stable Inn:

Stay for a minimum of 3 nights │Only pay for 2

Driftwood Cottage:

Book for 4 nights │Stay a 5th night free

Bitou River Lodge:

Stay for 3 nights │Only pay for 2

Plett Villas:

Stay 5 nights or more │Get 20% off selected properties

Untouched Adventures:

Book a Kayak & Lilo Trip │Get a snorkel rental free

Plettenberg Park Hotel and Spa:

Mini Getaway including breakfast or lunch, back neck and shoulder massage and foot treatment

Plett Park 1 Night Getaway: 1 night, 3 course gourmet dinner for 2, breakfast, back, neck and shoulder massage


Stay 1 Week │Get 1 night free

Piesang Valley Lodge:

15% discount on direct bookings

Lairds Lodge:

3 Night Package including breakfast daily, 4 course gourmet dinner every evening, a chef’s demonstration and a Riedel Glass wine tasting.

Anlin Beach House:

Stay 3 nights │Pay for 2

Terms and Conditions Apply. Please contact individual establishments to make a booking.