The record of Plettenberg Bay’s history dates back to at least 120 000 years ago when Nelson’s Bay Cave was first occupied by Middle Stone Age man on Robberg Nature Reserve.
Approximately 3000-4000 years ago the San and Khoi lived as hunter gatherers and pastoralists utilizing the shellfish provided by the ocean.
The first recorded European visitors to the Plettenberg Bay coastline in 1488 were the Portuguese navigators en route to India. In 1576 the Portuguese sailors named this part of the coast as the Bahia Formosa (Beautiful Bay).
In 1630 the San Gonzales, a Portuguese carrack was one of many ships that was wrecked on this beautiful but hazardous coastline.Plettenberg Bay finally got its name from Baron Joachim von Plettenberg, a Governor of the Dutch East India Company who named the bay after himself whilst travelling through the area in 1778.
Come and join us on a 2 hour historical walk through the town and learn other interesting fact and figures about this jewel of the Garden Route.
Tailor made Knysna and surrounds historical walks on request
R80 per person (minimum of 2), single rate on request
This rate includes bottled water.