- The Crags
A Destination with a Difference!
The Crags is such a 'happening' place; a destination with a difference. It is bang in the middle of the Garden Route embraced by the popular coastal town of Plettenberg Bay and the quaint village of Nature’s Valley.
Due to its perfect location, there is a wealth of things to do in and around The Crags, particularly for animal and nature lovers. Visitors can enjoy animal sanctuary, hiking, zip-lining, wine tasting as well as craft shopping and surfing, snorkelling or simply sunbathing on pristine beaches.
The Crags offers the best of the South African outdoors and forest walks, canopy tours and mountain bike trails in this part of the world promise breath-taking scenery. The wildlife sanctuaries includes birds, monkeys, elephants and wolves and the blue ocean invites visitors to this part of the world an opportunity to view whales and dolphins from shore and out at sea.
Part of The Crags is used for wine farming and there are a few farms where one can taste not only the wine, but also olives and honeybush tea. The Bramon Wine Estate has a fantastic restaurant with seating amidst the vineyards and excellent food.
The Crags offers accommodation of all sorts from excellent B&B’s, and unique and quirky self-catering cottages to forest chalets, camping sites and hotels - something to suit all pockets.
Things to do and see
- Ocean Blue Adventures
- The Crags Elephant Sanctuary
- Birds of Eden
- Plettenberg Central Beach
- Robberg & Robberg 5 Beach
- Lookout Beach
- The Dunes Beach
- Keurboomstrand Beach
- Nature’s Valley Beach
- Natures Way Farm Stall & Dairy Farm
- Lodestone Wines
- Bramson Wine Estate
- Old Nick Village Shopping
- The Mill Mohair & Décor Centre
The Crags receives approximately 702 mm of rain annually with rain falling throughout the year.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 8˚C and 21˚C.
Chemair offers flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town directly to Plettenberg Bay Airport. There are daily flights into George airport, approximately 124 km away via the N2 and into Port Elizabeth International Airport, approximately 224 km away via the N2. Car hire facilities are available at both Airports.
The towns name refers to the craggy nature of the surrounding mountains, given to the town by the English settlers. The Crags of today bears little resemblance to the pre-colonial forested paradise that was home to herds of elephant and other animals.
This ‘natural’ history came to an abrupt end in the 18th century when the Dutch East India Company earmarked the area as far as Soetkraal over the mountains to the north east of The Crags for logging to supply the shipping trade. The nearby port of Plettenberg Bay was deemed perfect for transporting the wood, and the forest, and its wildlife, would be decimated over the next 200 years.
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