Why The Crags?
To set the scene..The Crags is situated at the foot of the Tsisikamma Mountains where they drop down to some of the longest, pristine beaches in all the world...Nature's Valley, Keurbooms and Robberg. Nature's Valley beach at this time of the year could be exclusively yours as there are not too many people around. It is the final destination of the Otter Trail and also where the Tsitsikamma Trail starts.
There are also many, many other wonderful trails and forest echo-activities besides the well-known Otter Trail and Tsitsikamma Trails. To give one extra example..The Dolphin Trail is for those who are not quite so adventurous, would like to sleep in a decent bed in a beautiful guest house after a days' walk, enjoy a good meal and a beer and don't want to carry their own heavy pack. Besides the beaches, The Crags is bounded by the Tsitsikamma National Park, Keurbooms Nature Reserve, Whiskey Creek Reserve and the Eden to Addo National Park.
We are usually a good 8deg warmer in winter than Johannesburg which brags about having the best weather in the world, and we don't have Cape Town's temper tantrums. This time of the year is often champagne weather...excellent for hiking, golf and all other outdoor activities.
About The Crags
Besides its beautiful setting, The Crags has most of Plettenberg Bay's activities and they are situated on the Cruise the Crags Route. These include Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Tenikwa Animal Sanctuary where you can walk with cheetahs, Elephant Sanctuary (ride on the elephants), Snake Sanctuary, The original Barnyard Theatre which is a lot of fun and usually well supported and a great evening for family and friends, Bramon Wine Estate and restaurant..absolutely great for lunch winter or summer and great wines, The Mill complex (wonderful playground for children, craft centre, little animals to feed,
shopping for handmade crafts and mohair products).
A special mention must be made of the fact that The Crags is fast becoming the focus of a new wineland area, and several estates already exist..many are in the making. It is also the centre for Polo. Polo operates from November to the end of April. In December the famous Kurland Polo Estate holds the International Polo tournament and is the centre of activity for everyone to enjoy.
Close by The Crags
The Crags is situated between and close to both Storms River Village and Plettenberg Bay.The former offers unique Adventure Tourism, such as Canopy Tours, Storms River Tubing, and of course the highest bunjy jump in the world is between The Crags and Storms River at Blaauwkrantz Bridge. All of these may be done in winter, and there are many winter specials for accommodation and activities.