whale watching in Plettenberg Bay

Garden Route Road Trip – Relaxing in Plettenberg Bay

Alexandra and I set off from Stellenbosch in a heavily loaded car with our two girls Emilie (6) and Olivia (1).  It is amazing how many things you need to bring when travelling with children! To make it even more “cozy” in the car we were also picking up our colleague Lesley-Anne who was joining us on the first part of our trip. Our other colleagues were flying up to the Eastern Cape to join us at the game reserves a week later.  


After an endless number of “are we there yet”…”I’m hungry”…diaper stops…and general crying, we finally arrived in Plettenberg Bay. We were spending two nights at a new guesthouse called Vilacqua.  

Graden Route Trip
Graden Route Trip

I am always a bit nervous when checking out a new guesthouse - is it going to be as nice as expected? Is this going to work for our clients? After driving up the driveway at Vilacqua I already had a good feeling about this place and after the wonderfully warm welcome from the owner, Loretta, I knew that this was going to be a great place.


We spent 2 wonderful days at Vilacqua and were thoroughly spoiled by Loretta and her staff. This really is a perfect spot for a seaside holiday in Plettenberg Bay. We will be sure to recommend Vilacqua to our clients - please read the full review of Vilacqua here.  

breakfast at Vilacqua
loretta at Vilacqua

Alexandra, Lesley-Anne, the kids and I spent two wonderful days exploring Plettenberg Bay. The real highlight for us was going whale watching with Ocean Blue. We saw both humpback whales and Southern Right Whales as lots and lots of seals. The ride can get quite rough so if you are prone to get seasick make sure to take a motion sickness tablet before heading out on this adventure.  


Another real highlight was having lunch at the Lookout. The Lookout is situated right on the beach with the most amazing views of the Indian Ocean. This is the perfect spot for a long and lazy lunch, or even just some sundowners. It is also great for the kids as they can play on the beach and you can still keep an eye on them.  

After two wonderful days in Plettenberg Bay we continued on our trip towards the game reserves in the Eastern Cape. More will follow on our blog soon.

whale watching in Plettenberg Bay
beach in plettenberg bay