Places of Interest

Nelson Bay Cave

Nelson Bay Cave

An Important Middle and later Stone Age archeological site

Receding sea levels of some 80 000 years ago exposed the cave now prized as an important archaeological site on Robberg peninsula. Early Man made use of the cave for thousands of years at a time; and archaeological investigation combined...

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First recorded European habitation in South Africa

First recorded European habitation in South Africa

In the winter of 1630 a large Portuguese ship the São Gonçales broke up in a severe storm while hove to for repairs off Robberg Beach.

All then on board perished.  About 100 others had been encamped on the beach, becoming South Africa’s first recorded European inhabitants, who built...

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The Timber Shed

The Timber Shed

In August 1786 the Dutch East India Company decreed erection of the Timber Shed for storage of timber prior to shipment by sea.

The contract went to local settler Jan Jakob Jerling (some of whose descendants still live in Plett).  The first timber was shipped out in August 1788; but the project...

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The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory

Plettenberg Bay’s oldest surviving building was identified on a 1777 map as "verblyf voor het volk" (essentially "visitors' accommodation").

It was later used as a rectory by the Anglican church in the wake of the English settlers and was occupied by five rectors in succession until the...

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Sometime Norwegian Whaling Station

Sometime Norwegian Whaling Station

Beacon Island as it was when the hub of whaling operations (1913-16).

The house was imported from Norway, was occupied by project manager Captain Jacob Odland.  It remained when whaling ceased, becoming Hopwood’s boarding house, forerunner of the Angler’s Inn; the first Beacon Island...

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Robberg Peninsula

Robberg Peninsula

The Robberg Peninsula is a national monument nature reserve and marine protected area that lies about 8 km south of Plettenberg Bay.

[For detailed times and conditions of access, see the Cape Nature map, from which the following information has been extracted.]

Robberg’s rocks date back to the...

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A Short History of Plettenberg Bay's 'oldest surviving building'

A Short History of Plettenberg Bay's 'oldest surviving building'

The following article, looking at the history of the Old Rectory in Plettenberg Bay, was written by Patricia Storrar and appeared in the 1981 edition of Restorica, the journal of the Simon van der Stel Foundation (today the Heritage Association of South Africa). For current details on the...

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