Plettenberg Bay

Trip Start Nov 21, 2008
Trip End Dec 07, 2008

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Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Monday, December 1, 2008

Breakfast was a delight taken on the balcony looking out to the sea and the sun was out in full force. Who'd have thought that we'd had so much rain the night before, there was no sign of it! Back along the trusty N2. We stopped at Knysna Quays but after a quick stroll through some shops we decided that there wasn't much else to soo. Besides we weren't up for a hike in the nature reserve and Steve refused to buy me a tanzanite or diamond ring so no point hanging around!

We carried onto Plettenberg where we spent a few hours on the main beach. We were a little surprised to see it full of young people looking very glamorous. Needless to say we looked out of place and they certainly ignored us and didn't include us when giving away freebies and flyers for parties...I wonder why? I guess we're not so young any more... Anyway our visit to Plett coincided with the end of term celebrations...I guess it wasn't dissimilar to the US Spring Break type event. So after Steve decided he could no longer keep his stomach sucked in, we headed to the main street for some lunch. The street was deserted - I guess because it was Sunday and because everyone was at the beach! We had a light lunch in a pub and headed to our hotel for the next two nights.

Emily Moon River Lodge was a lovely place to stay with beautiful views of the River Bitou. The team there were very helpful and sorted us out with an early breakfast for the next morning (more on why later) and with arranging a river cruise for us for the next day. Our suite was large and a very nice place to relax in. It was actually on two floors with an additional bedroom and shower below but we didn't use it. The view from the balcony was very picturesque and very different to the beach views we'd seen so far.

The staff at Emily Moon encouraged us to explore the area and walk down to the river so we did that and came across some canoes. We tried to get into a 2 man canoe but it was a disaster...I was all up for the idea but when it came to actually getting in it and onto the water I became very scared...why I don't know as the water wasn't even that deep! So Steve went out in one by himself and the intrepid explorer set off...and returned in 20 minutes complaining of a soggy bottom! I guess he's no Bear Grylls!

So soggy Steve decided to dry off and we spent some time by the pool catching the last few rays before sunset. I met a lady there who had come from London to South Africa for the weekend!!! Not quite the full story, her and her husband were building a house nearby so they'd dropped by to supervise some work before the whole family came out at Christmas. She told me she first visited Cape Town 10 years ago and after their first trip they bought a house in Cape Town! I looked at Steve...he looked away...I guess he didn't want to have that conversation!

After the sun started to disappear we went to our suite to get ready for dinner and returned to the restaurant just as it was begining to turn dusky. We had a table that had a great view of the hills and river. Our meal was very good. I had fillet steak with bearnaise sauce; I actually prefer rump or ribeye as I think as a cut it is tastier whereas fillet although always tender lacks depth of flavour. However this fillet had perfect texture and great flavour so definite thumbs up from me. Steve tried wildebeest which was cooked perfectly. Desserts were panna cotta (can never resist a panna cotta if only to compare to what I can do!) and Steve had creme brulee - both done to excellent standards.

The restaurant is a great place to dine so it wasn't surprising to see it busy with hotel guests and people driving in. So often hotel restaurants only have residents dining so great to see that this place wasn't like that. The waiting staff are all very friendly and the restaurant manager is a character - extremely hospitable and very flamboyant - reminded me of a mad Frenchman in his flowery language and an Italian in his passion and enthusiasm. As well as making sure we were happy with our meal he made sure we were happy with our room. He also encouraged Steve to light the fire in the suite. I questioned this given the temperature and he said to light it not for heat but for ambience! So guess what Steve did when we returned to the suite? Man and fire eh? Anyway we retired fairly early as we had to be up at 6am...
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Surtrek ( on

This locations is so bautiful.

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