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Beach at Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape Province

Africa, South Africa, Plettenberg Bay

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Plettenberg Bay, nicknamed Plet or Plett, is the primary township and CBD of a town called Bitou in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. As of the census of 2001, there were 29149 population. It was originally named Bahia Formosa (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers and lies on South Africa's Garden Route 210 km from Port Elizabeth and about 600 km from Cape Town.

Tourism is a thriving industry in this area, starting in November when teenage school leavers are the first to descend upon the small town, followed thereafter by various waves of arrivals from abroad as well as other parts of South Africa. The infrastructure of the town struggles to cope at the peak of the summer season, with traffic congestion and booked-out restaurants common from November to January.

The greater Plettenberg Bay area (known as Bitou) is also home to Birds of Eden, the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world, and the free-roaming primate sanctuary called Monkeyland, among many other tourist attractions. The white, sandy beaches around the town are very popular with tourists, who have the following to choose from: Robberg Beach, Central Beach (at the Beacon Isle Hotel), Lookout Beach (flood-ravaged in November 2007).

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