Experience ‘giddy excitement’ on a trip along South Africa’s coast

Those on South Africa holidays should consider heading east out of Cape Town to explore South Africa’s picturesque coast.

This is the suggestion of The Huffington Post’s Sadie Dingfelder, who wrote that her and her boyfriend’s drive along South Africa’s famed coastline was “stunning”, with imposing mountains looming over colourful fields.

The couple’s first stop was Plettenberg Bay, a popular spot for whale watchers and scuba divers, though the travel writer initially chose the resort town as a base from which to visit elephants.

“I bounced along in the tractor across a muddy field to the herd of elephants, and felt nothing more than giddy excitement when they stampeded in my direction,” she wrote for the online publication.

“The keepers then ushered the elephants behind a metal pole, where they stretched out their trunks and plucked beets right off my palm.”

Before leaving Plettenberg Bay, the pair embarked on a boat trip with the aim of spotting Southern Right Whales. While they weren’t lucky enough to spot the animal, they did see a Bryde’s Whale, which their tour guide said people “almost never see”.

Plettenberg Bay is regarded as the ‘jewel’ of South Africa’s Garden Route – the stretch of Western Cape coastline famed for its rich, dense vegetation.

Stretching for approximately 200km, its scenery encompasses thick, fragrant fynbos – a type of bush – temperate forest and pine plantations. The pretty scenery is sandwiched between golden sandy beaches, rocky coves and the Tsitsikamma and Outeniqua mountains.