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Sea and Air Safaris

One of the top things to do in Plettenberg Bay is a marine safari in the mammal-rich bay; you'll be provided with plenty of excellent photo ops, as well as new insights into the various species' behavior and characteristics. Apart from the Bryde whale, the Indo-Pacific humpback, and the bottlenose and common dolphins who feed in the bay year-round, Plett enjoys seasonal visits from southern right, humpback, and killer whales during their annual migration (July-Oct). It's worth booking a close encounter trip with a boat licensed to approach the whales up to 50m (164 ft.). Coastal and pelagic bird life and the historical and geological makeup of the bay are also discussed. Tours last approximately 2 hours and cost R300 to R650; proceeds benefit whale and dolphin research and conservation. The longest-running operators are Ocean Blue Adventures (tel. 044/533-5083; www.oceanadventures.co.za) and Ocean Safaris (tel. 044/533-4963; www.oceansafaris.co.za). A noisier way to view Plett's marine mammals -- at least, for those on the water and ground -- is by air. African Ramble Air Safaris (tel. 044/533-9006; www.aframble.co.za) offers scenic flights in the area from R1,600; note that you can also charter their 5- to 18-seater planes to any of the private game lodges in the Eastern Cape.

3, 2, 1, Aaaaaaa! -- If Plett's views aren't enough to take your breath away, remember that the world's highest bungee jump is only a 15-minute drive east on the N2. For R620, you can have the rare privilege of free-falling for 216m (708 ft.) off the Bloukrans Bridge, and then watch yourself doing it all over again on video. Booking for this and other adventure activities in the region can be made through Face Adrenalin (tel. 042/281-1458).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.