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Video: The Wild Corridor MTB Tour

Published: August 14th, 2018
Video: The Wild Corridor MTB Tour

Starting just outside Kareedouw, the Wild Corridor MTB Tour 2018 covers a distance of 317 km's over a 4 day period. Participants will wind their way through the pristine wilderness of the Baviaanskloof and Garden Route National Park, finishing off in Plettenberg Bay. The tour is all about the experience and is now eBike friendly.

In this video, ex-professional cyclist and owner of The Bike Shop in Plett, Kevin Evans, leads us through the tour and what's in stock for the riders...


Family-friendly stays in the Western Cape

Published: August 14th, 2018
Family-friendly stays in the Western Cape

With an abundance of mountains, coastline, vineyards, forests; we are so lucky to live in the Western Cape. Traveling with kids is quite a different ballgame from solo or couples travel. While there are some places that beckon families with open arms and have all the right elements to keep your kids entertained while others make it quite tough for parents to relax and enjoy ourselves. Here we have a list of accommodation we stayed at while traveling down from Nature’s Valley along the Garden Route and how each of them fared when it came to kid-friendliness.

ROCKY ROAD BACKPACKERS, NATURE’S VALLEY

With tents are raised wooden platforms under cover, Rocky Road Backpackers in the greenest part ...more


The stories that bind us together

Published: August 13th, 2018
The stories that bind us together

What is the secret sauce that holds a family together? What are the ingredients that make some families effective, resilient, happy? Never too late to get started or find the right time to start asking these questions. The single most important thing you can do for your family may be the simplest of all: develop a strong family narrative.

One long-time Plett family who is often overlooked and has a rich culture and heritage in the area is the Dunn family. Patty Butterworth from Plett Tourism recently spent some time with family member Leigh Dunn to get their history.

The history search of the family name yielded interesting facts. The name “Dunn” is from Scottish and Irish origin, and comes ...more


Plett Tourism AGM to be held on 30 Aug

Published: August 13th, 2018
Plett Tourism AGM to be held on 30 Aug

NOTICE OF THE PLETT TOURISM ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018

MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATE MEMBERS OF PLETT TOURISM AND INTERESTED PARTIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE AGM AT THE WHITE HOUSE THEATRE, ON 30 AUGUST AT 12H00 — 14H00.

The AGM will review Plett Tourism's past activities, and table its future activities and strategic challenges.

The tourism sector is Plettenberg Bay's primary economic driver and it is in all our interests to have a united and strong, well supported representative body. Please remember it is only members in good standing whose annual fees are paid up to date who can vote at the AGM. Such members will shortly be sent a complete AGM package. All other interested parties, are, ...more


How to identify whales by their blow

Published: August 10th, 2018
How to identify whales by their blow

Whale Season is upon us and Plettenberg Bay is now home to our migratory marine mammals for the next few months. Guests are often able to watch whales spy-hopping, breaching, flipper-slapping and blowing from their guesthouse balcony or one of the various view-spots around Plett.

You might be interested to know that different species have different blow patterns, which can help viewers identify the type of whale in the bay. Have a look at the diagram below to familiarise yourself for your next whale-viewing adventure!


VIDEO: Aerial footage of fish in Keurbooms lagoon

Published: August 9th, 2018
VIDEO: Aerial footage of fish in Keurbooms lagoon

Plett local Garth Ensley's Facebook video post of a seal hunt in a large school of fish at Plett's Keurbooms lagoon.

"This week i went down to the lagoon and as soon as I was checking the conditions I noticed alot of Bird activity and the water was just alive with what seemed to be a huge bait ball. So i ran and got my Mavic Pro and started filming , wow it was so awesome to watch that seal hunt and my guests who are SUPing were amazed by what they got to see. I hope you like this please leave me comment and let me know your thoughts. Hope you all having a great weekend. G"


SA Tourism invites participation in Sho’t Left during Tourism Month

Published: August 7th, 2018
SA Tourism invites participation in Sho’t Left during Tourism Month

South African Tourism in partnership with TBCSA, would like to extend an invitation to all businesses in the travel industry to participate in our inaugural Sho't Left Travel Week.

SHOT LEFT TRAVEL WEEK 24-30 SEPTEMBER

This platform will form part of our contribution to Tourism Month, where we endeavor to galvanize the entire sector to unite behind making it easier for every South African to explore the wonders of our country.

As the UNWTO theme for Tourism Month is about digital transformation, we have put together a microsite platform, on which we would like our domestic travel trade players to partner with us, and list discounted deals in the range of 30% to 50%. The ...more


Birder’s blog about Plett

Published: August 6th, 2018
Birder’s blog about Plett

If you're into birding, especially of the wetland kind, "birding along the Bitou River floodplain is brilliant" says blog writer Anton of BirdLife Overberg in this piece about his visit to the area in 2015.

The Bitou River floodplain lies along the R340 between Plett and Uniondale. The floodplain offers limitless birding potential as vast numbers of waterbirds, waders and species associated with thickets and forest habitats are found in the same area. From a birding perspective it is unfortunate that most of the floodplain lies on privately owned land and that there are very few safe spots to park when trying to bird along the R340. Extreme caution is advised, as vehicles often travel along this road at high ...more


Mungo Mill Weekend Tours

Published: August 1st, 2018
Mungo Mill Weekend Tours

This winter the public are invited to a behind the scenes guided tour of Mungo Mill. Every Saturday and Sunday at 11h30 we meet at the mill bridge entrance where the tour begins. You will get to wander between the looms with a knowledgeable guide and engage with the weaving process to experience the age-old art of weaving from pre-industrial revolution to present day. An insightful and interesting experience for all.

No booking required, simply meet at the entrance of the mill. Tours are approximately 40 minutes. You can enjoy some shopping afterwards or a delicious meal at Roost.

The only tour of its kind in South Africa, where the public get to see the entire textile journey from yarn to finished item.

For ...more


Only 30 Dr. Evil entries left! Win a Scott!

Published: July 26th, 2018
Only 30 Dr. Evil entries left! Win a Scott!

The “bubble” may have burst on the stage race scene but the Buco Dr Evil Classic is up on entry numbers and these may be the reasons why:

1. Mind-blowing routes through pristine riding terrain - created by the legendary Dr. Evil aka Leon Evans.

2. Two beautiful new race villages - the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve that is offering superb accommodation - see www.plettgamereserve.com or email bookings@plettgamereserve.com.

 

Kurland Hotel and Polo Estate host stage 2 and the Cairnbrogie Dairy Farm and its famous routes with coastal views is your home on stage 3.

 

3. Great goody bags - we have increased our spend on our goody bags! Enter before the 10 August in order to get your perfect customised ...more


Behind the scenes of the wildlife tourism industry

Published: July 24th, 2018
Behind the scenes of the wildlife tourism industry

Animals and wildlife are a feature of many holidays, both at home and further afield. From the everyday -- zoos and circuses -- to the exotic and unusual -- swimming with sharks and walking with lions -- we often see opportunities to get “up close and personal” with wild animals while travelling.

But there’s growing unease among travellers with the use of animals in the tourism industry. What was the sequence of events that led to an individual animal being made available for our entertainment? What are the effects of captivity on wild animals’ health and wellbeing? What does the commercial demand for captive wildlife mean for their survival in the wild?

Thankfully, very few of us wish ...more


Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival moves to Easter 2019

Published: July 18th, 2018
Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival moves to Easter 2019

Upon consultation with the Plett wine industry, Plett Tourism has made the decision to move the date of the Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival to the Easter Holidays 2019, with the dates set as 23 & 24 March.

This is part of a greater Plett Tourism strategy, whereby they plan to:

Increase awareness of Plettenberg Bay out-of-season, Increase exposure to an international audience; this is a time of year traditionally recognised as "Swallows" season – our regular mature visitors with a higher LSM. Complement an existing outdoor and sporting events platform with a leisure festival, And complement the wine industry and the harvest season.

Get ready to book your Plett Wine Weekend to explore ...more