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Entries open for Dr Evil cycling event

Published: April 25th, 2017
Entries open for Dr Evil cycling event

Entries are officially open to one of the Garden Route’s most popular mountain-biking events which is set to give riders an opportunity to experience unique trails which would otherwise not be accessible.

Riders can now enter the sixth Buco Dr Evil Classic stage race which runs between September 21 and 23 and features some of the best mountain-biking on the Garden Route.

Not only has the event become a must-do among mountain bike riders, but it will be the only way of still securing entry into the now sold out Karoo to Coast event on September 24.

Organisers have reserved a limited number of entries for those who still want to participate in both events. For those who have already entered the ...more


Horseback Riding Holidays in South Africa

Published: April 23rd, 2017
Horseback Riding Holidays in South Africa

South Africa is such a diverse country brimming with amazing scenery, lovely people, and many adventures to be explored. Plett Tourism, for instance, lists anything from canopy tours, to bungee jumping, to even skydiving as the most sought after vacation pursuits. Of course, some of the first things that come to mind when visiting this beautiful nation – aside from the aforementioned activities – is its vast safaris. However, there’s one burgeoning outdoor pursuit that’s slowly making a name for itself.

Horse Riding Holidays have been a go-to escape for many worldwide. As a matter of fact, in South Africa, there are more equestrian vacations and safaris than anywhere else in the ...more


Plett experiences increase in travelers, long-term prospects strong

Published: April 23rd, 2017
Plett experiences increase in travelers, long-term prospects strong

Plettenberg Bay experiences an increase of travelers, and the long-term prospects are strong

Accommodation occupancy in Plettenberg Bay has increased by 12,5% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 – and this increase is in line with those recorded in other tourism-related sectors, including activities.

Plett Tourism chairman Peter Wallington said most businesses surveyed informally had posted increases of between 10 and 20%. “The good performance is attributable to many factors, including an exchange rate which makes it easier to travel locally, and attractive for inward tourism; the marketing programmes conducted by individual ...more


BUCO Adventure Weekend ends with photo finish

Published: April 22nd, 2017
BUCO Adventure Weekend ends with photo finish

The BUCO Adventure weekend held n Plettenberg Bay every year over the Easter weekend ended in a photo finish on the last event of the weekend. The final of the BUCO Dash for Cash surf ski dice saw a knock out format wheedle down 20 paddlers to 2. The cream rose to the top with Jasper  Mocke winner of the morning 12km Surf Ski Race and Richard Von Wildemann making it to the final. Both paddlers had progressed through 3 rounds to get to the final.

The 1000m Dash around the Blind Rocks of the Central Beach is a flat out sprint and some skill and luck is required to get back to the beach first. Both paddlers approached the beach on the same wave but outside the two finishing flags, they ...more


Video: BUCO Adventure Weekend Surfski Highlights

Published: April 21st, 2017
Video: BUCO Adventure Weekend Surfski Highlights

Watch the BUCO Adventure Weekend Surfski Highlights 2017 from ATV Media Group.

BUCO Adventure Weekend Surfski Highlights 2017 from ATV Media Group on Vimeo.


Edging the extreme – Meet some of Plett’s adventure heroes

Published: April 21st, 2017
Edging the extreme – Meet some of Plett’s adventure heroes

Great adventure stories often rely on two elements: vivid characters and incredible venues – easy finds in Plett.

Here we feature seven of Plett’s most extreme, hair-raising, legendary adventure icons – each accomplished and competitive enough to challenge some of the world's most elite athletes. If you've got the mettle, add some of their adventures to your lifetime to-do list. Ready yet?

MTB | If you want to get to know what visitors and Plettonians love, trade in your car for a bike. With kilometres of amazing road, forest trails and off-road tracks, you can go far and wide. Stay tuned for the future of MTB along the Garden Route with the Cape Town to Plett Cycle ...more


Video: Expedition Africa 2017 promo

Published: April 20th, 2017
Video: Expedition Africa 2017 promo

Expedition Africa 2017 will take place in the beautiful Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. This year's race will have exclusive use of the Baviaans Kloof Wilderness area as well as the beautiful coastline of Cape St Francis.

Teams will stay at the magnificent Cape St Francis Resort which makes it easier to bring the entire family along on an adventure of a lifetime.

The Plett Adventure Racing Team will be taking part again this year, so please support them by keep track of their progress, sharing and liking their posts and wishing them well if you're a spectator!

Watch the promo video: Kinetic Events

Plett Adventure Unplugged

Published: April 19th, 2017
Plett Adventure Unplugged

If adventure activities press all your buttons, get ready for the trip of a lifetime. Plett offers a spectacular circuit of unusual sights and adventures. Experience the crazy thrills of kloofing around in the Crags before heading to Robberg Nature Reserve, where you may just witness one of our yearly migratory guests – Humpback whales, Southern Right whales, Orca whales, great white sharks or one of the three different dolphin species.

Plett is on your to-do list with mountain biking, hiking, skydiving, bungy jumping and watersports of all varieties, as well as beautiful beaches for long, relaxing strolls at the end of the day.

Journey between Tsitsikamma and Harkerville and back again to Plett town ...more


Bitou bye-law regarding dogs on beaches

Published: April 18th, 2017
Bitou bye-law regarding dogs on beaches

Rarely has an issue raised as much emotion as the question of dogs on beaches and indeed in Public areas without a lead. The fines currently being levied by Municipal law enforcement officers has added to the indignity, annoyance and frustration felt by many dog owners in Plettenberg Bay. Petitions are being raised, protest meetings planned and the social and local media is inundated with complaints as well as expressions of support by those who oppose dogs on beaches in the first place.

Whether we like it or not the law bans dogs off leads from all public places in the greater Bitou area and no dogs on Blue flag beaches in particular.

The fact that the law has not been enforced until ...more


Plett nominated as Africa’s Leading Beach Destination

Published: April 18th, 2017
Plett nominated as Africa’s Leading Beach Destination

Plettenberg Bay has once again received a nomination in the 24th annual World Travel Awards™ as Africa’s Leading Beach Destination. This is the 8th time Plett has been nominated for this prestigious honour.

World Travel Awards™ was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards™ brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. Each year, World Travel Awards™ covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to celebrate the achievements and strengths of the travel industry, within ...more


Video: BUCO Adventure Weekend Trail Run

Published: April 18th, 2017
Video: BUCO Adventure Weekend Trail Run

Watch the highlights from the 2017 BUCO Adventure Weekend Trail Run in Plett this past weekend...


SA Senior Open on SuperSport from Plett

Published: April 14th, 2017
SA Senior Open on SuperSport from Plett

The SA Senior Open will be broadcast this weekend on SuperSport, which will also include footage of the Pro-Am as well as the SA Golf Hall of Fame Induction Gala. The broadcasts are as follows:

14 April 20:00 – 21:00      HL: SA Senior Open         SS1 15 April 05:00 – 06:00      HL: SA Senior Open         SS5 15 April 08:00 – 09:00      HL: SA Senior Open         SS5 15 April 13:00 – 14:00      HL: SA Senior Open         SS8 15 April 18:30 – 19:30      HL: SA Senior Open         SS5 16 April 13:00 – 14:00      HL: SA Senior Open         SS1

The SA Senior Tour board and Accelerate Sport would ...more


Zero Waste guru to give talk in Plett

Published: April 13th, 2017
Zero Waste guru to give talk in Plett

Plett Tourism and Eco Atlas are bringing “Zero Waste guru” Bea Johnson to the Beacon Island Resort during the first Plett Tourism Thought Leadership Programme initiative on May 6.

Author, speaker and lifestyle expert Johnson of Zero Waste Home and Priestess of Waste-free Living (The New York Times), is seen as a guru of the Zero Waste lifestyle.

She has given more than 100 speeches in more than 20 countries on five continents since 2011, including addresses at the European Parliament, United Nations, Google, Adobe and others.

Now she is coming to South Africa to do a national tour next month with talks in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Plettenberg Bay, to educate and inspire people ...more


Robberg peninsula hiking and interpretation eco adventures

Published: April 13th, 2017
Robberg peninsula hiking and interpretation eco adventures

The iconic fynbos covered Robberg Peninsula, a landmark often referred to as the Cape Point of the Garden Route, is a Marine Protected Area and a national monument just a mere 8km from the magnificent town of Plettenberg Bay. Robberg’s rock formations date back between 110 and 130 million years when South Africa formed part of a super continent. Around 120 million years ago the continent split, depositing Robberg’s rocks in the Sea bed.

People first inhabited the peninsula some 120 000 years ago. As sea levels dropped grassland were formed. The reserve abounds with evidence of the Stone Age with Nelson Bay Cave providing some of the best examples. Records suggest that ...more


7th Golf Hall of Fame Induction Banquet in Plett

Published: April 11th, 2017
7th Golf Hall of Fame Induction Banquet in Plett

Mark McNulty welcomed Denis Watson into the Golf Hall of Fame ‘club’ at a wonderful evening held in conjunction with the SA Senior Open at Plettenberg Bay reminding us that Watson’s win in the US Senior Open was the pinnacle of his career.

Over 160 golf professionals, politicians, and Captains of Industry were entertained by stories concerning the induction of H. Gordon-Stewart who dominated golf for 20 years from 1909, Arthur Stewart who won both the SA Amateur and Open as an amateur, Esther Gaillie, a great golfer in her own right, for her administration contribution, and Angela Hockey, a multiple SA Ladies champion.

A minutes silence was held for Arnold Palmer, Wayne Westner, ...more


Sky. Sea. Earth. Plett.

Published: April 10th, 2017
Sky. Sea. Earth. Plett.

Plett Tourism recently spoke with Africanyon Adventure’s Kaarin Hindmarch about the continuing growth of adventure tourism along the Garden Route.

“Some find the term “extreme” enticing and attractive, others not so much. It is a subjective notion when it comes to adventure and the various levels of adrenaline they may or may not induce! There is no universal rating! I guess we could distill it by posing a few simple questions: What is it that challenges your self concept of what you can take on? What is it that demands your bravery and your courage?

Whatever the answers are for you personally, Plett certainly has a myriad of adventure activities from which to choose. We know that physically engaging ...more


Video: Mark McNulty on “That Plett Feeling”

Published: April 8th, 2017
Video: Mark McNulty on “That Plett Feeling”

We met up with professional golfer Mark McNulty directly after he had won the 2017 SA Senior Open in Plettenberg Bay and asked him what 'that Plett feeling' was for him. Here's what he had to say:

 


Mark McNulty wins Senior Open Championship in Plett

Published: April 7th, 2017
Mark McNulty wins Senior Open Championship in Plett

Plettenberg Bay Country Country Club was privileged to host some world class golf over the last 4 days, none more so than Mark McNulty’s performances. Not since Spieth at the at the 2015 Masters has a major golf event witnessed such a dominant performance, leading from wire to wire.

Leading by six from James Kingston going into the final day, McNulty had a less than ideal start, he dropped shots on 3 and 4 while Kingston birdied 2, 3 and 7 after a bogey on the 1st and suddenly they were making the turn just two shorts apart. The mark of a true champion is how they respond to pressure and McNulty proved he has BMT by the truckload with birdies on 10, 12 and 18 while Kingston ...more