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Loggerhead turtle hatchling washes up on Plett beach

Published: March 24th, 2017
Loggerhead turtle hatchling washes up on Plett beach

The first loggerhead turtle hatchling of the season has washed up on one of Plettenberg Bay’s beaches, leaving conservationists concerned.

Every year between April and May large numbers of endangered loggerhead turtle hatchlings wash up on beaches across the country, including the Garden Route.

The turtles are hatchlings from KwaZulu-Natal, the nearest breeding area, that become caught in strong currents.

They usually swim into the warm Agulhas currents and drift southwards, but often a strong southeasterly wind and rough sea conditions force them into colder Cape waters. They end up beaching along the coastline to escape the cold.

Steven Hendriks from the Tenikwa ...more


13 Authentic things to do around Plett

Published: March 23rd, 2017
13 Authentic things to do around Plett

The name “Formosa Bay” says it all! Now I can’t speak much Portuguese, but I do know that formosa means beautiful, the name Portuguese sailors gave to Plettenberg Bay a time long ago. However, beautiful Plett hasn’t lost ANY of it’s charm… of that I’m sure!

Here are 13 authentic things to do in and around Plett from "Rock the Route" ...and these are sure to give anyone the Plett Feeling!

Jump off a Bridge!! – Now there’s lots of bridges in the Garden Route and they all have something special to them. But one specific bridge, 20 mins East from Plett, comes to mind when you read that phrase… Bloukrans Bridge. At 216m it’s the worlds highest commercial bungee (anyone can ...more

A day in the life of a game ranger

Published: March 16th, 2017
A day in the life of a game ranger

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a game ranger, marine scientist or a wildlife rehab specialist?

African Edu-Eco, a Plett base tourism business is now offering just that. You get to spend a day immersed into the lives of keepers, researchers, conservationists and guides.

The full-day programs are presented in the Plettenberg Bay and Crags area and offers guests the opportunity to get close-up and personal with African elephants, Africa’s predators and cats large and small; wildlife rehabilitation; citizen science projects and the ranger’s role in an experiential learning environment.

Citizen science can be defined as the engagement of interested public members and professionals ...more


Plett features in Indwe Magazine

Published: March 16th, 2017
Plett features in Indwe Magazine

Plett featured in Indwe Magazine recently after it was nominated by the 2014 World Travel Awards as one of Africa's leading beach destinations. According to Indwe Magazine, 'Plettenberg Bay, a town on South Africa's Garden Route, is a must see destination for anyone visiting the Western Cape'.

https://issuu.com/tjtmedia/docs/indwe_march_2017/61

Interview with Plett’s Lance Rothschild

Published: March 16th, 2017
Interview with Plett’s Lance Rothschild

Plett local, 5FM station manager and CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards, Lance Rothschild was recently interviewed by bizcommunity.com for their #BrandManagerMonth to find out what's really going on behind the selfie.

 

1. Where do you live, work and play?

Rothschild: I live in Plett, although I have an office at home. I work wherever I need to be, and I play predominantly in Plett. I love the beach, and the adventure biking (motorcycling) in the area is sublime. I also love playing in the bushveld.

2. What’s your claim to fame?

Rothschild: Fame is fleeting. Older people remember me for the time I spent at 5FM and younger people know me for the Liberty Radio Awards. 

3. Describe ...more

Plett Tourism represented at SA Tourism India Roadshow

Published: March 15th, 2017
Plett Tourism represented at SA Tourism India Roadshow

Plett Tourism was represented by Plett business women Lara Mostert and Natasha Marnewecke at the SA Tourism Roadshow in India earlier this year. Plett Tourism was grateful for the opportunity to have a presence, particularly with these passionate Plett locals. With a primary responsibility to showcase and promote their respective business and clients, they also placed Plett on a pedestal and generated a great deal of interest.

With assistance from Plett Tourism, CemAir, Plett Wine Tours and Plett Villas they were able to promote a competition targeted to tour operators which highlighted their stand and grew its popularity. With a powerful Plett presentation, stunning ...more


New signage makes StreetSmart restaurants easier to find

Published: March 13th, 2017
New signage makes StreetSmart restaurants easier to find

Making a difference to the lives of vulnerable children R5 at a time just got easier with new prominent StreetSmart signage allowing participating restaurants to promote their support more visibly, helping diners to eat out more responsibly.

The new signage identifies participating restaurants as members of the StreetSmart SA restaurant community, where a voluntary donation of R5 is added to each table’s bill to raise funds in support of organisations working with street children within the area where the restaurant is located.

StreetSmart SA is a conduit fundraising organisation that partners with restaurants to receive donations from diners to support their own ...more


Plett then (1966) and now

Published: March 13th, 2017
Plett then (1966) and now

This article appeared in Saturday's edition of the Weekend Argus and shows the immense change that has taken place in Plett since the mid sixties.

Both these pictures of the Piesang River valley in Plettenberg Bay were taken by Johann Hahn, who grew up in Cape Town but now lives in Canada. The family spent their holidays at a beach house in Plett and Hahn, a first-year student at UCT, took the 'then' picture of his 15-year-old brother Wilhelm in July 1966.

Hahn, now 69, says he spends a few months a year in South Africa, at his house in the Wilderness, and decided last week to go back to the spot where he had taken the first picture. 'I wanted to see what it looked like today. Plett has changed ...more


5 days with WESSA beach stewards

Published: March 12th, 2017
5 days with WESSA beach stewards

Aphindiwe Dwashu and Tshidi Luzipho recently spent 3 days experiencing a few of Plett's activities. Their report follows:

 

Day 1: Tourism Office

We arrived at the tourism office for confirmation of the organisations we would be visiting.

 

Day 2: Tourism Office

We met with Patty from Plett Tourism Media. She explained to us what she does and what’s happening in the Plett Media Industry. She told us about the Wine Tours and mentioned she could take us to wine tasting farms to familiarize us with the Plett wine farms. She advised us that if ever we take part in activities or events we should feel free to post them on Social Media and hastag them #plettitsafeeling.

 

Day 3: Knysna ...more


Video: BUCO Adventure Weekend

Published: March 10th, 2017
Video: BUCO Adventure Weekend

 The BUCO Adventure Weekend in Plett is coming up this April and outdoor sports enthusiasts can look forward to a sea paddle, trail run and night ride over the 2 day event.

 Check out the teaser video for the event below:

 


Big Names for SA Senior Open

Published: March 9th, 2017
Big Names for SA Senior Open

In less than a month we will be seeing some of the Sunshine Tour’s greatest names descending on Plettenberg Bay to play in the 2017 edition of the SA Senior Open Hosted by Bitou Municipality and in association with the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Fulton Allem, Mark McNulty, John Bland, Hugh Baiocchi, Chris Williams, Bobby Lincoln and Roger Wessels will all be competing for the SA Senior Tour’s (SAST) biggest prize purse since 1997. Alongside them for the Pro-Am will also be Sally Little, a legend in her own right being a two-time major winner and totalling 15 LPGA career wins.

In Allem, Baiocchi and Bland you have the winners of 3 consecutive SA Masters from 1988 to 1990, with only David Frost in ...more


Horse carriage rides through the Plett Winelands

Published: March 8th, 2017
Horse carriage rides through the Plett Winelands

There is a new way to explore the Plett Winelands – by horse-drawn carriage! Visitors to Plett can cycle the winelands, drive or take a wine tour bus, and even a horse ride.

Now wine lovers can sit back, sip local wines and take in the beautiful scenery of the winelands, mountains, forests, vineyards and fynbos, on a horse-drawn carriage with Hog Hollow Horse Trails.

The vintage 10-seater carriage is drawn by two beautiful Percherons and guides entertain with interesting facts and information regarding the history of the area, its people and the local wine industry.

Refreshments are served during the carriage ride.

 

 

Wine tasting and lunch trail:

Departure 09h00 and 12h00 Tuesday – ...more


#EatOutHelpOut with StreetSmart SA

Published: March 7th, 2017
#EatOutHelpOut with StreetSmart SA

Nationally, StreetSmart South Africa raised an impressive R74,874.86 during the month of January! Remember, every R5 goes to helping street children; every R5 counts! #EatOutHelpOut

Contributing StreetSmart Plett restaurants include:

Emily Moon, Grand Café and Rooms, Ice Palazzo, La Cafeteria, Nguni Restaurant, The Fat Fish, The Med Seafood Bistro, The Pie Shop and The Table.

Plett Tourism and Masizame Children’s Shelter salute you! Last year, Plett restaurants raised R50K for educational programmes at the local Masizame Children’s Shelter.

 

What is StreetSmart?

Visit www.streetsmartsa.org.za to find out how your R5 can help.


Slowdown Gardens no longer Rage accommodation

Published: March 6th, 2017
Slowdown Gardens no longer Rage accommodation

Please note that the Plettenberg Bay accommodation facility formerly known as Slowdown Gardens, has been sold and is no longer operational as an accommodation establishment.

New owners, Berry Hill Investments Pty Ltd, would like to advise all individuals who are considering booking accommodation for students at Slowdown Gardens to seek alternative accommodation and those who have already booked at and paid for this establishment for the 2017 Plett Rage Student Festival to please contact the Plettenberg Bay Police Department +27 (0)44 501 1900 to file an official complaint as the former property owner is not permitted to undertake bookings for this property.


Results: PE>>Plett stage one

Published: March 3rd, 2017
Results: PE>>Plett stage one

Final results for the first stage of the PE Plett mountain bike race, which started at Crossways on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth on Thu 02 March, can be seen below.

Tough results

Team race

Men

1. Matt Beer, Konny Looser (Ryder RED-E Pro) 3:02:50
2. Andrew Hill, Stuart Marais (TIB Insurance) 3:02:55
3. CP van Wyk, Shaun Glover (Mad-Macs p/b Hazz) 3:35:57
4. Max Sullivan, Declan Sidey (FedGroup A) 3:45:40
5. Ross M, Nathan Trollip (Coastbusters) 5:00:47

Women

1. Samantha Sanders, Amy Beth McDougall (Valencia Ladies) 3:32:40
2. Carmen Buchacher, Michelle Vorster (VSL) 3:49:22
3. Charmaine Mc Callum, Brenda Potts (ITSA KZN) 5:00:41

Mixed

1. Catherine Williamson, Greg Anderson (Red Cherry Mixed) ...more


Support Plett’s national para-cycling champion

Published: March 2nd, 2017
Support Plett’s national para-cycling champion

CXPRESS has often reported on the achievements of Plettenberg Bay native and World Cup winning para-cyclist Toni Mould, so it was with great pride that we stumbled upon an insert featuring this unstoppable youngster’s rise to the international arena.

States the story at beautifulnewsNews24 inter alia:

“Toni Mould was never supposed to walk. Severe Cerebral Palsy stunted her growth and impeded her physical development.

“But Mould has never let her abilities define her. Today she is an athlete, a World Cup winner for her country. She experienced the career highlight after taking part in the South African leg of the 2016 Para-cycling Road World Cup, a moment of triumph that ...more


Plett fire needs your help

Published: March 1st, 2017
Plett fire needs your help

The community of Plettenberg Bay has – as always – rushed to the aid of those in need!

This time, it was to help those affected by a series of devastating fires which raged through areas surrounding our town. Firefighters and volunteers have been working around the clock to save lives and property, from Harkerville to Ebenezer, through the Indalo Conservency, and down towards town behind Old Nick Village and Formosa Garden Village.

There is now an urgent need for funds to repair volunteer vehicles and equipment damaged in the fire fighting operations.

If you would like to help or donate, please deposit into this account with the reference PlettFire:

Account Name: Plett Tourism
FNB Branch Code: ...more


Flights to Margate via Plett

Published: February 28th, 2017
Flights to Margate via Plett

Commuter and regional carrier CemAir (IATA code 5Z) has announced a new scheduled flight service between Margate Airport and Cape Town International Airport via Plettenberg Bay.

From March 15, FlyCemair will offer a weekly departure on a Thursday morning at 09:00 from Margate Airport, which will connect through Plettenberg Bay and on to Cape Town. From Cape Town, again connecting through Plettenberg Bay, the flight will arrive in Margate on a Wednesday evening at 17:30.

The flight will initially be serviced in CemAir’s popular Beech 1900D aircraft with a single rotation per week with a view to growing capacity and flight frequency as popularity for the service grows.

CemAir is a member of IATA ...more