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GTIP’s scope expanded to support water efficiency

Published: September 4th, 2018
GTIP’s scope expanded to support water efficiency

In response to the water challenges faced by the Tourism sector in South Africa as well as the water crisis and droughts experienced by the Western Cape and other provinces, the scope of the GTIP (Green Tourism Incentive Programme) has been expanded to support water efficiency measures from the next (third) application window which will open from 1 September 2018 to 30 November 2018.

Click here for the updated guidelines/brochure

Potential applicants can visit the Green Tourism Incentive Programme webpage and any enquiries can be directed to gtip@idc.co.za.

Issued by:

Ms  Khuselwa Ncwana
Directorate: Tourism Sector
Department of Economic Development and Tourism
Western Cape ...more


Salomon Golden Trail Series concludes in Plett

Published: September 3rd, 2018
Salomon Golden Trail Series concludes in Plett

A very exciting international event will be taking place along the Otter Trail in October this year. The Golden Trail Series combines iconic races across the world into a single, revolutionary concept: a simple format where trail runners’ best three results from each of the following races count towards qualifying for the Grand Final: the “Grail of Trail” – the Otter Trail Run.

The top ten men and women will be invited to the final in South Africa and each will receive €5000 for competing in the final. Trail running is a unique and challenging sport, with strong human values and concern for the environment. This series aims to defend these values while encouraging the world’s ...more


Putting the ‘Trust’ in Plett Rage

Published: September 2nd, 2018
Putting the ‘Trust’ in Plett Rage

With the huge influx of matriculants expected to converge on Plettenberg Bay in the 1st week of December for the 2018 edition of the Plett Student Rage Festival, one of the primary objectives of the organisers and associated committee’s is to ensure that our visitors and residents are kept safe and secure at all times. The concoction of large groups of excitable teens, sunshine, fun and fair drop of alcohol means that the safety and security effort needs to be on point, 24/7. It’s a massive challenge but one that is taken very seriously by all concerned. So much so that a new committee has been formed in 2018 called Rage Trust, and I spoke to the trusts leading figure and PBCPA Chairman, Bruce ...more


Washington State University students’ six weeks in Plett

Published: September 2nd, 2018
Washington State University students’ six weeks in Plett

Over June into August 2018 a 13-strong team of senior students from Western Washington University, Washington State, USA, spent close to six weeks in our beautiful Plettenberg Bay region as part of an extended Service & Study Abroad programme to South Africa.

Having spent a few days amidst the frenetic hustle & bustle of Johannesburg visiting the Apartheid Museum, Hector Pietersen Memorial Square, Constitution Hill, Vilikazi Street & Voortrekker Monument, the group was very pleased to escape the crush and set up base at rural Rocky Road in The Crags.

Professor Veron ‘Damani’ Johnson, who has a long-held keen interest in the ever unfolding socio-political-economic issues of ...more


Teniqua Wildlife’s good work with penguin rehabilitation

Published: September 2nd, 2018
Teniqua Wildlife’s good work with penguin rehabilitation

Tenikwa Wildlife has been rehabilitating African Penguins for over a decade, since taking over responsibility from Eve Joubert who had been doing a stalwart job prior to Tenikwa's establishment as a rehabilitation centre. In those days, penguins were sent either to SANCCOB in Cape Town or through to the Eastern Cape's two rehabilitation centres to be released on the nearby islands. In total, 512 penguins have been admitted to Tenikwa Wildlife since 2009.

Since Plettenberg Bay is within the natural range of the penguins, and to raise awareness that African Penguins do occur naturally in Plettenberg Bay's ocean and along our coastline (although there are no colonies here), Tenikwa ...more


Summer Music Colour Run Series Celebrates its Fifth Year

Published: August 31st, 2018
Summer Music Colour Run Series Celebrates its Fifth Year

Summer Run series will unveil three new experiences including glitter start, giant inflatable slide and dodgeball arena during the 2018 series

The Summer Music Colour Run series will celebrate its fifth birthday at the end of 2018 when the coastal resort towns of Hermanus, Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay host the annual sporting festival during the December holidays.

The annual 5km fun run and family festival will boast its usual compliment of three colour stations, which immerse participants in bright colours, as well as two music stations manned by local DJs who will keep participants entertained along the route. The 2018 series will also see three new event experiences unveiled ...more


5 year AGM well received

Published: August 30th, 2018
5 year AGM well received

Plett Tourism's AGM took place at midday today at The White House Theatre. It was attended by about 80 people and well received by all present.

Peter Wallington presented the annual report, which can be downloaded here: Plett Tourism AGM Report 2018.

The financials are currently with the accountants and will be posted here shortly.

 


Plett Adventure tackles Full Moon Adventure Race

Published: August 27th, 2018
Plett Adventure tackles Full Moon Adventure Race

Drew Scott and Petrus Maree, of the Plett Adventure Racing Team, competed as a duo in the recent Kinetic Events’ Full Moon Kouga adventure race. At 120km, the race is relatively shorter than the 500+km Expedition Africa, but is excellent training for our growing adventure racing community in Plettenberg Bay. Four teams from Plett took part in this race: Team Plett Adventure, Team Buco Adventure, Team 2 Dutchmen, ‘n Meisie en ‘n  Soutie and Team Bike Shop Buco Adventure. Below, Drew reports on the team’s race experience, in the lovely Kouga (St Francis Bay) region and on the importance of navigation in this extreme sport. 

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When Sarah indicated she could not make the ...more


Driving outreach, Changing lives.

Published: August 27th, 2018
Driving outreach, Changing lives.

Rage 4 Good is the official social investment initiative of Plett Rage Student Festival. The name may mean nothing to you, or you may have heard the name but not given it a second thought, or you may even be aware of a some of the work that the scheme has introduced over the past 5 years within the disadvantaged communities that form the boundary rope to this beautiful town. The truth is Rage 4 Good has had a phenomenal impact on so many lives within so many communities, and we, as participants in that community, need to be aware of what ‘good’ is being achieved as a result of Plett being the host town for Rage.

I chatted to Nicola Probyn, co-founder of Firecracker (the company behind Rage 4 Good) ...more


Plett one of 5 trips you should take when you retire

Published: August 26th, 2018
Plett one of 5 trips you should take when you retire

According to IOL, Plett ranks on the list of 5 trips you should take when you retire.

"Stay at a beach resort or a backpacker’s accommodation while you explore Plettenberg Bay. A relaxed part of the Western Cape, travellers can explore the bay and partake in activities like cycling, hiking and for those brave enough - the Tsitsikamma canopy tour and the Bloukrans Bridge bungee jump. 

Plettenberg Bay offers gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean, and the Tsitsikamma indigenous forest while on horseback or interacting with elephants."

Visit IOL for the list of 5 trips you should take when you retire...


Adventure racing bug sweeping through Plett

Published: August 24th, 2018
Adventure racing bug sweeping through Plett

The adventure racing bug is really sweeping through Plettenberg Bay and the Garden Route!

This weekend, at Kinetic Events Africa's Full Moon Kouga race, Plett Adventure Racing Team's Drew Scott and Petrus Maree will be competing in the shorter 120km race. Three additional teams from Plett will also be competing: Team BUCO Adventure, Team 2 Dutchmen, n Chick & n Soutie and Team The Bike Shop Buco Adventure!

We'd like to wish our Plett teams the best of luck as they mountain bike, trek, orienteer and paddle their way through the coming weekend!

If you'd like to follow your teams live, visit www.kinetic-events.live after 11am tomorrow.

You can also follow the Plett Adventure Racing Team on Strava.

Go Plett!


Plett Eco Fun Hike & Ride 2018 – Thank you

Published: August 21st, 2018
Plett Eco Fun Hike & Ride 2018 – Thank you

Plett Eco Fun Hike & Ride was held on 30 July 2018 and we would like to thank Friends of this great cause and all our Sponsors for making this important day possible.

Africa Hoofprint Foundation's first Fundraiser Event held at Cairnbrogie, on Airport Rd, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, was a great success. We would like to thank our amazing community, for getting involved and helping us reach this important milestone, as well as being supportive of our vision to develop Young Riders and their horses, in Kranshoek.

Thank you to the Organising Committee and Cairnbrogie first of all for your faith in our vision!

The day started out with heavy showers in the early morning hours, Quinten Snyman and the ...more