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December issue of ORCA Times

Published: December 28th, 2019
December issue of ORCA Times Read the latest (December 2019) issue of the ORCA Times for news on Plettenberg Bay's charismatic wildlife and feedback on our recent conservation and education efforts! Click here to download the magazine

Plett gets sweet with Old Nick’s Shautany Chocolatiers

Published: December 23rd, 2019
Plett gets sweet with Old Nick’s Shautany Chocolatiers

Local chocolatier Natalie Price just can’t seem to stop smiling these days. Her shop in Old Nick Village, Shautany Chocolatiers, is a popular stop for tourists and locals.

She has six branded Shautany Chocolatiers stores countrywide, four in the tourist hub of Mpumalanga (White River, Hazyview, Graskop and Dullstroom) and most recently two new stores – in George and luckily for us, in Plett.

You will find her chocolates in bespoke accommodation establishments placed on guest pillows and given as VIP gifts for special occasions. She also collaborates with businesses to create one-of-a-kind chocolate mini masterpieces and gift hampers to be served at special events. ...more


Hunt for the coldest amber & gold

Published: December 22nd, 2019
Hunt for the coldest amber & gold Wandisile’s Plett A blog by Wandisile Sebezo. Hunt for the coldest amber & gold Plett Tourism’s Wandisile Afrika Sebezo takes us on a journey to find the coldest beers in Plett. If you’re looking for the complete coastal experience this summer, as you may already know that Plett has it all, and it can be overwhelming we know, so that’s why we took it upon ourselves to compile this stunning list of some of the best spots to quench your thirst this #PlettSummer. How do I like mine you may ask? Well, I prefer lagers over ales, it must be crisp and malty, and in freezing temperature at all times. Flashbacks Pub & Grill Look, every town has its own sports bar, this is ours, with just over five ...more

Focusing on youth and a vibrant future

Published: December 21st, 2019
Focusing on youth and a vibrant future

Our young residents play an important part in the future of our town – they are tomorrow’s leaders and innovators. Patty Butterworth recently caught up with two Plett locals who are engaging youth in different ways.

In our town of Plettenberg Bay, two very different programs work to meet the needs of our young community members. The Crags Drill Squad offers a year-round, long-term programme aimed at helping empower youth between the ages of 8 and 16 years who face challenges of poverty, abuse and influences of crime.

Sticks & Balls Sports Academy, with the support of Greenwood Bay College, is a new programme focused on sport and the upliftment of youth between the ages of 5 and 18. ...more


Keep it fresh

Published: December 20th, 2019
Keep it fresh

Support local and buy fresh seasonal ingredients, meet the people producing your food, and experience the community’s true culture.

Food brings us together and it reminds us of all the things we have to be thankful for. We love good food. Not just natural and organic food, but the food that’s so much a part of our fondest memories. The good stuff.

Enjoying local foods is a must during your holiday in Plett. Local farmers, bakers, cheesemakers and artisans showcase their rich agricultural offering throughout town. So, get ready to head out and forage for your favourites.

The Wednesday Market at Old Nick Village is an excellent excuse to pop out for a midweek experience. With an array of locally grown ...more


2019 Awards and Milestones

Published: December 20th, 2019
2019 Awards and Milestones

"We are so proud and honoured that local businesses have been recognised with these prestigious awards. The awards can be viewed as professional benchmarks which add a huge boost of motivation for our town. Guests in Plettenberg Bay have high expectation in terms of the quality of their experience. Additionally, the Plett Tourism community puts high standards on themselves to offer exceptional service. These awards showcase Plett as a world class destination,” says Patty Butterworth – Plett Tourism Media Spokesperson.

Plett is a slice of paradise with breathtaking coastal views, stellar wines and a contagious enthusiasm for outdoor pursuits. Here we share some of Plett’s awards and milestones ...more


Plett Gqom Experience growing stronger each year

Published: December 19th, 2019
Plett Gqom Experience growing stronger each year Wandisile’s Plett A blog by Wandisile Sebezo. Plett Gqom Experience growing stronger each year “Lit”, “success”, “fire” and “epic” are just some of the adjectives used to describe the 2019 Plett Gqom Experience, the response received when I asked peeps on my Facebook page to describe the event using just one word. The second annual Plett Gqom Experience took place at the Kwano Sports Grounds on Sunday the 16th of December – AND it was a hit, again! We were all worried about the rain but thank heavens the gods spared us that night. The weather was a bit chilly but still, thousands told themselves that come what may, they would not miss it for the world. Event ...more

Free things to do in Plett

Published: December 16th, 2019
Free things to do in Plett

Grab your moment in Plett without making a dent in your budget! Discover the best of Plett with our editor’s favourite places to play on a budget.

Having fun in Plett doesn’t require a lot of money; in fact, many things to see and do are absolutely free or lighter on the wallet. With a selection of beautiful beaches, priceless backdrops, and an abundance of unique activities, Plett offers fun and interesting options for kids and adults on a budget.

Stop by the Plett Tourism Visitors Centre at Melville’s Corner Shopping Centre on Plett’s Main Street to pick up a local map and calendar of events for this summer. Pack a picnic and enjoy the scenery and the waves at one of our beautiful beaches. ...more

For the love of polo

Published: December 16th, 2019
For the love of polo

With one polo field the size of five rugby fields, spectators might be at the wrong end of all the action, but no sooner do you think that, than turf is flying in front of you from horses galloping at up to 50km per hour downfield. Lund points out that a good match sees up to about 10 or 11 goals scored at each end in one match, so there’s never a dull moment!

If you haven’t experienced the thrill of watching this sport, it’s time to give it a go! Garth Kanigowski, a player and spokesperson of Plett Polo Club, encourages people to come along to matches at Kurland, “straight off the beach in your boardshorts, if that’s what makes you feel comfortable.” He says you can’t tell who’s a CEO of big ...more


Sporty summer in Plett

Published: December 11th, 2019
Sporty summer in Plett

Spectator or sportsperson… our outdoor sporting events are designed to make the most of our gorgeous natural surroundings and summer weather, and we’re sure that you’ll find something to suit your holiday energy levels from floating along the river to tearing through the forest on your mountain bike.

Here’s your sporty guide to Plett Summer. Information correct at the time of publishing. Please visit our [events page] for any changes and ticket information.

PLETT MTB FESTIVAL

16 December 2019

Get ready for a ‘TNT’ (Trail Not Tar) extravaganza! There’s lots of MTB fun to be had at the Plett MTB Festival: mud, sweat and gears aimed at all riders from ‘Fanie-Flipflop’ to ...more


Meet Plett’s new-wave wine farm owners, Laura and Philip Harvey at Luka Vineyards

Published: December 9th, 2019
Meet Plett’s new-wave wine farm owners, Laura and Philip Harvey at Luka Vineyards

Plettenberg Bay is a relatively new wine of origin region. Grapes in the area serve as the backbone of many popular pinot noir and sauvignon blanc wines, and the region is home to prestigious Méthode Cap Classique wines which are renowned for quality. It’s largely ruled by newbies in the industry which make it easy for new blood to become established.

The Plett winescape is changing. There’s an electricity buzzing across the region, as a growing contingent of adventurous agriculture entrepreneurs settle into urban space, some who are enlisting the next generation of South African winemakers.

We have seen wines unbound by the shackles of ...more


Get inspired at the biomimicry bush camp

Published: December 8th, 2019
Get inspired at the biomimicry bush camp

This is a new mobile pop-up camp offering a uniquely natural experience. It’s a family getaway where all you are required to do is relax and immerse yourself in nature.

The Biomimicry Bush Camp is an exciting new tourism product on offer in Plett. The experience includes luxury tents, comfy beds with crisp linen and meals made from local produce prepared in a unique bush kitchen. All of this alongside the meandering Bitou River.

Also known as the Bio Bush Camp, the set-up is nestled in the heart of the Bitou Valley in the Cape Floristic Kingdom, which is the smallest, yet most diverse of the world’s six floral kingdoms, a World Heritage Site and a biodiversity hotspot. Falling ...more