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Kane Reilly eyes Otter African Trail Run title

Published: October 19th, 2017
Kane Reilly eyes Otter African Trail Run title

25 year old South African Trail Runner Kane Reilly will be making his bid to finally have his name engraved on the most coveted Trophy in South African marathon distance trail running at The Otter African Trail Run presented by Salomon.

Hosted on South African National Parks’ world renowned Otter Trail, the Otter Run has become the benchmark of technical marathon distance trail running.

Reilly, who posted the fastest time by a South African runner, has twice had to play 2nd fiddle to Swiss dentist Marc Lauenstein, one of the biggest names in the sport. The former world champion will not be making his annual pilgrimage to Africa’s southern coastline this year clearing the way ...more


Plett members win at Lilizela Awards

Published: October 12th, 2017
Plett members win at Lilizela Awards

SAYTC members walked away with a total of 15 provincial Lilizela awards, a good showing for youth tourism. Among them were four from the Plett region: Africanyon, Stormsriver Adventures, Untouched Adventures and Tube & Axe.

Congratulations to all the winners, you do us proud and we'll be rooting for you in the national awards.

The winners are:

AfriCanyon - Action & Adventure visitor experience in Western Cape
Afrovibe Lodge -  3 star guest house accommodation 
Afrovive Experiences -  Eteya Award
Amapondo - Backpackers accommodation in Eastern Cape
Big Rush - Action & Adventure visitor experience in KwaZulu-Natal
Curiocity Backpackers - 4 star backpackers accommodation in Gauteng
Happy Hippo ...more


Plett now has Six Blue Flag Beaches!

Published: October 8th, 2017
Plett now has Six Blue Flag Beaches!

Plett’s Six Blue Flag Beaches and 2 Blue Flag Boats

Applications for the prestigious Blue Flag eco-label were reviewed earlier this year and put through a rigorous approval process involving both national and international assessments. The announcement of the 2016 International Blue Flag results revealed that a total of 44 South African beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status this year, along with seven marinas and eleven sustainable tourism boats.

The Western Cape has achieved the highest number of Blue Flag sites, with 28 of the beaches, all eleven boats and six of the seven Blue Flag marinas falling in the province.

Plettenberg Bay has received Blue Flag status for six beaches ...more


Waylon Woolcock wins Tour de Plett

Published: October 7th, 2017
Waylon Woolcock wins Tour de Plett

Waylon Woolcock has won the 2017 Tour de Plett at Central Beach in Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, today.

The BCX pro beat teammate HB Kruger when he finished the 87km mountain bike race first.

Ascendis Health’s Robyn de Groot claimed the honours in the women’s race.

Provisional results can be viewed below:

87km

Men

1. Waylon Woolcock
2. HB Kruger

Women

1. Robyn de Groot


A triple double: Newstead wins its third Grand D’or

Published: October 7th, 2017
A triple double: Newstead wins its third Grand D’or

At the 2014 Michelangelo Awards, Newstead won a Gran D’or (double gold) for its first ever MCC Brut. In 2016 the estate won a second Gran D’or, this time for its Rosé bubbly. And this year Newstead won its third double gold in four years, for their second MCC Brut.

“We are surprised and delighted,” Newstead’s Doug Lund said after the Michelangelo Awards ceremony.

For good measure, the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay have also been awarded at previous Michelangelo Awards. And the Rosé bubbly has now been nominated as one of the top wines in South Africa.

It’s an impressive showing for an estate that released its first wines only half a decade ago, and which is located in ...more


Video: Whale rescue, freed from rope

Published: October 2nd, 2017
Video: Whale rescue, freed from rope

A whale was successfully freed on Sunday afternoon after it was anchored to the sea bed with a fishing rope around its tail and a single flotation buoy, the SA Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) said.

SAWDN was alerted by a passing vessel reporting to be 45 nautical off-shore between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, spokesperson Craig Lambinon said in a statement.

Lambinon said the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Plettenberg Bay sea rescue craft, accompanied by SAWDN volunteers and its specialised cutting equipment, were launched from Plettenberg Bay at 12:00.

The line around the tail was cut which freed the whale from the anchored entrapment. The flotation buoy was also cut, he ...more


Diverse riding days experienced at Dr Evil Classic MTB

Published: September 27th, 2017
Diverse riding days experienced at Dr Evil Classic MTB

Indeed, the Buco Dr Evil Classic was THE ideal warm-up for the Buco Lions Karoo to Coast that took place on the 24th September. Daily distances ranged from 70km to 45km.

Sean Badenhorst of Tread Magazine summed up his experience: “The third and final day of the BUCO Dr Evil Classic on Saturday 23rd September – was simply beautiful. 45km of coastal and forest riding around Plett, with a healthy dose of the legendary Harkerville single track included. I have ridden so many mountain bike events over the past 26 years and can confirm that the Dr Evil Classic is the most beautiful event I have done.

The event hosted 230 happy riders at three race villages from Thursday ...more


Plett Tourism to co-host Tourism Twitter Chat with Sho’t Left

Published: September 26th, 2017
Plett Tourism to co-host Tourism Twitter Chat with Sho’t Left

Plett Tourism will be co-hosting Sho’t Left's World Tourism Day Twitter Chat today, Wednesday 27th September! 

Join the discussion on Twitter between 1-2pm today, Wednesday 27th September and type #TourismMonth into search bar. Keep hitting refresh to see new tweets in the conversation and join in with your South African travel tips and stories.

 


Rare secretary birds released into Plett skies after fires in June

Published: September 21st, 2017
Rare secretary birds released into Plett skies after fires in June

The team of Radical Raptors rehab centre for birds of prey had an exciting Monday... TANIA ROBSON tells all

AFTER the June fires, we were inundated with injured and exhausted raptors at our rehabilitation centre behind the restaurant and shops at The Heath. These feathered victims included two Secretary birds - a first for us in eight years of operating the centre!

The birds were picked up at two different locations and both of them were starving. We found the young female close to Knysna Lagoon while the other, an adult male, was picked up at Kranshoek, just off Plett’s Airport Road.

We have nursed them back to health for almost three months now and before ...more


Historic day for Plett Wine Route as Jan Boland pays a visit

Published: September 21st, 2017
Historic day for Plett Wine Route as Jan Boland pays a visit

Famed producer Jan Boland Coetzee held an historic first ‘Symposium on Pinot Noir’ at Bramon Estate to assembled winemakers… and lucky they were! - PETER BISHOP reports

THE full effect of Jan’s symposium on Pinot Noir will take a decade to be realised. It will take discipline as much as it needs awareness… and lucky they remain.

For Jan himself to fulfil his dreams, and to become aware, has taken 50 years, with a wonderful planned run-in over the last decade. Being an industry icon at Kanonkop in the 1970s when he played 127 games as ‘fetcher’ for Western Province, most of these as captain, he also played in six test matches.

After 11 seasons playing for Stellenbosch ...more


Plettenberg Manor named in Top 10 Retirement Estates in SA

Published: September 21st, 2017
Plettenberg Manor named in Top 10 Retirement Estates in SA AfrAsia Bank and New World Wealth recently released this year’s review of the top 10 residential estates in South Africa.

The New World Wealth research team visited over 100 residential estates across the country in order to compile the report which contains an overall top 10, as well as top 10s in three different sub-categories including the top 10 retirement estates.

The Plettenberg Manor, on which construction commenced September 2016 with civil works, was listed as one of the top 10 retirement estates. Hein Ehlers, CEO and founder of Devmark Property Group, is delighted with the news. “Plettenberg Bay ranks as one of the top three premier property locations ...more


The definitive guide to the Garden Route

Published: September 21st, 2017
The definitive guide to the Garden Route

Finally, some good news for the Garden Route.

The proclamation of the Garden Route Biosphere Reserve in June 2017 came at a most auspicious time. While the Garden Route was engulfed in flames, the International Coordinating Council (ICC) of UNESCO MAB sat in Paris deciding on the status of the Garden Route. The decision to accept the nomination for this biosphere reserve was met with enormous relief, gratitude and hope, understanding the potential that it holds. Biosphere reserves are given international recognition due to their unique natural, historic and cultural attributes.

The publication of the revised and updated edition of A Guide to the Garden Route could not have been timed ...more


CapeNature Access Week 18-25 Sep

Published: September 13th, 2017
CapeNature Access Week 18-25 Sep

CapeNature Access week runs from 18 to 25 September and allows FREE entry to Robberg and Keurbooms nature reserves, among others in the Cape Province.


Video: Highlights from SA Senior Open Golf in Plett

Published: September 7th, 2017
Video: Highlights from SA Senior Open Golf in Plett

Highlights from the South African Senior Open hosted by Bitou Municipality which took place in Plettenberg Bay recently.

Next year's EWT SA Seniors Golf Tour & Hall of Fame will take place from 2-7 April 2018 at Plett Country Club. For more information contact Gary Grant on 082 990 3723 or email gary@acceleratesport.com.

 


Plett estate rated among top in SA

Published: September 6th, 2017
Plett estate rated among top in SA

A survey by global bank AfrAsia Bank and research group New World Wealth recently rated South Africa's luxury estates on criteria that included design and space, communal gardens and parks, maintenance, location, security, scenery, activities and facilities. The survey came up with the top ten estates in South Africa based on exclusivity, and among these was Whale Rock Ridge in Plettenberg Bay.

The 100 hectare Whalerock Ridge in Plettenberg Bay boasts impressive views over Robberg Beach. The bottom gate of the estate is located about 100 metres from the beach. House prices on the estate range from R3m to R35m.

The survey noted that recent trends in estate living over the past year included a ...more


Singer Cara Frew’s first holiday memory Plett

Published: September 5th, 2017
Singer Cara Frew’s first holiday memory Plett

South African-born singer and songwriter Cara Frew is one of South Africa’s promising exports, gaining traction in the American music scene. Frew, who has worked with the likes of Black Coffee and The Kiffness, recently shared some of her experiences while travelling the world . When asked what her first holiday memory was, Cara responded:

"Plettenberg Bay, with my father, driving in his open Jeep listening to The Beach Boys. Plett has been our December summer holiday spot as a family for over 20 years now. This beach town brings back such special memories - and The Beach Boys are still one of my favourite bands."

Read the full interview with Cara at www.iol.co.za

 

 

 


Go! Magazine: Hike the Garden of Eden

Published: August 22nd, 2017
Go! Magazine: Hike the Garden of Eden

The area around Plett has always been a hiker’s paradise. Okay, always is forever and that’s a long, long time. But it is true that some of the first people to walk the earth, some 160 000 years ago, did so around here.

I’m at the Matjes River rock shelter, a 30-minute walk east of the main beach at Keurboomstrand, and I’m looking at an ancient rubbish heap that contains thousands of years of history. It’s a midden, a place where the strandlopers and their ancestors deposited food scraps like shells and bones from small animals and fish, as well as ash, shards of pottery and bits of tools.

Today, this rubbish heap is 30m long, 15m wide and 10m deep, and archaeologists read ...more


Land and sea rescue training exercise in Plett

Published: August 21st, 2017
Land and sea rescue training exercise in Plett

Plettenberg Bay residents and visitors have been warned not to be alarmed when they see rescue workers out in full force on Wednesday August 23, as several organisations will be participating in a training exercise.

According to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in Plettenberg Bay, the coastal holiday town will be hosting a combined land and sea search and rescue training exercise on Wednesday.

The organisations involved will include the NSRI, Mountain Rescue and the Plettenberg Bay Crime Prevention Association (PBCPA).

This exercise is aimed at developing the co-operation between these local volunteer organisations and the improvement of search, communication and rescue ...more