Published: June 25th, 2017
by Julie Carlisle
The Garden Route area, from George and extending to the Port Elizabeth municipal boundary, was granted formal recognition as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO MAB (UNESCO’S Man & Biosphere Programme) last week on Wednesday 14th June in Paris.
This decision is the result of many years of work by a group of dedicated people within the Garden Route with the support of SANParks, CapeNature, Eastern Cape Economic Development, Environmental Affairs & Tourism and District and Local Municipalities, Provincial and National Departments of Environmental Affairs.
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, has welcomed the approval of the Garden Route as a Unesco Biosphere ...more
Published: June 23rd, 2017
The Telegraph (UK) has listed the Garden Route among one of the 10 best drives in the world.
According to The Telegraph:
Cradled between winding coastline and mountain, this 120-mile route takes the best South Africa has and wraps it up in a hugely varied road trip offering lagoons, deserted beaches, forests and lakes on excellent roads located between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
Best for: Wildlife lovers.
The route: The old-fashioned harbour town of Mossel Bay marks the start of this drive, before it heads north-east on the N2 to the town of George, with its formal, colonial buildings, at the foot of the Outeniqua mountain range. The mood changes as you ...more
Published: May 23rd, 2017
Plettenberg Bay features in the latest issue of Getaway Magazine in an Insider’s guide article by local writer Emma Jordan.
"Not-so-posh Plett will surprise you," writes Emma, whose article featured photos by Vanessa Brewer.
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Published: May 9th, 2017
The Strauss & Co valuation road show heads to Eastern Cape this month and offers those who want to rid of antiques the chance for their treasures to be evaluated and possibly sold for a tidy sum.
The company is embarking on a valuation road show in the Eastern Cape following Strauss & Co’s recording-topping March live sale in Cape Town, which generated a headline turnover of R70.6 million on a solid 84% sell-through rate.
Strauss & Co experts, Vanessa Phillips, Kirsty Colledge and Ian Hunter, will be visiting East London, Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay and Swellendam from May 22 to 25 to conduct obligation-free valuations of art, silver and Oriental porcelain.
Phillips is Strauss ...more
Published: May 1st, 2017
Plett local and ceramics artist Lucinda Mudge will exhibit her work this month at the Everard Read Gallery in London with her display entitled 'The wolf is always near'.
"This collection of 22 new vases takes its title from a Russian lullaby. Like the vases themselves, the title offers a dual interpretation. It references predation - the very real fear in South Africa of violent crime, physical attack. It also, somewhat humorously, examines my own career as a contemporary artist - the pressure to create artworks that are “worthy” pieces, and the fear of failure in this regard.
Themes of beauty and violence are woven throughout my work. I am aware that the objects I create are very ...more
Published: April 20th, 2017
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:
Published: March 31st, 2017
by SA Senior Tour
The stage is now set for the best ever assembled field for a South African Senior Tour event to battle it out at Plettenberg Bay Country Club. With a R500 000 prize purse up for grabs all players will be playing at the top of their game with the aim of ending the week as 2017 SA Senior Open Champion.
Chris Williams, fresh from his victory at the Sharjah Senior Golf Masters, expressed his excitement as getting back to South Africa to compete; “My game is feeling good after last week and hopefully I can carry that through into the SA Senior Open; there are some great players in the field and so it’s going to be 4 tough days of really competitive golf.”
James Kingston, who ran Williams close ...more
Published: March 28th, 2017
Did I hear someone say that they may have found a great route du vin – an area well recognised for a unique grape in a unique area? Indeed, you are bound to find your favourite in Plettenberg Bay where you can explore a selection of beautiful, crisp Sauvingon Blanc varieties – each as unique as the farm, tasting room and personalities that made them. Here you will find a selection of new wines with a fast-growing pedigree generally reserved for its much older peers.
Plett is South Africa’s smallest wine growing region, with only 58 hectares of the 100 000 hectares planted countrywide. This wine region is the country’s most easterly cultivar and stretches 57 km ...more
Published: March 27th, 2017
With just two weeks to go until the start of SA Senior Open Championship hosted by Bitou Municipality, presented by Accelerate Sport and in partnership with the Endangered Wildlife Trust, the already spectacular field has been strengthened even further by news that Denis Watson has confirmed his entry into the event.
Watson is a multiple winner of events on the Sunshine Tour including being the runner up to Gary Player in the 1979/1980 Order of Merit. A former US Open Runner-Up, Watson won the 2007 Senior PGA Championships of the USA – Champions Tour and the European Senior Tour’s associated event respectively. With 3 PGA Tour and 4 PGA Champions Tour wins, he will be amongst the ...more
Published: March 24th, 2017
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
Published: March 23rd, 2017
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
Published: March 16th, 2017
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'.
Published: March 16th, 2017
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
Published: March 15th, 2017
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
Published: March 13th, 2017
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
Published: March 13th, 2017
by Weekend Argus
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
Published: March 9th, 2017
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
Published: March 2nd, 2017
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