Published: February 22nd, 2017
Increased awareness of animal rehabilitation and a growing concern over the wellbeing of wildlife have led to a very busy start at Plettenberg Bay’s Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre on the outskirts of the town.
The centre’s marketing manager Steven Hendriks said that less than two months into 2017, they have taken in almost a third of last year’s rehabilitated animals.
“I believe it is because people are more aware of not only us as a centre, but also a general awareness about wildlife conservation,” Hendriks said.
The centre last year successfully rehabilitated 251 marine and terrestrial birds and mammals, and halfway through February this year it has already taken in ...more
Published: February 22nd, 2017
Despite its no-airs-and-graces ambiance, this maverick winery in Plettenberg Bay has helped to firmly establish Plett on the epicurean agenda.
While Cape wine producers tout centuries of tradition, there’s something refreshing about pioneering a “start-up” in a region where, a decade ago, vineyards didn’t even exist. And winemakers don’t come more visionary than Sue and Doug Lund, whose 11.5-hectare Newstead at the foot of the Tsitsikamma Mountains is one of just 20 wine farms in the Plettenberg Bay Wine Of Origin district, which was only established in 2006.
In 10 short years, the area has garnered a reputation for itself as “bubbly country”, its climate and ...more
Published: February 21st, 2017
This quick overview video will help you understand and enjoy this very easy to use and convenient tourism App.
The Garden Route and Klein Karoo Official App helps tourists in finding accommodation, Places to eat, Things to see & do, events etc in the GR&KK. Also get the Region info, weather, tides and local business info on the Garden Route and Klein Karoo.
Now you can download this free App and plan your complete holiday or stay in the pearl of Southern Africa. Find your accommodation have a look at a video and do your online real time booking all on the same App. Restaurants or Places to eat, the things to do & see in the area or just all the local info can be found on the App.
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Published: February 14th, 2017
Plettenberg Bay has been dominating the rankings of travel publications as a must-visit destination in recent years and 2017 is already off to a good start.
In February the coastal holiday town was selected as one of the top 10 places to visit in South Africa by Culture Trip – a global platform that showcases the best of travel, art and culture around the world.
Culture Trip is one of the internet’s fastest-growing media start-ups, attracting nearly 4-million monthly readers and 1-million followers on social media around the world.
Plettenberg Bay’s natural beauty was one of the biggest reasons the small Garden Route town made it onto the list.
Published: February 1st, 2017
According to Culture Trip, Plett is one of the top 10 places to visit in South Africa.
Whether you’re into getting to know local art scenes in buzzing cities, spotting the big five on safari, or getting to know South Africa’s rich and complex history, this country has something to offer everyone. Here’s out list of 10 attractions you just can’t afford to miss.
Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route
This small town in Western Cape has it all if you’re looking for nature — beautiful beaches to chill out on, mountains to climb, rivers to canoe down and ancient forests to explore. It also has its fair share of farm shops selling fresh and delicious local produce, from gourmet cheeses to cured ...more
Published: January 28th, 2017
Plettenberg Bay's The Fat Fish restaurant has been recognised as the top contributor in the country to the StreetSmart South Africa fundraising initiative over the past year.
StreetSmart - an initiative that raises funds in aid of keeping children off the streets - last year raised more than R1-million by by encouraging diners to add a small donation to their bills.
The biggest portion of these funds were raised by The Fat Fish in Plettenberg Bay. The restuarant joined the initiative in July 2013.
The money raised in the various towns and cities around the country is all donated to local charities and in Plett's case the funds go Masizame.
The funding has allowed Masizame to expand their ...more
Published: January 24th, 2017
A Hedonist’s Tour of South Africa
My latest quest for bites, booze, and beaches took me to the South Africa. You’d need more than a week to properly explore the Western Cape but I managed to squeeze in four perfect spots: Cape Town, Franschhoek, Hermanus, and Plettenberg Bay — though I left each one wishing I had more time.
This enclave on the Western Cape is where beach-city people go for a beach-town vibe.
Where to eat
Just steps from the water, the Bungalow on Hobie Beach is the newest beachside B&B and café. Its fresh ceviche, grilled haloumi, and fried croquettes are the perfect companions to a crisp rosé. Cap off a beach day with a slice (or four) from more
Published: January 24th, 2017
IN last week’s edition, I gave you a run-through on visiting Bitou, Luka, Plettenvale and Packwood, with the latter two lady owners doing the winemaking in their own cellars. Travel to The Crags and you will imagine yourself veritably in the Garden of Eden, with vineyards that wrap around the polo fields.
You may wish to start or to end at Bramon, off the N2 to the right when travelling east. Peter Thorpe settled there with his wife Caroline and two children, Bram and Manon, after whom the winery is named.
Four years later he released the country’s fi rst MCC Sauvignon Blanc. In that time the wine has hit 4.5 stars in the Platter Guide. Villiera’s Anton Smal joined in 2010 and systematically ...more
Published: January 24th, 2017
THE Stellenbosch Wine Route was launched in 1973 and co-founder Spatz Sperling of Delheim prayed for clouds to appear in the sky. The beaches were deserted and the day was spent tasting.
The Plett Wine Route should be in demand on even the warmest days of this summer.
If, up to 2016, you came to Plett to strut the beach paths, times have changed; 10 wine farms are in production and open to visitors, with seven preparing for the next season. Some of these offer food and distractions for the kids.
I was lucky to be able to ‘do the tour’ - but it took two days of concentrated tasting. The concentration of the wineries on the eastern side is along Rexford Road to the east. Those I will preview next ...more
Published: January 13th, 2017
Despite a dreary economic climate around the country, tills were ringing in Plettenberg Bay this festive season as thousands of holidaymakers made their way to the town.
"Plett summer 2016 saw its usual full occupancy, increased CemAir flight arrivals at the Plett Airport, high attendance at the summer's concert venues and visitors enjoying endless days of sunshine. Most of our revenue indicators have shown favourable results overall between December 12 and January 10," said Plett Tourism spokesperson Patty Butterworth.
And this positive influx was evident in the town's shops, restaurants and accommodation establishments.
Karen van Riet, centre manager for the town's biggest shopping centre ...more
Published: January 12th, 2017
The FedGroup PE Plett, South Africa’s premier 4-day mountain bike stage race, will will take place from 2-5 March 2017.
The incredibly scenic event gives mountain bikers an exciting traverse along the coast from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape, or vice versa, as the route changes direction each year, one of the event’s unique attractions.
There are two event options: The Tough One will cover a total of 320km with stages ranging in distance from 65km to 95km, while The Lite One will cover a total of 240km with stages ranging in distance from 45km to 75km.
The 2017 edition will run from PE to Plett and will incorporate a variety of challenging and stimulating regions, including the 3 ...more
Published: January 6th, 2017
The Plettenberg Bay property market has just surpassed the magic R1bn turnover mark for the year. Kevin Engelsman, Seeff's licensee for the area, says that this is indeed a milestone in view of the prevailing economic climate.
The popularity of Plett just continues to rise, says Engelsman. "Aside from an influx of new residents as part of the migration to the Western Cape, we have seen a notable increase in demand for holiday and retirement accommodation in the town. Buyers and holiday makers from Gauteng areas such as Johannesburg and Pretoria are especially keen right now."
Plettenberg Bay now has a busy commercial centre, good infrastructure and schools. Main Street is lined ...more
Published: December 19th, 2016
Important Beach Safety Information: please be aware of shark activity in the area.
SIREN CALL - 19 December - Plettenberg Bay
At 07h13, Monday, 19th December, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew launched the Sea Rescue craft Ray Farnham and Airlink Rescuer and our rescue vehicle responded following a request for assistance from three paddlers. They reported one of the paddlers bumped off his surf-ski by a shark while paddling behind the breaker line off-shore of Keurbooms Lagoon, Plettenberg Bay. I also dispatched my tender boat through the river mouth to assist.
On arrival on the scene we found 3 surf-ski’s rafted together with the three paddlers paddling the surf-ski’s gently towards the ...more
Published: December 8th, 2016
When Arnold Palmer spearheaded the launch of the US Senior Open Championships in the 1980s, it became one of the most popular events on the golfing circuit. Today, it continues to draw top players.
SA has been keen to tap into that success on local grounds, and has come up with a novel idea to attract senior golfers to a tournament that brings in wider benefits.
The SA Senior Tour has partnered with the Endangered Wildlife Trust to create the Senior Golf Series, which offers regular games for senior players. The first tournament will raise awareness and funds for the humpback dolphin.
The series will offer R500,000 in prize money and will partner with the Golf Hall of Fame, which will host an ...more
Published: December 4th, 2016
Josie Gailey shares some helpful info and tips on what she's taking to Plett Rage and what you shouldn't forget! Take her advice, she's been to Rage and she knows!
Published: December 2nd, 2016
by Brendon Morris
Plett Summer magazine is now out and includes information on events on this summer in Plettenberg Bay, editorials, activities and special offers.
It's all happening this December / January in Plett!
Get your copy at various locations in Plett, or pop into the Plett Tourism office to pick one up!
Or read it online here:
Published: November 23rd, 2016
Plettenberg Bay is soon to burst at the seams with thousands of school leavers getting ready to descend on the town for one of the largest student festivals in the southern hemisphere.
And according to organisers of the 14th annual Plett Rage, youngsters have a packed programme over the eight-day festival – which takes place from December 2 to 9 – and several new additions to look forward to.
The biggest change to this year’s event is that it will be hosted at The Meadows, the new festival site. Another added feature is Rage Village, a brand new camping facility. The Rage Village is situated 3km outside Plettenberg Bay in Wittedrift.
“Rage Village has lush rolling grass and is ...more
Published: November 18th, 2016
Plett is home to some of South Africa’s best beaches and it’s always packed out during summer. It’s also a fantastic off-season destination, when the crowds have gone back to Illovo and Idaho. Here’s your guide.
There can’t be many South African sun-seekers who haven’t greased their shoulders and spread their towels on one of Plett’s golden beaches. Or maybe you have childhood memories of Plett: catching your first real wave at Central Beach and dropping your soft serve into the boiling sand while running back to the brolly.
Yes, Plett is a happy place where families get together and catch up on the year’s events; where the stoep of the holiday house is eternally littered with ...more