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Plett the end point for world’s first 7 day gravel stage race

Published: May 30th, 2018
Plett the end point for world’s first 7 day gravel stage race

HotChillee has announced the World’s First 7-Day Point to Point Gravel Stage Race and Plettenberg Bay has been chosen as the end point.

The Rainmaker RollerCoaster, the world’s first seven-day point to point gravel stage race, will take place from 6-12 October 2018 in the Western Cape, South Africa.

The Rainmaker RollerCoaster is the latest offering from HotChillee, the cycling event group behind the renowned LONDON-PARIS and Cape Rouleur races. HotChillee has embraced the growing phenomenon of gravel riding over the past three years and have joined forces with digital disrupter Rainmaker Solutions, the title sponsor of the inaugural event.

The Rainmaker RollerCoaster offers ...more


Tampering with tourism could spell disaster for Plett

Published: May 17th, 2018
Tampering with tourism could spell disaster for Plett

A controversial new proposed tourism bylaw by the Bitou Municipality has left Plettenberg Bay residents and tourism stakeholders hot under the collar, sparking fears of a possible tourism downturn in the near future.

"Tourism is the lifeblood of our beautiful town and tampering with this vital economic driver could spell disaster for Plett," says local resident Joanne Barrett said. She has been campaigning for the town's tourism body to remain independent.

Inviting public comment
The proposed bylaw seemingly proposes that the tourism function become an "in-house" endeavour and is currently open for public comment, objections and representations.

The proposal has since sparked a public ...more


New Plett retirement village in 2nd phase

Published: April 18th, 2018
New Plett retirement village in 2nd phase

Devmark Property Group’s brand new retirement village in Plettenberg Bay, The Plettenberg Manor, broke ground this week to start building the second phase of at least 30 houses before the end of this year.

The development will offer residents eight accommodation types ranging from apartments to three-bedroom exclusive homes designed in the Cape vernacular style, juxtaposing the Cape South Coast’s rural charm with sophisticated modern functionality and open plan living.

Says Hein Ehlers, CEO of Devmark Property Group: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the development on the estate. The first residents are starting to move in and the Gatehouse and Entrance Road were completed end November ...more


Plett features in Grandeur Magazine

Published: April 13th, 2018
Plett features in Grandeur Magazine

Plettenberg Bay, located along the Garden Route in the Western Cape area, is an ideal South African destination for its breathtaking backdrop and numerous activities.

“The scenery is perhaps the greatest highlight of all, and the sweeping vistas of pristine lagoons and beaches can’t easily be beaten anywhere else along the Garden Route. There are six internationally recognized Blue Flag beaches, each with its own personality, along the town’s 20 kilometres of picturesque Indian Ocean coastline,” Plett tourism spokesperson Patty Butterworth writes in an email interview.

Blue Flag is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education that signifies management of the beach meets ...more


Dr Evil in Die Beeld newspaper

Published: April 9th, 2018
Dr Evil in Die Beeld newspaper

Saturday's edition of Die Beeld featured an article on the upcoming Dr Evil MTB race. An article for our Afrikaans readers to enjoy...

 


Beachyhead most expensive street outside Cape Town

Published: April 6th, 2018
Beachyhead most expensive street outside Cape Town

According to the New World Wealth report, the most expensive streets outside of Cape Town include Beachyhead Road in Plettenberg Bay, and Lagoon Drive in Umhlanga.

With an average price of R 43 000.00 per square meter, the road alongside Robberg Beach has long been the most expensive in Plett, and sits at number 11 on the top streets in the country.

Find out more at www.businesstech.co.za


SAASA takes firm stance on captive wildlife welfare

Published: April 4th, 2018
SAASA takes firm stance on captive wildlife welfare

The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) has broken its ties with Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) following the announcement of the organisation’s captive wildlife criteria.

“We feel that the recently introduced FTT captive wildlife criteria are not strict enough, they are open to interpretation, and don’t sufficiently address the interest of captive wildlife,” says Tony Blignaut (CEO SAASA). “However, we are fully committed to continue following the other FTT principals in our business model, as we believe these represent best practice in the industry.”

The four SAASA wildlife sanctuaries (Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Jukani and Monkeyland KZN) put the welfare and ...more


Plett’s pristine beaches and treetop suites

Published: March 6th, 2018
Plett’s pristine beaches and treetop suites

Plettenberg Bay, located along the Garden Route in the Western Cape area, is an ideal South African destination for its breathtaking backdrop and numerous activities. 

“The scenery is perhaps the greatest highlight of all, and the sweeping vistas of pristine lagoons and beaches can’t easily be beaten anywhere else along the Garden Route. There are six internationally recognized Blue Flag beaches, each with its own personality, along the town’s 20 kilometres of picturesque Indian Ocean coastline,” Plett tourism spokesperson Patty Butterworth writes in an email interview.

Blue Flag is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education that signifies management of the beach ...more


Orcas hunting Dolphins in Plettenberg Bay

Published: February 27th, 2018
Orcas hunting Dolphins in Plettenberg Bay


PE>>Plett mountain bike race changes format

Published: February 23rd, 2018
PE>>Plett mountain bike race changes format

Amateur mountain bikers who might not have time for the full Fedgroup Port Elizabeth to Plett stage race will not run the risk of missing out with the addition of the Weekend Warriors.

The concept sees the race cut into two halves, tailored specifically for the man on the move.

It allows riders to get a feel for the race, albeit over two days, experiencing the thrills and spills of the race in a shorter format.

The race, which takes place from next week Thursday to Sunday already has in excess of 150 riders set to tackle the route, which starts in Kurland, Plettenberg Bay.

This figure includes eight Weekend Warrior entrants.

Riders can choose either the first two days or the last ...more


Knysna water restrictions relaxed to ‘moderate’

Published: February 23rd, 2018
Knysna water restrictions relaxed to ‘moderate’

The status of Knysna with regards to water restrictions as indicated on the Western Cape map, which appears on the Western Cape Water Wise Tourism website, has been changed from “Severe Water Restrictions” to “Moderate Water Restrictions” at the request of Knysna Tourism.

This more accurately reflects the situation in Knysna where Level 3 water restrictions are in place to ensure the security of water for all users.

At the same time, we would like to remind all our residents and visitors, that Knysna is a water-scarce town so it is vital for everyone to be water wise. 

While we are not as severely affected by the drought as other parts of the Western Cape, we should continue to ...more


Otter to be Grand Finale in Salomon Golden Trail Series

Published: February 21st, 2018
Otter to be Grand Finale in Salomon Golden Trail Series

Salomon has announced their ‘Golden Trail Series’—a revolutionary new trail running race series concept commencing in May 2018 – and it includes South Africa’s Otter Trail Run near Plett as the Grand Finale!

Watch Salomon's promo video