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
Published: February 28th, 2017
Commuter and regional carrier CemAir (IATA code 5Z) has announced a new scheduled flight service between Margate Airport and Cape Town International Airport via Plettenberg Bay.
From March 15, FlyCemair will offer a weekly departure on a Thursday morning at 09:00 from Margate Airport, which will connect through Plettenberg Bay and on to Cape Town. From Cape Town, again connecting through Plettenberg Bay, the flight will arrive in Margate on a Wednesday evening at 17:30.
The flight will initially be serviced in CemAir’s popular Beech 1900D aircraft with a single rotation per week with a view to growing capacity and flight frequency as popularity for the service grows.
CemAir is a member of IATA ...more
Published: February 24th, 2017
By “implementing the basics” Plett Tourism has dramatically turned around the town’s tourism industry in just three years.
“It doesn’t sound very exciting, but by sticking to the basics the team has managed to make a difference,” Plett Tourism chairperson Peter Wallington said this week.
And these basics include having a clear strategy, making the best of a limited budget, having a stable board, establishing good relationships especially with the local municipality and drawing in the right people with the necessary skills to grow the brand.
This has paid massive dividends over the past three years. Despite national growth of only about 1% a year, Plett’s tourism sector has ...more
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.
See the ...more
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