With an abundance of mountains, coastline, vineyards, forests; we are so lucky to live in the Western Cape. Traveling with kids is quite a different ballgame from solo or couples travel. While there are some places that beckon families with open arms and have all the right elements to keep your kids entertained while others make it quite tough for parents to relax and enjoy ourselves. Here we have a list of accommodation we stayed at while traveling down from Nature’s Valley along the Garden Route and how each of them fared when it came to kid-friendliness.ROCKY ROAD BACKPACKERS, NATURE’S VALLEY
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The best way to round off an Eastern Cape adventure is in the time-honoured tradition of heading to Plettenberg Bay for a sun and sea finale. Plett Tourism Authority is making a big effort to promote the town’s attractions, and that shouldn’t be difficult when there’s plenty to do like bungee jumping from Bloukrans Bridge; gorge walking; visiting bird, monkey and elephant sanctuaries; or touring the Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, which rescues and rehabilitates injured animals.
Plett’s beaches themselves come in different flavours, one ideal for surfing, another designated for dog walking, one for catching a whale-watching cruise and some just for that old-fashioned activity of ...more
Plettenberg Bay is famous for beaches and parties but its winter arts festival, wine farms and crags are just as compelling reasons to visit this jewel of the Garden Route.ARTS FESTIVAL
From this week until July 9 Plett has its own arts festival with live dance, music, theatre and fashion shows. Street performances and food are on offer and the Plett Winter School has courses on topics including the visual arts, viticulture and quilt making.
Standup comedy at the Fringe, Afridocs and Plett Food & Film are popular events, says Patty Butterworth from Plett Tourism. Plett Afrojazz is a new entry this year with Femi Koya headlining, and every night DJ Jazztrain will host an ...more
Josie Eveleigh talks on the SABC3 Expresso show about her recent travels to Plett.
It’s Travel Tuesday and this morning we're back with an old friend of Expresso. Josie Eveleigh has been jetting around the globe as travel writer and digital influencer, and she joins us again in studio to share her stories and experiences.
In this article, Caira-Lee of Women on Wheels encourages travellers to make the journey a part of an unforgettable experience with her pick of the best travel destinations, which includes Plett and the Garden Route.
Following the beautiful stretch of coastline that connects South Africa’s Mossel Bay with the Storms River, the Garden Route is named for its expanses of endemic wildflowers. However, a drive along the route will also have you pass beside isolated sandy beaches, through vineyards, over mountain passes, and into areas of forest.
With the second mildest climate in the world (after Hawaii), the Garden Route is sandwiched between the warm surfer-loved waves of the Indian ...more
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 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
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
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
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
Saturday's edition of Die Beeld featured an article on the upcoming Dr Evil MTB race. An article for our Afrikaans readers to enjoy...
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.
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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