Published: December 12th, 2017
The historical Old Nick Village on the N2 outside Plettenberg Bay has an eye-catching new addition in the form of the new Mungo Weaving Mill.
The unusual-looking landmark towering over the landscape at Old Nick has been attracting many curious locals and visitors to the area since opening last month.
The new-look mill is the culmination of years of planning and hard work, and provides a showcase of the art of weaving through the centuries.
It is also a place where staff from the area are producing top quality, natural fibre homeware textiles that are not only proudly South African, but have become increasingly sought after around the world.
Besides providing employment and skills to the ...more
Published: December 7th, 2017
Several municipalities in the Southern Cape are looking at ways to boost tourism in the area following the devastating June fires.
Seven people died and hundreds of homes were destroyed when wildfires tore through Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.
The Garden Route rebuild initiative has been underway since the disaster.
Co-ordinator Hildegard Fast says that the Knysna, Bitou, and Eden municipalities are finalising a long-term plan to improve tourism numbers in the areas.
"How can we attract more tourists in the off season, how can we have skills centres in the area to attract students in the off season and how can we just generally create more housing opportunities. So that strategy is being ...more
Published: December 7th, 2017
Plett Rage has given the Plettenberg Bay area a financial injection of up to R40 to R50 million.
This year about 4,000 matriculants are attending the annual end-of-year party bash in the seaside town.
Plettenberg Bay Tourism says this number is lower than the previous years.
Plett Rage spokesperson Ronen Klugman says the event, which comes to an end on 8 December, has been a success so far.
“We’ve also invested quite a bit more in terms of our security. We always believe it’s a big focus. We’ve got a wonderful transport solution that’s been running brilliantly. We’ve got triple amount of volunteers from around the Plettenberg Bay community that have been making sure that the students are getting home safely.”
Published: December 6th, 2017
The Plett Summer magazine 2017 is being printed and will be released in the coming week - It includes information on events happening this summer in Plettenberg Bay, editorials, activities and special offers.
Get your copy at various locations in Plett, or pop into the Plett Tourism office to pick one up!
If you're not in town you can read it online here in a few days time.
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Published: November 29th, 2017
With magnificent and expansive coastline, there's no shortage of marine diversity in South Africa. From the warm, inviting waters of the KwaZulu-Natal coastline, to the icy chill of the Atlantic Ocean in the Western Cape, the South African coastline is ideal for snorkelling, whether you're an amateur or a professional.
Here are ten of the best snorkelling spots to check out in South Africa:
Situated along the Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay is rife with a number of invertebrates such as anemones, nudibranchs, and sponges.
Plettenberg Bay has over four different kinds of reefs and is particularly famous for being the best night-time diving spot.
Click here for the other 9 spots
Published: November 27th, 2017
Somewhere on the planet there might be a more beautiful beach than Keurboomstrand, 10km east of Plettenberg Bay on the Western Cape, but I’ve visited a few beautiful beaches in my time and am yet to be convinced.
Plettenberg Bay is South Africa’s answer to the Hamptons, and Keurbooms is seemingly endless, wild and pristine – it feels lost in time.
I’m an inveterate strandloper (beachcomber) and love to search for pansy shells and rare paper nautiluses along its shore. Even during high season, I’ve only ever shared the beach with the occasional dog walker, fisherman or oystercatcher. Almost every time I’ve wandered along the sand, I’ve seen pods of about 100 bottlenose ...more
Published: November 23rd, 2017
Plettenberg Bay had property sale transactions worth over R1 billion in 2017, proving to be one of the most sought-after coastal property locations.
According to Property Solutions company, Lightstone's data revealed that Plettenberg Bay has had over a billion rand in transactions over a twelve month period, to end of October 2017.
This is the second successive year for Plettenberg Bay.
‘The local market remains active and agents expect a busy summer season ahead for the sales and rentals market. Despite the weak economic landscape, people are still buying property in Plett, says Seeff’s Licensee for the area, Kevin Engelsman.
Seeff has sold 125 units to the value of over R340 million already ...more
Published: November 18th, 2017
According to Plettenberg Bay travelbizmonitor.com, Plett should be a must-see destination for tourists coming to South Africa.
A seaside town on the Garden Route in the Western Cape of South Africa, Plettenberg Bay should be a must-see in the itinerary of travellers for its adventure sports, wildlife, wine and food. On the other hand, Port Elizabeth is a city in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and houses one of the major ports in the Rainbow Nation and is famous for its beaches.
Approximately a three-hour drive from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth, Kathryn B K takes you through these two destinations in the third of four-part ...more
Published: November 14th, 2017
Jared Harding's post on Ocean Blue Adventures' blog in Plett provides some really interesting information on the humpback whales of South Africa.
Humpback whale populations declined dramatically as a result of large-scale whaling operations during the 19th and 20th centuries. In the southern hemisphere, humpback whales were formally protected from commercial whaling in 1963, although illegal whaling by the Soviets continued into the 1970s. Thankfully, humpback whales have shown a strong recovery since the end of whaling.
The humpback whales seen off Plettenberg Bay belong to breeding stock C which occurs along the east coast of Africa, with breeding grounds off Mozambique, Madagascar ...more
Published: November 10th, 2017
NSRI installing Pink Torpedo Buoys at beaches in campaign to address drownings
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has launched a national emergency floatation campaign using Pink Torpedo buoys.
"These brightly coloured rescue devises, chosen because they are easily visible in water are being placed at high risk areas, especially where there are rip currents and no lifeguards on duty," says NSRI spokesperson, Craig Lambinon.
"The sign, which can be attached to a pole or drilled into a wall, holds a Pink Torpedo Buoy and by using simple graphics the NSRI explains that it should be thrown to a person in difficulty and that an untrained person should not enter the water to help or try and rescue ...more
Published: November 8th, 2017
The Old Rectory is pure pleasure, writes Emma Jordan
Behind the kettle is the Walter Battiss print Flying Angels. In true Battiss spirit it's a cacophony of colours and imagination. I do a double take and look to the opposite wall where bright swirls of green and blue complement the colour scheme. This is an original by Donne Rundle, a local Plettenberg Bay artist.
Curated by Michele Bestbier, the collection of local works on display at The Old Rectory includes works by Plett locals Helen Mudge and Rundle, alongside Knysna artist Guy Thesen, Cape Town ceramicist Theo Kleynhans and Joburg-based photographer Charles Johnstone.
"When I heard Merryll Legh was working on the interiors I ...more
Published: November 8th, 2017
A new report by AfrAsia Bank and New World Wealth rates the top 10 luxury apartment complexes in South Africa, and De Meermin, which overlooks Lookout Beach and the Lagoon in Plettenberg Bay is the only Garden Route apartment complex to be included on the list.
Prime luxury apartments have become common place in South Africa – especially in Cape Town, Sandton and Umhlanga – and recent trends in the market show that there has been a growing demand for these types of residences in the country over the past decade.
According to the report, a large number of luxury apartments were put up in Sandton and Cape Town during the 10 year period from 2005 to 2015 due to strong demand.
Read the full article online
Published: October 30th, 2017
Plett features in the November issue of the Air Namibia ‘Flamingo Magazine’.
CemAir, Kurland Hotel, Plett Air Safaris and Plett Tourism hosted Andrew Shapland from ‘The Roving Ambassador’ earlier in September. Andrew is also a contributing editor for the publication, and owner/operator of Tourism Corporation Africa – The Roving Ambassador.
Collectively, the Plett tourism products have secured opportunities to showcase Plett to several tour operators and select media representatives over the next year.
Click here to download the feature on Plettenberg Bay
Published: October 30th, 2017
National Geographic Traveller (UK) has announced its Cool List 2017, highlighting the 17 must-see destinations for the year ahead, and Plettenberg Bay has made the cut!
According to the magazine:
"South Africa is great value for money, with the rand keeping prices on the ground remarkably low. Wildlife is the obvious reason for going, particularly its accessible Big Five game parks. It’s also possible to go swimming with seals at Plettenberg Bay, observe meerkats in Oudtshoorn, and coo at penguins on the beach in Cape Town. There’s been a much-needed increase in airlift, with British Airways and Thomas Cook launching seasonal flights from Gatwick. Meanwhile, Johannesburg’s ...more
Published: October 27th, 2017
GoodLuck recently announced the return of their annual summer residency, the 'Get Lucky Summer' concert series this holiday season.
The series will include performances by GoodLuck, along with some of their favourite acts like TIMO ODV, The Kiffness, Matthew Mole, No Method, Nick Hamman and Majozi.
Off the back of 2016’s completely sold out series on the grassy banks of The Beacon Island Hotel in Plettenberg Bay, this year will see the Garden Route’s biggest concert series extend to host events in Knysna as well as Cape Town for the very first time.
"Get Lucky has grown massively from our first shows three years ago in Plett and it feels only right that we take the ...more
Published: October 24th, 2017
Plett's Beachyhead Road (long referred to but locals as Millionaire's Mile) is the most expensive street outside of Cape Town, with property prices an incredible R42 000/m².
This is according to a report on Fin24 which lists the country's most expensive streets.
As for the fastest growing suburbs in SA over the past year, New World Wealth's research found Nature's Valley (just outside Plett) to be among the top 10 with building costs at around R8 000/m².
For the full report, visit Fin24.
Published: October 24th, 2017
Plett locals Julie Carlisle and Grahame Thompson are interviewed by CapeTalk Radio about their latest release of the updated Jakana book "A Guide to the Garden Route".
Find out more about the book, and how to buy it, here
Published: October 23rd, 2017
Witsand and Island walk is one of three three routes to choose from to walk the Robberg Peninsula, they are circular and run clockwise. The three trails on offer range in time from a 30-minute stroll to a four-hour hike. All offer fantastic views, brisk sea air and sightings of the birds of the peninsula. Robberg is situated 8km south of Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, is not only a nature reserve, but also a national monument and World Heritage Site.
This shorter walk, 5.5 km and roughly 2 hours is very popular with those wanting to enjoy all the beauty of Robberg. The trail leads along the northern ridge of the peninsula (the same route as the Point walk) and ...more