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Adventure - Counting down to Plett HIGH FIVE
Achievements - Proudly Plett!
News - New developments and upgrades to Plett products
Natural history - New Paleo route for Southern Cape coast
Celebrate - Heritage Day celebrations
Interesting reads - Blogs, news and reviews
Events - A list of current and upcoming events in and around Plett
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COUNTING DOWN TO PLETT HIGH FIVE

Are you ready? 3, 2, 1… let the adventure begin at our season of adventure in Plett: Plett HIGH Five.

With 30 adventures on offer, from extreme to laid-back, there’s something for everyone to enjoy: adults & children.

From 21 – 28 September, get 20% off your top 5 adventures in Plett with savings of up to R1500, while you design your own personal adventure package. Dreams do come true!

Pin drop PlettVisit the dedicated Plett HIGH FIVE Adventure Hub on the lower level of Melville’s Corner to meet our adventure ambassadors and book your activities to make some excellent seaside holiday memories.

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COUNTING DOWN TO PLETT HIGH FIVE
 
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PROUDLY PLETT

Pin drop PlettWe would like to offer congratulations to the following incredible Plett businesses that have recently received recognition for their produce and products. Thank you for your dedication and passion; you are doing Plett proud!

NEWSTEAD LUND FAMILY VINEYARDS
Newstead’s Brut Chardonnay 2015 sparkling wine received 95 points - a gold medal - at the International Wine and Spirit Competition. The competition includes thousands of wines from 90 countries, 400 expert judges and seven months of judging to reach their decisions. Newstead Lund Family Vineyards is a boutique estate located along Redford Road in the Plett Winelands offering tastings, dining and events in a charming and elegant setting. "Honesty, surprise, delight - that’s what we want from our wines, and from life."

AFRICANYON
For the fourth consecutive year, Africanyon has received top honours at the provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards as the best adventure in the Western Cape! Africanyon’s unique kloofing adventure, coupled with superb customer service, has ensured that visitors keep voting year after year for their favourite jumping, swimming, ziplining, abseiling, canyoning activity!

SKY VILLA
Skyvilla also took top honours at the Lilizela Awards, receiving recognition as the top 5* Boutique Hotel in the province. Sky Villa Boutique Hotel offers unrivalled tranquility and, as the names suggests, 360° views of the ocean and the lagoon along with five-star facilities and warm hospitality for a rejuvenating stay.

SAASA
Plett’s Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani sanctuaries (SAASA) were awarded a prestigious 2019 Skål Sustainable Tourism Award in the category of Major Tourist Attraction at the 80th Skål World Congress held on the Royal Caribbean ‘Symphony of the Seas’. SAASA plays a huge role in changing the way people link about wildlife in tourism. A very well-deserved recognition for all the hard work!

PROUDLY PLETT
 
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NEW DEVELOPMENTS & UPGRADES TO TOURISM PRODUCTS IN PLETT

Pin drop PlettThe development and upgrade of tourism products in Plett has been a popular course of action for industry related products over the past three years.

In 2017 and 2018, we saw the upgrade of several properties including The Bungalow Plett and new rooms added to Plett Beachfront Accommodation. Also, the development of three new accommodation offerings – Sky VillaThe Junction and a new luxury tented option – Africamps.

Earlier this year we also witnessed the transformation of several other properties. Emily Moon River Lodge added six new bungalows. The Beacon Island Lifestyle Resort took on a major undertaking with the facelift of eight luxury suites, 192 bedrooms, the conference facility and the reception area. They will now start the redesign and refurbishment of the dining rooms –Robberg Room, Captain’s Cabin and the Gazebo deck.

The renovation done at The Grand Café Rooms & Rendezvous on Main Street was a huge success, so much so that the group purchased and upgraded the iconic The Lookout Deck and opened the new Grand Lookout (formerly Equinox).

As we write this, we are seeing another transformation on Plett’s Main Street with room renovations, a restaurant renovation and an exterior upgrade at the Bayview Hotel.

Exciting times for the tourism community of Plettenberg Bay as local business investment thrives.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS & UPGRADES TO TOURISM PRODUCTS IN PLETT
 
Plett HIGH FIVE - A week of adventure thrills in Plett
 
NEW PALEO ROUTE FOR THE SOUTHERN CAPE COAST   //  the next big thing in tourism
Pin drop PlettAngus Begg is an award-winning television producer, journalist and photographer. He shares his experiences with people and travel through television, print, radio and across the digital world. Plett Tourism recently commissioned Angus to create a series of stories focused on the lives and cultures of people in Plett.

In this issue, he shares the story of the Paleo Route on the southern cape coast which includes Plett’s Nelson Bay Cave and Klasies Cave.


Look how fine this detail is,” says the former political activist, standing in the cave and gesturing to a small round stone with a groove carved across its middle.

Mike Kantey, his youthful political fervour set aside, is a long-time journalist with a deep interest in natural history. He is also an ardent enthusiast about his home of the past decade, Plettenberg Bay. So much so that he’s written a small book, Navigating the Past: A Brief Illustrated History of Plettenberg Bay.

Kantey excuses the dated nature of the exhibit in which we find ourselves (as if he had built it himself). We are in a tiny rectangular room in what is known as Nelson Bay cave, a Cape Nature site, with an A-frame corrugated iron roof, lit by a naked bulb. The evolution of our species is laid out in strata, in front and to the sides, behind glass. It’s pretty big stuff.

“In the caves along this coastline has been found the evidence of significant behaviours that moved us up the evolutionary ladder,” says Kantey, “that evidence found specifically in tools and ornaments.”

The exhibit display is highly informative, but most importantly, easy to understand. Behind the glass is a cross-section of earth, detailing how the stone tools became smaller and more detailed with the passing of time, the youngest being 2000 and the oldest roughly 120 000 years old (when the tools were so broad they could’ve come out of the Flintstones).

They end up as fine tools, needles for sewing hide and what could have been grooves in sinkers for fishing. Having visited and written on the dig at Mossel Bay’s Pinnacle Point on a few occasions, and visited Maropeng and Sterkfontein in the past, I find this rustic exhibit utterly absorbing.

I think back to former Western Cape premier Helen Zille announcing the launch of the ‘Paleo Route’ at her last official public engagement at the World Travel Market in April, speaking of this being a brand new tourist experience only to be had in South Africa, of its potential world heritage site status. I think of how many times I visited Plett as a student, passing the very path down to the cave as I hiked the Robberg peninsula, without knowing what was down here.

“This site contributes to our understanding of human subsistence from about 120,000 years ago,” says Dr Jan De Vynck, an ecologist specialising in palaeoecology, at Nelson Mandela University’s African Centre for Coastal Palaeoscience (ACCP). He puts my fascination into words... continued

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NEW PALEO ROUTE FOR THE SOUTHERN CAPE COAST
Photo: Maxine Brett
 

HERITAGE DAY CELEBRATIONS

Pin drop Plett Happy Heritage Day, and Heritage Month, to all South Africans!

How will you be celebrating our incredible, diverse country? We have a super line-up over the season:

21 – 29 September – Plett HIGH FIVE
20% off the most amazing Plett adventures

21 September – Miss Heritage Day Full Figure
A family day including car show, jumping castle & more at Formosa Primary School

23 – 29 September – Cape Nature Access Week
Free entrance to our Western Cape nature reserves

27 September – Plett Heritage Dance for Climate Change
Instead of a protest, unite with a dance on Central Beach

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HERITAGE DAY CELEBRATIONS
 

INTERESTING READS - BLOGS, NEWS and REVIEWS

Belgian volunteers in Plett NSRI wins award in London WATCH: Basically Kelly Plett vlog Paper Shells & Surfing Sea Creatures
Belgian volunteers
in Plett
NSRI wins award in London WATCH: Basically Kelly
Plett Vlog
Paper Shells & Surfing Sea Creatures
 

UPCOMING EVENTS...

Plett’s Harkerville parkrun 01 Sep Dr Evil Classic SA Eventing Championships Plett HIGH FIVE
Plett’s Harkerville parkrun (every Sat) Dr Evil Classic
19-21 Sep
SA Eventing Championships 21 Sep Plett HIGH FIVE
21 Sep
       
Miss Heritage Day Full Figure 21 Sep Heritage Dance for Climate Change 27 Sep Robberg Xpress Trail Run 29 Sep Seeff Tour de Plett
Miss Heritage Day Full Figure 21 Sep Heritage Dance for Climate Change 27 Sep Robberg Xpress
Trail Run 29 Sep
Seeff Tour de Plett
12 Oct
       
Otter Trail Run The Wild Corridor MTB Tour 2019 Wittedrift Birding Festival 19 Oct Bitou Birding Retreat
Otter Trail Run
9-11 Oct
The Wild Corridor MTB Tour 2019 Wittedrift Birding Festival 19 Oct Bitou Birding Retreat
22 Oct
       
Bitou Art @ Moonriver SA Senior Open Geluk Experiences Plett Rage
Bitou Art @ Moonriver
22 Oct
SA Senior Open
22 Oct
Geluk Experiences
26 Oct
Plett Rage
29 Nov - 6 Dec
       
Plett MTB Festival Plett Gqom Experience Plett Summer 26 Dec Get Lucky Summer
Plett MTB Festival
10 Dec
Plett Gqom Experience
15 Dec
Plett Summer
26 Dec
Get Lucky Summer
NYE 2019
 
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