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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


Plett wine estate on the market

Published: February 23rd, 2018
Plett wine estate on the market

The 10.91ha Redford Wines estate, 20km from Plettenberg Bay in the ever-popular Crags, is going on auction.

“With a wine farm, stables, a restaurant and wine tasting facilities, there isn’t anything to dislike about this property. There are two separate entrances to the property - one is for the private house and the other leads to the estate,” says Tanya Jovanovski, Franchisee of Rawson Auctions Western Cape.

“The popular estate is often used for live bands and is situated directly opposite a polo landholding with a polo field.”

Wine estate

The wine estate covers a massive 10.91ha, 2.5ha of which are vineyards that are sectioned off with Bonnox fencing. Jovanovski says 1ha of Sauvignon ...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


CemAir schedule for Wed 21 Feb to Fri 23 Feb

Published: February 20th, 2018
CemAir schedule for Wed 21 Feb to Fri 23 Feb

CemAir has published its schedule for Wednesday 21 February to Friday 23 February 2018:

Wednesday 21 February 2018

5Z0112 - Johannesburg to Bloemfontein depart 06h30 5Z0111 - Bloemfontein to Johannesburg depart 08h00 5Z0602 - Johannesburg to Margate depart 10h00 5z0601 - Margate to Johannesburg depart 12h10 5z0890 - Johannesburg to Hoedspruit depart 14h00 5z1811 - Hoedspruit to Cape Town depart 15h20 5Z0114 - Johannesburg to Bloemfontein depart 16h30 5Z0113 - Bloemfontein to Johannesburg depart 18h00

 

Thursday 22 February 2018

5Z0112 - Johannesburg to Bloemfontein depart 06h30 5Z0111 - Bloemfontein to Johannesburg depart 08h00 5Z0602 - Johannesburg to Margate depart ...more

CemAir resumes limited schedule

Published: February 18th, 2018
CemAir resumes limited schedule

CemAir announced on Saturday (February 17) that it has resumed a limited schedule. The following flights will be operated over the next few days:

Saturday, February 17, and Sunday, February 18
 Johannesburg-Plettenberg Bay, Plettenberg Bay-Johannesburg, Johannesburg-Margate and Margate-Johannesburg. Monday, February 19
Margate-Johannesburg, Johannesburg-Bloemfontein, Bloemfontein-Johannesburg and Johannesburg-Plettenberg Bay. Tuesday, February 20
Plettenberg Bay-Cape Town, Cape Town-Plettenberg Bay and Plettenberg Bay-Johannesburg.

The flights are being operated by a third party operator.


Newsletter #167 – National Geographic features Plett penguin release

Published: February 15th, 2018
Newsletter #167 – National Geographic features Plett penguin release

A video of Plett’s second penguin release of 2017, held on Saturday 11th November, was recently featured on National Geographic’s Facebook page and shared with their 45 million fans. The video, filmed by Garth Ensley, was viewed 760 000 times and is a tribute to the efforts of our Plettenberg Bay conservation organisations.

The African penguins were rehabilitated at Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and released in collaboration with Nature’s Valley Trust and Birdlife South Africa. Charming a crowd of more than 500 spectators, they waddled to the water’s edge before diving in and, hopefully, made their way home.

Read further articles in this week's newsletter...

 

Watch the video below...


Reduced tariff for tour operators visiting Tsitsikamma GRNP

Published: February 15th, 2018
Reduced tariff for tour operators visiting Tsitsikamma GRNP

Registered tour operators bringing international visitors to the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) can now pay 50% of the tariff when visiting the park for only four hours. 

Management has approved the implementation of the readjustment with immediate effect. 

The rest of the visitors pay the full amount as approved and announced last year in November. 

These include the CPI (consumer price index) for 2017/2018, hence the increase.

We wish to thank all visitors to national parks. All funds generated from conservation fees are ploughed back into the primary mandate of SA National Parks, which is to oversee the conservation of South ...more


FREE Tourism Ambassador Course for Plett

Published: February 14th, 2018
FREE Tourism Ambassador Course for Plett

Plett Tourism is working with the Francois Ferreira Academy, a cookery school based in George, and Skål International Garden Route, to bring a Tourism Ambassador Course to Plett.

Applicant Interviews: 12 March at 10h00 at Bitou Municipality Course: 19, 20 and 22 March, from 08h00 to 16h00. Venue to be advised. Cost: FREE

The three-day course is aimed at staff employed in shops, hotels, petrol stations, restaurants and other relevant tourism-based products, activities and services, to enable them to assist with information about Plett.

The importance of employee training and development in hospitality can’t be overstated, because every job ultimately aims for guest satisfaction... to ...more


Video: Seabirds and seals in Plett feeding frenzy

Published: February 10th, 2018
Video: Seabirds and seals in Plett feeding frenzy

A huge flock of seabirds, and countless seals were filmed in a feeding frenzy at Hobie Beach, Plettenberg Bay on Friday 9th February by local Dave Swart.


Plett on SA Venues’ list of best small beach towns

Published: February 9th, 2018
Plett on SA Venues’ list of best small beach towns

According to renowned travel site sa-venues.com, Plett makes their list of the top 20 small beach towns in SA with no fewer than three local stretches of beach included in their recommendation.

"Perched on a hillside Plettenberg Bay overlooks the sea. It’s a popular haunt, particularly for Capetonians, not least for its miles of beach but also for its friendly, relaxed atmosphere and spectacular scenery. You’d be hard pressed to find a better beach town in South Africa, but may have to share it, depending on when you go."

Keurboomstrand and Nature's Valley were the other two beach towns in the greater Plett area that made the list, and you can read about them here.

Read the full article...


70 year old does Robberg walk for her love

Published: February 8th, 2018
70 year old does Robberg walk for her love

No amount of pain could stop 70-year-old Elizabeth Green, who completed a 6km hike to honour her late husband.

The Wilderness resident braved the Robberg Nature Trail in Plettenberg Bay in the name of love, attributing her gesture to her late husband on their 50th wedding anniversary. However, along the way she experienced pain in her hips, knees and legs, making the journey extremely difficult.

National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesperson Craig Lambinon said: “The local NSRI received reports of a 70-year-old woman experiencing difficulty while hiking on the Robberg Nature Reserve hiking trail on Saturday.

“When the crew arrived they found Elizabeth Green, from Wilderness, near ...more