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Archaeologist Janette Deacon exploring Nelson Bay Cave

Published: September 19th, 2018
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Nelson Bay Cave, also known as Wagenaar’s Cave, is located on our iconic Robberg Peninsula. It is an archaeological site showing evidence of human occupation dating as far back as 125 000 years. In the same area, at Keurboomstrand, are two other Stone-Age caves: Hoffman’s/Robberg Cave and Matjes River Rock Shelter.

Nelson Bay Cave has provided rich archaeological evidence from its Middle-and Later-Stone-Age occupation, dating from a few hundred years to more 125 000 years ago. According to studies, the cave was abandoned between 40 000 and 20 000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, when the sea level along our coastline dropped some 130m and the coastline moved about ...more


3 Days of Classic Garden Route Riding on the Cards at Dr Evil

Published: September 18th, 2018
3 Days of Classic Garden Route Riding on the Cards at Dr Evil

The Garden Route has long been one of South Africa’s mountain biking meccas. With a plethora of trails through the lush indigenous forests and the relaxed coastal town atmosphere proving infectious to all you drive into Plettenberg Bay; it is easy to see why. For riders taking part in the BUCO Dr Evil Classic, this weekend, the joys of three days of amazing riding await.

The pleasures do not stop when mountain bikers cross the finish line, at the end of each stage, however. The tranquillity of the forests and the azure waters of the Indian Ocean set the tone for a stress free long weekend off the bike too. It serves as a perfect family getaway then; before the tensions of work, ...more


Red Frogs at Your Service

Published: September 16th, 2018
Red Frogs at Your Service

Plett Rage has, over the years, garnered support and help from several regular, reliable resources who invest their time, love and attention into ensuring that the excitable youngsters who come to the town to let their hair down, can do so in a secure and safe environment. The Red Frogs are one such organisation and as their involvement in Plett Rage enters a 7th year, I spoke to prominent Red Frog associate, Mike Cheney, about the history of the outfit, what they provide by way of a service and how Plettonians can offer their support by donating to, or volunteering for, the cause.

The first thing that I wanted to find out was who are the Red Frogs and how did they come to be such an integral part of our ...more


Busy month for Adventure Racing Team

Published: September 10th, 2018
Busy month for Adventure Racing Team

Petrus Maree of Plett Adventure Racing Team reports on the races and trails they took part in during August.

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August been a busy month with training back in full swing and I had the opportunity to take part in 3 races.

Graham Bird, captain of the Merrel Adventure Addicts sent me a last minute message to join their team for the Cyanosis Midlands 165km Adventure Race on the 4th and 5th of August.  I was standing in for one of their team mates who could not make it.  This race forms part of the A1 series.  What a great opportunity racing and learning from these legends, Hanno, Tracey and Grant.  After a 16hr drive we started Saturday morning 6am with a 42km trail run followed by a 43km ...more


N2 Lounge gives back to the community

Published: September 10th, 2018
N2 Lounge gives back to the community

The new kids at the block, the N2 Lounge, have outdone themselves this past month by showing us that in business, it’s not always about the bottom line, but also about giving back to the community.

The lounge has donated about 140 sanitary towels to the girls of Murray High School in Kwano, closing the gap that is faced by many young ladies who miss school because they can’t afford the much needed sanitary towels.

This gesture by N2 Lounge is challenging all of us, not only to spare a thought for those in need, but to go an extra step by doing something about it. The Lounge owners say, “Donating sanitary towels to girls should not only happen during the month of August; it should be an all- year ...more


Orca Foundation tags Solo, the elephant seal

Published: September 10th, 2018
Orca Foundation tags Solo, the elephant seal

Last week our seal biologist, Frikkie Van Der Vyver, managed to tag Solo, the adult male southern elephant seal that regularly hauls out at the Cape fur seal colony on Robberg Peninsula.

Being vagrant visitors to the South African coastline, only a handful of elephant seals come ashore along the Garden Route coastline every year, some of which are tagged by researchers in order to study their movement and origin.

Although Solo has been returning regularly to Robberg for many years, it is still unknown where he goes when he is absent for 1-2 months at a time. But, if he hauls out on sub-Antarctic Marion Island, the closest island where elephant seals breed and moult, there is a good chance ...more


Omang? Griqua Founders Day – Kranshoek, South Africa

Published: September 10th, 2018
Omang? Griqua Founders Day – Kranshoek, South Africa

“O’mang?”(Sesotho: Who are you?) is a series of documentaries that follows ordinary South Africans of all races, colours and creeds on a journey through and celebrating their diverse cultures and traditions. The series covers different elements of culture and how these elements shape and mould a person’s identity. The crew travelled over 25,000 km by road, through all of South Africa’s 9 provinces, exploring the beauty of our land and cultural diversity. These are journeys of celebration, told not from the minds of academics, but through the ordinary citizens of our land. As the filmmakers travelled into cultural heartlands, they also looked at cross-cultural contact and the ...more


Become a ‘Friend of the Festival’ at Plett Rage 2018

Published: September 10th, 2018
Become a ‘Friend of the Festival’ at Plett Rage 2018

‘This will be our 4th Rage as a ‘Friend of the Festival’, allowing us to provide promotion’s directly to ‘Ragers’ from our outlet. With our distinctive brand, the location and value for money for the visitors to the event, we create a win/ win situation. Plett is a small holiday town that only really gets going from the end of November to the end of April, so any marketing initiative to bring in extra business is welcome.’

Mugg & Bean are just one of several local businesses that have, over the years, participated and benefited from being a in the ‘Friends of the Festival’ program. And the scheme is open to all companies in Plett.

I spoke with Daron Smit, owner of The Worx, ...more


Bitou Community Foundation Trust to launch in London

Published: September 9th, 2018
Bitou Community Foundation Trust to launch in London

The Bitou Community Foundation Trust, a small UK registered charity, is raising money for two vital causes within the greater Plettenberg Bay (Bitou) District in the Western Cape, South Africa.

On 3 October 2018, they will be launching the Bitou Trust with a Gala Dinner and Auction at the Vintner’s Hall in London. They have a wonderful array of unusual and interesting items in the catalogue which have been generously donated for auction on the evening.

VIEW THE AUCTION CATALOGUE

All proceeds from the evening will be split equally between their two beneficiary charities: The PlettAid Foundation/Hospice Plett and the Robberg Coastal Corridor Protected Environment.

If you would like ...more


Discovering the Plettenberg Bay Winelands

Published: September 6th, 2018
Discovering the Plettenberg Bay Winelands

The coastal town of Plettenberg Bay is quickly becoming known to produce exceptional summer wines in this cool climate terroir region of South Africa – like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and MCC. With Spring just around the corner, I decided to explore four wineries in four days in the Plettenberg Bay wine route before their most busy season, the December and January months. I will be profiling each farm later down the line in my infamous “number” posts but in the meantime, here’s my experience of 4 out of 16 wineries in the Plettenberg Bay Winelands.

Kay and Monty Vineyards

This was my first stop and it just so happens that this winery was amongst the first in the ...more


Dates set for the Sunshine Senior Tour’s flagship event

Published: September 6th, 2018
Dates set for the Sunshine Senior Tour’s flagship event

The Sunshine Senior Tour have announced that the SA Senior Open hosted by Bitou Municipality, South Africa’s most prestigious senior golfing event, will take place from the 2nd to the 5th of October 2018.

Having previously hosted the event in April 2017, the change was made to align with the school holidays, with large numbers of families making their way down to Plettenberg Bay. The locals and holiday goers will be in for a treat as the golfing action will be open to all spectators for free, allowing nostalgic golfing fans and aspirational youngsters the chance to witness some first class golf at close quarters.

Set to be held at the gorgeous Plettenberg Bay Country Club, that is ...more


SA Senior Open to be held in Plett for 2nd year

Published: September 6th, 2018
SA Senior Open to be held in Plett for 2nd year

In just its second year, The SA Senior Open has established itself as the premier event on the new Sunshine Senior Tour. As the only annual Senior professional golf event along the beautiful Garden Route stretch, the SA Senior Open offers a unique opportunity for corporates and individuals to experience tournament golf.

Date: 02 – 05 October 2018
Venue: Plettenberg Bay Golf Course

The event will also for the first time, incorporate a special pre event feature on Sunday 30th September, whereby the Annual Mayoral Golf Day will take place, celebrating the alliance between the Senior Tour and Bitou Municipality. Proceeds of this event will go towards the creation of a Golfing Academy, targeting ...more