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, ...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 ...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
Published: October 20th, 2017
For a year or two Plett's local airline CemAir has been transporting dogs and cats that need re-homing between Plett, Joburg and Cape Town. So when an injured turtle that was washed up on the beach at Sedgefield needed specialised treatment, the airline once again came to the rescue.
According to this article in The Citizen, Sedgefield residents discovered an endangered green sea turtle recently and took it to the Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation and Awareness Centre in Plettenberg Bay where it was nursed back to health. It was then flown on a CemAir flight to Cape Town. The turtle is currently being rehabilitated by the Two Oceans Aquarium.
Marketing manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation ...more
Published: October 19th, 2017
by Magnetic South
25 year old South African Trail Runner Kane Reilly will be making his bid to finally have his name engraved on the most coveted Trophy in South African marathon distance trail running at The Otter African Trail Run presented by Salomon.
Hosted on South African National Parks’ world renowned Otter Trail, the Otter Run has become the benchmark of technical marathon distance trail running.
Reilly, who posted the fastest time by a South African runner, has twice had to play 2nd fiddle to Swiss dentist Marc Lauenstein, one of the biggest names in the sport. The former world champion will not be making his annual pilgrimage to Africa’s southern coastline this year clearing the way for ...more
Published: October 12th, 2017
SAYTC members walked away with a total of 15 provincial Lilizela awards, a good showing for youth tourism. Among them were four from the Plett region: Africanyon, Stormsriver Adventures, Untouched Adventures and Tube & Axe.
Congratulations to all the winners, you do us proud and we'll be rooting for you in the national awards.
The winners are:
AfriCanyon - Action & Adventure visitor experience in Western Cape
Afrovibe Lodge - 3 star guest house accommodation
Afrovive Experiences - Eteya Award
Amapondo - Backpackers accommodation in Eastern Cape
Big Rush - Action & Adventure visitor experience in KwaZulu-Natal
Curiocity Backpackers - 4 star backpackers accommodation in Gauteng
Happy Hippo - 3 ...more
Published: October 8th, 2017
Plett’s Six Blue Flag Beaches and 2 Blue Flag Boats
Applications for the prestigious Blue Flag eco-label were reviewed earlier this year and put through a rigorous approval process involving both national and international assessments. The announcement of the 2016 International Blue Flag results revealed that a total of 44 South African beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status this year, along with seven marinas and eleven sustainable tourism boats.
The Western Cape has achieved the highest number of Blue Flag sites, with 28 of the beaches, all eleven boats and six of the seven Blue Flag marinas falling in the province.
Plettenberg Bay has received Blue Flag status for six beaches during ...more
Published: October 7th, 2017
Waylon Woolcock has won the 2017 Tour de Plett at Central Beach in Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, today.
The BCX pro beat teammate HB Kruger when he finished the 87km mountain bike race first.
Ascendis Health’s Robyn de Groot claimed the honours in the women’s race.
Provisional results can be viewed below:
1. Waylon Woolcock
2. HB Kruger
1. Robyn de Groot
Published: October 7th, 2017
At the 2014 Michelangelo Awards, Newstead won a Gran D’or (double gold) for its first ever MCC Brut. In 2016 the estate won a second Gran D’or, this time for its Rosé bubbly. And this year Newstead won its third double gold in four years, for their second MCC Brut.
“We are surprised and delighted,” Newstead’s Doug Lund said after the Michelangelo Awards ceremony.
For good measure, the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay have also been awarded at previous Michelangelo Awards. And the Rosé bubbly has now been nominated as one of the top wines in South Africa.
It’s an impressive showing for an estate that released its first wines only half a decade ago, and which is located in ...more