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*Announcing our #spiritofknysna competition*

WIN a fantastic holiday in Knysna, the heartbeat of the Garden Route, in South Africa’s Western Cape! Spend 7 glorious days in Knysna, experiencing three different luxurious accommodation options in three different parts of our scenic area.

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Knysna Oyster Festival a great success

A successful 35th edition of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival wrapped up on Sunday, with a diverse range of sporting and lifestyle events which catered for locals and visitors alike. The economic impact cannot be underestimated.

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Cooke and van der Merwe win Momentum BIG5 Challenge

Winners of the 9th edition of the Momentum BIG5 Challenge were decided on Saturday at the Knysna Half Marathon finish line, with Cooke and van der Merwe taking first place overall in the men’s and women’s events respectively.

Read more here

Bringing the forest to the Oyster Festival

The sights, sounds and surroundings of the Knysna forest were brought right into the Oyster Festival grounds last weekend, where it stood as a replica – albeit on a much smaller scale –inside the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon registration tent.

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS

FOOD & WINE PAIRING

Island Cafe at Turbine Hotel presents a Wine and Food pairing with Baleia Wines on Thursday 26 July 2018 at 18:30.

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Join Vinyl on Main every Wednesday for a night of fun & karaoke! Support or choose your favourite song to sing! Happy 2 hours from 8-10pm

Click here for more information

 

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Tonya Koenderman performs LIZA with a T at Bloo Bistro on Wednesday, 4 July from 9pm.

For more information & bookings contact: 082 923 1185

 

FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

The Friday Night Market is in hibernation until first Friday of September 2018.

For more info contact: 044 382 5316

WILD OATS MARKET

Don’t miss the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market blending people from diverse backgrounds, uniting urban and rural in a mix, every Saturday from 07:30 – 12pm.

For more info contact: 044 883 1177

HARKERVILLE MARKET

Join the rural and rustic, but vibey and vital Harkerville Market it’s definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

Events – Premier equestrian event at Kurland introduces trail run and MTB

Notice – Plett Tourism Annual General Meeting 2018

Rage news – #1: Welcome to Plett Rage 2018

A good read – The stories that bind us together

Ecology – Humpback dolphin research in Plettenberg Bay

In the media – Family-friendly stays in the Western Cape

Free tours – Explore beautiful Mungo Mill

Safety – Beaches in Plett not currently manned by lifeguards

News and blogs – Interesting articles on Plett

Events – A list of current and upcoming events in and around Plett

 

PREMIER EQUESTRIAN EVENT AT KURLAND INTRODUCES TRAIL RUN & MTB

21 – 23 September 2018

One of the Garden Route’s premier horse-riding events, including the South African Adult Eventing Championships, now includes a variety of exciting outdoor events for the non-equestrian, making it a weekend of sport for the whole family to enjoy.

Trail running and cycling enthusiasts can join in on the fun at the Kurland Hotel & Polo Estate in the Crags from 21 to 23 September 2018. Last year, the organisers introduced the Trail Run to the weekend’s events to great success, with 130 runners and 250 spectators enjoying a morning on the estate. Lance Gibbons, member of the Kurland Eventing Committee says: “This year we are very excited to host the Dr Evil Mountain Bike race, which caters for 300 entries, as well as a wonderful local cuisine and produce market. The 2018 Kurland event is now the perfect weekend of outdoor fun, with something for everyone to enjoy.”

From an equestrian perspective, the 2018 Kurland Event is a Three-Phase Event, encapsulating the three elements of dressage, show-jumping and cross-country. “This is one of the best ways to develop the infrastructure necessary for all disciplines of competitive equestrian sports,” said Gibbons. During the weekend’s event Kurland will host the SA Adult Eventing Championships; The Kurland Cup, which will include dressage on Friday; cross-country on Saturday and the event will end off with show-jumping on Sunday.

The Kurland Cup event has shown steady and sustainable growth since it was established in 2016. “Aside from our obvious equestrian focus, we are excited about building an event with a variety of outdoor attractions focused on healthy living and lifestyle,” said Gibbons. 

Additionally, there will also be evening entertainment with cocktail functions and a braai on Saturday, so be sure to head out to enjoy a weekend of sporting fun at Kurland. The Kurland Hotel & Polo Estate is the ultimate host, set on beautiful, rolling grounds and conveniently located just off the N2 near Plettenberg Bay.

Find out more…

 
 
HUMPBACK DOLPHIN RESEARCH IN PLETTENBERG BAY

Researchers and volunteers from ORCA Foundation continue their survey of our resident (and endangered) Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins in Plettenberg Bay. The foundation conducts monthly surveys of the population.  On their first three days at sea this month, they saw no humpback dolphins, but did manage to spot: a duck-billed ray, some great white sharks, a thresher shark breach, humpback whales, southern right whales and loads of bottlenose dolphins.

On their last day, the researchers found a nice big group of dolphins, split into two subgroups, along Keurbooms beach. They were socialising and slowly making their way eastwards. Among them was their favourite gal, MICHELLE, sporting her deeply notched dorsal fin (seen below). So far, she has been seen on every monthly survey! This project is run in collaboration with Nelson Mandela University and the data will be used to better understand and conserve the species.

Find out more…

IN THE MEDIA: FAMILY-FRIENDLY STAYS IN THE WESTERN CAPE

Plett Tourism, Bayview Hotel and Rocky Road Backpackers recently hosted bloggers, The Travel Manuel during the Garden Route Walking Festival. The Manuels travel with their toddler and have put together an excellent list of family-friendly stays in the Western Cape.

Read their article to find out where the family friendly stays are…

ACTIVITIES: EXPLORE BEAUTIFUL MUNGO MILL

This winter the public are invited to a behind-the-scenes guided tour of Mungo Mill. Every Saturday and Sunday, at 11h30, you can meet at the mill bridge entrance where the tour begins. You will get to wander between the looms with a knowledgeable guide and engage with the weaving process to experience the age-old art of weaving from pre-industrial revolution to present day. An insightful and interesting experience for all.

No booking required, simply meet at the entrance of the mill. Tours are approximately 40 minutes. You can enjoy some shopping afterwards or a delicious meal at Roost.

For large group bookings and alternative guided tour schedules, please contact gillian@oldnick.co.za.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE

Beaches in Plett are not currently manned by lifeguards.

For beach information, visit Plettbeachwatch or contact Beach Control on 044 501 3125.

NEWS AND BLOGS

Behind the scenes of the wildlife tourism industry SA Tourism invites participation during Tourism Month Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival moves to March 2019 school holidays Two days of birding at Bitou River Lodge

 

UPCOMING EVENTS…

PAA Hospitality Trade Fair 29 Aug Eden to Addo Hike
01 Sep
Bitou 10 Sandcastle Competition 01 Sept Sabrina Love Golf Day
02 Sept
Dr Evil Classic
20-22 Sep
SA Eventing Championships 21 Sept Tour de Plett
06 Oct
The Wild Corridor MTB Tour 23 Oct
       
 
Plett Rage
30 Nov
Robberg Fine Foods Beach Regatta 15 Dec Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival 23-24 Mar

 

 

Knysna Day of Appreciation

Join us for the Knysna Day of Appreciation held at Pledge Nature Reserve. This is a private initiative, arranged by a group of locals, to recognise the losses suffered by so many in the area and remember and appreciate the magnificent deeds, support and assistance from within our community and beyond.

Read more here

Knysna Tourism launches #SpiritofKnysna campaign

Knysna Tourism’s new destination marketing campaign, #SpiritofKnysna, kicks off next week with the launch of our video. The two-minute video was filmed in Knysna and Sedgefield and showcases the lagoon, forest, beaches and related activities.

Read more here

A treasure trove of sports events at Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival

The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, 29 June – 8 July, has long been an annual pilgrimage for marathon runners and cyclists; and over the years the range of sporting events on offer at the Festival has grown significantly.

 Read more here

Pink Loerie and Mr Gay World end on a high note

The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival and the Mr Gay World Competition ended on a high note last week with the crowning of the new Mr Gay World 2018, Australia’s Jordan Bruno at a glittering ceremony in Knysna on Saturday 26 May.

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FNB Forest Family Hike 2018

The legendary Harkerville Trails are considered mountain biking and trail running Utopia. We provide the opportunity for people of all ages and fitness levels to absorb the magic of these famous forests with friends and family.

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New attractions and old favourites at Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival

If you aren’t already planning to be at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival from Friday, 29 June – Sunday, 8 July, here are a few ‘tasters’ to entice you to book your holiday now and join us for “the best 10 days of winter”.

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Knysna Plett Concert Series

The Knysna Plett Concert Series presents three brilliant musicians, Alexander Buzlov, a cellist, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, an outstanding Russian violinist and Gold Medallist Bryan Wallick, on the piano.

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS

 

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

See Horizon’s Tale live at Vinyl on Main this Saturday, 2 June 2018 form 8pm at Vinyl on Main

Click here for more information

 

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Join Vinyl on Main every Wednesday for a night of fun & karaoke! Support or choose your favourite song to sing! Happy 2 hours from 8-10pm

Click here for more information

 

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Tonya Koenderman performs LIZA with a T at Bloo Bistro on Wednesday, 4 Jujy from 9pm.

For more information & bookings contact: 082 923 1185

 

 

FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

The Friday Night Market is in hibernation until first Friday of September 2018.

For more info contact: 044 382 5316

 

WILD OATS MARKET

Don’t miss the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market blending people from diverse backgrounds, uniting urban and rural in a mix, every Saturday from 07:30 – 12pm.

For more info contact: 044 883 1177

 

HARKERVILLE MARKET

Join the rural and rustic, but vibey and vital Harkerville Market it’s definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

 

 

Renew Able Plett – 05 June A Musical Delight at Ouland Royale – 15 June Plett Arts Festival
25 Jun
Plett Winter School
25 Jun – 19 July
AFRIDOCS in Plett
04 – 06 July
Plett Historical Society 12 July Plett AFROJAZZ
7 July
Bia Tour de Femme
09 Aug
Eden to Addo Hike
01 Sep
Dr Evil Classic
20-22 Sep
Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival Tour de Plett
06 Oct
Plett Rage
30 Nov
Watch: Shark vs seals – Robberg

We have been enjoying the most amazing great white shark sightings off Robberg Peninsula this past month, as is common at this time of year. Plett Tourism’s Luck’z Mdzeke, while guiding a group of hikers on Robberg, was fortunate enough to capture the video below of a shark and seals in the midst of a hunt, and as the seals hold their own. What a fantastic natural sight and a real privilege to be viewed from land.

Click here to watch the video…

 

 

Knysna welcomes Mr Gay World Finalists

We welcomed 19 finalists in the 2018 Mr Gay World competition to Knysna this week! The delegates will be participating in a number of competitions, challenges and workshops as they explore Greater Knysna, while being closely monitored by the judges. The winner will be announced at a gala event on Saturday 26 May.

Read more here

It’s Pink Loerie time!

It’s all happening this week! The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival kicks off on Thursday 24 May and the popular Street Parade is on Saturday 26 May.

Click on the link to download the full programme.

Read more here

Greater Knysna features on Trendz Travel

If you missed the inserts about various aspects of Greater Knysna that were shown over the last three Sundays on Trendz Travel, (SABC News, DStv channel 404) you can click on the link to watch them. Highlights include the Farmers’ Market in Sedgefield and the Knysna Elephant Park.

Read more here

 

SA Country Life names Sedgefield ‘Town of the Month’!

There’s a stunning six-page article in this month’s SA Country Life magazine which features Sedgefield as ‘Town of the Month’!

Get your copy today and read all about why Sedgefield is such a great holiday destination.

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Knysna Oyster Fest in 6 weeks!

Calling all oyster enthusiasts, fitness fanatics and lovers of the good life – have you started planning the best 10 days of your winter?

The annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival will take place from 29 June – 8 July 2018 which is just six weeks away!

Read more here

Invitation to paint the town pink!

Join the fun of the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival by creating a special display in your shop window, shop front, entrance, garden, rooftop  anywhere that best suits your business! This display will show solidarity with the event and there’s a great prize for the best effort!

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Join Vinyl on Main as they host some of the 2018 Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival events between 24 – 26 May 2018

Click here for more information

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Join Vinyl on Main every Wednesday for a night of fun & karaoke! Support or choose your favourite song to sing! Happy 2 hours from 8-10pm

Click here for more information

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch The Man with Music Duo on Thursday, 24 May at Bloo Bistro from 8:20pm @ R120 p.p.

For more information & bookings contact: 082 923 1185

 

FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

Don’t miss the Friday Night Market this Friday from 4pm – 8pm for some good local food, entertainment, stalls or just good company. Follow the scarecrows up Welbedach Lane.

For more info contact: 044 382 5316

WILD OATS MARKET

Don’t miss the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market blending people from diverse backgrounds, uniting urban and rural in a mix, every Saturday from 07:30 – 12pm.

For more info contact: 044 883 1177

HARKERVILLE MARKET

Join the rural and rustic, but vibey and vital Harkerville Market it’s definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

 

 

 

Successful Knysna Oyster Festival Media Launch

This week Knysna played host to a group of local and national journalists and influencers who attended the official media launch of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival to experience “Knysna in an Oyster shell.”

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Knysna Ambassadors Graduate

Congratulations to all the new Knysna Ambassadors who graduated this week at a ceremony hosted by Belvidere Manor. All 20 of them successfully completed the three-day Tourism Ambassador Course run by the Francois Ferreira Academy in March, and sponsored by Skal International.

Read more here

Visit Knysna Tourism’s Stand at WTM Africa

Knysna Tourism will be at World Travel Market (WTM) Africa from 18-20 April in the CTICC, sharing a stand with some of our local tourism products. If you are in Cape Town, pop in and see us at stand L14 on the ground floor near entrance 3.

Read more here

Desired State of GRNP

South African National Parks (SANParks) begins the review of its Garden Route National Park (GRNP) management plan next week. This is the first phase of the revision to develop the ‘desired state’ of the GRNP.

Read more here

Cycling for Seahorses

Pieter Verhoef aims to raise R20,000 by cycling 360 km in less than 30 hours for the Knysna Basin Project, specifically for the conservation of the endangered Knysna seahorse. Read about how you can support this worthy initiative.

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Featherbed is Rising! – a Horticulturist’s Tale

Martin Hatchuel studied horticulture in Johannesburg and Durban, and then used his knowledge to become a guide at Featherbed, and in the Knysna forests in the mid-80s. Last year after the fires, Featherbed Co asked him to come back as a horticulturist to help with the rehabilitation of the vegetation.

Read more here

Mr SA to Launch Book at PiliPili in Sedgefield

PiliPili Beach Bar in Sedgefield will host the launch of Mr South Africa’s first book, Heart, on 23 April. Tickets will include a copy of the book, a talk by the author, snacks, finger food and a beverage. Click on the link to book tickets online.

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch Shaza live at Blend Restaurant on Sunday, 15 April from 1pm – 4pm

For more information contact: 044 384 0493

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Join Vinyl on Main every Wednesday for a night of fun & karaoke! Support or choose your favourite song to sing! Happy 2 hours from 8-10pm

Click here for more information

BOOK LAUNCH

Mr South Africa, Dr Habib Noorbhai, has released his very first book this month and will launch it in Sedgefield on 23 April 2018 at Pili Pili from 18:00.

Click here for more information

 

FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

Don’t miss the Friday Night Market this Friday from 4pm – 8pm for some good local food, entertainment, stalls or just good company. Follow the scarecrows up Welbedach Lane.

For more info contact: 044 382 5316

WILD OATS MARKET

Don’t miss the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market blending people from diverse backgrounds, uniting urban and rural in a mix, every Saturday from 07:30 – 12pm.

For more info contact: 044 883 1177

HARKERVILLE MARKET

Join the rural and rustic, but vibey and vital Harkerville Market it’s definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

 

Time to enjoy winter in style at 2018 Plett ARTS Festival

Plettenberg Bay celebrates the arts with two weeks dedicated to live performances, workshops, fashion and much more from 25 June – 8 July, 2018 during 5th annual Plett ARTS Festival. As always, Plett presents a one-of-a-kind backdrop to an arts extravaganza not to be missed. Enjoy exciting international performances and unique cultural activities at one of the most exciting new festivals along the Garden Route.

We bring you two weeks filled with interesting and exciting festival events and activities. The town will be salivating with its arty self; relishing in music, pop-up art exhibitions, street performances and street food during the Twilight Meander along Plett’s Main Street for those adventurous souls who are looking for something to do after sunset. A popular feature, the Plett Food Film Festival, offers a journey of compelling food and delicious film at select restaurants throughout town. A new addition, Plett Winter School, will educate and inspire people of all ages about the visual arts, music, viticulture, wine tasting, quilt making and more with workshops and short courses from printmaker John Moore, the Cape Wine Academy, African music authority Richard Nwamba and fashion designer David Tlale. The Plett Fringe Festival brings comedian Daniel Richards to town for serious light-hearted entertainment. 2018 also brings a new member to the Plett ARTS line up – AFRIDOCS in Plett, featuring documentaries, special guests, and a nightly afterparty with DJ Jazztrain and Plett’s unrivalled hospitality.

Chill at Plett SunSets on a Friday with musicians like Koos Kombuis and other yet to be revealed legends. Another new entry with live music takes centre stage on Central Beach. Plett AFROJAZZ has jazz masters, Pops Mohamed, Dave Reynolds, Ronan Skillen and Charlton Daniels opening the night and ushering in the Afrobeat sounds of Femi Koya and his 9-piece band – an exuberant finale to Plett ARTS Festival.

PLETT ARTS FESTIVAL ACCOMMODATION
Several hotels, guest houses and B&B’s are conveniently in walking distance of the events, and others are along the N2 within a 5 minute drive to Plett Central. VACATION PLETT is offering festival accommodation packages for those interested in a 2 or 3 night packaged itinerary including tickets to select Plett ARTS Festival offerings, wine tours, activity tours and more. Or book your festival tickets online and get the code for 50% off your reservation at The Bayview Hotel in Plett.

The 2018 Plett ARTS Festival is scheduled for 25 June – 8 July, and tickets will be available through Plett Tourism’s website www.pletttourism.com and Quicket. For more information about the line-up of events, visit www.pletttourism.com.

 

 
Overwhelming response to Tourism Ambassador Course

There has been an overwhelming response to the Tourism Ambassador Course that is being sponsored by Skål International and coordinated by the Francois Ferreira Academy, in association with Knysna Tourism.

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Enter our competition at the Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo!

Don’t forget to visit Knysna Tourism at the Cape Town Cycle Tour (CTCT) Expo next week where we will be sharing stand 194 with Headstrong Productions. You’ll have the chance to enter our great competition!

Read more here

 

 SA Canoe Polo Champs for Knysna

The Knysna Canoe Polo Club will host the 2018 South African Canoe Polo championships at the Knysna Waterfront over the Easter Weekend, 30 & 31 March and 1 April.

Read more here

Knysna Motor Show 2018 aims for 400 Classic Cars & Motorcycles

The 2018 Knysna Motor Show, sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth, will be hosted for the seventh successive year on 29 April and the organisers, hoping to break all records, are aiming for 400 classic cars and motorcycles.

Read more here

Greenpop Eden Festival of Action

The 2018 Festival of Action will be Greenpop’s seventh annual action event. Striving to repair damage caused by fires in 2017, the festival brings eco-warriors together to learn, plant trees and take part in collective action.

Read more here

Knysna Literary Festival opens on Friday 9 March

There are still a few tickets available for this year’s Knysna Literary Festival, which has a packed programme that touches on hot-topic current affairs and politics, history, adventure, conservation, cuisine and storytelling.

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS

 

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch Sujo & Storm live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 02 March from 8pm – 11pm & on Sunday, 04 March, Christine will entertain you from 1pm – 4pm

For more information contact: 044 384 0493

 

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Join Vinyl on Main every Wednesday for a night of fun & karaoke! Support or choose your favourite song to sing! Happy 2 hours from 8-10pm

Click here for more information

 

LITERARY FESTIVAL

Let your imagination take flight at this year’s Knysna Literary Festival from 9 – 11 March 2018.

Click here for more information

 

 

FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

Don’t miss the Friday Night Market this Friday from 4pm – 8pm for some good local food, entertainment, stalls or just good company. Follow the scarecrows up Welbedach Lane.

For more info contact: 044 382 5316

 

WILD OATS MARKET

Don’t miss the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market blending people from diverse backgrounds, uniting urban and rural in a mix, every Saturday from 07:30 – 12pm.

For more info contact: 044 883 1177

 

HARKERVILLE MARKET

Join the rural and rustic, but vibey and vital Harkerville Market it’s definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

SPECIALS

THE HOME OF THE KNYSNA OYSTER: make sure you visit 34 South in the Knysna Waterfront to enjoy a fantastic oyster experience. For more information contact: 0443827331 Butterfly Blu Restaurant at Brenton Haven presents; Easter fun for the whole family including 3 course meal, jumping castle, egg hunt, face painting etc. Click here for more information Experience the Rheenendal country-side at Totties Farm Kitchenwith an unforgettable @ R195pp on Sunday & Live Music on Sat & Sun.

For more information call: 044 389 0092

Luscious Lavender Hair Experience, Tension Release Scalp Massage with Lavender Oil Hair Mask Wrap Duration: 45 min

For more information contact: +27 (0)44 302 5727/8

Join 34 South for lunches, business lunches, lunch breaks, light lunches. Everyday we have something different.

Click here for more information

Mitchells Brew Pub presents Thurday Pint Night – Buy one get one free & from 6pm – 8pm get a free 340ml draft with any gourmet burger.

For more info contact: 044 382 4685

 

Happy Holidays to you! We hope that you’re finding that Plett feeling you’re looking for, or planning your next holiday in Plettenberg Bay.

We’re in the heart of the Plett Summer Festival with sunny days filled with sporting events, polo and beach fun, and evenings filled with theatre, good food and music. Have a look at our summer events calendar to ensure that you don’t miss any of the fun.

Events in Plett this Summer…

New Year’s Eve in Plett

New Year’s Eve in Plettenberg Bay is one of the most popular in the country with a selection of parties to attend. Have a browse through some of the events below to take your pick and, remember, book your tickets, as they’re sure to book up quickly.

PLEASE NOTE: Private fireworks displays are prohibited in Plettenberg Bay and that Chinese lanterns are also banned, as they are a fire hazard. There will be an official firework display on Central Beach – please be considerate of your pets and keep them inside at midnight for the ten-minute duration of the display.

Find out more online…

A quick-fix guide to nocturnal activities in Plett

Yes it’s a nice place to be by day and all that – what with the sea and sand and sun and the sense of excitement churned up by the seasonal injection of imported energy. But life doth not end after daylight on this shore. In fact, it’s when the real fun begins.

Herewith a brief yet recommended breakdown of what’s on offer once the sun starts to set over Plett, including sundowner suggestions, sundowner prep points, eat-and-drinkeries for the neverenders.

Read on…

* Please note that this is not a restaurant guide or a lowdown on clubbing but pertains more to night owls out for a good time who don’t necessarily want to crawl home.

Wandisile’s Plett: Cool Kwano

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo

If you think about it, Kwanokuthula has got to be Plett’s MOST vibrant suburb, really, think about it. And I am not “JUST SAYING” IT, here’s why. Over the last two decades, Kwano has slowly positioned itself as the cultural and entertainment hub of the town, and POSSIBLY EVEN the entire region, if one compares the number of TOWNSHIP events held outside the City of Cape Town.

OH ALL RIGHT, I may be a little bit biased here, but what the heck. From jazz to modern dance music, from streetsmart food to traditional, from fashion design to cool hang out spots and eateries, there’s certainly never a dull moment in Kwano. Here are the shakers and movers who are pushing Kwano to greater heights, and they’re just starting.

Continue reading…

Plett Secret Sunrise

For more than 2 years, the Secret Sunrise movement has been sharing joy, healing, providing a platform for self-expression, connection and bringing out the best in communities.

This December, the Secret Sunrise Team will be in Plett on the morning of 30th December, to guide you through a journey of music that you will not forget. Start your day the Secret Sunrise way.

More info | Tickets available through Quicket

Eden to Addo Report Back

2017 has been a dramatic year for Eden to Addo with fire completely consuming the Robberg Coastal Corridor and Langkloof Corridor and a 100 year drought in the eastern Springbokvlakte Corridor area. Even more reason for Eden to Addo to establish corridors, a proven method to mitigate climate change!

Our 3 year Work, Water Life project came to an end in 2017. A real success story initiated and overseen by Pam Booth. More than 1000ha of very dense black wattle, gum and pine have been cleared releasing an annual amount of 1.7 million cubic meters of water into the Keurbooms River for the benefit of Bitou. We are now working on the formal protection of the Keurbooms River Corridor. To read more click here.

We had loads of wonderful Great Eden to Addo Adventure shows for the schoolkids put on by Lunchbox Theatre, and more to come in 2018. To see the video click here.

The 2017 Great Corridor Hike was exciting as always full of drama and fun. For the first time hikers spotted a free roaming black rhino on foot! It is advisable to enter our 2018 Great Corridor Hike from 1st – 22nd September soonest. To book click here.

There are exciting developments happening in 2018 in particular relating to Banking Biodiversity. To read more click here. We will tell you all about it and more in the New Year!

 

Planning a Business Trip to Plett? Read this guide… Advertorial
Boasting some of the most spectacular natural beauty in South Africa, Plettenberg Bay, or simply Plett, is a place that attracts thousands of tourists each year.

But, Plett is not just a tourism hotspot; the region is also becoming the preferred destination for property investment, and has a budding wine industry. Add to this the fact that Plett is a major centre for retailing and outdoor adventure companies in the Garden Route. Entrepreneurs, investors and executives who, in the past, had no reason to be in Plett except for sightseeing and vacations, now have plenty of opportunity to schedule corporate travel arrangements to this picturesque town.

Here’s a handy guide for planning a business trip to Plett, whether as a personal assistant, or for yourself as a self-employed person.

Continue reading…

Important Safety Information

As our high summer season approaches, please take note of the following safety video on how to spot a rip current and how to get out of one, if you’re caught. Rip currents account for 80% of beach rescues.

VIDEO: How to spot rip currents

Interesting reads…

Win with
#plettsummer
Plett Rage pumps R40m into Plettenberg Bay Sand art on
Central Beach
5 perfect Plett
Summer moments
       

Upcoming Events…

Robberg Fine Foods Classic Regatta 22 Dec Bertie Lubner Memorial Golf Day 25 Dec Summer Music Colour Run 27 Dec Arno Carstens Live at The Barnyard 27 Dec
 
Plett Polo Pony Parade
27 Dec
Plett Polo International
29 Dec
Secret Sunrise
30 Dec
Get Lucky Summer New Year’s Eve 31 Dec
       
NYE at Coco Valley
31 Dec
Cairnbrogie Cow Pat
Trail Run 07 Jan 2018
BUCO Adventure Weekend 31 Mar 2018 Tsitsikamma Ultra Trail Run 05 May 2018
 
 
Eden to Addo Hike
01 Sep 2018
Dr Evil Classic
20-22 Sep 2018
Plett Rage
30 Nov 2018
 
 

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The annual  Slow Fun Run and Beach Festival will once again be hosted by the Sedgefield branch of Knysna Tourism, Sotheby’s Sedgefield and Misfits Studio. Sedgefield’s fifth Beach Festival will take place on Myoli Beach on 22 December.

This year we welcome Twizza Soft Drink as sponsors to add some colour and fun to the event.

Misfit Studio will be co-ordinating the 5km Slow Fun Run along two of Sedgefield’s beaches, Myoli and Swartvlei. The run will be started by WWE professional wrestler Justin Gabriel.

Entry fees are R10 for children and R20 for adults. All proceeds for all the activities of the festival will go to The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) of South Africa.

The Fun Run will be followed by the Sotheby’s Amateur Fun Sand-Sculpting Competition. The theme this year is Santa Workshop. Entries are R100 for up to four people in a team, and will be available at Sedgefield Tourism Office, Cycleworx and Sotheby’s Sedgefield.

This fun competition is a great way for families to get creative and connect,” says Belinda Hobson, Sedgefield Tourism Manager.

The Sotheby’s Beach Treasure Hunt promises to delight the little ones as usual. “The treasure hunt is always great fun,” says Belinda. The entry fee is R10 per child.

The day will end with the popular Egg Toss at an entry fee of R10.

As in previous years, this year’s festival offers fabulous prizes from many generous sponsors. If you would like to sponsor or contribute to this Charity Event please email Belinda@visitknysna.co.za.

For further information contact Sedgefield Tourism on 044 343 2007.

Eat, shop, play in Knysna

“Somewhere about a one hour and 40-minute flight from Johannesburg and a five-hour drive from Cape Town is a place said to be one of the most beautiful parts of the world. A place that makes you feel lucky to be South African or to even just get a taste of this diverse country, its vast landscapes and feel its rich soil beneath your feet,”

Read more here

Getaway in Knysna

Knysna and Sedgefield, the towns at the heart of the Garden Route, recently played host to Getaway magazine for four days. Journalist Welcome Lishivha and photographer Gareth van Nelson arrived on Saturday 25 November to explore the area for a six-page feature in the April 2018 issue.

Read more here

Knysna SPLASH: 28 December 2017

Knysna SPLASH, the annual festival presented by the Rotary Club of Knysna, will be back on 28 December 2017 with three fun-filled events for the whole family. Join us at the Waterfront for a day of water sports and fun!

Read more here

Coke chooses Knysna!

Knysna is one of 40 dream destinations selected by Coca-Cola for ultimate prize in their Taste Summer in Paradise competition. The destinations are featured on the labels of the company’s Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and Diet Coke bottles.

Read more here

Knysna ready for season!

Knysna Municipal Manager, Kam Chetty says that despite the drought in the Western Cape will in no way hamper the town’s summer season readiness and Knysna is definitely “open for business”.

Read more here

Avopomme exhibition opening

Don’t miss the exhibition, Beauty in Destruction, opening at Avopomme creative hub in Knysna on Thursday 7 December and featuring artists Jo Davis, Brett Harvey Baker, Jannie Uitlander, Neale Perring and Ricardo van Lingen.

Read more here

Pezula in world’s top 175 golf courses

Pezula golf club is delighted to announce that it has achieved an honourable mention as part of the platinum clubs of the world, an honour bestowed on only three clubs in South Africa. This achievement is in the golf and country club category, with Pezula narrowly missing the prestigious top 100 in the world. However, this honourable mention places the club in the top 175 in the world, a noteworthy achievement.

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Knysna promoted at international shows

Knysna Tourism chairperson Elmay Bouwer has been on a nonstop campaign to promote Greater Knysna at various trade and road shows in Europe and the UK for the past few weeks.The campaign kicked off in October with a five-day SA Tourism (SAT) Nordics roadshow to Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland with Nicole Tunmer (the Featherbed Co) and Lyle Katzen, (Afrovibe and Afroventures Tours & Safaris). Madison Manor and Knysna Hollow were also represented.-

Read more here

StreetSmart raises R90 000 for street children in Knysna

Sinethemba Projects, a Knysna NGO running programmes for vulnerable children, has received R90,000 from StreetSmart Knysna to boost community upliftment in the area. The StreetSmart funds were handed over at an event held at Belvidere Manor Hotel.

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS
CHRISTMAS MARKET

Friends of the Library presents a Christmas Market with books, stalls, hot beverages, cake raffles and great fun for the whole family on 9 Dec from 8:30 – 12:00 at Cearn Hall, Leisure Island.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch Ian Hall live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 01 Dec from 8pm – 11pm & on Sunday 03 Dec, Dave Mac will entertain you from 1pm – 4pm

For more information contact: 044 384 0493

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Newly renovated Vinyl Bar & Music venue prestents Music through the ages with Resident DJ Eric-M (doors open Tues – Sat from 6pm – cover charge starts at R30)

For more information contact: 044 382 0386

FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

Don’t miss the Friday Night Market this Friday from 4pm – 8pm for some good local food, entertainment, stalls or just good company. Follow the scarecrows up Welbedach Lane.

For more info contact: 044 382 5316

WILD OATS MARKET

Don’t miss the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market blending people from diverse backgrounds, uniting urban and rural in a mix, every Saturday from 07:30 – 12pm.

For more info contact: 044 883 1177

HARKERVILLE MARKET

Join the rural and rustic, but vibey and vital Harkerville Market it’s definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

 

Leisure Isle Festival

This Festival, facilitated by the Leisure Isle Residents Association, is a genuine craft market that proudly encourages “Buy Local”. The entrance park on Leisure Isle will be alive with activities. Stalls catering for every taste will be offering a mouth-watering array of food and drink and fresh produce, as well as arts and crafts, toys, a huge array of books, indigenous and other plants and many other delights.

Read more here

Rocking the Lake 2017

Join Lakeside Lodge & Spa as they take you on a tour of the 80’s with this year’s Rocking the Lake – 80’s Revival Tour! The Garden Routes local favourites, The Wellcast band will be putting on an extraordinary show, performing classic hits from the 80’s that will have guests dancing out of their seats.

Read more here

Don’t miss the 2018 Pink Loerie launch

Questions have been raised over the Pink Loerie theme for 2018, but does it mean what we think it means? What is S&M? This may raise an eyebrow or two, as the connotations of dungeons and whips come to mind. And yet this is the theme for the 2018 Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival.

Read more here

2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb tickets now available

We are happy to announce that our online ticket sales are now open. General Entry, Pit Access, Weekend Passes and Hospitality tickets are available. Don’t miss our Early Bird Special that runs until 31st December 2017 for General Entry, Pit Access and Weekend Passes only. Purchase any of these tickets before the end of December to pay 2017 prices! Pit Access and Hospitality tickets are strictly limited – to avoid disappointment, we suggest you make your purchase as soon as possible.

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FLIGHT FOR BIRDERS – Bird identification course

The “Flight for Birders” bird identification and conservation course by Dr Anton Odendal will be presented at the St Francis United Church Hall, Sedgefield on 10 & 11 November 2017.

Read more here

Sedgefield turns out to support Cansa

Sedgefield Cansa Shades of Pink Fun Walk & Run on the 25 October went ahead despite the driving rain and locals turned out in force to support this worthy cause. Sedgefield Tourism assisted with promoting the event which raised over R7,000 for Cansa.

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS
BLACK TIE EVENT

Vermont Old Age Home presents a Black Tie event on Saturday, 25 November 2017 from 18:00 at Vermont Centre @ only R150pp.

For more information contact: 044 385 0593

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch Ian Hall live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 03 Nov from 8pm – 11pm & on Sunday 05 Nov, Minx will entertain you from 1pm – 4pm

For more information contact: 044 384 0493

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Newly renovated Vinyl Bar & Music venue prestents Music through the ages with Resident DJ Eric-M (doors open Tues – Sat from 6pm – cover charge starts at R30)

For more information contact: 044 382 0386

FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

Don’t miss the Friday Night Market this Friday from 4pm – 8pm for some good local food, entertainment, stalls or just good company. Follow the scarecrows up Welbedach Lane.

For more info contact: 044 382 5316

WILD OATS MARKET

Don’t miss the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market blending people from diverse backgrounds, uniting urban and rural in a mix, every Saturday from 07:30 – 12pm.

For more info contact: 044 883 1177

HARKERVILLE MARKET

Join the rural and rustic, but vibey and vital Harkerville Market it’s definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

 

Don’t miss the chance to eat local and drink with artisan cheeses, charcuterie and breads, sushi, savouries and of course – beautiful, cultivated coastal oysters. Enjoy the sun on your face, your toes in the sand and some seriously great food mixed with seriously fun music – ingredients that make for a fabulous Plett weekend! Experience the blue skies, chin-chin and make seaside memories.

Here are seven tastes to experience at this year’s Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival, brought to you by Plett Tourism and the Bitou Municipality:

The ISLAND DINER will bring through their beautiful sushi and delectable tapas for a breather between bubblies.

PANA DI SOFIA will be selling their hand-crafted artisan breads.

This year’s gateway to beautiful, succulent cultivate oysters will be with THE FAT FISH, for anyone and everyone wanting a taste of the ocean with their bubbles.

THE BILTONG MAN makes a special appearance this year, offering ‘secret spiced’ biltong and drywors to many waiting fans.

If hand-crafted cheeses and locally procured charcuterie is your scene, the HEATH CAFÉ has your platter waiting!

THE PEPPERMILL is a new addition and will be adding some fun fare with a succulent pork belly dish and their famous chicken burgers.

And to top it off – Paul West from ICE PALAZZO will jazz up the mood with his Champagne sorbet and a Cabernet and chocolate ice cream.

Visit www.pletttourism.com, follow us on FB or phone +27 (0)44 533 4065. Tickets are available online at www.pletttourism.com and can be purchased from the Plett Tourism office. Tickets are R200 per person per day, or a weekend pass for R350. Dress code is Sparkle in Blue & White. #plettwinefest

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

 

 

 Knysna Timber Festival will go ahead

The Knysna Timber Festival 2017 will go ahead as planned from 29 September to 1 October – and it’ll take place as usual at its traditional venue at Timber Village, despite the fact that Timber Village was burned to the ground during the town’s recent devastating fires.

Read more here

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development recalling the potential of tourism to advance the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Read more here

 Networking at Lakeside Lodge and Spa

South African Tourism Internal and Corporate Communications Manager, Mpho Mfenyana, and Darryl Erasmus, Chief Quality Assurance Officer were in Knysna last week at the invitation of the Benguela Collection who hosted a two-day launch of Benguela Cove wines at Lakeside Lodge and Spa in Sedgefield.

Read more here

‘DON’T FEED WILDLIFE’

SANParks scientists and civil society research groups have cautioned against feeding wild animals. This comes after volunteer groups had dropped vegetables and seeds for animals to eat in the national park and surrounds. This week, authorities detailed reasons for discouraging the feeding of animals in burnt areas.

Read more here

Flavours winner uses money to expand catering business

Local Green Chef Melven Mene, winner of this year’s Knysna Oyster Festival event, Flavours of Knysna, has used his prize money of R10,000 as part payment on a car. The second hand Toyota Corolla, will help Chef Mene expand his business, Usatsho Tshisanyama & Catering.

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS
TREASURE HUNT

Join Hospice and Pam Golding Knysna for their annual Spring Maison Market from 29 – 30 September 2017.

For more information contact: 083 448 1934

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch Cloud 9 live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 04 Aug from 8pm – 11pm & on Sunday, 06 Aug, Shaza will entertain you from 1pm – 4pm

For more information contact: 044 384 0493

WOMAN’S DAY WORKSHOP

Belvidere Manor presents Woman’s Day make-up workshops on 8 August 2017 with make-up expert Debbie Jean. Two sessions available from 9:30 – 11:30 & 17:30 – 19:30. R120pp

For more information and to book contact: 082 804 2746

 

UPCOMING KNYSNA EVENTS

Further save the dates for the following upcoming events:

Circles in the forest Run – 06 August 2017
Knysna Timber Festival – 23 September 2017 – 1 October 2017
5th Knysna Antique & Classic Boat Show – 07 October 2017
Leisure Isle Festival – 4 – 5 November 2017
Knysna Blues Festival – 16 December 2017

Click here to read more in this week’s newsletter.

 

The whales have arrived in PLETT

Reports from our marine safari companies are correct; the whales have most certainly arrived in Plett. Social media is currently filled with images of whales settled in along Central Beach, Lookout and Robberg Beaches breaching, playing or simply napping along our coastline.Have a look at some of the sightings we’ve had over the past two weeks. For an unforgettable marine safari experience, book here or take a stroll along the beach and see what you can spy.

Ocean Blue Adventures’ Tilly says: “South Africa’s whale season is in full swing with numerous sighting of both southern right whales and humpback whales. It is such a delight to see these majestic animals in our waters again after their migration down to the cold polar waters in order to feed. The southern right whales will choose sheltered bays along our coastline in which to mate and calve, while the humpback whales will travel up along our coastline to their breeding grounds in the tropical waters off Mozambique and Madagascar. Keep an eye out for any blows, flukes or magnificent breaches off the coast during this time.”

See more photos…

Rastafari Earth Festival – A Celebration of One Love

July 23rd marks the birthday (or what is referred to as the ‘earth day’) of the Rastafarian’s spiritual messiah, His Majesty Haile Selassie I. The annual Earth Festival, which takes place from the 22nd to 30th July 2017, honours this special date on their religious calender and is a joyous and colourful celebration of this fascinating and vibrant Knysna community. It also serves as a platform for these residents to openly share with others the traditions and roots of their faith.

Read more here

Oyster Festival message from Knysna Tourism

We are thrilled with the attendance numbers at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival this year, particularly in light of the devastating Knysna fire which started on 7 June, just one month before the festival opened. The fire did not discourage our visitors who flocked in their thousands to support Knysna, the festival events and local businesses.

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BAYPORT PHOENIX RISES FROM THE ASHES

It was a trail running experience none of the 600 participating athletes will ever forget. The 4km of pristine unspoilt beach between the villages of Buffalo Bay and Brenton on Sea are one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world and it was never more spectacularly displayed than it was on Tuesday morning as the assembled participants gazed out across the beautiful blue waters of the bay and tried to envisage the scene of terror from just 34 days earlier.

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The Simola Phantom – a sell-out event

As the full moon performed its lunar showcase, close to 400 adventurous trail runners and trail walkers -equipped with their headlamps – went out into the Simola forests to meet the Phantom.

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS
GLOW IN THE DARK FUN RUN

Join Doodlebugs on Friday, 28 July 2017 @ 17:00 for a family fun run/Walk. Hot soup and drinks as well as glow in the dark goodies & face paint on sale. R50 Adults & R35 kids.

For more information contact: 084 548 4118

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Knysna Plett Concert presents a benefit concert on Monday, 31 July 2017 with Bryan Wallick on the piano playing composers like Bach, Brahms & Liszt. R120 – Adults / R30 – Kids. Show starts at 19:30. Tickets available at the door from 18:45

WOMAN’S DAY WORKSHOP

Belvidere Manor presents Woman’s Day make-up workshops on 8 August 2017 with make-up expert Debbie Jean. Two sessions available from 9:30 – 11:30 & 17:30 – 19:30. R120pp

For more information and to book contact: 082 804 2746

PUB, POT & PORT

Join Pezula Golf Club on 28 July 2017 from 18:30 for a Pub, Potjie & Port evening with music entertainment. R85 pp.

For more information and to book contact: 044 302 5317

WILD OATS MARKET

Don’t miss the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market blending people from diverse backgrounds, uniting urban and rural in a mix, every Saturday from 07:30 – 12pm.

For more info contact: 044 883 1177

HARKERVILLE MARKET

Join the rural and rustic, but vibey and vital Harkerville Market it’s definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

SPECIALS
THE HOME OF THE KNYSNA OYSTER: make sure you visit 34 South in the Knysna Waterfront to enjoy a fantastic oyster experience. For more information contact: 0443827331 Have you heard of Monday massage madness at our Spa? Get the massage you’ve been putting out for a while. 20% off our massages is more than enough reason to treat yourself to a Monday pamper session.

Call: 044 343 1844 to make your booking.

Experience the Rheenendal country-side at Totties Farm Kitchen with an unforgettable @ R195pp on Sunday & Live Music on Sat & Sun.

For more information call: 044 389 0092

Enjoy a full body, head & neck massage at Pezula Spa and Gym with the following options: Hot Stone, Colour Balancing Candle or Aromatherapy massage. 90min @ R999 incl. Gym, Steam room, sauna, heated pool, rain forest shower. For more information contact: 044 302 3335 Join 34 South for lunches, business lunches, lunch breaks, light lunches. Everyday we have something different.

Click here for more information

Mitchells Brew Pub presents Thurday Pint Night – Buy one get one free & from 6pm – 8pm get a free 340ml draft with any gourmet burger.

For more info contact: 044 382 4685

This week has been busy for the staff of Knysna Tourism. While our front office staff are assisting the public with queries about accommodation for the Knysna Oyster Festival and in the longer term, our marketing team has been focussing on getting the message out to world that Knysna is open for business. In this newsletter, read the story behind our logo, #VisitKnysna #KnysnaRises, which was designed for us pro bono by local advertising creative Dominic Morel.
We have had fantastic support from Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa, Minister Alan Winde from the Ministry of Agriculture, Economic Development and Tourism of the Western Cape, and Sisa Ntshona CEO of South African Tourism, who will all help us to ensure that our message reaches international travel agents, tour operators and media. We are also taking advantage of the presence of local media in our town to get the message out to South Africans.

The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is on track and one of the highlights will be The Pick n Pay Seafood Wednesday, which brings together the best Knysna has to offer in one venue. From fresh seafood to wine and beer tastings, fish braais and music, there will be something for the whole family.

There was much excitement earlier in the week when 50 Qhubeka bicycles as well as handmade blankets, scarves and beanies arrived in Knysna to assist with relief efforts following the devastating fires. Read about this wonderful initiative for our local community.

Please ensure that you complete The Business Disaster Register for Knysna residents that is being sent out by Knysna Municipality so that they can assess the amount of damage done by the fires, including job losses and total loss to the economy.

KNYSNA BUSINESSES: Click here for the Business Disaster Register 

Click here to read more in this week’s newsletter

Have an awesome weekend.

Kind regards,
Team Knysna Tourism

 

Knysna & Partners 

Knysna, Sedgefield & surrounding towns

 

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Sedgefield Knysna update 16 June, 2017

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#KnysnaRises

On Thursday Knysna Tourism launched the #KnysnaRises logo which shows the Knysna loerie/ turaco rising like a phoenix from the “flames” and was inspired by the message that Knysna is rising, it is not destroyed, as many people believe, but is open for business and welcoming visitors.

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#KnysnaRises, #VisitKnysna, we are Open For Business!

With the fire disaster hitting Knysna on the 7th of June there has been a lot of concern about the future of tourism and its impact on the economy and in particular job losses because of accommodation establishments and other businesses which have gone up in flames.

Read more here

Qhubeka and the #KnysnaFires

There was much excitement earlier in the week when 50 Qhubeka bicycles as well as handmade blankets, scarves and beanies arrived in Knysna to assist with relief efforts following the devastating fires.

Read more here

PLEASE HELP KNYSNA FIRE VICTIMS

The fire in Knysna is the largest and most destructive fire in a built up area in the Western Cape, and effected thousands of residents. OFFICIAL Bank accounts below can be used for danoations:

 

NEDBANK
Acc. Name: Emergency Fund
Acc. NR: 1147 920 699
Reference: KNYSNAFIRE
International Donations: NEDSZAJJ

STANDARD BANK

Acc. Name: Eden District Municipality
Acc. NR: 401 719 790
Reference: KNYSNAFIRE
International Donations: SBZAZAJJ
Official FB Page:
Knysna Fire – 7 June 2017

Sedgefielders pull together in Crisis

It has always been known that Sedgefielders pull together in a crisis – but in the last week the community more than outdid themselves, with hundreds of local volunteers building up a phenomenal effort to support fire crews, house evacuees and provide for those who have lost homes and possessions.

Read more here

Pick n Pay Seafood Wednesday – Celebrating the best of seafood!

The highly-anticipated Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival takes place from 7 to 16 July 2017. The variety of events makes it a fabulous holiday for sports fans, families and anyone looking for the best 10 days of their winter. As part of the Festival, The Pick n Pay Seafood Wednesday brings together the best Knysna has to offer in one venue. From fresh seafood to wine and beer tastings, fish braais and music, there will be something for the whole family.

Read more here

Ride with a Local in #TrailTownSA

There is a local group of riders in Knysna, who have been blazing trails for the past 30 years. These pioneers of our cycling world inspired routes in our area, like the red route and other routes in Harkerville. Robbie Powell and Dr Evil himself, Leon Evans, broke the cycling yolk and inspired these routes with SANParks.

Read more here

Mind, Body & Soul Connection Week in Knysna

For the first time ever there will be a Body, Mind and Spirit week of workshops included in the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival 2017. These will be amazing workshops presented by world class facilitators covering all aspects of holistic wellness. Never before has Knysna been able to experience such an exciting array of top class workshops and a limited number of private sessions all in one week!

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS
FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

Join Pezula Golf Club for a Pub & Curry evening with music entertainment on 30 June 2017 from 18:30 @ R85 pp.

For more information contact: 044 302 5317

YOUTH DAY #LocalTalent SHOW

Knysna Municipality invites you to the Youth Day Entertainment Show on Friday, 16 June 2017 from 14:00 at Loerie Park. Official Ceremony: 16:00.

Special Guest: Mafa Bavuma

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Francois Haasbroek will be performing LIVE at Elalini Backpackers, Buffalo Bay, to celebrate YOUth day on the 16th of June 2017. Bring your own dop & chop. R50 pp

For more information contact: 044 383 0005

FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

Don’t miss the Friday Night Market this Friday from 4pm – 8pm for some good local food, entertainment, stalls or just good company. Follow the scarecrows up Welbedach Lane.

WILD OATS MARKET

Don’t miss the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market blending people from diverse backgrounds, uniting urban and rural in a mix, every Saturday from 07:30 – 12pm.

For more info contact: 044 883 1177

HARKERVILLE MARKET

Join the rural and rustic, but vibey and vital Harkerville Market it’s definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

 

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PLEASE HELP KNYSNA FIRE VICTIMS

The fire in Knysna is the largest and most destructive fire in a built up area in the Western Cape, and effected thousands of residents. OFFICIAL Bank accounts below can be used for danoations:

 

NEDBANK
Acc. Name: Emergency Fund
Acc. NR: 1147 920 699
Reference: KNYSNAFIRE
International Donations: NEDSZAJJ

 

STANDARD BANK
Acc. Name: Eden District Municipality
Acc. NR: 401 719 790
Reference: KNYSNAFIRE
International Donations: SBZAZAJJ
Official FB Page:
Knysna Fire – 7 June 2017

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Pick n Pay Seafood Wednesday – Celebrating the best of seafood!

The highly-anticipated Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival takes place from 7 to 16 July 2017. The variety of events makes it a fabulous holiday for sports fans, families and anyone looking for the best 10 days of their winter. As part of the Festival, The Pick n Pay Seafood Wednesday brings together the best Knysna has to offer in one venue. From fresh seafood to wine and beer tastings, fish braais and music, there will be something for the whole family.

Read more here

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Ride with a Local in #TrailTownSA

There is a local group of riders in Knysna, who have been blazing trails for the past 30 years. These pioneers of our cycling world inspired routes in our area, like the red route and other routes in Harkerville. Robbie Powell and Dr Evil himself, Leon Evans, broke the cycling yolk and inspired these routes with SANParks.

Read more here

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Mind, Body & Soul Connection Week in Knysna

For the first time ever there will be a Body, Mind and Spirit week of workshops included in the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival 2017. These will be amazing workshops presented by world class facilitators covering all aspects of holistic wellness. Never before has Knysna been able to experience such an exciting array of top class workshops and a limited number of private sessions all in one week!

Read more here

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The Phantom Returns to Knysna – #TrailTownSA

Its back!! The most hauntingly beautiful experience of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, The Simola Phantom makes its ghostly appearance again this year and it promises to be more evocative than ever. This avant-garde blend of Trail Running and Opera music was a runaway success in its inaugural year as more than triple the anticipated entries materialized for the after dark wisp through the forests in 2016.

Read more here

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Help Knysna’s unsung conservation heroes – #LivingJewels #KnysnaMade

They walk among us. Selfless souls from our community who work tirelessly, week after week, for no financial reward. Why? Because each one of them has an unyielding passion for our treasured natural environment – a passion which has ultimately cemented their commitment to helping protect it.

Read more here

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An Exciting & Significant landmark in the heart of South Africa’s Garden Route

The multiple award-winning WILD OATS Community Farmers’ Market is located on the outskirts of the tiny coastal town of Sedgefield, adjacent to the beautiful Swartvlei lake-lagoon. Now in it’s 15th year, this small, rustic but internationally famous farmers’ market continues to attract the enthusiastic attention of proud locals and discernng travellers who consistently return for more of its festive fare.

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch Suzi live on Saturday, 10 June from 2pm at La Paz Mexican Restaurant, Jose Cuervo tequila promo & ½ price Beef burger & chips or single chicken enchiladas from 1pm to 4pm

 

For more information contact: 083 656 7381

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YOUTH DAY #LocalTalent SHOW

Knysna Municipality invites you to the Youth Day Entertainment Show on Friday, 16 June 2017 from 14:00 at Loerie Park. Official Ceremony: 16:00.

Special Guest: Mafa Bavuma

Elalini Youth Day

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Francois Haasbroek will be performing LIVE at Elalini Backpackers, Buffalo Bay, to celebrate YOUth day on the 16th of June 2017. Bring your own dop & chop. R50 pp

For more information contact: 044 383 0005

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FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

Don’t miss the Friday Night Market this Friday from 4pm – 8pm for some good local food, entertainment, stalls or just good company. Follow the scarecrows up Welbedach Lane.

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WILD OATS MARKET

Don’t miss the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market blending people from diverse backgrounds, uniting urban and rural in a mix, every Saturday from 07:30 – 12pm.

For more info contact: 044 883 1177

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HARKERVILLE MARKET

Join the rural and rustic, but vibey and vital Harkerville Market it’s definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

Just 5 weeks till Plett ARTS Festival

30 June – 22 July 2017

A three-week celebration of the arts, the Plett ARTS Festival brings productions, art demonstrations and exhibitions, performances and international movies to the neighbourhood of Plettenberg Bay for a one-of-a-kind art revolution in the area.

The performances showcase theatrical actors and visual artists that inspire and nourish the artistic community of Plett. The festival also celebrates art, bringing innovative and challenging artwork to a diverse audience. Local artists display throughout the festival, and if you have an appetite for foodie films and sumptuous cuisine, the Plett Food & Film Festival has a ticket for you.

In only a few short years, the Plett ARTS Festival has showcased more than 100 artists. Attendance has grown since its first festival in 2014 with more than 1800 attendees in 2016 alone. The festival’s reputation continues to grow, marking Plett as a performance destination for acclaimed artists while cultivating local talent. The Plett Arts Festival is scheduled for 30 June – 22 July, 2017. Ticket are available from the Plett Tourism office and on Quicket, from end May, 2017.

This year’s Plett ARTS Festival (formerly Plett MAD Festival) includes the following events of music, arts and drama performances:

  • Plett Fringe Festival
  • Nick Rabinavitz
  • Warafiki Groove
Three Plett teams conquer Expedition Africa 2017

The Expedition Africa 2017 adventure race saw team Skylotec Adventure place first on Wednesday, 18th of May after only four days of racing. As they anticipated their several days of catching up on sleep and stuffing themselves to replenish and refuel their minds and bodies, the remaining racers were still dreaming of crossing that line.

Plett Tourism’s sponsored participants, the Plett Adventure Racing Team, crossed the line in 10th place, after 105 hours and 514km of adventure racing, closely following another popular Plett adventure racing team: Buco Adventures, finishing in 9th place. Also, completing this mammoth challenge was 3 Dutchmen and a Lady, finishing the full route of Expedition Africa for the first time.

Plett Tourism is proud to sponsor our Plett Adventure icons as a symbol of the adventurous nature of our beautiful town and congratulate the Plett Adventure Racing Team, Buco Adventure and 3 Dutchmen and a Lady on their completion and placing in Expedition Africa 2017.  Read the full story

Take a walk on the wild side – exploring Plett’s beautiful trails

You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”
Dr Seuss
Whether scaling a mountain or rounding a bend, nothing beats the sight of Plett’s beaches, forests and craggy mountain tops from the many trails in the area. These hikes offer dazzling beauty and get-away-from-it-all appeal.

Whether you’re a casual day tripper, outdoors enjoying nature, or a seasoned hiker/trail runner on a mission, the area of Plettenberg Bay has more than its fair share of incredibly picturesque trails on offer. Ranging from light strolls to heel splitting, blister forming gorges, Plett has it all and it’s gorgeous!

Read our feature on some of the most unforgettable trails in and around Plett
that you may never have even heard of…

Minister Alan Winde rides the inaugural Cross Cape Cycle Route

On 12th May, an intrepid group of cyclists set off from Plett’s Main Street on the inaugural ride of the Cross Cape Cycle Route, from Plett to Stellenbosh.

Bitou Mayor, Peter Lobese, welcomed the cyclists by saying: “We are grateful for this wonderful opportunity to put our town in the spotlight. Plett is home. It is alpha & omega, you can start here, and end here.

Minister Alan Winde, who also cycled the route, said that “one of the purposes of the Cross Cape Cycle Route is to connect our small villages and grow their economy whilst allowing cyclists and adventure tourists to see different parts of our country that are off the beaten track”.

The Cross Cape Cycle Route is the first of its kind in our region and promises both locals and tourists the opportunity to use the route for transport and as a tourism route.

GRKK App poised to break through 100K views

The Garden Route & Klein Karoo recently announced their official tourism App is about to break through the 100K views barrier.

Launched in 2016, the App is fast becoming a Garden Route favorite with more than 94 549 views. The App has been downloaded in 78 countries so far, including Germany, UK, USA and Netherland. The main point of interest at the moment is the Deals menu. Your guests should be encouraged to download the App, It’s a great tool for them during their travels.

If you are a paid member of Plett Tourism, you are eligible to benefit from the Deals option on the App. For more information, please contact Thandi at the tourism office on 044 533 4065 or on email thandi@pletttourism.com.

View first-hand the benefits of how accommodation promotions work in this VIDEO

This week in the Media: Plett features in Getaway Magazine

Plettenberg Bay features in the latest issue of Getaway Magazine in an Insider’s guide article by local writer Emma Jordan, entitled: “Not-so-posh Plett will surprise you.” Photos by Vanessa Brewer.

Read the article here

Whats on in Plett during May – June – July 2017

10-12 July Plett Food Film

Delicious Film and Compelling Food at the fourth edition of Plett Food & Film, part of the Plett Arts Festival this June and July. Whether you’re talking cuisine, film, chefs or raw entertainment, this year’s festival has a buffet of options catering to any entertainment junkie.

Of course, films are not the only course of the Plett Food & Film’s offerings this year. Chefs will retell the stories of highlighted feature films through exquisitely prepared meals. Featuring the finest local ingredients, each of the events offer a unique dining experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Find out more about our featured films

Interesting reads…

Alan Winde on
‘that Plett feeling’
Getaway blog: a walk on the wildside Plett restaurant menus in foreign languages The Crowded Planet bloggers visit Plett

Upcoming Events…

Ladies @ Luka – Uncorked – 27 May Rocks to Robberg
27 May
BATS production of
Blithe Spirit
Charity Golf Day
25 Jun
Plett Arts Festival
30 Jun – 23 Jul
Winter Wonderland
Plett Ice Rink 05 Jul
Plett Food & Film
10 – 12 Jul
The Search for the Rarest Bird 14 Jul
Dr Evil Classic
21 Sep
MTO Tour de Plett
07 Oct
Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival 7-8 Oct Plett Rage
1-8 Dec
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Elephant Sanctuary Plettenbergbay

Ocean Safaris

Garden Route Game Lodge

Monkeyland

Eagle Encounters

Bootcamp@Rondevlei

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