Hooray! Level 2 of South Africa’s lockdown has enabled inter-provincial travel and we’re thrilled to be able to welcome you all back to Plettenberg Bay! Plett really is a feeling and you get to decide what that feeling is: wonder, relaxation, adrenalin, tranquility, fascination, excitement, contentment and much more…
If you’re ready to chase that Plett feeling straight to Amakaya Backpackers, here are a few upcoming events that might just fit the bill.
GARDEN ROUTE WALKING FESTIVAL
24 – 27 September 2020
Whether you’re the toughest hiker or toting a toddler, the Garden Route Walking Festival offers a smorgasbord of choices for your ten toes. Hikes vary from year to year but can include mountain summits, underwater and vertical strolls, art walks, guided hikes, family walks and more. The Easter event was postponed to September due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so they’re still finalising the schedule, but keep an eye on www.walkingfestival.co.za
BARRINGTON’S BEER FESTIVAL
3 October 2020
Cheers to the end of the alcohol ban and to drinking responsibly. Towards the end of last year, Piesang Valley Road was abuzz with talk and tastes of the new Barrington’s Brewery in Plettenberg Bay. And there’s been nothing but good talk and even better tastes since. Relax on the lawns of Barringtons with live music, sampling tasty tapas and sipping a taster of each of the very best brews, and meeting the personalities, from the following local craft breweries: Redbridge, Saggy Stone, Bootlegger, Fisanthoek, Bridge Street and Barringtons! This will be a family afternoon of sunshine, good friends and great tastes! Tickets.
GARDEN ROUTE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
7 – 8 October 2020
Something for the film buffs who haven’t been able to get to the theatre and we’re thrilled with the return of the drive-in! This year’s Garden Route International Film Festival will take the form of a drive-in festival to ensure that COVID-19 protocols are observed. Check out the lineup here.
WITTEDRIFT BIRDING FESTIVAL
9 – 11 October 2020
The wetlands of the Bitou River meander from the N2 out towards the outlying village of Wittedrift offering birders and nature-lovers an entirely unique perspective of Plett’s birdlife. This year’s festival will be packed with talks, demonstrations, guided walks and, for the first time, birders will be able to contribute to a global bird count on 10 October. Families can enjoy kayaking, stand-up paddling, cycling, horseriding and more in the beautiful surrounds of Wittedrift. Find out more here.
OTTER AFRICAN TRAIL RUN
28 – 31 October 2020
This one is for the toughies. The Otter African Trail Run. The. Grail. Of. Trails. This epic adventure run traverses rivers mouth and coastline from Storms River to Nature’s Valley through the Garden Route National Park, in record times. On second thoughts, as its usually sold out, you might need to plan for 2021 or join in as a spectator this year. Both start and finish lines are beautiful, you can test out the surrounding trails and enjoy the ocean at the beginning of summer. More info.