Plettenberg Bay may be known by South Africans as the hottest summer destination in the country, but it has a surprisingly full year-round calendar that attracts visitors from across the globe to enjoy our hiking, beaches, trail running and events that include an adventure and an arts festival!
With events already confirmed for our 2020 calendar, we’re sure it’ll be another bumper year but, as 2019 draws to a close, here are some of our favourite highlights…
Garden Route Walking Festival
Over Easter weekend , we host the annual Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Festival, which includes 50+ walks over the long weekend, in Plett, Knysna, Mossel Bay, Wilderness and George. Expect everything from tough hikes to the family-fun ‘pirate walk’, yoga, vertical and even underwater walks! It’s a nature-lover’s dream. Find out more: walkingfestival.co.za
Plett ARTS Festival
This year’s ARTS Festival hosted more artists than ever before with many restaurants hosting exhibitions. Kids of Kurland’s Fringe Festival and the original Barnyard Theatre hosted music and comedy and the Plett Food Film segment delighted at Emily Moon restaurant. With generally pleasant weather, the whales in the bay and winter specials in effect, it’s a wonderful time to explore Plett in ‘winter’.
Plett High Five
The inaugural Plett High Five was a window into all the fun one can have in and around Plettenberg Bay. With attractive discounts on accommodation and activities, Plett’s adventure operators came together to showcase just how much there is to do in our area!
Cape Nature Access Week
In addition to a bumper week at Plett High Five, September visitors were also treated to Cape Nature Access Week – a week of free entry to Robberg and Keurbooms Nature Reserves for all South Africans. With the aim of getting us out to explore our own country, Access Week is always well supported and Robberg is generally the most popular choice!
Wittedrift Birding Festival
The first Wittedrift Birding Festival was a wonderful success. Centred around the Bitou Wetland, the festival included a number of guided and self-guided walks and birding talks from experts like Mark Brown of Nature’s Valley Trust and Birdlife Plettenberg Bay. Diarise for next year, as we’re sure this festival is here to stay! Find out more: www.wittedriftway.co.za
SA Senior Open
Plett Country Club once again played host to the Sunshine Senior Tour’s SA Senior Open, where professional golfers from across the country continue to compete for the championship. It’s a fun week of both strong competition and friendly Pro-Am format that is as enjoyable as a spectator as it is for the players!