Plett - It's a feeling

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News - Stats show Plett has boomed this summer
Cycling - Dr Evil Classic – e-bikes & gravel bikes welcome!
Specials - Romance levels maximum this Valentine’s Day
Blog - Local entrepreneur & entertainer gives back to the community
Tourism - Members invited to Plett Conversations 'meet & greet'
A good read - The Married Wanderers visit Plett
Film - An opportunity for aspiring filmmakers
Progress - A local's campaign for differently abled accessibility in Plett
Hiking - Hitting the trails in Plett
Events - Current and upcoming events in & around Plett

Stats show Plett has boomed this summer   // Via
December is the time where a large percentage of South Africans either head to the coast for their annual holiday, or to their hometowns and homelands to reconnect with their families.

Lightstone analysed the data provided by leading vehicle tracking company, Tracker to see which towns experienced the highest increase in activity over the festive period.

The data covers a large portion of Tracker-fitted vehicles from across the country (on an aggregated and anonymised level) to determine which areas show the highest increase in volume of traffic. Lightstone found that areas in the Limpopo region made up 9 of the top 10 towns that experienced the largest inflow of ‘going home’ traffic with Polokwane taking the top spot followed by Collins Chabane, then Makhado.

“We looked at the coastal holiday traffic from two perspectives: 1- which towns gained the most visitors, and 2- how much this was percentage wise compared to the November activity. Both perspectives tell part of a bigger story,” says Linda Reid, Head of Commercial Property at Lightstone. Pin drop Plett“For example, a large town could have an influx of many people but relative to its out-of-season size, that growth may not be as radical as that of a smaller town populated by fewer people that doubles in size.”

Stats show Plett has boomed this summer
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Dr Evil Classic – e-bikes & gravel bikes welcome!

Organisers of the Dr Evil Classic 3-day stage race, which takes place from 17-19 September 2020, in and around Plett, are encouraging e-bike entries, even awarding a prize in this category. Gravel bikes have also been included in this year’s lineup and will have their own category and prize. This opens up the popular Dr Evil Classic MTB for many new riders to enjoy!

Race co-founder Leon Evans says: “There are many e-bikes being sold these days, and we feel it’s important to cater for this group of people who also want to experience stage racing. We permit any type of bike at the Dr Evil Classic, gravel bikes included.” 

Ferdi Bravenboer was one of a small group of e-riders at the 2019 Dr Evil Classic and had this to say: “I bought my e-bike in 2018 because I just didn’t have enough time to train to keep up with my friends. I can’t think of any other race where an e-bike is more perfect than at the Dr Evil Classic. You are just so much more relaxed, and it gives you time to actually appreciate your surroundings. The part I enjoyed the most was that all 3 days were set in totally different environments, so you never get bored or used to the views!The Dr Evil Classic was, in fact, voted one of South Africa’s favourite short-stage rides in a recent survey by Tread Magazine.

Visit to view the routes and sign up for the event, or email for a manual entry. You can enter the Dr Evil Classic at 2019 prices until the end of March 2020 and will stand a chance to win an amazing accommodation package from Hunter’s Country House worth R15 000, along with two entries into the Karoo to Coast ride 2020.

The 100km Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge from Uniondale to Knysna takes place the day after the Dr Evil Classic, on 20 September, and the combination of the two events over the Heritage Day long weekend, remains a strong drawcard for those looking for a feast of mountain biking. The event is now 22 years old and one of the most popular one-day events in the country. In fact, it was voted the favourite ultra-marathon ride in South Africa in the same survey by Tread Magazine. Pin drop Plett

 Lions Karoo to Coast riders with a Dr Evil entry receive an automatic second batch seeding amongst seven batches, and the race is also a seeding event for the 2021 Cape Town Cycle Tour.

Dr Evil Classic – e-bikes & gravel bikes welcome!
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Romance levels maximum this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is only a few days away and we’re feeling the love!

Check out these super specials for Valentine’s Day 2020 in Plett.


Local entrepreneur and entertainer DJ Mjilo gives back to the community

A blog by Wandisile Afrika Sebezo

The school term started on a positive note for some pupils from Murray High as local entrepreneur and entertainer Luzuko Jonas, popularly known as DJ Mjilo, donated school shoes to those in need.

DJ Mjilo, himself being an alumni of Murray High, made the right call when he donated about 100 school shoes to needy students, and speaking to him briefly the DJ told me that he plans to do even more in the coming years.

Plett Tourism has worked with DJ Mjilo a number of times, helping him bring to life all things entertainment in that part of Plett. The collaboration has seen Plett hosting big names such as 5Fm’s DJ Fresh, DJ Tira and Simmy just to name a few.

DJ Mjilo has also empowered a number of local artists by giving them space and opportunities to play alongside national artists.Pin drop Plett

Giving back to the community is one of the many ways local business can help develop and sustain the communities in which they do business, and we commend DJ Mjilo for such a kind gesture.

Wandisile's Plett | Local entrepreneur and entertainer DJ Mjilo gives back to the community

A good read: the married wanderers visit plett

Plett Tourism and participating products recently hosted bloggers, the Married Wanderers in Plett and they’ve put together a lovely summary of their time in Plett and their recommended activities. As we can start to take the wonders of Plett for granted, it’s always refreshing to get a visitor’s perspective…

Pin drop Plett“This slice of heaven along the Garden Route is a holiday destination of note!! A laid-back coastal town that stole our hearts and fed our wanderlust!! Here are some of our personal best experiences to serve as your travel guide on what to do in Plettenberg Bay…”

the married wanderers visit plett

Invitation to plett conversations meet & greet

Please join us for Plett Conversations, a meet & greet with fellow members of the Plett Tourism Association.

Cocktail snacks and drinks, guest speaker and casual networking. Please note that this is for Plett Tourism members only.

Pin drop Plett27 February 2020 │Sky Villa Boutique Hotel │17:30 – 19:30

RSVP to or 044 533 4065.


Attention filmmakers – here’s an opportunity for you!

Pin drop PlettProspective and hopeful filmmakers-in-the-making are encouraged to submit a ONE-page proposal for a short documentary film (20 minutes maximum length).

Successful candidates will be tutored in the art of documentary scriptwriting, preparing a budget and writing funding proposals. All submission details and requirements are included in this document.

In order to identify and develop new entrants in the documentary industry, and with a key objective of transformation, Encounters in partnership with the Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, will host a Project Development Programme. The aim of the programme is to inject the filmmaking skills and knowledge necessary for increasing opportunities, business growth and ultimately access to global markets.

The initial workshop, led by filmmaker Riaan Hendricks, will accommodate up to six participants to develop their short documentary projects in preparation for securing development funding and to advance their careers. A second mentorship programme is designed to support and guide beneficiaries in finalising their project proposal (script, budget and funding proposal). Participants must attend Encounters Industry Programmes during the Festival taking place from 4-14 June 2020.

filmmakers – here’s an opportunity for you!

Plett local campaigns for differently abled accessibility in town

Rita Hardaker has been working behind the scenes for a number of years in Plett, campaigning for public spaces and tourism establishments to upgrade in order to accommodate the differently abled. 

Bitou Municipality has responded very well to the challenge, and the town planning department has already made inroads into extending wheelchair access on some of Plett’s streets.  Many of Plett’s tourism establishments are geared for the differently abled, but the mammoth project to create awareness and effect all the necessary changes is ongoing.

Plett Tourism fully supports this drive.  Plett citizens are once again are at the forefront of making a difference to the Plett environment. For additional information on the project and how you can participate, please contact Rita on

It was with great pride that Plettenberg Bay Bowling Club in the Eden District held a ‘Day 4 Disability’ on Saturday, November 30th 2019. Pin drop PlettThe purpose was to raise awareness of lawn bowls as a social sport for all and to showcase the participation of differently abled bowlers skillfully engaging in a leisure activity alongside the able bodied on equal terms. 48 bowlers from near and far took part including two Springbok players and 8 people with physical challenges.

Plett local campaigns for differently abled accessibility in town

From desk to dirtbag – hitting the trails in Plett

While the Robberg Nature Reserve hiking trails may be our masterpiece, they are certainly not the only trails worth tramping. The mountains, cliffs, forests, fields and beaches of Plettenberg Bay are criss-crossed with hiking and running trails offering breath-taking views and immersion in nature. Here’s an introduction to our most popular trails.

Whether you’re a casual day tripper, outdoors enjoying nature, or a seasoned hiker/trail runner on a mission, our area has more than its fair share on offer. Ranging from light strolls to heel-splitting, blistering gorges, Plett has it all and it’s gorgeous!

Kranshoek Coastal Walk is a tough trail. It meanders slowly down to unspoiled, wild coast with a rocky beach and just when you think it can’t get any more challenging, the windy path takes you up the side of a mountain under a cool, green canopy of trees. Permits are available at the SANparks gate.

Nature’s Valley Network offers moderate to challenging trails. No permits are required and various maps and info on birds and trees can be obtained at the SANparks office. This is a hiker’s and bird-watcher’s paradise with breath-taking views of the coastline and the mountains.

Robberg Nature Reserve offers hikers a variety ranging from light hiking (2.2kms), to stonkingly tough trails (9.2kms). The raw beauty of this peninsula lures enthusiasts from far and wide and is very popular with the locals and tourists alike. There is a small entry fee.

Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail is for the more experienced. Field guides and binoculars are recommended along this exciting and unpredictable journey. Pin drop PlettThe Tsitsikamma Trail was South Africa’s first officially accredited hiking trail and has recently been allocated the Green Flag Certificate for a trail under excellent management.

SANparks Garden Route 044 877 0046. Cape Nature 087 087 8250.
Nature’s Valley Network offers moderate to challenging trails


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