Whats Up in Plett – August to November 2018

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



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…



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…



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…



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.



Beaches in Plett are not currently manned by lifeguards.

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




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



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



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