Plett Game Reserve

Plett Game Reserve

Plett Game Reserve

Winter in Plettenberg Bay is a very mild affair. We do have the odd winter storm but generally the winter months of May-August are very pleasant on the Garden Route. Calm, sunny days edged with a temperature drop in the early mornings and evenings. All around, nothing to get excited about, weather-wise.

One of our favourite winter activities to recommend to our guests is Plett Game Reserve. It’s ideal for our international guests travelling only in the Garden Route or Western Cape, as the reserve offers visitors the opportunity to view the African Big Five in the wild. Although Plettenberg Bay isn’t known as “safari country”, Plett Game Reserve gives visitors an authentic wildlife experience that is unique and unforgettable.

Safari Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is located over 2000 hectares of golden Garden Route, right next to the mega-reserve that is the Garden Route National Park. Visitors can choose from a 2 hour game drive or 2 hour horse safari and can expect to see rhino, elephant, hippos, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest and more…

Plett Game Reserve has only recently been able to offer visitors an African Big Five experience due to the arrival of “Harry’s Herd” an inspiring herd of rescued elephants that have banded together, under patriarch Harry, to form their own special family. Read their incredible journey of Harry Herd here. Plett Game Reserve is also passionate about Rhino Conservation and hope to bring more rhinos to the open plains of the reserve, where they can be monitored and protected on the smaller Plett Game Reserve. Find out about their Protect our Rhino project

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Have a look at this lovely video below of Harry’s Herd moving across the reserve at sunset. We live in a beautiful part of the world!

Sail Plettenberg Bay

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Just right off the bat, we’re going to say this: you haven’t really seen Plettenberg Bay unless you’ve seen it from the water. And what better way to sit back, relax and enjoy the views than a sailing cruise around Plett?

Ocean Sailing Charters operates in Plett, unless the weather is really bad; then they take shelter in the Knysna Lagoon. The yacht is moored off the Plett Ski Boat Club accessible only by a small tender boat, but rest assured this little boat is easily launched by Skippers Neil & Simon and before you know it you’re speeding across the water towards the glamorous 44ft “Ocean Rhythm”.

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Step onto the yacht, greetings from your hostess with offers of a drink and settle in, it’s anchors away! The catamaran is decorated with quoted about ocean life, enjoying life and taking time to relax – just what the doctor ordered! There’s something truly magical about the moment that they cut the motor and let the sails take over, everything is very quiet except for the waves along the shore and the snapping of the sails – you’re feeling relaxed, you’re feeling inspired, you’re getting a slice of that “Plett feeling”.

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For our trip, the yacht travelled across the bay towards the point of Robberg, while we enjoyed the views across the bay to the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the odd sighting of dolphins in the distance. We then turned in towards Robberg Peninsula to visit with the thousands of Cape Fur Seals that call the peninsula their home. Lounging on the rocks, sliding into the waves or streaming alongside us, the water is boiling with swimming, jumping, gliding curious seals – this was definitely a highlight.

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All in all, we can’t recommend this sailing excursion highly enough, rain or shine. We went during an overcast and rainy, although very calm, day and had the time of our lives. No rushing, no boat motors, no heavy paddling – we just sat back and enjoyed one of Plett’s absolute treasures.

Find out more: www.oceansailingcharters.co.za

Take a trip to Tsitsikamma National Park

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Tsitiskamma National Park, Storm’s River Mouth and Storm’s River Village are just a short 50km from Plettenberg Bay and, if you’re in Plett for more than a day or so, we do recommend to our guests that they head east for an unforgettable day trip.

Nature-Tsitsikamma

Tsitsikamma’s terrain, unlike Plettenberg Bay’s endless, sun-kissed beaches, is a bit wilder with a dramatic rocky coastline, hedged by ancient indigenous forest and carved by mighty gorges – it is a truly magnificent stretch of South Africa and less than an hour’s drive from Plett.

For adventurous souls:

Adventurers will love the activities in Tsitsikamma. Home to the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy, at 216m, Face Adrenalin’s Bloukrans Bungy is on every adrenalin junkie’s Bucket List. The indigenous forest offers visitors a treetop zip-line and a waterfall zip-line, in addition to a family-friendly Segway tour. Tremendously enjoyable blackwater tubing makes for a memorable journey through the Storms River Gorge.

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For nature lovers:

Hike, walk, bike, run, stroll – Tsitsikamma has natural wonders everywhere you look: from the sections of coastal Fynbos (found nowhere else in the world), indigenous forest, birding opportunities and beautiful ocean views, we recommend heading down to explore one of the coastal or forest hikes from Storms River Mouth. There is also a guided woodcutter’s trip from the village that will take you into the heart of the Tsitsikamma forest and the famous Big Tree.

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For ocean lovers:

Ocean lovers should make a beeline for Storms River Mouth, or the quieter Eersterivier, to enjoy the wild and beautiful ocean that gives Storm’s River its name. At the river mouth, visitors can swim, snorkel and scuba dive or take a walk along the coastline to the suspension bridges or the waterfall. A unique and popular adventure is the Kayak and Lilo trip from the mouth. Paddle by kakak across the bay and into the ancient Storms River Gorge, which rises dramatically around paddlers until the waterway becomes too narrow to kayak and the mode of transport changes to lilos for even more exploring.

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Watersports this Plett Summer

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If you’re anything like us, you can’t get enough of the beach during the summer months. For us, Plett Summer is about salt water, sunshine and sandy feet. The beaches of Plettenberg Bay are some of the most beloved in South Africa; Robberg, Keurbooms, Nature’s Valley, The Lookout and The Dunes are our five International Blue Flag beaches but it goes beyond those too. The Island’s beach on Robberg is magnificent, Central Beach is so action packed and the waters and waterways of Plett are a hive of summer fun every day. Here’s a quick round-up of our favourite summer watersports:

Plett Stand-Up Paddling

Whether you choose to paddle the lagoon and rivers of Plett or hit the surf, you’ll love the freedom of SUPing around the waterways of Plettenberg Bay. Find out more: www.learntosurfplett.co.za

Scuba Diving

You may surprised to learn that scuba diving along the Southern Cape coastline is both interesting and varied. The mixture of warm Mozambican and cold Atlantic currents make for an array of colourful soft corals decorating reefs that are teeming with marine life including shysharks, nudibranchs, reef fish and more. Find out more: www.prodive.co.za

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Swim with the Seals

The clear, shallow waters around Robberg Peninsula lend themselves perfectly to this adventure excursion. Swim and snorkel with the enormously playful Cape Fur Seals – Plettenberg Bay is one of the few places in the world to enjoy this exciting ocean adventure. Find out more: www.offshoreadventures.co.za


Learn to Surf

 

As Plett is a bay and largely sheltered from the batterings of the open ocean, it’s a great place to learn to surf and surfing lessons are a popular holiday activity for the kids. More experienced surfers will enjoy the waves off Lookout Beach and Robberg. Find out more: www.learntosurfplett.co.za

Ocean Kayaking

Take a paddle across the bay – you’ll find the silence behind the waves to be refreshing, you’ll love the views across to the mountains and Robberg – this is one unforgettable way to see Plettenberg Bay. You may encounter a pod of dolphins, lots of sea birds and the playful Cape Fur Seals on Robberg Peninsula. Find out more: www.dolphinadventures.co.za

Sea kayaking Plett

5 Plett Summer Must-Do’s

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Summer in Plettenberg Bay is a wonderful and frantic time. The sun is shining, the ocean is calling and Plett is full of interesting things to see and do. In addition to our year-round activities, adventures and tours, summer brings a slew of musicians, pop-ups and events to our little seaside town – making it the absolute must-visit destination of the South African summer season. Here are our five things you simply must do this Plett summer:

Ocean Sailing Charters

You’ll struggle to find a more relaxing summer adventure than taking a cruise with Ocean Sailing Charters around the bay. Anchor in the sheltered waters of the bay for a swim, sip cocktails to the sound of snapping sails and the smell of the ocean…this is what summer is all about!

Ocean Sailing Plett

Get Lucky Summer

Plett is fortunate to play host to South African band, GoodLuck’s summer residency: Get Lucky Summer. Every week, the lawns of the Beacon Isle, overlooking the ocean and Robberg, come alive as music lovers get down to the funky sounds of GoodLuck and their musical friends.

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Africanyon

Swim, paddle, zipline, abseil, climb, jump…traverse the canyons and pools of the Crags every which way with Africanyon. If you’re looking for adventure in nature, coupled with the cooling waterways of the canyon, then this is the adventure for you!

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Take a trip through the winelands

There isn’t really a bad time of year to visit the wine estates of the Plett Winelands, but there’s something “very Plett” about sipping an icy MCC bubbly at a shady table in the vineyards. You’ll also find that there are a number of interesting ways to explore the winelands: take a wine tour, on horseback, in a horse-drawn carriage, a hiking tour or on a bicycle – just sip and relax.

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Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge

There’s something for everyone at the Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge: paddle, swim, walk, run or bike – it’s a family favourite – and all for a very good cause: the support of families with disabled children. This annual sporting event is a Plett Summer favourite.

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Guests visit Bocce Dolce

Cornerway-Visitors

We were pleased to welcome back our Argetinian guest Mariela, who first visited Plett and Cornerway House in 2015 with friends from her gardening group. Cornerway House, with our country garden was a perfect stop for them on their South African tour.

Cornerway-Visitors

This year Mariela, who manages the parks of the Buenos Aires Zoological Garden and the parks of the Zoological Gardens of Cordoba, returned to Plettenberg Bay and Cornerway House for another visit.  Her group spent their time in our garden, marvelling at the birdlife, enjoying the sights and shopping up a storm. One of the hightlights of their trip, and one of Plett’s hidden treasures in our opinion, is Quarry Lake Estate and Bocca Dolce Coffee Shop.

Bocca Dolce Plett

Quarry Lake Estate is a farm found along the Bitou River towards Wittedrift (which is just outside Plett). Bocca Dolce is the popular coffee shop and restaurant on the estate. With a focus on organic, vegan and vegetarian, Bocca Dolce roasts and sells their own coffee in addition to bottled, dehydrated and baked goods – all vegan and grown on the estate. The Alla Carte menu at Bocca Dolce offers a variety of Breakfast and Lunch dishes suitable for vegetarians and vegan and their popular buffet style “Harvest Table” served on Saturday and Sunday lunch is a feast of healthy organic food containing no animal products. No alcohol is sold but patrons are welcome to bring their own.

 

Although the coffee shop at Quarry Lake was closed when Mariela and her friends visited, Italian owner Lello and his wife Lisa offer farm tours and Lello took some time to show them around, talk more about their organic products, including a wonderful crop of artichokes. The group thoroughly enjoyed their visit – so much so that they left these wonderful Argentinian chocolates for Lello and for Kathy, our guesthouse manager.

Cornerway Gift

Thank you Lello for giving our guests such an unforgettable experience and thank you Mariela for your visit – we hope to see you again soon!

 

Cornerway Spring Garden

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We live in a very beautiful part of the world. Sometimes it feels as if the Garden Route and Plettenberg Bay have almost every part of nature one could hope for. The Garden Route is home to the most beautiful endemic Fynbos and indigenous forests towered over by the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains, we have lakes, rivers and the blue Indian Ocean. In one day, a visitor can walk with elephants and watch whales jumping, can scuba dive a reef and hike a peninsula – there is a never-ending array of options for nature-lovers in Plett.

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But when you have finished exploring wide horizons, ocean depths and vast panoramas, its nice to come home to a peaceful sanctuary at Cornerway House B&B. We have worked hard to make the bed & breakfast an oasis of calm and natural beauty with our well-kept garden, jasmin and bougainvillea and beautiful roses.

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Spring is a special time of year for us, not only are we shaking off the winter chill, but the gardens at Cornerway House are coming to life – flowers blooming, sun shining through our fruit trees and the scent of jasmine in the air.

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Photo: Sergerius Bruce

Photo: Sergerius Bruce

We encourage guests to linger on the verandah and enjoy the sunshine after breakfast or upon returning from a day of exploring Plettenberg Bay. Exploring and travelling can be tiring, so take a moment to breathe in the Plett air at Cornerway House.

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Bring out the bubbly at Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival

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Cheers! We’re a month away from one of our favourite events on the Plett calendar – the Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival!

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Now in its third year, the festival celebrating locally produced wines, local foods and the good life in Plett, is taking place on 8th & 9th October 2016 on Plettenberg Bay’s glorious Central Beach. Ten of Plett wine estates will be showcasing their produce – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and our favourite Méthode Cap Classique! 

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Book Tickets

Guests dress up in blue & white to celebrate the Plett lifestyle and in addition to tasting wines and bubbles from South Africa’s newest wine of origin region, you’ll get to snack on artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and breads, sushi, savouries and of course – beautiful, succulent coastal oysters. MCC bubbly & oysters? Yes please!

Sports enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that the weekend of the Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival also includes the popular MTB race Tour de Plett on Saturday 8th October and the new Robberg Xpress trail run on Sunday 9th October – so you can indulge at the wine festival, guilt-free after a morning of outdoor fun in and around Plett.

You can also take some time to explore the Plett wine farms, which stretch from Harkerville in the west to The Crags in the east. Plett wines are receiving both national and international recognition and we can highly recommend the the Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival for a weekend as chilled as our wines!

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September Specials at Cornerway House

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Spring is in the air and we’re offering some fresh specials for the month of September:

September Special:

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Less 20% off on all direct bookings for the month of September. Normal price: R670pp sharing. Contact us for availability and bookings: cornerwayhouse@mweb.co.za

And especially for our MTB friends…if you are attending the Dr Evil Classic 3 day stage MTB race from 14th – 17th September 2016

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R1000 per room per night (sleeping two). Contact us for availability and bookings: cornerwayhouse@mweb.co.za

Happy holidays!

Horse riding in the Plett Winelands

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This has got to be one of absolute favourite Plett activities, especially for a sunny winter’s day; meander on horseback through the indigenous forest and vineyards of the Plett Winelands.

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Now, we can say that we’ve had the pleasure of  experiencing most of Plett’s activities and adventures and the versatility of Hog Hollow Horse Trails offers so many options, that we’re sure you will be back for more than one excursion.  Visitors can choose between a one hour farm trail that is perfect for families, a two hour trail through a private game reserve or a three hour Cruise-the-Crags trail that can be tailor-made to include The Plett Winelands, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, The Millwood Craft Centre and other nearby animal attractions – they choices are endless.

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We chose the Plett Winelands tour and a short farm ride to the most beautiful of hilltops overlooking the sea. It was a perfect combination for a group of largely inexperienced riders. Thankfully, the team at Hog Hollow Horse Trails were friendly, patient and experienced enough to make the trip an absolute delight.

Imagine this: you’re strolling, or the horse is, along a green hilltop with the ocean just peeking out in the distance, around you cows mill restfully and the exotic fallow deer scatter a short distance away. You stop for a brief chat to the farmer who stands languidly on the hillside, peeling an orange in his gumboots. As you move into the coolness of the forest, the trail narrows to single track and you’re walking through a mystical landscape towards the smallest of ponds – straight out of Arthurian legend – overhung by trees, sunlight cutting the early morning mist that has been left behind in this tiny vale. It’s perfection.

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As you get into the Plett Winelands, the winter sun is warm and pleasant, you’re surrounded by vines and the Tsitsikamma Mountains are blue and imposing before you. This is a moment full of sunshine and bubbles.  The bubbles in the form of Bramon’s award-winning MCC Bubbly and paired with any number of delicious tapas from the menu. Eat a selection of cheeses, salads and pates served with fresh bread amongst the vines – we’re pretty sure you won’t want to go home after this.

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To us, this Plettenberg Bay activity is the perfect combination of action and relaxation. So choose a slower (horse-power) pace and take in the beauty of The Crags. We can’t think of many better ways to spend an autumn or winter’s day in Plett.

Winter Special: Stay for 2 nights and receive 10% discount on direct bookings