Adventurous Plett Easter

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” Barry Finlay

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Plettenberg Bay is located right in the middle of one of the most adventurous stretches of land in the world. Between Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth, visitors can bungy jump, sky dive, zipline, scuba dive, swim with seals and view Great White Sharks and this really is just naming a few. The Garden Route could certainly stand up to competition as the Adventure Capital of the World.

Easter is an excellent time to visit Plettenberg Bay as the weather is still extremely pleasant but without the frantic crowds that visit Plett in full summertime. In addition to the awesome weather, this Easter Plett will again play host to trail runners, mountain bikers and paddlers for the Pennypinchers Adventure Weekend and, for the first time, Plett will welcome the new Garden Route Walking Festival.

Pennypinchers Adventure Weekend:

The Pennypinchers Adventure Weekend is held over the Easter Weekend on the dates of 26-27 March 216. This year’s event is going to be bigger and better than ever before with the Pennypinchers Trail Run, the Pennypinchers Cairnbrogie Trail Park Fun Ride, the Pennypinchers Cairnbrogie MTB Nite Relay, the Pennypinchers Surf Ski Challenge and the newest addition of the Pennypinchers “Round the Bliners Dash for Cash.”

There will be something for everyone from serious athletes to family fun and everything in between. Runners, mountain bikers and paddlers will enjoy a fun weekend exploring the wonders of nature in and around Plett.

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Garden Route Walking Festival:

At Cornerway House, we are huge fans of the hikes and walks in and around Plettenberg Bay and we literally jumping up and down in anticipation of the first Garden Route Walking Festival. This is South Africa’s first dedicated walk festival of its kind and will offer 52 walks over 5 days during the Easter Holidays.

This festival is going to be a unique event with walks conducted in areas from Sedgefield to Tsitsikamma – providing the opportunity for visitors and locals to explore the area, meet like-minded people and learn more about the conservation opportunities in this magical area that is the Garden Route. Plettenberg Bay will play host to many of these walks including the following to name a few:

  • Nature’s Valley and Salt River
  • Kranshoek View Site
  • WESSA Frog Walk
  • HArkerville Forest Walk
  • Robberg Peninsula
  • Birding Walks
  • Plett Heritage Walk
  • Nature’s Valley to Robberg Rocks
  • Peak Formosa

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Video from Garden Route Walking Festival founder, Galeo Saintz on why he simply loves walking:

Bramon

Bramon

Plett’s very first and most famous wine farm, Bramon, is situated in the Crags. Making it the perfect afternoon treat for any day of the week as it is only a few kilometres from the heart of Plettenberg Bay. The estate began in 2000 and  is run by the Thorpe family and named after Peter and Caroline’s children, Bram and Manon.

With tables nestled among the vineyards and views of the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range, you’ll immediately get a picnic feel.  A menu made up of delectable cheeses, cold meats, patés, delicious organic salads all served with a hearty loaf of fresh homemade bread, and accompanied by the local wines.

Bramon Wine Estate is famous for their exceptional sparkling Sauvignon Blanc “cap classique,” the first to be produced in our country, making our beautiful Plettenberg Bay a Wine of Origin Region. The Methode Cap Classique was initially vinified by Graham Beck Wine’s very own Pieter Ferreira and is now under the care of Anton Smal from Villiera. Bramon is continuously striving at pushing the boundaries in the wine industry. The unique local climate and soil conditions makes this all possible.

Bramon is one of my favourite places to chill and enjoy good food and wine. It is ideally located and the best place to enjoy a relaxed laid back lunch after all the great activities the Crags has on offer.

Plett Wine & Bubbly

Plett wine&bubbly

Plettenberg Bay is about to experience their first Wine & Bubbly festival this weekend 3-5th October. Plett Tourism and the Plett Wine Growers Association have been working hard to showcase this wonderful event in our beautiful bay.

This event is going to be a celebration of Plett Winelands, which started about 14 years ago when the first vineyard was planted in the Crags, against the Tsitsikamma Mountains.
The Plett Wine industry has come a long way, we now have 16 vineyards producing award winning Sauvignon Blanc and Méthode Cap Classique. The Garden Route, with its ideal climate of cool wet winters, moderate summers and good soils is clearly perfect for the wine this region is producing. In 2005 Plettenberg Bay was named a South African ”Wine of Origin Region”
As they say….It is South Africa’s time to shine and we in Plett are going to do just that this weekend with more than 30 local wines and bubbly to sip savour & sea on the lawns of the Beacon Island Hotel. S A’s top local band, Watershed, will be there to entertain us. Local restaurants and chef Rich Rorich will delight us with their delicious food.

Come and spend the weekend with us at Cornerway House 2 nights @ R1250 includes full breakfast and ticket to Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival, including Watershed & branded bubbly glass.

Tickets are still available at Plett Wine & Bubbly

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Plett in July

Mad festival

Plettenberg Bay is bursting with wonderful things to do at this time of the year.

We are in the middle of the July holidays and Plett is having a MAD Festival.

The Plett Music Arts & Drama Festival is all about showcasing our heritage and culture.  Everybody can get involved and everybody benefits with profits been ploughed back into the community.

The Whitehouse & Kids of Kurland brought us the 3rd Plett Fringe Festival which ran from the 26th June to the 1st July. We got to see poetry, drama, magicians, musical comedy and theatre at its best. These superb well-polished Fringe acts continue on their way to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

The first South African Food Film Festival was also being presented here in Plett as part of the part of the MAD Festival. Plett Tourism and iKasi Media have worked hard to bring us The Plett Food Film Festival. We believe it will become a national event.  Over a period of 3 days our senses were delighted with a feast of exclusive screenings of local and international movies and documentaries about everything to do with food and passionate foodies preparing their food.

We were privileged to be entertained by well-known chef Karen Dudley with her creative “love sandwich” that made her famous. She has also published two recipe books and is a fire ball of passion and fun.

Plettenberg Bay the perfect place to chill out in the July holidays and have all your senses spoilt.

love sandwich Karen Dudley the kitchen Karen Dudley

 

A Vibrant Habitat

Plettenberg bay

Birds of Eden is just off the N2 north of Plettenberg Bay, about a 20 minute drive from Cornerway House.  The sanctuary which is a huge dome, covers about 2 hectares of indigenous forest. It is home to about 3000 birds, that have been rescued, no longer wanted or are in need of a secure environment. Here they can live in a natural protective environment. There are over 200 species. One can take a guided tour or stroll on your own. They have a very comprehensive booklet which makes the identification process easier. Birds of Eden’s mission is to care for the birds and educate the public.   Jandaya Conure
One unintentionally seems to overlook the majestic life of the bird. Once we walked through the doors and into the “Garden of Eden” this changed within a split second. I felt humbled by walking into this vibrant mixed habitat of these colourful, complex creatures that I don’t often acknowledge, grateful that these birds have been taken in to flourish all together, kind of like a Noah’s Ark.

Ibis

We couldn’t start the journey until we had fuelled up on an English Breakfast at the stunningly positioned little restaurant in the garden. This overlooks the bird pond that is home to hundreds of brightly coloured ducks, ibis, flamingo and proud nesting weavers. You can’t help but become enchanted instantly!

We walked through the garden at a leisurely pace (keep your camera battery fully charged!) most of the way accompanied by friendly ring-necks perched on our shoulders, stuff out of story-tales.

Ringneck

The garden consists of an incredible bamboo suspension bridge, (that makes your tummy slightly tingle) an overhead flowing waterfall, that you pass underneath and boardwalks laid out in a magical mezzanine-like layout, that takes you from top to bottom of the valley that is Birds of Eden. You are lead from the birds on and around the water where the colourful creatures that prefer the ground to graze,
all the way to the parrots and enormous South American bats claiming the higher reaches of the enormous enclosure.
If you have the time, and love it as much as we did, definitely take a walk around again, we did!

Since I was exposed to the beautiful creation that is the “Birds of Eden” I have a new found respect and appreciation for these magnificent creatures!

We highly recommend “Birds of Eden” and will definitely be back sooner than later for another enchanting visit!

Birds of Eden was created back in 2005, and is the largest single free flight aviary in the world. Check out http://www.birdsofeden.co.za

Here are some more of our photos from the visit to Birds of Eden:

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Red Lory

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curious birdsblack swans

Flamingo

Mute swan