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10 Splendid Things To Do When Next in Plettenberg Bay
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10 Splendid Things To Do When Next in Plettenberg Bay

What comes to mind when you hear the words Plettenberg Bay, or Plett as it is fondly known? For me I think of gorgeous beaches, wonderful restaurants and opportunities for cocktails with friends. However, this is not all Plett has to offer. This popular seaside town, just after Knysna on the Garden Route, lies almost on the border of the Eastern and Western Cape. Its history is vast as many Portuguese explorers visited the area in both the 15th and 16th century. With three nature reserves, Keurbooms River Nature Reserve, Goukamma Nature Reserve and the Robberg Nature Reserve, both within v...
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10 Great Things To Do When Next in Knysna
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10 Great Things To Do When Next in Knysna

10 Great Things To Do When Next in Knysna: When was the last time you were in Knysna? This ever popular Garden Route town has plenty to offer. The middle of the year is when thousands of people descend on this town for the Knsyna Oyster Festival and those who've been training take part in either the Knysna Forest Marathon and Knysna Cycle Tour. But when the buzz of the Oyster Festival calms down and the tourists leave this town doesn't go to sleep ... it does the opposite of that. Reason being because there is so much to do in and around the town of Knysna. Not only is the town filled with ...
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I Love Brenton on Sea Because …
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I Love Brenton on Sea Because …

Hi, I’m Derrik from Brenton Beach House in Brenton on Sea on the Garden Route. Brenton on Sea IS BEST KNOWN FOR its tranquillity and long sandy beaches. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Castle rock or on Fishermans walk. See the best sunsets all within a few minutes from the Brenton Beach House. THE BEST sunset PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN FROM the Fishermans walk. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the Brenton Blue butterflies or the Fynbos flowers. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO walk or run the 5km long beach. WHEN THE WEATHER'S BAD, I LIKE TO just sit on the beaches above the beach and watch ...
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I Love Plettenberg Bay Because …
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I Love Plettenberg Bay Because …

Hi, I’m Helen Ward from Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. Plettenberg Bay IS BEST KNOWN FOR its magnificent blue flag beach, marine life, outdoor activities and wildlife experiences. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Elephant Sanctuary where you are able to interact with these amazing gentle giants or if you are a cat lover with the cheetah cubs at Tenikwa. THE BEST PICTURES AND VIDEOS FOR adrenalin junkies CAN BE TAKEN AT at Storms River for those brave enough to take the plunge off the world’s highest bungy jump. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Robberg nature reserve from where you can e...
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I Love Storms River Because…
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I Love Storms River Because…

Hi, I’m Kitty from Storms River on the Garden Route / Eastern Cape. Storms River IS BEST KNOWN FOR the Tsitsikamma National Park and suspension bridge across the river mouth, The Big Tree and our ancient indigenous forests – and the famous Tsitsikamma Tree Top Tour. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT The Big Tree, Storms River Mouth and on the Tree Top Canopy Tours, the Bloukrans Bungi Jump – lots of these activities can even offer you a DVD of your adventure. THE BEST forset PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT at in the Plaatbos indigenous forests and the best coastal pictures on the Waterfall Trail...
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The Kouga Wilderness – experience it by land or by water
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The Kouga Wilderness – experience it by land or by water

I know someone who has kayaked along the Kouga River. He describes his trip as a complete escape from civilisation and something you have to do once in a lifetime. Camping on the banks of the river, which leads through isolated wilderness the beauty of which will capture your heart and enslave you to the memories of what it is to be alone on a river, is now top of his list of the incredible getaways he has experienced (and he's experienced a number). The Kouga Wilderness is probably best explored this way. It hasn't been described by some as 'inhospitable' for nothing – tangled ravine fores...
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Garden Route Day Walks – we select the best
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Garden Route Day Walks – we select the best

One cannot ooh and aah enough about the Garden Route. It is not likened to the Garden of Eden for nothing and its entire coastline is riddled with picture-postcard moments, wild, craggy beaches, forests, streams, waterfalls and a wilderness that, despite the attraction for tourists, has not yet suffered the consequences. Our choice of day walks below doesn't even begin to explore Nature's Valley and Tsitsikamma Nature Reserves, both of which have some beautiful trails of their own. Instead we've looked at the rather less obvious walks. The Garden Route is riddled with walking and hiking opt...
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Win 3 Luxurious Nights in Knysna at Kanonkop House (closed)
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Win 3 Luxurious Nights in Knysna at Kanonkop House (closed)

WIN 3 nights at the fabulous 5-star graded Kanonkop House and relax into  the most spectacular views on the Garden Route, from ‘the best rooms in Knysna’ (latest Frommer's South Africa Travel Guide). Magnificently set overlooking private indigenous forest, the famous Knysna Lagoon and Heads, a feeling of space and serenity pervades Kanonkop House.  The wonderful indigenous gardens and abundant local flora and fauna including bush buck, mongoose, and fabulous birdlife are a testimony to the eco-friendly manner in which the property is managed. Luxuriously-appointed suites feature chic de...
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The Otter Trail in Photographs
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The Otter Trail in Photographs

The Otter Trail is one of South Africa’s most well-known hiking trails, popular with both locals and international visitors thanks to its incredible scenery. The trail starts at the Storms River mouth and ends at Nature’s Valley in the beautiful Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve on the Garden Route. Our team of 5 hikers recently "did" the Otter Trail - herewith a preview of their experience of The Otter Trail in photographs. We look forward to bringing you a series of articles about the 41 kilometre, 5 day hike which changes in elevation from sea level to about 150m above. Though only 42.5 k...
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Rambling in Robberg Nature Reserve
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Rambling in Robberg Nature Reserve

Travelling with a young family on holiday is often challenging, and one of the sure cures for cabin fever (make that car fever!) is getting some exercise! While staying at a lovely little garden apartment in Plettenberg Bay called, “A Little Stint in Paradise”, we decided to venture out for an afternoon, since unfortunately our two young boys are not used to communal living, and the noise levels were becoming intolerable! Robberg Nature Reserve lies about 8km south of Plettenberg Bay and provides a rich geological history, together with an array of flora and fauna. There are three main walk...
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Tenikwa Spots and Stripes
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Tenikwa Spots and Stripes

One of those difficult to spot species in the bush is the cats, or to be more specific, those ever elusive leopard and cheetah. So paying a visit to the Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, just outside Plettenberg Bay is a privilege to which I am looking forward. Having been relieved of my handbag (one can only carry cameras into the enclosures), we embarked upon our one-hour tour at 09h30, with our two little boys in hand. The centre is open from 09h00 and tours depart every half hour to 16h30. Our first stop appeared to be the good old domestic cat, only on a far grander scale, and can wei...
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The Elephant Sanctuary in Plettenberg Bay – Sanctuary of gentle giants
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The Elephant Sanctuary in Plettenberg Bay – Sanctuary of gentle giants

I am not one to often visit the various reserves and wild life centres that have sprouted up near popular holiday destinations. We have always preferred spotting wildlife in their more ‘natural’ habitat, for example, the Kruger National Park, and tend to be sceptical of the more ‘canned’ setups. But with young boys, and a holiday in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, we received an invitation to visit the Elephant Sanctuary at The Crags, in Plettenberg Bay. On arrival it is evident that this is not your average commercial venture. As I waited to book in, I overheard the recepti...
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Cango Wildlife Ranch – the real deal for sheer cuteness
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Cango Wildlife Ranch – the real deal for sheer cuteness

Tired of always being tempted to click on emails and Facebook links of cute kittens, possums, koalas and other cuddly things, I decided to get the need to look at tiny bundles of fur out of my system by going straight to the source. Sure, LOLcats and digital pictures of hedgehogs are great, but nothing beats the real deal for sheer cuteness. A visit to the Cango Wildlife Ranch was in order. The ranch offers visitors an extraordinary and rare opportunity to interact with hand-reared cheetahs and to play with Bengal tiger cubs. I knew I would be in furry paradise ... For the super adventurous...
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Chatters in Knysna
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Chatters in Knysna

We decided to have an early dinner on our last night in Knysna so we could get back to our B&B in time for the closing ceremony of the soccer World Cup.  We were on our way to the Knysna Waterfront and passed a little place called Chatters - we hadn’t quite decided what we wanted to eat but it was cold and the sign for 'wood fired pizzas' made our decision for us.  The restaurant was empty (don’t take that as a bad sign; it was only 5pm!) and we were shown to a table slap bang next to a pot bellied stove - clearly the best table in the house! We were famished so didn’t waste any...
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Bosuns Bar & Grill in Knysna
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Bosuns Bar & Grill in Knysna

We had the most delicious lunch on Sunday.  We spent the weekend in Knysna (for the marathon and Oyster Festival) and after celebrating a bit too enthusiastically on Saturday were grateful for the dismal, grey, cold and rainy weather.  It eliminated the chance of sightseeing and invited instead the opportunity to relax! By lunch time we were hungry so took a drive down to a pub overlooking the lagoon:  Bosuns Bar and Grill. We were the first of the lunch customers (arriving at 11.40am - a bit early) but the pub soon filled up and we were told that all tables in the dining area had been r...
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