The World Cup has come and gone and "vuvuselas" are now officially a new word in the Oxford Dictionary. Some vehicles in town are still flying the South African flag and all in all we agree that the World Cup was a resounding success for the country but less so for the businesses down here. Plett is now in "take stock" mode - August being one of the quietest months of the year. However Spring is around the corner and our days are longer and balmy and promising much for our summer season which by all accounts will be a bumper one!
As many of our visitors and locals enjoy hiking on trails on the Robberg and other trails along our coastline, we thought that it would be a good time to remind all our visitors of some safe hiking practices outlined by the NSRI recently.
Hikers should always carry emergency equipment while hiking such as : a referee whistle, a handheld mirror or CD disc, a torch or headlamp, communications devices with fully charged batteries, brightly coloured warm clothing, plenty of water, the correct attire and walking shoes and most important a hat and sunscreen are essential.
Always let a responsible person know your departure time, your exact intended route and check in with that person on your safe return.
The NSRI perform many rescue operations on the Robberg hiking trail and other trails every year and taking these simple and practical precautions could mean the difference between life and death!
A "real" job.
Assisting drivers when parking and guarding their cars might not be regarded as a real job, but thousands of car guards countrywide put food on their tables and provide better education for their children by rendering this underrated service.
Bitou resident Cynthia Tshemese is a single mother who has raised all her children from income earned in this way. She started guarding cars in 1996 and is now an experienced car guard and one of 70 Plett guards who received new uniforms in June. A Bitou Tourism officer pointed out that it was essential to created a clear identity for the town's guards as there were many who tried to muscle in on their territory. So be on the lookout for them and appreciate the role they play in the general safety around the town.
What to do?
Let's end with some fun things to do in Plett and neighbouring areas.
Plettenberg Bay offers a huge selection of open-air activities, with something for the whole family including the children.
At the Elephant Refuge you can walk with these gentle giants and even ride on one. Birds of Eden offers a magnificent show of birds from all over the world whilst a visit to Monkeyland is fascinating and informative.
Adventure activities such as sea kayaking, canoeing up the Keurbooms River, boat cruises to view marine life such as dolphins, seals and whales (in season July to December), sky diving, hiking in Robberg Nature Reserve, bungy jumping off Bloukrans Bridge (highest in the world at 216 metres) are just some of the many activities.
Plett has also become known as the "polo mecca" of South Africa with tournaments particularly in December and January at Kurland. The Treetop Canopy tours offer fun and adventurous cable sliding from one huge tree to another - a fantastic way to be introduced to our gorgeous indigenous forest and its inhabitants.
Hiking trails abound along our beautiful coastline not the least of which is the world renowned Otter Trail. And last but not least - our fabulous beaches, most of them with Blue Flag status.
We hope to see you soon in Plett
Until next time
The Accommodation Bureau Team