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Getaway (South Africa) - - Insider’s Guide -

GET­TING THERE

Plett is six hours from Cape Town on the N2, or two-and-a-half hours from Port El­iz­a­beth. Ge­orge Air­port is 94km away. CemAir flies daily di­rect to the small Plett Air­port from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Mar­gate. From R2 900 re­turn. fly­ce­mair.co.za

STAY HERE

Ka­turi Cottage is stuck away at the end of Askop Road, deep in The Crags (en route to Na­ture’s Val­ley), on Brack­en­burn Re­serve. It’s a quiet self-cater­ing bolt­hole sur­rounded by vir­gin Tsit­sikamma for­est that de­liv­ers deep soul so­lace. From R1 300 for two (sleeps six). brack­en­burn.co.za Peri­win­kle Guest Lodge is lo­cated at the top of Beachy Head Drive, just be­hind Rob­berg 5 beach. All seven rooms are sea-fac­ing, and three have a fire­place. From R1 200 pp shar­ing B&B. peri­win­klelodge.co.za Keur­booms La­goon Car­a­van Park is one of SA’s best. Come out of sea­son and grab a spot on the beach. You’ll be lulled to sleep by the sound of the sea and be per­fectly placed to catch glo­ri­ous sun­rises. The ablu­tions are clean and plenty, and there’s a top-notch kids’ play area. From R120 pp, kids R60. keur­boom­sla­goon.co.za Beacon Is­land Re­sort is a Plett icon, built in the 1970s on the beach­front and stand­ing proud ever since. Part time­share, part bed per night, it’s an all-round re­sort with a beautiful pool on the rocks and great fa­cil­i­ties for fam­i­lies with kids. From R995 pp. tso­go­sun.com

DO THIS

Learn to SUP with Garth Ens­ley on the Poortjies La­goon – it’s eas­ier than you think. From R200 per les­son, in­clud­ing gear rental. Book­ing es­sen­tial. 071-207-4951 Head to Cairn­bro­gie, the per­fect place to mess about on a bi­cy­cle, whether on a for­est trail or the pump track. There’s also a small track for kids, a bike-wash­ing sta­tion and cafe. En­try from R50 pp. Cairn­bro­gie also hosts fun events (such as Plett Starry Nights mar­ket and out­door cin­ema in De­cem­ber – plus this year, ‘glamp­ing’ un­der the pines). cairn­bro­gie.co.za Whale watch from June to Novem­ber to see if you can spot south­ern right, hump­back and Bryde’s whales. Eco­op­er­a­tor Ocean Blue Adventures has the only per­mit to get a lit­tle closer. From R750 pp, kids R400. All year round, dol­phin trips go out to sea and around the bay fol­low­ing pods in the west, be­fore head­ing back past the seal colony at the base of the Rob­berg penin­sula. From R500 pp, kids R250. There is also guided sea-kayak­ing from R300 pp. oceanad­ven­tures.co.za

SHOP HERE

Mungo is a proudly lo­cal busi­ness that’s a favourite with de­sign­ers for its high­qual­ity, beautiful linen and hand­wo­ven tow­els. Find it at Old Nick Vil­lage, a col­lec­tion of ar­ti­sanal shops just off the N2 on the road to Keur­booms Beach. mungo.co.za Na­tures Way Farm Stall, off the N2 en route to Na­ture’s Val­ley, is a good place to stock up for a pic­nic. It’s on a work­ing farm; the cows come in for milk­ing at around 3pm. The sand­wiches, cakes and quiches (a large one costs around R85) are di­vine, as is the deli se­lec­tion of lo­cal cheeses and salami and what­ever’s grow­ing on the sur­round­ing farms. 044-534-8849

EAT HERE

The Look­out Deck, as the name sug­gests, has won­der­ful views. Owner Chris Stroebel is on hand run­ning the busi­ness, the staff are on point and the food, in­clud­ing fish and chips, cala­mari bas­kets and burg­ers (about R80), is sim­ple and good. look­out.co.za Emily Moon has two parts: a ‘fine din­ing’ experience in the main din­ing room and the more re­laxed Si­mon’s Bar, where pizza (from R100) and cock­tails can be en­joyed on the deck over­look­ing the Bi­tou River. Out of sea­son there are of­ten two-for-one spe­cials and roar­ing out­door fires to add to the am­bi­ence. emi­ly­moon.co.za Kay and Monty Vine­yards is Plett’s most re­cently opened wine es­tate. Named af­ter owner Chick Legh’s par­ents, it pro­duces a crisp Sau­vi­gnon Blanc and de­light­ful sparkling MCC. Sit­u­ated down a long dirt road (Red­ford Lane), the drive is worth it for the tast­ing barn where easy lunches (from R75) are served. www.kayand­monty.com * Prices cor­rect at time of go­ing to print

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