Things to do on the Heritage Day weekend on the Garden Route

Winona Griggs

Exciting Activities to Enjoy on the Heritage Day Weekend on the Beautiful Garden Route

Hey there! If you’re going to be spending the upcoming long weekend on the Garden Route near Plettenberg Bay, I’ve got some awesome ideas for you!

1. Experience the Thrills at the Equestrian and Outdoor Market

Wow! Kurland is the place to be for equestrian events, and guess what? The SA 2018 Adult Eventing Champs are happening there from 21 – 23 September. It’s a three-phase event with dressage, show-jumping, and cross-country competitions. Even if you’re not competing, you can join in on the fun as a spectator. Don’t miss out on the outdoor market where you can indulge in delicious lamb on the spit, yummy Thai food, and there’s even a jumping castle for the little ones. You have the option to stay at the Hotel or at Kurland Villa, or simply visit the estate on any of the event days to catch a glimpse of the show.

2. Get your Thrills at the Buco Dr Evil Classic

Hey there! Are you ready for an epic adventure? Well, look no further because I’ve got just the thing for you – the Buco Dr Evil Classic 3 Day Stage Race! Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Is it as cool as it sounds?” Let me tell you, it’s even better!

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This thrilling race kicks off on Thursday 20 September at a brand-new location in the Plett Game Reserve. Picture yourself racing through picturesque scenery, with flowing trails that wind their way through stunning indigenous forests. It’s like stepping into a dream!

But that’s not all – Day 2 takes you on an exhilarating journey through the breathtaking 700-hectare private estate of the Kurland Hotel and Polo Estate. Imagine riding your bike amidst the grandeur of this exclusive estate. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Now, brace yourself for day three because it’s going to be absolutely mind-blowing. We start at Cairnbrogie Dairy Farm, a place known for its incredible singletrack trails. Trust me when I say, you won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face as you soar through these thrilling paths.

But the cherry on top is the incredible coastline views you’ll get to enjoy along the way. The route is a part of the famed Robberg Coastal Corridor, offering you awe-inspiring vistas that will leave you breathless.

3. Safari in Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve

If all this excitement isn’t enough for you, there’s still more! How about going on a safari in the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve? Get up close and personal with the magnificent wildlife that calls this reserve home. It’s a chance to see animals in their natural habitat and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Join me on a thrilling safari adventure for just R490 per person! We’ll embark on a two-hour game drive through the magnificent 2,200 hectare reserve nestled at the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. Our experienced game rangers will guide us in tracking the majestic Big 5 animals, including lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffalos. But that’s not all! Prepare to encounter a variety of antelope, giraffes, zebras, hippos, and crocodiles along the way.

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After an exhilarating safari, we can unwind at the charming Baroness Safari Lodge, a historic country house offering breathtaking views of the gorge and the towering Tsitsikamma Mountains. It’s the perfect retreat for a luxurious and indulgent stay.

4. Relax by the River

Indulge your taste buds at the Down To Earth Restaurant. I guarantee you’ll love their delicious and satisfying dishes. Take a moment to savor your meal while enjoying the scenic beauty surrounding the river. It’s the ultimate dining experience.

If you’re looking for a place to stay on the Bitou river, the Plett River Lodge is a great option. They have a fantastic on-site restaurant called Down to Earth. On Saturday night of the Heritage Day weekend, they’ll be running a special where you can enjoy a delicious meal for two and a bottle of either red or white wine for just R250. And the best part is, the restaurant is open to the public!

5. Cairnbrogie Mountain Pump Tracks and Cafe

Have you heard of the Mountain Bike Park at Cairnbrogie? It’s the perfect spot to support riders participating in the Dr Evil Classic on Saturday 22 September. Even if you’re not there for the race, you can still have a blast at the pump tracks and cafe on Cairnbrogie Dairy Farm. Riders of all skill levels love this bike park, and the race village on Saturday creates a lively atmosphere for a fun day out with your family.

Welcome to another exciting mountain bike race!

Let’s not make a big deal about this one since it’s already sold out, but mark your calendars for next year’s Buco Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge. This popular 100km race takes place on Sunday, September 23rd, and it’s definitely worth checking out.

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The race starts in Uniondale and takes you all the way to Knysna through the breathtaking Prince Alfred’s Pass. If you’re a fit rider looking for an action-packed weekend, you can still secure your spot by signing up for the remaining few entries in the Dr Evil Classic. Combining both races will give you four incredible days of mountain biking bliss for the daring and adventurous.

While you’re here, make the most of your Heritage Day weekend in and around Plett. And, of course, don’t forget to enjoy a traditional South African braai!

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