Monday, 26 August 2013

Baby Animal Season!

Our new baby hippo, Wet. 
As the beginning of the rainy season approached, there has been a flurry of baby animals being conceived and born at Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve. In the last month we have had quite a few new additions to our Reserve and we want to celebrate it with you! It is always the greatest feeling when you see these tiny creatures being brought into this life and they are always so cute!

Our breeding lions are pregnant which is spectacular news for all of us on the farm. Our pot bellied pigs have had piglets and one of our hippos has given birth to beautiful baby and we named her Wet.

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Friday, 23 August 2013

The Outeniqua Country Hop Strawberry Festival 2013

Only an hour and a half's drive way from Plettenberg Bay is the picturesque Redberry Farm in Geelhoutboom, George. This beautiful location is home to the The Outeniqua Country Hop Strawberry Festival 2013 which takes place at the end of September every year.

Set in one of the most beautiful parts of the country close to Herold's Bay, Mossel Bay and Wilderness, the Strawberry Festival is one of the most popular family events of the year attracting both locals and visitors who come along to experience a day out in the fresh air in a safe, farm environment. Proceeds go towards the on-going marketing of the route and local charities and it creates fantastic employment opportunities for the local community. 

There is always a wide variety of stallholders exhibiting excellent food, superb local wines and cheeses, fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs as well as a superb variety of arts and crafts. There is plenty of entertainment to keep both young and old busy. The beer tent is always a hit for those too old for the miniature steam train, the 'strawberry express' and ‘bubble balls’ on the dam. There is also a new Trail run through the stunning district for the athletic and pony rides, strawberry picking and strawberry eating competitions, paint ball target shooting, jumping castles and tractor rides to keep everyone entertained all weekend.

So if you’re visiting Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve this September, be sure not to miss the Strawberry Festival for guaranteed family fun in an outdoor farm environment! 
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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

The Importance of Sustainability

It has been said that humans have used up two-thirds of the world's resources and we are basically living on borrowed time. We sometimes forget just how interconnected the world really is. Every choice we make creates change and causes ripples that go on endlessly. Sometimes even the smallest, seemingly insignificant decisions end up creating huge reactions in the world around us, whether we know about them or not.

The term 'sustainability' has been a hot topic in many highly respected conservation circles for years now but there still seems to be very little change on the ground, if it's happening higher up at all. But what does it actually mean?

One definition defines sustainability as ''An action that can be continued indefinitely with little, or manageable, impact on the environment''. We need to implement this in our everyday lives. The amount of water we drink, the food we throw away and even the amount of paper we use.

We have been told all of this from primary school and yet day to day we forget these things but they are so important. The links of life are slowly breaking and the eco-system is so sensitive that a break in one link will throw it all out of balance, causing a huge increase in global warming and climate change.

Unfortunately, people still believe that global warming and climate change won't affect them. Say, for instance, the icebergs melt. It seems pretty far fetched, but it's not and it's actually happening -really, really fast. It is creating huge negative ripples, and not just literally. Polar bears are dying by the hundreds. The change in the water temperature is causing fish to die as well as penguins. Slowly, because everything is interlinked, the food chain becomes non existent and all those animals will no longer exist. 

We have to care about the world around us. It is no longer the 'next generation's problem'. It is ours and it's affecting us today. Right now. The sad thing is that it is so easy to make more sustainable and responsible decisions but we are so stuck in our patterns that we don't even realise it.

Make a change in your life and whether you know it or not, it makes a huge difference in the life of something else, whether another human right now or a plant or animal in the future.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Safari Getaways. 5 Reasons why they are perfect for everyone

So the time has come to decide where you would like to go away on a holiday break of a lifetime. Whilst the many options seem endless, here are 5 reasons why a safari holiday is the best choice you can make. Whether it's a family vacation, a romantic getaway or with friends, Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve has got everything you would wish for.

  1. Game holidays are so fabulous because they provide an idylic getaway where you can truly get away from the hustle and bustle of the working world. Cellphone reception is rare and why would you watch television if you can read a book in the glowing African sun or sit around an open bonfire chatting with friends - old and new?
  2. It is educational. There is so much to learn while you are visiting us and the best part is you won't even realise you are being taught. Game rangers are full of amazing facts that will keep you interested and having fun.
  3. Game reserves provide a unique African experience of our beautiful land and its animals. There is no other place on earth where you can see these majestic animals in their natural habitat.
  4. Staff at Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve treat guests like family. You will feel at home with us and we will make sure that all guests are comfortable and happy.
  5. We allow children at our lodge so this is an excellent and safe environment for children to explore and learn about African animals, people and culture. They are able to run around freely and build confidence.
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