Sparklers and bubbly

And glasses held high –

Amazed at how fast

The years have sped by…

Bitou River Lodge,

Green and gold in the sun,

Happy Birthday to you!

You’re now Twenty-One!

I still can’t believe it…

Bitou River Lodge, Year One
Bitou River Lodge, Year One

What we love about our Twenty-One-Year-Old: 

  • Walking under the trees we planted (once we’d cleared the aliens in the cow field we bought, there was nothing left. We’ve planted every tree. Paul did the planting, I did the pruning).
  • Shopping at Woolies at 5am in peak season to beat the crowds (back in the day, there was no Woolworths, no Pick ‘n Pay, no Checkers…now we have Woolies with local-friendly hours…gotta love it!)
  • Being ‘green’ (when we started, Eskom was reliable and cheap – but whenever a tree fell on the line & cut off our power we had no lights, no breakfast and, worst of all, no water. Total panic. Now we have amazing solar lamps designed by Paul, we cook with gas and water is fed to the taps & showers by gravity. No more pumps and generators!)
  • The animal sagas that have made us gasp (otters vs geese, fight to the death / the genet in our kitchen / the seal swimming past our lawn / the baby Blue Cranes whose super-long toes got caught in the fence & whom we freed / the hoarse bark of a leopard next door / spotting Little Bitterns / tiny baby Crakes / monkeys swimming across the river to raid the bird tray…
  • Our cheerful, reliable staff (our ‘skattebol’ Cathleen has been with us since Day One!)
  • Our awesome guests, without whom we’d have thrown in the (bath) towel years ago (many have become regulars and great friends…Don & Zillah have booked their nineteenth stay for next year). Huge thank you to you all!


What we’re doing to celebrate:

  • For the whole of October we’re offering top specials: 21.OFF │3:4:2 │DOUBLE.UP
  • We’re running a Photo Competition with three nights for two guests up for grabs
  • We have challenging (song) clues in our Tricky Ducky Treasure Hunt
  • There’s a Happy Birthday Selfie Station
  • And of course our usual canoeing –
  • as well as Spring birding: think nests, bright plumage, feathery visitors

Want to join us? Want more info?   0829786164 Sue


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Biking the Plett Winelands

Last weekend Plettenberg Bay was alive with the sounds of clinking glasses at the Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival, a new celebration of the emerging Plett Winelands and their fantastic wine and bubbly. In addition to the festival, the popular Tour de Plett MTB race was held- you know the one, that challenge mountain-bike race in the Bitou Valley with spectacular views, stunning forest single-track, three floating bridges and a finish on Central Beach?


Oh dear, you missed it?

So then you probably missed the Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival too? Great music, great food, free tastings of the local wines & bubblies? Also at Central Beach? Sorry for you – but all is not lost!



There’s a consolation prize.  Here’s the thing : those wines & bubblies are still in Plett! Yup. As they’re made here, there’s an endless supply. And there are lots of mountain bike trails to choose from, with spectacular views & stunning forest single-track (sadly, no floating bridges). The best part is that it’s possible to combine biking with the Plett Winelands, pedalling with tasting, friends with family….

How, you ask?

Option 1 would be to join Cycles In The Forest  , who organise an MTB ride for you at The Crags, taking you off-road & through forests & farmland, stopping off for wine-tastings on the way.

Option 2 is more Do-it-yourself, also in The Crags, where many of the Plett wine estates are located. Firstly, you’d leave your car at Bramon Wines where you’d immediately book your table for lunch. You’d then hop on your bikes, cross the N2 & cycle up the Redford Road to Newstead Wines for your first wine-tasting. Fortified, you’d head for the hills up Redford Road, passing farms, polo fields & dams until the last road on the left (5 km) where you’d follow the signs to RE Vineyards, which has a beautiful tasting room set in vineyards, with polo ponies leaning over fences & charming Lloyd to tell you about their award-winning ‘Sav’ & their ‘Champu’ MCC.


As you cycle away from rare earth, Redford Lane Wines  is on your left, a small very specialised vineyard. Leanne Lane as owner, chef & manager, is passionate about the wines she makes : one hectare of their Sauvignon & two new hectares for Nebbilio & Barbera grapes. With the interesting wines, the dam, the horses, the biltong paté & the tame Hadeda Ibis, this is a wonderful family stop.


From here it’s mainly downhill all the way back to Bramon Wine Estate  to taste their award-winning wines & the famous Blanc de Blanc, followed by a delicious homemade-bread-&-tapas lunch in the vineyards. Aaahh, life is good!

But wait, there’s more!

Until 16th December 2015, Bitou River Lodge will be offering a 3:4:2 Special on our four-star accommodation next to the Bitou River and give you a bottle of Redford Lane Sauvignon Blanc to celebrate your arrival!

Aaahh, life is not just good – it’s wonderful!



To Book your Wine & Wheels Special Offer: email Sue on  quote Wine & Wheels 342 when booking.  Let us help you to cycle the Plett Winelands in beautiful Plettenberg Bay!