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What's on in and around Knysna

Sporting and other Competitive Events, Major Championships

(31st) Trans Agulhas Challenge
Friday 28th December 2018 - Tuesday 1st January 2019
Plettenberg Bay to Strand
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The "World's Toughest Inflatable Boat Challenge" will start on the 28th of December 2018 at Hobie Beach Plettenberg Bay. It is a fast-paced, action-packed water sports event with over 60 inflatable boats battling it out in the waves for 700km. This prestigious 5 day boat race will again visit some of the top holiday destination beaches along the East Coast of South Africa between Nature's Valley and Strand where the race will finish on 1 January 2019. This year we will see some changes on and off the beach to ensure that crew and spectators will be able to follow their teams on a big screen while being entertained with live music, fun competitions and a great vibe.
(4th) REMAX Coastal Knysna Heads Marathon
Sunday 20th January 2019
Thesen Harbour Town
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Comrades Qualifier and perfect last easy long run before the 2 Oceans. The Routes have been carefully chosen to allow you to enjoy your qualifier and set you up for a good time as the highest point is only 30 m above sea level. Fast and scenic does not always go together but here it does. Take a tour of Knysna that hugs the water for all but 2.4 km of the entire route.
(5th) TransCape MTB
Saturday 2nd - Saturday 9th February 2019
George to Franschoek
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TransCape is an iconic seven-day South African mountain biking journey over 614km taking 270 intrepid adventurers over seven incredible stages and 10 200m of vertical ascent from the picturesque town of George to Grabouw. It’s an all-inclusive, unforgettable luxury off-the-bike experience and an incredibly rewarding on-the-bike journey over some of the finest mountain-biking terrain in the country. The field is limited to 270 riders. Riders can either enter as 2-rider teams or solo. TransCape - a unique experience that combines hard-core mountain biking with luxury, comfort and great food!
(9th) Oakhill Waterfront Chukka Festivals
Prep: Thursday 7th - Sunday 10th February 2019
College: Thursday 14th - Sunday 17th February 2019
U15: Thursday 28th February - Sunday 3rd March 2019
Waterfront, Knysna
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Well known as the unique open-water water polo festival hosted in the Knysna Waterfront Quays, this action-filled event is a huge attraction for schools from all over South Africa. These festivals have become an integral part of Oakhill School, not only to grow the game of water polo but to expose our beautiful town and everything it has to offer to the festival visitors. These events are the only open-water water polo festivals of their kind in Africa and will be held at the Knysna Waterfront in two specially made floating arenas.
(7th) Prudential PE>>PLETT (MTB)
Thursday 14th - Sunday 17th February 2019
Port Elizabeth to Nature's Valley
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The 2019 staging of Prudential PE PLETT, an incredible MTB adventure, will start at Woodridge School some 20 minutes from Port Elizabeth and finish 4 days later on a downhill otters trail run into Nature's Valley. To avoid the busy March period we have moved the event 2 weeks earlier into Feb. This will also allow for those EPIC riders to conclude their training with some time to spare. As there is no time bar on the Prudential PE PLETT even a social mountain biker could complete the TOUGH One. The LITE is designed for those social riders with an average daily distances of 60km and elevation of 1200m.
(4th) Knysna Highland Games
Saturday 16th February 2019
Loerie Park, Knysna
Combining loads of fun with fitness, The annual Celtic Festival just got a whole lot better! CrossFit Knysna brings you the all new Highland Games. Come toss a keg, throw a boot, launch a pole and PROVE YOUR MIGHT! A bizarre fitness challenge with a definitive Celtic twist.
Knysna Yacht Club Interclub Regatta
Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th February 2019
Knysna Yacht Club
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A weekend of fun sailing, sundowners, friends, great food, camping and memories. A great place to spend a weekend with great sunsets and views of the lagoon. The historic regatta goes back to 1928 and now features yacht racers from East London, Port Elizabeth, Knysna, George, Mossel Bay and Cape Town.
(3rd) Knysna Bull (MTB)
Wednesday 20th - Saturday 23rd February 2019
Knysna Waterfront
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The riding at the Bull is sublime! It always has been, but 2019 really steps up with intensely beautiful trails. The stages have been shortened to an average 60km. Ridden at a social pace there is nothing overly technical, just a flow of forest, ocean and mountain trails. Ridden at full throttle it's a self-inflicted pain cave and the race for R100k will be sharp and furious.
(9th) Oakhill Waterfront Chukka Festivals
Prep: Thursday 7th - Sunday 10th February 2019
College: Thursday 14th - Sunday 17th February 2019
U15: Thursday 28th February - Sunday 3rd March 2019
Waterfront, Knysna
WWW 2019 2018 2017
Well known as the unique open-water water polo festival hosted in the Knysna Waterfront Quays, this action-filled event is a huge attraction for schools from all over South Africa. These festivals have become an integral part of Oakhill School, not only to grow the game of water polo but to expose our beautiful town and everything it has to offer to the festival visitors. These events are the only open-water water polo festivals of their kind in Africa and will be held at the Knysna Waterfront in two specially made floating arenas.
Sedgefield Striders 22nd Annual Tortoise Tuff Challenge
Saturday 9th March 2019
Sedgefield Primary School, Sedgefield
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All the races take place in and around Sedgefield, giving those taking part a grand tour of some of the village’s most beautiful areas. The flat course of the 10km event has always been popular amongst the ′speedsters′ of both the running and walking sectors. For those runners who are a looking for something longer and tougher the original ″TUFF″ 30km course is just what the doctor ordered. The Trail Run presents a challenging course that includes sections along the beach, through the Goukamma Nature Reserve, and some serious ′dune work′. And of course the youngsters (and perhaps not-so-fit) haven’t been forgotten with a gentle 3km fun run which always attracts great numbers of younger athletes.
(18th) Kingfisher MTB & Trailrun Challenge
Saturday 16th March 2019
Island Lake, Wilderness
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After the success of the move to the Island Lake venue, we have decided to make no changes to the START/FINISH venue and routes for 2019! If you’re looking for that special race that will test your levels of fitness as well as your sense of adventure, come join us. There will be 4 MTB distances namely a 18km (Fun Ride), 30km, 60km and the 80km on the Saturday and two Trail runs of 8km and 12km also on the Saturday. The MTB race is registered with the SA Cycling Federation and all results will be send to SA Seeding to be updated and to assist riders who wants a preferred seeding in high profile races.
Remax Coastal Knysna Heads Marathon
Sunday 17th March 2019
Thesen Harbour Town
Two Oceans and Comrades Qualifier. The Routes have been carefully chosen to allow you to enjoy your qualifier and set you up for a good time as the highest point is only 30 m above sea level. Fast and scenic does not always go together but here it does. Take a tour of Knysna that hugs the water for all but 2.4 km of the entire route.
Outeniqua Quest
Thursday 21st - Sunday 24th March 2019
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It will challenge you in more than 1 way - physically, mentally and testing your “sense of humour” limits. More than 100km of pure trails will have you traversing sections of the Outeniqua Mountains and the indigenous Forests of Knysna and surroundings while you are exploring the full length of the Outeniqua hiking trail. It is well known that there are a few very shy Knysna Elephants along the 108km hiking trails, you might just spot them in the distances between the indigenous trees…
Ladies African Polo Open
Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th March 2019
Kurland, The Crags
Come and watch the best African and International female players battle it out on the pavilion in the Highest Goal ladies tournament!
National Dirt Oval Championships
Friday 22nd - Saturday 23th March 2019
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This weekend, Friday 22 and Saturday, March 23, all petrol heads' paths lead straight to the George Oval course. For two nights, top racing will be seen, with the cream of South Africa's oval racers taking part in the first leg of the SA Championships. The classes that will be in action are the 1660, 2.1, Hotrod, Muggie Motors (Midgets) and modified V8 classes. Don't miss those two adrenaline-charged evenings if you're just a bit of a petrol head.
(14th) Hospice Golf Day
Sunday 14th April 2019
Pezula Championship Golf Course
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(9th) BUCO Cairnbrogie Trail Run
Saturday 20th April 2019
Cairnbrogie Farm, Plettenberg Bay
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The weekend starts with The Trail runs at Cairnbrogie Farm and The Plett Trail Park . The runs cater for all ages and levels of fitness -1,5km of pram friendly, 5km , 12km and 16km for the more adventurous.
(2nd) BUCO Cairnbrogie MTB Rally Ride
Saturday 20th April 2019
Cairnbrogie Farm, Plettenberg Bay
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The Kids Bike Ride follows the runs with U9 and U11s riding a loop course for 1 hour to see who can do the most laps. The BUCO Adventure rally Ride sees teams of two follow a rally style route book of instructions around Cairnbrogie and the surrounding MTO Plantations.
(12th) BUCO Adventure Surf Ski Challenge
Sunday 21st April 2019
Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay
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Easter Sunday sees the 12th running of the BUCO Easter Surf Ski Challenge. The morning sees K1 and K2s racing over a 12 km course. At lunch time The BUCO Dash for Cash takes place with paddlers racing 1000m in a knock event to see who will walk away with the lions share of R15 000-00 worth of prize money.
(10th) Jaguar Simola Hillclimb
Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th May 2019
Simola Hill, Knysna
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In 2018 we had more non-motorsport visitors than ever attend the event and the result was overwhelming - they had a blast and want to come back next year. So, whether you have attended the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb before or not, you won’t want to miss the 2019 experience as the line-up of cars and activity promises to be better than ever, while the smoke, noise, vibe, excitement levels and off-track activities are the epitome of good entertainment. Whether you are a petrol head, speed lover or just someone who loves a good time - don’t miss out - you will leave satisfied and enthralled at the spectacle.
(4th) Tsitsikamma Ultra Trail Run
Saturday 4th May 2019
Tsitsikamma Big Tree to Nature's Valley
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The Tsitsikamma Ultra Trail Run is a 60 km, linear trail, that begins under "The Big Tree" near Storms River and ending at Natures Valley. The run will follow the Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail in a reverse direction from Storms River to Natures Valley.
Knysna Pre Oyster Bridge
Friday 31st May - Sunday 2nd june
Knysna Angling Club, Knysna
Red Point Pairs Tournament. 4 sesions. Prize money of R5000 sponsored by Personal Trust. Players must be members of the South African Bridge Federation.
(14th) CA2CX MTB Tour
Sunday 16th - Sunday 23rd June 2019
Meerendal to Knysna
The CA2CX is a mountain biking tour that every keen cyclist should experience. This isn't a faced-paced race but a fun tour that takes you through the picturesque landscape of our beautiful province each year in June. Please note that race entries are limited to 60 riders. The daily route, of about 100km per stage consists of farmlands, spectacular landscapes and amazing views. Couples, Singles and Groups (Teams) are welcome! Riders can enter one of the following groups: 14 - 18 km/ph, 18 - 22 km/ph, 22 km/ph upwards. Accommodation throughout the race will be 4-5 star guesthouses and hotels.
(1st) Vic Bay Classic
Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd June 2019
Victoria Bay
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Local surf break Victoria Bay will host a high profile professional surfing competition this month. Top international athletes will face off against our best local talent in the Vic Bay Classic from 20 to 22 June. It will be the first time in 25 years that Victoria Bay has featured on the South African World Surf League Qualifying Series. Over 100 competitors will face off in men's, women's and pro junior divisions in the inaugural event. The Vic Bay Classic will conclude the 2019 City Surf Series and will be the seventh stop on the WSL Africa Tour.
(32nd) Knysna Cycle Tour
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd June 2019
Waterfront Drive, Knysna
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The Knysna Cycle Tour is back with new routes and challenges and promises exhilarating, scenic rides for the whole family! We will keep you enthralled and entertained whether you are an elite rider or a newbie cyclist. 3 exciting categories: MTB Events (the 80 km and 50 km races are seeding events for the 2020 Cape Town Cycle Tour! - the 30 km race has an e-bike category), Road Races (the 104 km Road Race is a seeding event for the 2020 Cape Town Cycle Tour - the Road Races are for road bikes and mountain bikes), Spur Children's Tour (which sees about 3,500 children participate in the fun ride and guarantees each child a medal and goodie bag.). Get ready for the ride of your life!
(1st) Kurland Forest Triathlon
Thursday 27th June 2019
Kurland Hotel, The Crags
It’s school holidays so let’s get outside and play! There’s no such thing as bad weather – only bad clothing choices, so no need to hibernate in daylight. Beat the winter blues & join us at the beautiful Kurland Hotel Polo estate and farm for the inaugural Kurland Forest Triathlon. With distances for anyone, you’ll explore the Crags in the water, via mountain bike and on footpaths with family & friends. You can choose any distance from our "Clydesdale" Standard triathlon, "Polo Pony" Sprint, or the kids "Shetland" Super Sprint. Our aim is for you to have a forest adventure while embracing quality family time, health and wellness for all ages in an eco-friendly way.
(36th) Knysna Forest Marathon
Saturday 29th June 2019
Waterfront Drive, Knysna
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Whether you compete in the half (21km) or the full (42km) version, the race offers several unique highlights found in no other race anywhere in the world. Much of the run takes place deep in the forest with a breath-taking view over the Knysna lagoon into The Heads, for inspiration towards the finish. If you haven’t done this race yet, it’s an absolute must! Padding through the enchanting forest, the scent of pine trees, and views of golden fields and coastlines on the horizon, it’s easy to forget that some of this race is uphill.
(5th) Houtkapper Trail Run
Sunday 30th June 2019
Goudveld, Knysna
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This trail run offers 3 routes of varying lengths and difficulty, taking runners through the forests made famous by Daleen Mathee (the late authoress of Circles in the forest, Fiela’s child, Moerbeibos and others). The 15km and 27km routes have been chosen not only to challenge the intermediate to experienced trail runners but to provide them with an opportunity to experience the deepest secrets at the heart of the Knysna forest. Single track and terrain to excite trail runners of all ability including an easier route for the beginner trail runner of 9km.
(6th) National Golf Festival
Wednesday 3rd - Sunday 7th July 2019
Garden Route
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THE BEST WINTER GOLFING EXPERIENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA. 24 Individual golf days over 4 days. Spectacular golf courses to choose from (5 in the SA Top 20). All skill levels/handicaps welcome. Value for money pricing. Create your own itinerary. Great prizes. Enjoy quality time with friends, colleagues, family and clients. Unique points system for festival winners per handicap category. Welcoming and Prize Giving Dinner.
(4th) 24 Hour Adventure Race
Friday 9th - Sunday 11th August 2019
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The Merrell Adventure Racing Team are hosting the fourth 24 HR ADVENTURE RACE in the Garden Route. The event is an overnight 22-24 hour adventure race. NAVIGATION, NIGHT RACING and TEAMWORK. This time IT IS A RACE! The race is the fourth race in the Adventure 1 South Africa series, which comprises 5 races around the country. Each race will be non-stop, and involve the core disciplines of trekking, kayaking, mountain biking, and navigation. The “Premier Mixed” category team that completes the series with the most points from their best 3 of 5 races, will be crowned the South African Adventure Racing Champions.
(8th) SOX Trail Run
Friday 9th - Sunday 11th August 2019
Ebb and Flow Camp, Wilderness
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The SOX Trail Run is known as the most diverse 3-day trail run in South Africa and takes place in the Garden Route, with 90% of the route laid out within the South Africa National Park’s protected property. You will run on pristine hiking trails in the mountain on day one, experience the tranquillity of our lush, indigenous forest on day two and end off, with day three, along the stunning coastline of the Garden Route.
Storms River Traverse
Friday 9th - Sunday 11th August 2019
Storms River Village
The beautiful and untouched gem of the Garden Route will host riders on this 3-day mountain bike stage ride. With tracks hugging the rugged coastline and views only seen on postcards, this ride is designed for the intermediate cyclist looking for an adventure without having to spend hours training every day. The daily distances range from 40-70 kms and will traverse the mountains, plantations and coastline adjacent to the Village.
Circles in the Forest Trail Run
Saturday 10th August 2019
Millwood Hut, Rheenendal
This single day Trail Run forms part of day two, the Forest Stage of the SOX 3 Day Trail Run. The Circles in the Forest route is sandwiched between the Outeniqua mountains and the Indian Ocean and offers a unique mixture of indigenous forests with Cape Fynbos and temperate forest hiking paths. Choose between the 10km, 17km or 30km route. Come join in on the fun! Run on stunning trails through beautiful Indigenous Forest where Dalene Mathee got her inspiration. Described by top trail runners as some of the best trail running they have ever done!
Torpedo SwinRun Wild
Friday 13th - Saturday 14th September 2020
Ebb and Flow, Wilderness
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The 2nd Race in the Torpedo SwimRun African Series. SwimRun is one of the worlds fastest growing adventure sports and it’s come to South Africa. A Friday evening Prologue traverses pristine South African National Parks trails and river. Saturday’s 26km route covers naturally diverse and unseen Garden Route terrain. The Kaaimans is the highlight and leaves you with a once in a lifetime experience! The weekend is rounded off with 2 nights of camping and festivities at Ebb & Flow and a Saturday celebration dinner and party.
(17th) Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge
Saturday 14th September 2019
Garden Route Mall, George
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A wheelchair race exclusively for disabled athletes! And - every year it is getting bigger and better! The number of entries has increased dramatically, with disabled athletes and other persons in wheelchairs flocking to this annual event. The Challenge is unique as being the first and only event exclusively for the disabled in South Africa. Athletes in racing wheelchairs, adapted bicycles, hand cycles, basketball chairs and ordinary wheelchairs have made this into the premier sporting event for the disabled on the South African sporting calendar. It undoubtedly has the potential to develop into one of the best events of its kind in the world!
(8th) Sport & Recreation Festival
Saturday 14th September - Monday 14th October 2019
Mossel Bay
2018 information - More than 40 sporting codes will be participating in the festival, such as badminton, boxing, bridge, chess, crossfit, dominoes, golf, motorsport, jukskei, karate, model aeroplanes, netball, rubber duck racing, sailing, tennis, and much more. Some of the highlights include: PetroSA marathon - Moss March -KFC Point High School Cricket Festival (the biggest in the country) and the point -Top 10 Athletics. This year the Festival also marks the launch of the new Mayoral Cup 7’s Rugby & Netball Competition for rural teams to take place from 6-7 October in Great Brak River.
(8th) Rhino Run
Sunday 15th September 2019
Arendrus Country Lodge, George
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The George race offers a 5km route and a 15km route. All race finishers will receive a Rhino Run medal. Come and enjoy great trail runs in a beautiful location, and know that your support will be helping in the fight against rhino poaching. Other runs will take place in Franschhoek, Port Elizabeth and Kenton.
(8th) BUCO Dr.EVIL Classic
Thursday 19th - Saturday 21st September 2019
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Kurland Hotel & Polo Estate
Cairbrogie Dairy Farm
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Contrary to the name - the Dr Evil Classic is aimed at “normal FUN” riders as well as hard core athletes. The three days will ALL be under 80 kilometres in distance. Leon Evans will create routes that are interesting, scenic and will test those who set out with the intention of racing the event. If you want to enjoy the ride at your own pace will have plenty of time to finish the event and an opportunity to enjoy world class routes. ONLY 350 riders will be allowed to ride in 2019.
WC Adult Eventing Championships
Saturday 21st - Monday 23rd September 2019
Kurland Estate, Plettenberg Bay
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2018 information - One of the Garden Route’s premier horse-riding events now includes a variety of exciting outdoor events for the non-equestrian, making it a weekend of sport for the whole family to enjoy. During the weekend’s event Kurland will host the SA Adult Eventing Championships; The Kurland Cup, which will include dressage on Friday; cross-country on Saturday and the event will end off with show-jumping on Sunday. There will also be evening entertainment with cocktail functions, a braai on Saturday and other events hosted by our various sponsors. A perfect way to top off the sporting weekend.
African Championship Canoe Polo
Saturday 21st - Monday 23rd September 2019
Knysna Waterfront
African Champs welcomes teams worldwide, who would like to join us! SA Canoe Polo would like to take this opportunity to invite individual international players to atted this year's African Championship Canoe Polo to make up international Barbarian teams. Best venue in South Africa - come visit and play canoe polo in AFRICA!!
(21st) Buco Lions Karoo To Coast
Sunday 22nd September 2019
Uniondale to Knysna
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The Buco Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Race has been selected as an Official Premier Seeding Event of the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour. The event is a 100km off road race from UNIONDALE to KNYSNA via the Prince Alfred's Pass. The route is scenic, challenging and riders are encouraged to train sufficiently for this event in order to maximise the enjoyment of the experience. Only 4500 entries will be made available in 2019.
Robberg Xpress Trail Run
Sunday 29th September 2019
Robberg Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay
This year’s Robberg Xpress Trail Run takes place on Sunday 29 September, and like before consists of the 1okm Robberg Xpress tough run and the 5km Shy Shark scenic run. Braai facilities. Food & drink stalls available. Bring the family!
(18th) Midway Classic Regatta and (6th) Heads Race
Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th October 2019
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2018 information - Knysna will once again host the annual Midway Classic Regatta and Heads Race. More than 300 rowers and their supporters will descend on Knysna for two days of racing, showcasing some of the top rowing talent in South Africa. The event, which offers a free entry marquee with luxury food and beverage vendors from the local Knysna area, will be packed with activity. In classic, rowing regatta style, tables, benches and umbrellas will line the Belvidere Water’s edge to accommodate spectators at the event.
(2nd) Rainmaker RollerCoaster
Saturday 5th - Friday 11th October 2019
Swellendam to Plettenberg Bay
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The World’s First 7-day Point to Point Gravel Stage Race. It will start with a sunset time trial in the Bontebok National Park, Swellendam, a few hours drive from Cape Town and finish in Plettenberg Bay on the iconic Garden Route. With a distance of 500km+ it covers some of the world’s most varied and stunning scenery. The route follows gravel roads and trails of the farmlands in Swellendam, into the semi desert of the Little Karoo, along the lush Garden Route, through the Knysna forest and finishes at the breathtaking coast of Plettenberg Bay. Race or ride – it’s up to you!
(11th) The OTTER
Wednesday 9th - Saturday 12th October 2019
Storms River Mouth to Natures Valley
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The Grail of Trail™. The Otter Run has been dubbed “the Holy Grail of Trail Running.” At 42km it is a full trail marathon that traverses South Africa’s most iconic hiking trail; the Otter Trail, arguably one of the most beautiful trails on the planet. The Otter Run is the only time when trail running is permitted on the Otter Trail. It is a trail run on the upper end of the scale with regards to the technical difficulty of the trail and as such demands a high level of technical proficiency and endurance from participants.
Wild Corridor MTB Tour
Tuesday 15th - Saturday 19th October 2019
Kareeddouw to Plettenberg Bay
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The Wild Corridor is not just a ride, it's a life experience - true to it's roots following elephant migratory corridors between the Knysna Forests and Baviaanskloof. After a day spent riding through the corridor, riders will arrive at already set up camps, where they will be able to enjoy cold beverages, sumptuous food and fireside banter. There will be a variety of entertainment on select evenings as well as the opportunity to connect with fellow riders, before turning in for the night, for a well-deserved rest. This is an experience of a lifetime, where not only will you experience some of the most unique terrain but you’ll also create amazing new friendships and be a part of a very important conservation effort. The Wild Corridor is now e-bike friendly!
(9th) Tour de Plett
Saturday 12th October 2020
Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay
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MOUNTAIN BIKING HEAVEN - Plett, jewel of the garden Route with amazing forests and scenery. PROPER MTB - Organised by riders, for riders. The event caters to all tastes by offering multiple distances (87km, 60km 40km and 20km Fun Ride). The routes showcase Plett and the surrounding areas and provide access to new areas. A well organized event that caters to all tastes - Unique single track along the Bitou river with two floating bridges - Awesome scenery on seldom ridden trails - Exciting finish at Central Beach with another floating bridge and a great vibe. Arguably the best one day MTB race in SA!
(1st) Trail Girl Event
Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th October 2019
Fabulous fun on some of South Africa’s most beautiful trails, exclusively for Women (and Girls). Run or Mountain bike on beautiful purpose build trails and enjoy an exciting day out or weekend away with your friends. Trail Girl events are ideal mini-break experiences and girls-only weekend getaways. It’s also the perfect introduction to multi-day Trail Running and MTB events. Treat yourself to a weekend of trail running, mountain biking new friends and fun you deserve!
SA Senior Open
Tuesday 22nd - Friday 25th October 2019
Plettenberg Bay Golf Club
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Chipping and putting their way around the fairy tale greens of Plett’s Country Club, the senior golfing gurus from all across sunny SA converge annually with great expectations. And where better to test their mettle? Rob O’Friell, Golf Course Architect “extraordinaire”, was given carte blanche to upgrade the design of greens and surrounds at the Plettenberg Bay Country Club. The results are breath taking and makes for a challenging day out. The golf seniors had nothing but praise for this illustrious event and Plett is certainly very proud to be host to the sport of champions.
(16th) Vodacom Origins of Golf Final
Thursday 31st October - Saturday 2nd November 2019
Simola Golf & Country Estate
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Vodacom Origins of Golf is a platform for the next generation of pro golfers to hone their skills in tournament play for five months during the South African winter. It is the biggest series of tournaments on the Sunshine Tour.
Waterfront Half Marathon
Saturday 16th November 2019
Waterfront, Knysna
5 and 10 km: out and back along the waters edge - very flat for fast times. 21.1 Km - first 11km is flat till the climb up to Coney Glen, work this hill with care and you will be rewarded with a great downhill and a fast finish on the last 6 flat km. Handsome cash and category prizes up for grabs for the winners stretching from Juniors all the way to 70+ category. Equal Prize money will be awarded to men and women.
(2nd) Knysna Extreme Triathlon
Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th November 2019
Knysna Estuary to Diepwalle
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The Knysna Extreme Triathlon is a challenging Point-To-Point, self-supported race that takes place along South Africa’s scenic Garden Route. The course starts with a 5 km swim in the Knysna Estuary, followed by a 174 km cycle through coastal, mountain and semi-desert scenery. This is then followed by a 50 km run through plantations and the Knysna forest. It is a grueling, yet scenic route that takes triathletes back to the purest form of the sport. The route will test your fitness levels and pure mental strength and determination. An altitude gain of nearly 3,400m over a total distance of 229 km, makes it an extreme triathlon that offers an exciting personal challenge for athletes.
(4th) 7 Passes MTB
Saturday 30th November 2019
George to The Farm, Knynsa
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The “Seven Passes MTB”, powered by Toyota Knysna is back! The new start at Glenwood House gives riders official bragging rights for doing EIGHT, yes, 8 passes this year! Seven Passes MTB also offers a shorter route for younger or not so fit riders who still want to be part of the action. Leeuwenbosch Dairies will once again support the 38km event which starts from the Highlands Cash Store in the humble little village of Karatara. Participants are invited to overnight in Knysna and join us and Knysna Sports School team for a supported ride back to George the next day.
Robberg Fine Foods Classic Beach Regatta
Saturday 14th - Monday 16th December 2019
Hobie Beach, Plettenberg Bay
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As always it takes place from Plettenberg Bay’s sheltered Hobie Beach. The sight of a fleet of beautiful, multi-coloured sails in the Bay has become an integral part of Plett’s festive season and one remembered by many visitors and residents as far back as their childhoods. For sailors this legendary regatta is one for the bucket list! Hobie sailors are famously easy-going and friendly, and members of the public are welcome to come down to Hobie Beach and "meet the fleet" when the boats are on the beach. Who knows, you may like it so much it may be you out there next time!
KIA Summer Slam Beach Tennis Tour
Saturday 14th - Saturday 21st December 2019
Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay
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The Kia Beach Tennis Tour forms part of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Beach Tennis Tour and spans two weeks in December. The four events that make up the KIA Summer Slam will all be ITF ranking tournaments and coupled with a total prize money pot in excess of $35 000. Summer crowds will witness some of the world’s best beach tennis players competing on our South African shores. It’s a fun and fresh format that is open to everyone, regardless of experience or skills. More than that, it is absolutely action packed! We look forward to seeing South African holidaymakers putting their skills to test against some of the best in the world.
(1st) Plett MTB Festival
Saturday 14th - Monday 16th December 2019
Cairnbrogie Dairy Farm, Plettenberg Bay
The Plett MTB Festival offers the whole family an opportunity to get involved in the fastest growing sport in Africa. Three days of nothing but mud, sweat and gears, and of course more fun than you can shake a stick at, will see you spinning your cogs through farm lands and along coastlines. From young saplings to gnarly root rockers, the three-day festival is a celebration of MTB fun for "Fanie Flipflop" to "Rodney Racesnake". No excuses! Simply load the bikes and bring along the whole family for an event so exciting, you’ll be giddy for days.
Knysna Seeff Nite Race
Monday 16th December 2019
Loerie Park
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The 4.8km and 10km starts at the Knysna Marathon Club and follows a scenic route along the Knysna Lagoon with beautiful views of the Knysna Heads. Both races start together at 18:00 to run off into the twilight. Join us for the festivities afterwards.
Misfit NSRI Beach Run
Friday 20th December 2019
Myoli Beach, Sedgefield
Join Sedgefield locals and visitors at Myoli beach on 20 December 2019 for the annual MisFit NSRI Fun Run. Bring some energy, enthusiasm and fun and enjoy a family fun beach run.
(16th) Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge
Friday 27th, Sunday 29th, Monday 30th December 2019
Plettenberg Bay
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The Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge takes place every year at the end of December and is one of the biggest sporting events on the Plettenberg Bay Event Calendar. The town of Plett becomes draped in pink as approximately 3000 athletes of all age, shape and size come out to compete in the many different events all in aid of raising funds for the Sabrina Love Foundation and our many special needs children that we look after. This year, the Ocean Challenge will take place over 3 days hosting 11 events! Come and experience the magic and join our tribe of participants in what promises to be loads of fun in the sun!
(8th) Knysna Rotary Lagoon Splash
Saturday 28th December 2019
Knysna Lagoon
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SPLASH is the Garden Route’s entertaining family water-based festival. Two exciting events provide enjoyment for both participants and spectators and challenges for the whole family! Brave the waters and swim the SPLASH KNYSNA LAGOON MILE - Watch your yellow duck race in the SPLASH QUACK ATTACK DUCK RACE. You can have a great time while supporting some of Knysna’s community projects. The SPLASH festival is for both locals and visitors and promises to be lots of fun for the whole family, competitors and spectators!
(32nd) Trans Agulhas Challenge
Saturday 28th December 2019 - Wednesday 1st January 2020
Plettenberg Bay to Strand
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The "World's Toughest Inflatable Boat Challenge" starts every year on 28 December at Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. It is a fast-paced, action-packed water sports event with over 40 inflatable boats battling it out in the waves.
Plett Polo International
Sunday 29th December 2019
Kurland Estate, Plettenberg Bay
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Once a year on the 29th December the well-heeled and finely dressed gather at the magnificent Kurland estate, for the polo event of the year! The day has something on offer for everyone and is a wonderful family day out. Whether you are enjoying yourself in a picnic spot or are viewing the match for one of the VIP boxes, the thrill of watching highly trained polo ponies galloping across the field is endless. Building on from last year, this year there is going to be an even larger array of new spectator facilities. he day will end with an exciting collection of live music and DJ’s. Come support your national side or give a friendly cheer to the vising team.
Knysna and the Knysna Estuary, through The Heads to the Indian Ocean. View from Westhill Luxury Guest House.
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