Garden Route Article in World of Tourism (Russian) Magazine

Adventures Garden Route Article that will be published in special edition of World of Tourism magazine (Russian) and will be presented on International Travel Exhibition UITM. On the cover a photo from South Africa and it is the main topic of the magazine!  Thank you to Alewijn Dippenaar and Mimi Finestone 

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Thank you to The Go Group | Plettenberg Bay Tourism | Luiz Da Fonseca| Bramon Wine Estate | Face Adrenalin | Monkeyland | Birds of Eden | Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary | The Old Rectory Hotel for your assistance in hosting them in Plettenberg Bay.

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Dr. Evil Classic

Good morning from Cairnbrogie for the final stage of the BUCO Dr Evil Classic. 51km with 800m of climbing, though Harkerville & Cairnbrogie fantastic singletracks. Remember the Springboks kick off at 11:45 so don’t dally too much out on the trails.

The Buco Dr Evil Classic 3 Day Stage Race turns 8 years old this year, and has matured into “the best reason to head to the Garden Route on the Heritage day weekend”. 2019’s dates are Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st September, with Heritage Day falling on the Tuesday 24th, so it’s the perfect excuse to take a few days off in September and enjoy a mountain biking long weekend with friends and family.  The Dr Evil Classic is used by many riders as a warm-up for the Buco Lions Karoo to Coast, the one day, 100km race from Uniondale to Knysna over the stunning Prince Alfred’s Pass. This event will take place on Sunday 22 September, so be sure to take Monday off and relax on the Garden Route for a couple of days after your mountain biking adventure.
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The Dr Evil Classic’s namesake Leon Evans received this nickname from his days designing some of the gruelling Absa Cape Epic’s routes, but his approach in designing this event in his own backyard, is more focused on fun and adventure than testing riders to their limits.

“The route was designed as an introduction to stage racing, and has developed into a fun, relaxed event with manageable distances each day. It’s a non-intimidating race and the riders had a wonderful time last year.”  This is one of those races where it makes sense to include the whole family – because there is so much to do in the area other than ride a bike. If you are the only rider in the family or amongst your friends, everyone else can do a host of activities while you take the morning to ride. If you are a serious rider but have been looking for a race to encourage your partner to ride with you, this is the one.
There is no tented race village, which means you and your family can stay together, in budget accommodation, or a self-catering cottage on a farm, or a luxury hotel while eating out at amazing restaurants each night. See some suggestions from Dr Evil here.
Nikki Biesheuvel, winner of the 2018 Dr Evil Classic solo women’s race for the second year in a row, says this aspect of the event worked really well for her and her friends. “It’s a lovely way to see Plett; it really feels like you are on holiday, with a bonus of going for a really great ride every day. We hired a cottage at the Crags and had a braai each night and my two friends who were there for the scenery and the vibe got as much out of it as I did.”
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With a different start venue for each stage (but all within 20kms of each other), riders experience a very different type of landscape each day. The first stage leaves from Plett Game Reserve with wildlife such as zebras, wildebeest and even elephants on view from the bike, then you head out for a scenic 70km mountain ride.
Day 2 starts at Kurland Hotel and Polo Estate and is mostly made up of indigenous and plantation forest covering a distance of around 45 km. A 15km trail of single track is currently under construction on the estate, which will add significantly to the 2019 experience.
Day 3 is roughly 50 kms, starting at Cairnbrogie Dairy Farm with its renowned network of single track along a coastline which forms part of the Robberg Coastal Corridor.
Oli Munnik, ex-pro mountain biker, enjoyed the event with his wife Alana last year and says the three different environments you ride really make this a special experience: “Despite being relatively close geographically, the riding of the three areas is distinctly different. It allows you to enjoy a new route each day without having to ride a certain distance before you get to the new section,” he says.
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He continues: “The last day’s single track where you pop out on the coast is remarkable, with breathtaking sea views and the sound of crashing waves, it is really worth experiencing.”
Leon Evans’ partner in organising the event is Zandile Meneses and she says: “We are building a sustainable event; we want this to remain a small successful event where riders feel they have been well looked after and receive a great value experience. We kept the entry fees very similar to 2017 last year, but increased the spend on goodie bags by at least 35%, because we have seen how our riders appreciate these extra touches, including an amazing meal after a long ride.”
A three course meal is provided each day by Knysna Hollow Country Estate’s chef – Grant Ludski, and riders rave about the treats in store each day. As Oli Munnik says: “The food was absolutely world class, something I actually started looking forward to when we got to about 10 kms to go on day 2 and 3. The organisation was seamless – you never noticed The Dr Evil team or needed to ask for assistance, and this results in a very relaxed vibe in the race villages.”
Sign up for the Buco Dr Evil Classic here or email for a manual entry. Enter Dr Evil by email before the end of February to receive a discounted manual entry.
Enter here for the Buco Lions Karoo to Coast or email for a manual entry.
Remember that Buco Lions Karoo to Coast riders with a Dr Evil entry receive an automatic second batch seeding amongst seven batches, just another reason to combine these first class events for an incredible long weekend of riding.
Dr Evil riders who enter the Karoo to Coast before the end of May will receive their Karoo to Coast race numbers in their Dr Evil race packs. They will need to collect their Karoo to Coast goody bag and any purchased merchandise in Uniondale – registration is open on Sunday 22nd from 05:30 onwards.


It is a GELUK to be alive, and it is a GELUK to bring you this fabulous event, a two day music festival, super sexy line up and a location that is just out of this world. 

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The universe has conspired to bring you +Geluk on 26 & 27 October in the most alluring beach setting in Plettenberg Bay. Be ready for the soulful sounds and breathtaking sunsets that will treat your ears and tickle your fancy. Magnificent Plettenberg Bay is the backdrop, DAY 01 at The Grand Africa Lookout (on the beach) and DAY 02 at The Lookout Deck, a superbly exotic setting at the edge of the ocean with the best view in Plett.

It is a Geluk to be alive, and it is a Geluk to bring you this fabulous event, a two day music festival, super sexy line up and a location that is just out of this world. Magnificent Plettenberg bay is the backdrop, DAY 01 at The Grand Africa Lookout (on the beach) and DAY 02 at The Lookout Deck, a superbly exotic setting at the edge of the ocean with the best view in Plett. This weekend experience is designed especially for you and is adorned with gems and surprises that will most certainly excite and delight you!Tickets

Posted by Geluk positive experiences on Thursday, 19 September 2019

This weekend experience is designed especially for you and is adorned with gems and surprises that will most certainly excite and delight you!

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Barnyard | 28 September

Guitar Legends – Nathan Smith Band

Nathan Smith pays tribute to: Eric Clapton; Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, ZZ TOP, Gary Moore; Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer and more.

Posted by Nathan Smith on Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Nathan Smith started playing the guitar at the age of 11, and played his first public performance to a sold out event just 3 months later. Nathan performed on live television at the age of 13 and by the age 15 won the German school battle of the bands, which resulted in His first festival performance at the Octoberfest. 
Being taught by his Father, Nathan grew up in a musical home, with both his parents being music teachers. He in high school started a Rock band by the name of Dead Sea Surfers who later played numerous show alongside names of Springbok Nude Girls, Saron Gas (Seether), Amersham, Just Jinger to name a few.

Nathan was spotted by Joseph Clark in a club with Dead Sea Surfers and was asked to join him on his production, Joseph Clark – The Music of Queen, which skyrocketed into countrywide tours and European Tours including a single handed sold out stadium show for 35000 in Holland in 2012.

This stemmed into Nathan doing session work and collaboration work and has worked with the following artists: Joseph Clark; Jannie Moolman; Laurika Rauch; Andre Swartz; Lira; Vicky Sampson; Nia Nel; Brandon October; PJ Powers; Claire Johnson; Karen Zoid; Chiano Sky; Romanz; Coenie de Villiers; Ard Mathews; Vusi Mahlasela; Ian Von Memerty; Matthys Roets; Bianca le Grange; Van Coke Cartel; Gloria Bosman; Timothy Moloi; Ronan Keatin; Nicolis Louw; Kevin Leo; Mark Haze; African Mama’s; Jamali; Garth Barnes (Crash Car Burn); Juanita Du Plessis ; Garth Taylor; Samantha Peo; Elvis Blue; Lloyd Bala; Louis Carver; Gabo Moto Tenors; Piet Botha; Albert Frost; Valiant Swart; Evolver; Mel Botes; Ghapi; Herman van den Berg; Sterling EQ; Terrence Reis (Dire Straights); Joe Niemand; Riana Nel ; Richard Clayderman ; Nadine ; BlackByrd ; Bobby Van Jaarsveld ; Patrizio ; Cindy Alter (Clout)

He has also worked on South African Flagship shows including; Skouspel (2013&2014) Gospel Skouspel (2012,2013&2014) Oppikoppi, KKNK, Innibos, and Noot Vir Noot.

In 2012, Nathan became part of the production, Riders From The Storm, which features 6 of South Africa’s best guitar based artists, which has toured South Africa and Namibia. “Wild Frontier”, a Gary Moore Tribute show featuring Nathan, was launched February 2014 and has received huge acclaim by Gary Moore fans. Nathan has been composing music from the age of 13, and has 2 self titled albums, “Songs From A Diary”, and “The Sum Of All Things”

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