Situated in an area that offers incomparable beauty, from the lush forests to the unspoiled beaches Lake Pleasant Living is surrounded by endless activities for the entire family.
Whether it is eco & nature, culture & heritage, outdoor adventure, gourmet delights or spirit, mind and soul experiences you are after Lake Pleasant Living is the ideal setting from where to base yourself to explore all the beautiful Garden Route has to offer.
Below is small sampling of what you are able to during your visit to Lake Pleasant Living.
PLAY A FEW ROUNDS OF GOLF
The Garden Route features the most spectacular golf courses in South Africa. As Lake Pleasant Living is centrally located to them all it is the ideal location to base yourself on a golf holiday.
This Garden Route golfer's paradise offers the following prestige courses:-
- Pezula Championship Golf Course
The Pezula Championship Golf Course is perched above the Indian Ocean and the Knysna lagoon just a short 20 minute drive from Lake Pleasant Living.
Flanked by indigenous forest, flora and unforgettable vistas, the course offers players both a challenging and rewarding golf experience. To visit the Pezula golf course web page click here.
- Simola Golf & Country Estate
Simola is the first Jack Nicklaus Signature course on the Garden Route reflecting the great maestro's philosophy of attuning the layout and design to the natural lie of the land. Keeping your head down at Simola can be a challenge; simply because the views around the course are awe-enspiring, and with this, it is clear to see why Simola takes its place as one of South Africa's premier golfing destinations. To visit the Simola golf club web page click here.
- Knysna Golf Club
Knysna’s flat golf course, threading its way through tall blue gums and pines, has always had much to recommend it. An upgrade program introduced in 1998, has continued over the intervening years and the course has undergone some considerable alteration, resulting in an even better golfing experience. To visit their web page click here.
- Mossel Bay Golf Course
Famed for having a view of the sea from every tee a round of golf at this links course will surely not only be pleasurable, but will leave lasting memories. Just half-an-hour's drive from Lake Pleasant Living a round of golf at Mossel Bay would be an ideal way to start or end a golfing trip along the Garden Route. To visit their web page click here.
- Fancourt Country Club Estate
Undisputedly one of Southern Africa's premier golfing and leisure destinations Fancourt Country Club is a firm favorite of Lake Pleasant Living guests. Click here to view their 18th hole web cam or to access the Fancourt Country Club web page click here.
- George Golf Club
The George Golf course is a beautifully manicured 72 par, 18 hole course with bent greens set in the heart of the garden route. The course rating for men is either 70 (club – 5774m) or 72 (championship – 6100m), while that for the ladies is 72 (5188m). Visitors are welcome, with the exception of Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, which are reserved for their members and guests only. To view their web page click here.
- Goose Valley Golf Estate
The Goose Valley Golf Course is situated in pristine surroundings, only 2km from Plettenberg Bay and bordering on the Keurbooms Lagoon. This magnificent estate offers a Gary Player designed 72 par, 18 hole golf course in the heart of the Garden Route. Golfers will experience breathtaking views of the lagoon, the ocean and the Tsitsikamma Mountains. To visit their web page click here.
- Plettenberg Bay Country Club
The Plettenberg Bay Country Club golf course remains a popular destination for tourists. the main attraction being the challenging layout built to USGA specifications and rated 29 in South Africa. Set in a nature reserve, the indigenous Flora attracts a large variety of bird life and small animals like antelope and bush pig, etc. The site has also become popular with the local bird-watching club and is home to a large colorful bird known as the Knysna Loerie. To visit their web page click here.
Plettenberg Bay Country Bowls Club offer members and guests an opportunity to not only experience the fun of bowling but to master the skill. The bowling club boasts a very friendly crowd of bowlers who welcome visitors at their tabs-in days. The tabs-in days are always mixed, apart from championships and monthly competitions. The new extended clubhouse now offers beautiful facilities for relaxing after a fun day of bowling. The gardens surrounding the two greens, lovingly maintained by one of our bowlers, make the perfect environment in which to enjoy this sport.
Tabs-In days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 13h50 in summer and on the same days at 13h20 during the period 1st May to 31st August. All welcome except on the 3rd Saturday of each month when a Pre-Drawn competition takes place. To visit the Plettenberg Bay Country Bowling Club web page for more information click here.
Lake Pleasant Living on the Groenvlei Lake is renowned for it's fresh water bass fishing and the lake is often host to regional and national bass fishing tournaments. Guests who prefer river and ocean fishing have many prime areas to choose from and are also allowed to fish inside the marine nature reserve adjoining Lake Pleasant Living. At Lake Pleasant Living children always enjoy fishing off the jetty often catching their first ever fish there - and yes - you can eat the fish. Guests needing to hire marine and power boats may do so in Knysna - for more info click here.
Windmaster Paragliding Academy is based in Sedgefield in the heart of the Garden Route, which has many magnificent coastal & coastal thermic sites, all in close proximity to one another. The area offers fantastic flying all year with the best conditions from October to June. Training conditions are best between January and April. The Garden Route truly has something adventurous for everyone and Windmaster Paragliding offers the best of all these activities and also gives you the best aerial vantage point. Everybody dreams of flight and a tandem flight with a qualified and experienced instructor is the perfect holiday highlight. To visit the Windmaster Paragliding Academy web page click here.
GO WHALE WATCHING
Lake Pleasant Living is located in the middle of the prime whale watching areas along the Garden Route in South Africa with the popular Gerike's Point and Swartvlei Beach whale lookouts that offer great opportunities for both whale and dolphin watching just a few minutes drive away. The Whale Route starts along the south of Cape Town and extends to Durban, 1,200 plus miles of whale watching coastline. The annual whale route traverses several famous protected areas, including the Garden Route, Tsitsikamma National Park, and the Transkei. Even if you only do it once, whale watching is an experience you will never forget. For more information on whale watching click here.
GO BUNGI JUMPING
Specialising in Bungi jumping Face Adrenalin operate the World Famous Bloukrans Bungi off the Bloukrans Bridge near Plettenberg Bay (approx 110km from Lake Pleasant Living towards Port Elizabeth).
The Bloukrans jump is the World’s Highest Commercial Bungy at 216 m high and is officially recognized by Guinness World Records. Also on offer is their newest adventure, a 200 m Flying Fox out onto the bridge. For the slightly less adventurous Face Adrenalin also offer Bloukrans Bridge Walking Tours enabling you to explore the engineering feats of the largest single span arch bridge in the world.
Face Adrenalin pride themselves on having set the highest safety standards that ensure they maintain a 100% safety record. To visit the Face Adrenalin web site and book your bungy jump click here.
GO SHARK DIVING AT MOSSEL BAY
Shark Africa was started by Roy and Jacky Portway in June 1995 and are the only shark cage operations out of nearby Mossel Bay. They are both qualified divers, skippers, radio operators, SATOUR guides intent on ensuring you have an enjoyable and fun day which you will never forget. Their hookah air supply system gives you total freedom in the four man cage and 25cm semi circular view ports afford even the most ambitious photographer plenty of room to work as the sea's magnificent predators glide slowly by. For more information and to book your shark dive click here.
VISIT THE MILLWOOD FOREST AND BENDIGO GOLD MINE
Millwood forms a fascinating part of the South-African history as the first ever commercial gold mine in the country and after a century of inactivity a mystical aura still seems to lurk there. An experience not to be missed! Visit the site of the now restored mining machinery and treat yourself to a guided tour of the Bendigo Mine for a glimpse of the hardships endured during the earliest gold mining activities in South Africa.
In addition to the old mines there is a museum, tea room and fantastic forest walks making a day trip to Millwood really worthwhile and a great way to make learning a bit of African history fun for your kids too! . For more information and to book your guided tour of the old mine contact Mike & Maynie Turnbull on Tel +27 83 406 5757 or +27 83 254 5784.
RIDE THE UTENIQUA CHOO-TJOE
Don't miss the chance to ride the classic Outeniqua Tjoe-Choo steam train from George to Knysna. The scenery is spectacular, and the experience of riding in a classic steam train is hard to beat. The train leaves George in the morning, arrives in Knysna around noon, then returns to George in the afternoon. Although the railway from George to Knysna was available for goods and passenger traffic since May 1928, it was only formally opened on Wednesday, October 17th. When this line was built it was regarded as the most expensive piece of clickety clack in the world. Today it is billed as the most beautiful. For more information and to book a seat on the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe railway click here.
VISIT THE CANGO CAVES
Cango Caves lie in the Swartberg Mountain range (an international Heritage Site) in a lime stone belt measuring 1.5km in width and almost 16km in length. Any visit to the Garden Route will not be complete without at least one visit to the Cango caves located near Oudtshoorn. There are two guided tours of the caves to choose from. One is a Standard tour that takes about 60 minutes and the other is an Adventure tour that takes about 90 minutes. Please note that during peak school holiday periods you need to book your tour in advance or face spending several hours queuing to join a tour group. To access the official Cango Caves web page click here.
OSTRICH / CROCODILE / WILDLIFE RANCHES
When visiting the Cango Caves you can not help but notice the proliferation of ostrich farms and other tourist traps along the way. There are many too choose from with only some offering real value for money. We suggest you plan your day to first visit the caves and then stop over at the Cango Wildlife Ranch on your way back where you will experience a huge variety of mammals, reptiles and birdlife. A short distance from the caves on your way back is a camel farm that also has ostriches who do not charge an entry fee and offer a fairly good lunch (their burgers are really good) at a reasonable price. If you still want to visit an ostrich farm you should do so after visiting Cango Wildlife Ranch or you may find that you have run out of time and not be able to properly experience the wildlife ranch. To view more info on the Cango Wildlife Ranch click here.
There are many rather novel and quaint shops in the area, especially Knysna, that you will enjoy discovering. Should you however need to do some real shopping then the place to visit is the Garden Route Mall conveniently situated near George airport, at the confluence of the N2 highway & Knysna Rd, George and a short 20 - 30 minute drive away from Lake Pleasant. The drive to George is beautiful and getting to the shops there will often be faster than it takes to find car parking in Knysna. The Garden Route Mall features 125 shops, including well-known brands such as Woolworths, Pick ‘n Pay, Edgars, Clicks, Truworths, Foschini, Mr Price, Queenspark, Stuttafords, Game, Home Etc and many other specialty shops & many restaurants. To view the Garden Route Mall web page click here.
Your obvious 1st choice is going to be the Bistro at Lake Pleasant Living that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily offering fabulous cuisine classically prepared with a unique touch by our passionate chef accompanied by fine South African wines . The Bistro Bar and Terrace serves exotic cocktails and sundowners, a tasty and healthy children's menu is available on request and all menu and bar items may be ordered from room service.
Your dining experience at the Bistro can be completed with an aromatic coffee, warming cognac or liqueur. For the connoisseur or mere puffer, a selection of Cuban cigars are on offer from the humidor to sink back into a leather couch and enjoy the ambience.
For the days you will be eating out there is a fantastic range of restaurants in Knysna serving excellent cuisine. In Sedgefield there is limited selection of restaurants who all seem to specialise in pizza / pasta however on Saturday mornings a visit to the Farmers Market in Sedgefield provides you an opportunity to stock up with a great selection of fresh produce and specialty foods ranging from Continental cheese, pickles and sausage to English pork pies.
Guests are advised that as Lake Pleasant Living is within the boundaries of the Goukamma Nature Reserve only non-motorised and battery powered watercraft are allowed on the Groenvlei Lake. Besides being environmentally unfriendly it is a criminal offence to use a petrol powered boat on the lake. You may however used petrol powered watercraft on the lagoon and vlei's at Sedgefield adjacent to Lake Pleasant Living.
Please Note: Although Lake Pleasant Living provide the venue and location for many sporting activities we do not provide the equipment needed to partake in these activities. Guests, and especially those with children, are advised to bring a fishing rod with a few bass lures, bicycles and any other sporting equipment they believe they will use.
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