Wednesday, 26 October 2016 09:19

Plett rose garden receives international award

The World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) honoured the rose gardening efforts of a Plett resident, Rae Gilbert, by bestowing its prestigious“Garden of Excellence Award”on Bosky Dell, the Gilbert family’s farm just outside Plettenberg Bay, along the Garden Route in the Western Cape of South Africa.  The award was presented at the 17th World Convention of the Society in Lyon, France on 1stJune this year.  It is only the second time that the Award has been bestowed on a South African garden.  The other garden is Freshwoods in the Elgin district which houses a collection of rare roses.

The Award serves to acknowledge gardens which are primarily rose gardens i.e. where roses are the main feature of the garden and are grown in sufficiently large numbers and cultivars to display roses in a wide variety of gardening applications. The Award criteria include factors such as excellence in rose garden design, consistently high standards of horticultural practice, promotion of the rose as a garden plant and the education of the public in all matters relating to roses.  The garden also has to be well established and the management of the garden sustained at a consistently high level.  Important collections of rare or old roses as well as trials of new varieties are also considered. The garden also, and very importantly, must be open to the general public during the rose flowering season. For this reason, very few privately owned gardens are considered – Bosky Dell is only the third private garden to be acknowledged world-wide.

The rose garden at Bosky Dell was designed by Rae Gilbert and formal sections built in 2007.  Additional sections are being added and the garden now extends over an area of more than 2Ha.  Each area of the garden features different types of roses and companion plants.  The garden currently comprises more than 250 varieties and 6000 rose plants.  Rae has included a range of indigenous trees, shrubs and perennials and is currently expanding the collection of Old Garden Roses (also known as heritage roses) and old fashioned companion plants.  Rae hopes to establish a representative collection of the old garden roses of South Africa. 

The rose garden isopen to the public from the first weekend in November till the end of April every yearand has become a much favoured Wedding Venue. It has been the anchor garden for the annual Plett Open Gardens for a number of years and is a perfect spot for garden club functions, visiting tour groups from Europe and America, art exhibitions and music recitals.
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New luxury lodge, Ulubisi House, in the Gondwana Game Reserve on the Garden Route in the Western Cape,  has opened its doors.

Imaginea luxuriously spacious and stylish African villa with your own Field Guide, Chef and Butler.   The villa is privately situated in the reserve’s 1000 hectare walking area surrounded by grasslands teaming with game.  Three luxurious guest suites, with endless mountain views, provide extravagant accommodation for 6 adults or 4 adults and 4 children.  The ultimate bush getaway to restore and revive with friends or family in a Big 5 game reserve ideally and accessibly located on the Garden Route. 


The property comes with a full complement of staff, including butler, chef and field guide, and sleeps either six adults or four adults and four children.

Developer, Mark Rutherfoord, incorporated the large-scale structure, made of stone, wood and thatch, into the natural environment.

Ulubisi House is in the reserve’s 1000-hectare protected walking area for endangered species with 180-degree views of grass plains dotted with game, fynbos-covered rolling hills and the Outeniqua mountain range.

The property also hosts a coffee and wine bar area, swimming pool, hot tub, an outdoor dining area, a game ranger and a private game-drive vehicle.

Wrap-around terraces and living areas open up to the landscape of surrounding bush.

Activities include bush picnics and fishing excursions, guided walks, including fynbos and wildlife hikes, mountain biking (with seven bikes in varying sizes available), and trail running. For children, there is Gondwana’s Junior Ranger Experience with a private field guide. Satellite TV and Wifi are also available.

For more information please contact Luxury Representation Collection: info@luxuryrepcollection.com  or see www.gondwanagr.co.za
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Thursday, 19 June 2014 09:43

Mossel Bay Fishing Getaway 2014

A 4 Day Fishing Program Mossel Bay 2014
Together with Out And About Travel & Go Fish Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay – Boggomsbaai – Vleesbaai - Fransmanshoek
4 Days / 3 Nights
4 – 10 Persons
1st June 2014 – 1st December 2014

Day 1:
• Arrival at the George Airport
• Meet and greet by your driver who will take you to your accommodation establishment
• You will either stay at a Hotel in Mossel Bay or outside town in Boggomsbaai at the Sandpiper Cottages
• Arrival at your accommodation establishment and check in
• Lunch will be served upon arrival
• After lunch, you will be met by your expert fishing guide. He will be your fishing guide for the next 3 days.
• An afternoon fishing excursion will take place. Considering the weather and water conditions, your guide will decide if rock or beach fishing is favourable on this day
• Return after your fishing excursion to freshen up
• Dinner will either be served in town at a local restaurant or if staying in Boggomsbaai, a traditional “Kaggel Braai” dinner will be served
• Overnight

Day 2:
• After breakfast, you will depart on a full day fishing excursion
• Again, your guide will take his experience to decide where the best fishing spots will be
• Lunch packs will be taken along and enjoyed on the beach
• PM fishing to take place
• Return to your accommodation to freshen up
• Dinner will either be served in town at a local restaurant or if staying in Boggomsbaai, a traditional “Kaggel Braai” dinner will be served
• Overnight

Day 3:
• After some breakfast, your guide will lead you on a half day boat fishing excursion
• Return after fishing for lunch at a local restaurant
• Some time will be had at leisure before going on another afternoon fishing excursion
• Return to accommodation to freshen up
• Dinner will either be served in town at a local restaurant or if staying in Boggomsbaai, a traditional “Kaggel Braai” dinner will be served
• Overnight

Day 4:
• After some breakfast, you will check out
• Transfer back to the George Airport
• Arrival and check in for your flight home
• End of your fishing getaway

For more info and booking visit our website at: www.oatravel.co.za
or just contact us by email: info@oatravel.co.za

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