The NFB Great Zuurberg Trail Run (GZTRun) is excited to announce that Merrell is on board for a second year as a support sponsor. Adventure seekers taking part in the 2019 NFB Great Zuurberg Trail Run will be able to do so in a pair of Merrell trail running shoes. Merrell is partnering with GZTRun and product-sponsoring its trail-running footwear to each participant. David Palmer from Medicus Shoes, the authorised distributor of Merrell brand footwear remarks on the partnership, saying, “We would like to offer participants the opportunity to hit the trail and live the real moments and experiences, in Merrell trail-running footwear. “We are true believers in the brand's product features and technical specifications, with its out-of-the-box comfort. Partnering with GZTRun provides the opportunity to express our passion for the brand by putting Merrell trail-running footwear onto participant's feet. This opens channels to explore, express, and do, what these enthusiasts adore in the outdoors, and allows us the opportunity to identify true brand influencers.” Siska van der Bijl, NFB GZTRun race director is excited for the second race saying: “The NFB Great Zuurberg Trail Run embraces trail running’s pioneering and adventurous spirit. So the partnership with Merrell sings to both brand values. “Our passion for the region drives us. Runners pass a cycad, estimated to be around a 1,000 years old, run through a beautiful alley of yellowwood trees, and navigate some technical trails. The route is diverse. And our races are unique. We believe our differentiators are our prestigious trails, high-end partners and discerning athletes. Plus our unashamedly luxurious twist.” About the NFB Great Zuurberg Trail Run Taking place May 31st to June 2nd 2019, the NFB GZTRun is a boutique event taking participants through South Africa’s most majestic trails. The route includes exclusive tracks in the untamed wild of Addo, traverses the Zuurberg mountains, and crosses . . .
Gonjah Chalet, campsite and 4x4 route is set amongst lush indigenous forest just 9km north of Patensie in the delightful Gamtoos River Valley, known as the Eastern Gateway to the Baviaanskloof. With idyllic rural surroundings, Gonjah Chalet and Campsite offer the perfect setting for anyone looking to get ‘back to nature’. Gonjah is tranquilly set next to a gently flowing mountain stream, surrounded by towering Yellowwood trees – a real escape to the country. When you drive into the kloof you will go through a wide variety of South African bush or veld and you will see a range of flora and fauna from indigenous fynbos and aloes in the mountains to lush forest in the valleys or kloofs. Gonjah offers stunning views of the valley and the scenery really is breathtaking Here you stand a good chance of spotting a variety of native wildlife including Nyala, Bushbuck, Rooibuck (Impala), and the elusive Knysna Loerie, Hawks and Eagles to name but a few. You may even spot a Gonjah after which the accommodation has been named – Gonjah is the indigenous word for grasshopper. Surrounded by colourful woodland, mountain streams, undulating hills and valleys and native wildlife, the rustic accommodation at Gonjah chalet and campsite will provide you with a real break from the trials and tribulations of everyday life and will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after spending a few days away from it all. With no television to distract, you can experience the simple life and enjoy the stars, the braai fire, and fauna & flora galore! With over 53 indigenous trees identified as well as 61 bird species spotted, it’s well worth remembering the binoculars! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Gamtoos Valley, known as the Eastern Gateway to the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, has become a very popular tourist destination with many B&B's self-catering and camping establishments, as well as restaurants, fuel-stops, banks and shops to choose from. This is where you escape to, to renew your body and mind. Guarded by the majestic Cockscomb mountain the area offers visitors a range and diversity of activities to enjoy...from mountain biking, hiking, 4x4-routes, cycling, kayaking, fishing, bird-watching, game drives, photo safaris and day trips into the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area. If you are looking for things to do whilst enjoying the glorious natural surroundings, Gonjah is home to two 4x4 routes that make for a great activity, one that the Gamtoos Baviaans region is famous for. The shorter 4x4 route at Gonjah is 12km long and takes around three hours to complete and the longer route is 20km, taking approximately five hours from start to finish. Both of Gonjah’s 4x4 routes take you through a wide variety of South African bush or veld and you will see a range of flora and fauna from indigenous fynbos and aloes in the mountains to lush forest in the valleys or kloofs. Climbing to 570m at its highest point and offering stunning views of the valley and the Cockcomb mountain, the scenery really is breathtaking. Those enjoying the 4x4 routes also have a very good chance of spotting a wide variety of native wildlife including, Nyala, Bushbuck, Rooibuck (Impala) and birds such as the famous Knysna Loerie, Hawks and Eagles, so it’s well worth remembering the binoculars! Guarri Safari Offers A Guided Experience For The Gamtoos Valley, Baviaanskloof And The Karoo. On weekdays, enjoy a visit to an irrigation farm in the fertile Gamtoos Valley and to a stock farm in the Karoo north of the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area. Day 1: Permits and a packed lunch, juice, coffee / tea, drinking water and fruit included. No alcohol, but clients are welcome to bring . . .
Recovery Direct is one of the most exclusive psychological and addiction treatment centres in South Africa. Nestling in a quiet Constantia road, flanked by rolling vineyards, ancient oaks and the breath-taking grandeur of the Constantiaberg mountains, the centre offers a perfect and tranquil environment for recovery. Stunning multi-functional suites, each decked out in Victorian colonial style with en-suite bathrooms, balconies and panoramic views, offer outstanding accommodation for guests who want an upmarket and comfortable rehab experience. Recovery Direct was founded by Vaughan Pankhurst, who recognised the need for a novel approach to addiction treatment after he had successfully completed his own nine-year own journey into long-term recovery. Vaughan realised early on that trauma lies at the heart of addiction, and his centre is unique in that it consciously addresses the underlying traumatic issues on which addiction feeds. As such, it challenges the stigmas surrounding addiction and substance use by focusing its treatment approach around the belief that the effects of trauma lead people to become addicts. This approach contrasts with other rehabilitation centres in that Recovery Direct does not follow a 12-step programme in its treatment methodology. This non-punitive approach is intentional – it enables the centre and its healthcare workers to focus on resolving clients ‘problems by addressing the trauma and pain that drove them to addiction. It also carefully dismantles the destructive forces driving their addictions. Patients are required to see their counsellors every day, as opposed to once or twice a week. This regularity fast-tracks the healing process and enables recovery goals to be achieved sooner. The centre is eco-friendly and environmentally conscious – electricity is produced by energy-efficient solar panels, and water is provided by a natural spring. The exclusive rehab treats a wide spectrum of conditions, from alcoholism, . . .
JBay Winterfest 2018 - MTB, Trail Running and Fishing Finish The Festival! JBay – the final events in the action-packed JBay Winterfest have finished off, which sees the closing of one of the most exciting festivals ever. After the Corona Open JBay Men's and Women's surfing events, the Cold Water Swim Classic, and the Funduro were finished during the early days of the Festival, this weekend saw the culmination of the final events. These events were the JBay Windfarm MTB Classic, the Endurade JBay X Trail Run and the JBay Winterfest Skins Fishing Competition, as well as the final gigs in the hugely popular Corona Sunset Sessions free music shows. JBay Windfarm MTB Classic: The sixth edition of the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic took place on Saturday 14 July. Riders of all ages and skill levels braved wet and chilly conditions to tackle the finest trails around the Eastern Cape holiday town of Jeffreys Bay. The event, which forms part of the JBay Winterfest, offered three distances a 25km fun ride, 50km marathon and the gruelling 85km ultra marathon. At the sharp end of the ultra marathon, Declan Sidey from Team Mad Macs p/b hazz out of Stellenbosch was the convincing winner. In the women’s race Yolande de Villiers rode a spectacular race to complete her hat trick, finishing sixth overall in the 85km, in a time of 03:59:51. She also collected the R11 000 first prize for her day in the rain, with Anriëtte Schoeman in second and Shauna Esmeyer rounding out the podium. “It was hectic out there,” commented a visibly exhausted De Villiers after the finish. "It was cold and muddy but I still had a lot of fun! The new bits of singletrack and bridges were really awesome,” she said. Full story and results here https://bit.ly/2uHUveX Full gallery here https://bit.ly/2uuKXoj Endurade JBay X Trail Run This three-stage trail run series, with day and night runs, had the biggest entry so far in the history of the event, and was an exciting but grueling . . .
JBay Winterfest: Surfing, Swimming, Music and Funduro JBay – The JBay Winterfest 2018 has had a busy few days, with a number of different events going down in and around the contest hub. The Corona Open JBay Women’s event kicked off last week, with excellent surf at Supertubes following on from the men’s event. South African wildcard Bianca Buitendag did well to win her opening round heat and advance directly to the third round. Surprise eliminations from this event were Sally Fitzgibbons from Australia and Courtney Conlogue (USA). With good surf on track for JBay, the event will restart later in the week. For more go tohttp://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2018/wct/2750/corona-open-j-bay-womens The Cold Water Classic open water swim was a huge success this year, with the most entrants thus far in the event’s six-year history. With an air temperature of 19 C, conditions on land were a stark contrast to the icy water that awaited swimmers from all over South Africa who descended upon Jeffreys Bay to take part in the swim. Only three swimmers entered the costume division of the triple mile, an official Robben Island crossing qualifying swim. Veteran PJ Duffy won the men’s section, while Megan Albertyn won the women’s division. “What an awesome experience! I can't believe I haven't done the Cold Water Classic before - will definitely be back next year,” said Albertyn after her swim. Jeffreys Bay swimmer JC Van Wyk won the double mile while Paige Black won the women’s section of the event. East London swimmer Mbali Vellum in his first cold water swim had to tough it out to complete the double mile. “The water was very very cold but I really wanted to finish the double mile,” said Mbali after his courageous swim. Hannah Counihan from Port Elizabeth won the women’s mile while Peter Michaelides from Knysna won the men’s division. The winners each won a pair of Oakley sunglasses. The triple mile wetsuit division was won by legendary waterman . . .
JBay Winterfest, Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay – Brazilian surfer Filipe Toledo has taken the win at the 2018 Corona Open JBay at the JBay Winterfest, making it back-to back wins at this prestigious Championship Tour (CT) surfing event. He beat Australian powerhouse surfer and CT rookie Wade Carmichael in excellent surf today, bringing a close to four days of world class men’s surfing at Supertubes. In a fast and exciting final, both surfers showed incredible performance and strength, surfing a number of heats from the quarterfinals all the way to the finals, but it was the Brazilian who had the edge on the Australian, taking the win with his aggressive approach to the long lines of Supertubes. Despite a strong comeback performance from the Australian, including a last-ditch grab-rail air 360 attempt in the dying minutes, it was the lightning-fast young Brazilian who took the honours for the second year in a row. South African CT surfer and two times event champion Jordy Smith was also on form throughout this event, but bowed out to Carmichael in an exciting semifinal clash. With one more chance to put a good score on the board during the final minutes of the heat, Jordy mistimed a huge aerial move at the end section, and was eliminated from the event. In the second semifinal Toledo came up against the dynamic Kanoa Igarashi from Japan, and went to town in this heat, posting two near perfect scores of 9.57 and 9.33 for the win and the finals berth. Filipe Toledo goes to number one on the Jeep Leaderboard, displacing Australian surfer Julian Wilson into second place. Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Italo Ferreira (BRA) make up third and fourth place, while Smith sits fairly comfortably at fifth spot on the rankings, and is again a world title contender, along with the rest of the top five. Oakley, Kouga Municipality, Island Tribe and Bioplus proudly sponsor the JBay Winterfest. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .
July 2018 - MTHATHA CONVENIENCE STORE FreshStop at Caltex Fort Gale has been short-listed for the title of “best convenience store in the world” by a global association of fuel retailers and convenience stores – the only entrant from Africa in a line-up of 14 finalists from Australia, India and Europe. After just a year in operation, the Caltex Fort Gale FreshStop store – which has brought several “new to market” facilities and food offerings to Mthatha – made the cut for the International Convenience Retailer of the Year award presented by NACS, the US-based international association for the convenience and fuel retail industry. With 277 stores countrywide, FreshStop-at-Caltex leads the market for convenience stores on service station forecourts in South Africa, according to market researchers Nielsen, and is at the forefront of a growing consumer preference for small, local stores which now accounts for more than a quarter of the global grocery market. The Fort Gale store is one of 33 FreshStops sited at service stations under the umbrella of Caltex Eastern Cape Marketer (CECM), and one of six local award-winners that saw the province sweep the boards at the recent FreshStop national Retailer of the Year awards. The top three places in FreshStop’s 2018 national awards went to the Eastern Cape, for the stores at Caltex sites in Gonubie, Fort Gale and Beacon Bay, while Cookhouse and Northcrest Mthatha made the runners-up list. Caltex Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth was a runner-up in the Best Coffee category, for its Seattle Coffee outlet, while CECM managing director Clive Berlyn was recognised as one of FreshStop’s “Top Brand Ambassadors” at the awards event. The placing of the Fort Gale Caltex FreshStop in the running for the international award was announced at the same event, with the results now awaited from the NACS international convention and awards taking place in Las Vegas later this year. “We are very proud to see the Eastern Cape . . .
The Gamtoos Valley has become a very popular tourist destination with many B&B's, self-catering and camping establishments, as well as restaurants, fuel-stops, banks and shops to choose from. Also known as the Eastern Gateway to the Baviaanskloof Wildernes Area, the Gamtoos Valley is a vibrant mix of nature, agriculture and cultural influences with plenty to see and explore along the diverse route. Citrus fruit grown is the main form of export and other crops include potatoes, vegetables, cucumbers, variety of types of lettuce, and fruit like strawberries...no wonder Gamtoos Valley is called the fruit basket of the Eastern Cape. The area is host to the annual Naartjie Festival, the largest Sundial in Africa, the grave of Sarah Baartman and the well-known 9-hole Hankey Golf Course. Guarded by the majestic Cockscomb mountain the area offers visitors a range and diversity of activities to enjoy...from MTB, hiking, 4x4-routes, cycling, kayaking, fishing, bird-watching, game drives, and trips into the Baviaanskloof. Visitors can visit the Kouga Dam built in 1967 - the first double-arched dam engineered in South Africa. Along the way, look out for the unique rock formations - one may even be surprised to see Queen Victoria's profile. Other attractions in the Gamtoos Valley to explore is Phillips Tunnel, Phillips Graves and Bergvenster (window in the mountain), and the famous Baobab Trees. Baviaanskloof, a 192 000ha conservation area and World Heritage Site, is home to an amazing diversity of habitat types and species. From yellowwoods to karoo bossies, thicket spekboom to fynbos proteas, the Kloof is a nature lover's paradise. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Adventure seekers looking to participate in the 2019 NFB Great Zuurberg Trail Run can enter online at www.gztrun.co.za for their slot from Sunday, July 1st 2018. Entries will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and will close once the limit of 70 teams has been reached. Taking place May 31st to June 2nd 2019, there are three options for teams entering the boutique trail run, both include access to exclusive trails that traverses the Addo/Zuurberg region, three stages and three nights accommodation, three delicious meals a day (excluding the bronze package, see below), race apparel, on course nutrition and all park and conservation fees. The platinum package costs R14,000 for a team of two staying in luxury hotel accommodation at the Zuurberg Mountain Village. The gold package costs R10,000 per team for accommodation at the race village in luxury tents and for those with their own accommodation the bronze package is R7,000 per team and includes three lunches. “The second NFB Great Zuurberg Trail Run will start on May 31st 2019 and will see the three-day exclusive trail run build on from last year’s,” remarks Siska ver der Bijl, Managing Director of Hayterdale Trails and race director for the NFB Great Zuurberg Trail Run. About the race A boutique event, the Great Zuurberg Trail Run takes participants through South Africa’s most majestic trails. The route includes exclusive tracks in the untamed wild of Addo, traverses the Zuurberg mountains, and crosses remote sections of SANParks’ Addo Elephant National Park. Limited to 70 teams of two, the exclusive three-day trail run bases itself at the Zuurberg Mountain Village where participants benefit from luxury hotel or tented accommodation, and fine dining at the race village. Van der Bijl remarks about the race saying, “The NFB Great Zuurberg Trail Run is the sister event to the PWC Great Zuurberg Trek (a three-day mountain bike stage race), and embraces trail running’s pioneering and . . .