ON THE FARM
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A real farm outing ! Take a drive through the farm with one of the hosts on a vintage open Land Rover. Spot different game including buffalo and zebra and enjoy panoramic views from Mossel Bay to the Jonkersberg mountains at the highest point on the farm. This is not a tour with wildlife guide, but the host will gladly answer any of your questions and share their knowledge. Beverage included.
| Approx. 1 h 30 min – 2h | 7 adults max | standard rates under R400 pp | Inquire for rates
Guest are welcome to bring their bass fishing gear and try their luck in dam next to the homestead.
Guests are welcome to walk/run or cycle (own) on the farm within designated areas. No entry into high fenced areas. The farm is also central to popular cycling and MTB routes.
We love nature and the idea of a sustainable and self sufficient lifestyle. Guests are welcome to pick the seasonal vegetables, fruit and salads in the garden at the cottages or in the garden at the homestead. Please be mindful of sharing and leave some for our next visitors.
The rustic dominoes and dart board can be found at the under roof braai area between cottage 1 and – 2.
Please collect your darts at the reception upon check – in (R 50 deposit).
Fragrance Fest - every March
2020 14th of March. We will be hosting a 5 and 10 km trail run. Updated info on our Facebook page, closer to event date.
We host our annual event during the Fragrance Fest, every March. The Fragrance route’s own festival celebrating the community of Friemersheim and the Fragrance Route. Lots of things to do on the route and special entertainment and traditional stalls, food stalls and a lovely day outing.
Visit www.proemmb.co.za nearing the event date for an updated program.
EXPLORE THE AREA
Our personal recommendations, if we haven’t experienced it first hand… we heard it was pretty awesome. Things you need to experience while staying with us. Around Great Brak River and a little bit further. If we had to name all and go over the mountain the list will be never ending. Here is a glimpse…
One of my first adventures when visiting my Grandmother in George was boarding the Outeniqua choo-tjoe… unfortunately the steam train no longer runs due to damages on the route caused by floods in June 2006. We keep on hoping that she”ll blow her whistle once again….
News updates here.
But here are good alternative rail adventures to view the garden of Eden from a different perspective:
The Outeniqua Power Van: A 2h 30 min trip up the Outenqua mountains in a trem. Pack your own picnic basket and enjoy amazing views. Departure from George, Outeniqua Railway museum. Go earlier stroll through the museum.
The Diaz Express: Meander along the coast with Tom, Dick and Harry (the blue tram-like carts) and enjoy a lunch at the turnaround point. Departure from Mossel Bay. View their website for bookings and more info.
There is no better way to experience the area than one step at a time.
Point of human origins walk – 175 steps to 162 000 years of history, Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay.
The St. Blaize trail , 13.5km, approx 6h (or shorter, various exits) Mossel Bay, Point.
We are situated centrally of some of the most amazing MTB trails / Trail running tracks in the country. Visit the George Trails website for routes in the surrounding areas.
- Off road light motorcycle tours : For an off the beaten track experience, ladies – you too… contact AKA Tours, Mossel Bay.
- Get some surf lessons from Hermann, who lives here on the Fragrance Route. Contact Unravel Surf Travel
- Jump out of an airplane, Skydive Mossel Bay
- Go horse riding “next door” at Botlierskop Game Reserve or through the indigenous forests at Garden Route horse trails
- Book your spa treatment at our excellent local day spa in Great Brak River, contact Pure Senses Day Spa.
- Fancourt Golf Estate. Enjoy a spa day there while the other play golf. The Gardenroute is renowned for its world class golf courses. Fancourt, Pinnacle Point, Oubaai and the George and Mossel Bay golf courses are top notch.
Situated on the outskirts of George, the Redberry Farm has something for the whole family.
Pick your own strawberries, enjoy craft pizza and gelato. Activities include the largest permanent hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere and a miniature train ride on the Redberry Express and much more for the kids.
Great Family fun and team building at Let’s Go Bowling – George. Situated in York street, George. Enjoy dinner next door at the Italian Restaurant.
Elevate Trampoline Park is situated in George. They offer large indoor entertainment while getting a workout and have a go cart track too. Keeping the kids entertained for hours. Great fun for those rainy days or whenever you feel like you need a lift off !
Take a drive on one of the amazing passes. Montagu pass, from George, an alternative to the Outeniqua Pass. Visit the Old Toll House on the route. The Robertson pass and Swartberg pass offer amazing views, plan a day trip around these.
The Woodville big tree is situated just past Wilderness. Pack a picnic and make an outing of it. More big tree info.
The Map of Africa is a must take photo of natural landscape forming what looks like the the African continent, located on the outskirts of Wilderness.
Visit Outeniqua Moon guest farm to meet the largest horse in South Africa! This beautiful farm’s purpose is to save the Percheron (heavy draft horse breed) from extinction. They have become a sanctuary for these horses providing visitors with scenic carriage rides to a beautiful lookout point and tours around the horses. Enjoy tea/coffee and cake of the day onsite.
Visit the Diaz Museum in Mossel Bay to view the Bartolomeu Dias Caravel replica ship with whom this Portuguese explorer sailed into the not yet European named bay in 1480’s.
Take a drive to all the Bay’s such as Herold’s bay and Victoria Bay for spectacular landscapes. fantastic beaches and enjoy a refreshment along the way.
For more than traditional prepared sea food, this is a toes in the sand experience. When the west coast is far, De Vette Mossel Restaurant is near. An eat as much as you can, 9 course buffet. Bookings essential. Open everyday during school holidays and open on weekends only the rest of the time.
Transkaroo is situated in the local old railway station. With sophisticated yet simple traditional South African cuisine that treats the eye. This restaurant and chef as won numerous awards.
Take a drive on the rest of the Fragrance route to The Village @ Botlierskop for exclusive big game reserve vibes. A simple yet great quality menu and facility. Inquire before going. Also great for a sun downer drink close by. 11 km from our farm.
Searles village restaurant and pub is a must visit especially after you took a tour on at the Groot-Brakrivier museum. The restaurant is themed around the founding families. Serving from chicken, burgers to steak and salads. Charming atmosphere, family friendly. Closed on Mondays.
Peperboom restaurant and bakery serves from breakfast, burgers,mains to a cheese platter.
OpiSpoor bar and pub
A down-to-earth rustic bar atmosphere situated next to Transkaroo restaurant, old railway station. Pool tables and basic service. Affordable drink prices. Known for their Jalapeno poppers and Oppi spoor pizza, bar style food.
Salty River Beerhouse (small bar and outdoor under roof seating) serves the best thin base gourmet pizzas near Groot-Brakrivier. Lovely selection of craft gin and beers. Family friendly setting.
Visit Jakkalsvlei private cellar and restaurant for a treat of an afternoon. If you are not visiting the Cape Wine lands on your trip or just longing for such a sensation, this is a must visit while in the area. The whole package – setting, service, wine and atmosphere makes it worth while driving approx. 1 hour from Groot-Brakrivier. Go early noon and spend a good couple of hours, arrange a shuttle for the group or make sure you choose a responsible designated driver. A personal favourite is the La Perlé rose, for someone who find rose too sweet this wine fragrant and fresh, not too sweet with hint of micro bubbles. You can book online, bookings essential.
Our personal favourites, where we experienced great food and good service. Google these suggestions
Cork and Plunger **** (everything)
Stars ** (Pizza and great wine rates)
Café Gannet **** (Views, Cocktails, Sea food, sushi and craft gin)
Salt and Copper **** (Craft gin)
Moksa *** (Views, Salads, smoothies)
London Bus ** (Fish and chips)
Jackal on the beach *** (Good views and craft beer)
Google these suggestions:
The pottery ** (Pizza and pottery)
FOODCO ** (Sourdough gourmet breads)
The Fat fish *** (seasfood)
Nina’s *** (Everything)
101 Meade **** (Everything)
Situated on the Fragrance Route, only 10 minutes drive from us. Visit Brothers Coffee roasters for a holistic coffee experience. Serves coffee only.
Caloroso coffee is a authentic coffee bar and micro roastery. The owner is actively involved in the shop and extremely passionate about his coffee. Home for the RealLive live music movement jam nights.
The Daily just across Caloroso has a industrial feel, cozy corner with a fire place and the best Chai latte. Proud of their quality and non artificial ingredients for everything. Live music on certain days.
Meade at 81
Feels like home.