We were visiting our family beach house in Hartenbos over the Easter break and had to find some alternative entertainment in the Garden Route due to some gloomy weather.
The Garden Route is one of my favourite places in South Africa and I always stand amazed at the lush and extensive fauna and flora in this area. God was really showing off when He created that part of the world! So usually when we go there, we spend most of our time at the beach, swimming tanning and just stocking up on some last bit of Vitamin D before the winter hits, but this year we had to find some other exciting stuff to do.
Here are some of the amazing hidden treasures we discovered this past week:
- Wonki Ware – 42 York Street, George
For all creative souls and pottery lovers this is a great place to get the famous Wonki Ware goods! This is where the crockery (Dinnerware and table accessories) are created and designed. We spent about an hour just taking in all the prettiness, not being able to decide what to buy! The great thing about this place is they have a marked down section as well where you can really find some bargains!
Wonki ware is dishwasher and oven friendly which is perfect for any modern household, and each piece is beautifully and uniquely made.
2. Bespoke – Church Corner Building, George
After visiting Wonki Ware we had to go take a look at this new design store by Eddie da Silva, which has amazing and unique design pieces for your home! They have various different one-of-a-kind pieces that will really make your home burst with life! We also loved seeing the FUMA design pieces standing in the store which we featured about a month ago!
If you are looking for inspiration for decorating your home you should definitely pay them a visit!
3. Marsh Street – Mosselbay
On a very windy day my mom and I were on a mission to find Annie Sloane paint in Mosselbay and found the cutest places in Marsh Street. We had to fuel up before starting and had lunch at the Fynbos Coffee Shop where they offer Hazz coffee – yum! They also have the most interesting little shop, which is part of the old house so each room has another room leading into it and lots of little goodies!
Then we spotted Arabesque which is perfect when you are looking for all kinds of bits and pieces to decorate your beach house! They have gorgeous furniture pieces, and so much stuff to look at!
And then! We ended up at Beachsand – Interiors where we finally got Annie Sloan chalk paint! I couldn’t decide on a color so I bought three 🙂 They also have the most amazing selection of door knobs, where I got the cutest knobs for a cupboard my dad built for our home (I will keep you posted). They also have great furniture and decoration items for a beach house, so keep this in mind when you want to do some DIY painting in the Garden Route.
4. Map of Africa – Wilderness
I have seen pictures of Map of Africa before, but never knew where it was and when we were driving some back roads one day we passed this signpost and just had to go and have a look. What an amazing place! I truly admire the person who discovered this spot! Who would have thought to look down and in the valley, the Kaaimans river would shape the African Continent. It is so beautiful looking down and seeing such a rich green valley. We went there after a very rainy day and the river was flowing very strongly. When you walk a bit past Map of Africa you wil find the other side of beauty, the miles and miles of beach of Wilderness.
When you drive straight past Map of Africa you will find the most interesting nursery that is open 7 days a week. The owner lives on the premises and works by herself in the nursery. She has a big selection of succulents where we spent most of our time! My mom and I both bought a mixed punnet of succulents as well as a Elephant bush plant. The nursery is so affordable and easy to find, I am definitely going back there!
5. Pomodoro – Wilderness
This is a fantastic Italian restaurant in the very popular town of Wilderness. We ate there twice, and had great service and food every time! If you are looking for somewhere cozy, sit inside and take in the warmth of the pizza oven! They even have a gelato station outside, calling your name as you walk out.
6. Mountain Biking routes
The garden route is absolute heaven for any Mountain Biker – obviously because there are so many mountains and rich plant growth! My husband is an avid cycler and had a great time exploring the routes. One of the routes starts off at Saasveld at the Dam driving through the woods. A beautiful scenic route.
For a longer tougher route – start off at the Map of Africa and cycle all the way along the old George – Knysna road. The route winds through Karatara and Rheenendal past Simola and ends up at Knysna. This route stretches about 70km with a 1000m elevation.
On a very rainy day we were looking for something to do and by chance found this gem! Jakkalsvlei is situated just outside Herbertsdale and about 40km from Mosselbay. The place was packed to the brim when we arrived, but were greeted and helped very quickly! This place is really in the middle of nowhere, but so worth the visit! Their wine is great, the pizza is delicious and the cheese platter (you choose your selection) is even better. We had such a good time here we stayed until closing and forgot how far we drove to find this place!
Jakkalsvlei only consists of 34ha vinyards, which makes their wine rather exclusive. You can order online on their website, but rather take a drive out to the farm itself! They have a great Sundown festival coming up on the 17th of April, so make sure you head out there!
Hopefully this little guide will help whenever you are out and about in the Garden route, even when the weather is gloomy!