Great Brak River (Afrikaans: Groot-Brakrivier) is a coastal village which nestles in a perfect Garden Route setting situated midway between George (30 km) and Mossel Bay (27 km).
It is a historic village built around the lagoon of the Great Brak River, 17 kilometres north-northeast of the town of Mossel Bay.
It was founded by the Searle family of Surrey, England, of which the elder brother, Richard (originally a labourer), emigrated to South Africa under a government-sponsored scheme in 1845. He arrived in Great Brak River to work for the Central Road Board in 1850.
Richard’s brother, Charles, and sister-in-law, Pamela, are credited with founding the village in 1859. The Searle family went on to become toll keepers (toll houses were operated by private contractors during the 1800s), and would establish shopping, accommodation, shoe-making and timber businesses in the village.
Sweeping panoramic views complement the outstanding characteristics of this jewel of the Southern Cape. The beautiful, unspoiled beaches in the area, and the lagoon, offer safe swimming. The presence of Southern Right and other whales from May till November is one of the town’s main attractions.
The river that divides the village is rich in marine life while its wooded banks offer excellent opportunities for bird watching.
Follow the circular route through the village and experience the history and culture of years gone by. It is a little gem of a town situated at the confluence of the Great Brak River and the Indian Ocean on the Garden Route of the Southern Cape.
It offers the scenic beauty of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains and the azure blue sea, rolling green hills and pastures, rich agriculture and culture. River bush and fynbos, aloe and dolphin, whale, suikerbekkie and man live side by side in a place one can only describe as paradise.
The area is yet to be discovered by tourists. There is an Art route, several Cycling and Hiking routes, the Fragrance route (lavender planted in local gardens) and a Historic route.
The community is alive with cultural activities, musical events and art in all its forms. It’s a tourist’s paradise. It also offers great accommodation for the tourist, with plenty of sporting and leisure activities, real estate for the buyer and great opportunity for the serious businessman.