Discover a hidden gem on the world-famous Garden Route - the scenic Fragrance Route, a circular drive of 40 km measured from the N2 at Great Brak River. Halfway between Mossel Bay and George, it is a favourite amongst cyclists and the perfect scenic back roads experience for tourists travelling between Knysna and Oudtshoorn.
Stop at former mission station Friemersheim, where local women use “national heritage item” shweshwe to create a range of kitchenware, gifts, buttons, toys, bags and the PROEbag, a non-electric slow cooker. At the Shweshwe Stop only chic and distinctive Three Cats shweshwe (100% cotton with vibrant colours) is used, proudly South African and of top quality.
Made by local women at Cinty’s sewing business, items are for sale Monday-Friday until lunch, week-ends by appointment. Cash only. Phone Cinty @ 073 455 7346 to confirm hours on the day (or Nelma @ 082 9707 213 for more information). Across the road you will find Hester’s colourful garden and lavender nursery, where two murals by well-known artist Fourie Ackermann can be admired. Tea and local eats can also be booked in advance (contact Cinty).
Watch a slideshow on the fascinating history of shweshwe at the Great Brak Museum - entrance free, 10 minutes. Monday-Friday 08h30 to 16h00, contact 044 620 3338. (PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid-19 the Museum is currently only open on certain days and an entrance fee now applies – contact Museum for more information.)
The Fragrance Route is also home to a coffee roastery, the Kobus Halliday Car Museum, abundant game, Bellevue Restaurant @ The Village Lodge, an export protea farm and more - see www.proemb.co.za for detailed information and maps. Close to the N2 you will pass La Chocolaterie Rococco, a perfect first or last stop with tastings and pairings by appointment.
Geelhout, Friemersheim, Western Cape 6525, South Africa