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N2 crosses Groot Brak River between Mossel Bay & George  © Fihliwe , License

Groot Brakrivier

Groot Brakrivier/Great Brak River nestles in a perfect Garden Route setting. The tranquil village is situated on the road from Mossel Bay to George and is a popular holiday resort. The beautiful, unspoilt 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 towns main attractions. The river that divides the village is rich in marine life while its wooded banks offer excellent opportunities for birdwatching. Follow the circular route through the village and experience the history and culture of years gone by. The sweeping panoramic views complement the outstanding characteristics of this jewel of the Southern Cape.

If you need total relaxation, discover the unspoilt beaches from Glentana to Little Brak River. Sport activities in Great Brak include tennis, squash, bowls and cycling along with the opportunity to practice your golf at Dolphins Creek Golf Estate and at De Kaap Driving Range.

The area is also close to the tourist attraction, The Island. Linked to the mainland by the original single lane-bridge. The Island is well known for its timber holiday homes.

The Great Brak River Museum and Information Centre (old school house built in 1902) in Amy Searle Street represents the history of the village after the arrival of the Searle family in the late 1850s, the usage of water power through the past century and the local history of the Khoisan. The Information Centre is housed in the Museum. The centre has brochures, maps as well as information on hiking routes, adventure & eco tourism available in the area.

The Watson Shoe Factory is described as the reason for the towns existence.

The village is also home to the biggest known Pepper Tree in South Africa (11,2 metres in diameter) and the Wolwedans Dam, where you can enjoy the magnificent views and unique dam wall.

Groot Brakrivier, located along the scenic Garden Route in the Western Cape of South Africa, offers visitors a variety of activities and attractions to explore.

Here are five things to see or do in and around Groot Brakrivier:

  1. Great Brak River Museum: Explore the local history and culture of the area by visiting the Great Brak River Museum. Housed in a historic building, the museum showcases artifacts, photographs, and exhibits that highlight the heritage of the region, including its early settlers and indigenous communities.

  2. Beach and Estuary: Spend a relaxing day at the beach or explore the estuary of the Great Brak River. The area is known for its scenic beauty, with sandy shores perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and picnicking. Birdwatchers will also enjoy the opportunity to spot a variety of bird species along the estuary.

  3. Hiking Trails: Lace up your hiking boots and explore the natural beauty of the area on one of the nearby hiking trails. The Garden Route offers a variety of trails suitable for all levels of hikers, with options ranging from coastal walks to forested paths. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the breathtaking views along the way.

  4. Outeniqua Farmers' Market: Experience the vibrant atmosphere of the Outeniqua Farmers' Market, located a short drive from Groot Brakrivier. Open on Saturdays, this bustling market features a wide selection of fresh produce, local delicacies, artisanal crafts, and live entertainment. It's a great place to sample regional specialties and mingle with locals.

  5. Adventurous Activities: For those seeking adventure, Groot Brakrivier offers a range of outdoor activities to enjoy. From kayaking and paddleboarding along the river to paragliding over the coastline, there's something for thrill-seekers of all ages. Guided tours and rental equipment are available for those looking to explore the area's natural attractions in a more adventurous way.

These are just a few of the many things to see and do in and around Groot Brakrivier on the Garden Route. Whether you're interested in history, outdoor adventures, or simply soaking up the natural beauty of the Western Cape, this charming coastal town has something to offer every traveler.

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