SAVE THE DATE
The 2020 Fragrance Fest will be celebrated on Saturday 14 March – click here to see the 2020 programme and click here for the 2020 Fest map.
FRIEMERSHEIM 150 YEAR CELEBRATION
In 2020 it will be 150 years since Reverend Johann Kretzen, the father of Friemersheim, established this historic village named after his place of birth in Germany. According to an article published in Rapport-Metro (22 November 1992, p.6) the exact date was 13 December 1870. More information regarding Johann Kretzen and the birth of this mission station will follow by mid-2020.
FEST PARTICIPANTS SINCE 2015
On the second Saturday of March the Fragrance Fest puts the spotlight on the picturesque Fragrance Route halfway between Mossel Bay and George. Since first launched in 2015 this annual celebration on the Fragrance Route has grown by leaps and bounds – this is the one day every year when all participating venues on the Route open their doors to the public. Not all venues participate every year, but many can be visited by appointment. Find more details below.
Great Brak River / Great Brak River Museum
Today at 13 Amy Searle Street, you can find the full story in pictures and text of the Great Brak River village during its “Heydays” from 1859 to 1920. During 2013/14 the museum won the coveted “Best New Museum Project”, beating both the Hout Bay and Iziko museums.
The Kobus Halliday Car Museum
Calling all car lovers! Visit this wonderful private museum and marvel at the altogether 104 cars, all in perfect condition. Models are also on display as well as a few interesting historic pieces such as a wheelchair used by a soldier who lost both his legs in battle, etc.
Hilltop Farm Stall
Chicken biltong, chicken sausage, flatties, patties … the range is huge and the chicken free range and fresh. Bring cooler bags along and stock up at this shop (formerly known as Kitwana) conveniently situated at the start of the Fragrance Route.
Brothers Coffee Roastery
Brothers Coffee roasted on the premises with beans imported from Uganda and Burundi. Out of Africa vibe with impressive Ankole cattle horns on display. A popular destination for coffee aficionados, cyclists, groups and bird watchers.
Maryna’s charming “On Pond” accommodation is not only perfect for a relaxed week-end or longer stay in the countryside, the cottage can also be booked as venue for private occasions.
Their first avocado orchards were planted in November 2011, the first macadamia orchards in 2018. Look out for the annual Wolwedraai “Pick Your Own Avo” event that should be launched in November 2020 or 2021!
Hakuna Matata Game Farm
Since 2015 their Hap & Stap – with wonderful views of the countryside – has been an annual Fest favourite. At the 2020 Fest a brand-new 5 km and 10 km Trail Run, organized by Jakhals Events, will be launched – an event that is sure to attract more visitors to this beautiful part of the Garden Route. Game drives can be booked throughout the year, and Hakuna Matata can also be visited during the Walking Fest.
Camping site for caravans and tents on a private farm; all sites have electricity, modern ablution facilities. Lovely countryside setting with walking trails, bird watching, a 4 x 4 trail, bass fishing. Peaceful and quiet – secure camping at its best!
Forest Hill Protea Farm
“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul” – Luther Burbank. Visit this tranquil stop to invigorate your soul. Forest Hill is not only known for proteas, speldekussings and tolbosse but is also popular amongst bird watchers.
Friemersheim Kwekery, Friemersheim
The original “plant your own lavender” community project inspired Petra Jordaan to start this popular lavender nursery. She left Friemersheim in January 2020, and her 10 types of lavender can now be bought at Hester Uithaler’s colourful garden just around the corner (081 313 5084). During 2020 clivias might find a new home at the Friemersheim Kwekery – information will be updated when details are available.
Read more about the original community project launched in December 2012.
Kattekwaad Olive Farm, Friemersheim
Boutique olive farm Kattekwaad, situated next to Die Kraal on the edge of Friemersheim village, offers a relaxed outdoor atmosphere. Enjoy wonderful views while doing an olive oil tasting under the trees!
Die Kraal, Friemersheim
Bellevue Restaurant / The Village Lodge
The Village Lodge is the latest addition to well-known Botlierskop Game Reserve. Bookings required at popular Bellevue Restaurant so phone before you drive out there – it is one of the highlights on the Fragrance Route.
Friemersheim / Soul Food @ Zanah-Lee
An unforgettable “dining with locals” experience – enjoy delicious food in Friemersheim while listening to the beautiful voice of talented Zanah-Lee Erasmus.
Loch Broom Guest Farm /
Mariana’s artistic streak ensures that interior decorators and gardeners will find something different at Die Tuinhekkie nursery. Expect quirky containers and interesting combinations (“tussie mussies planted in a pot”). Enjoy the gorgeous views while stretched out in the shade next to the dam, or go for a relaxing walk in the countryside.