The Fragrance Route

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.

Friemersheim / Shweshwe Stop Project

Visit former mission station Friemersheim where local women create a range of kitchenware, gifts, bow ties, hats, buttons, toys, bags and the PROEbag, a non-electric slow cooker. Only true shweshwe – top quality 100% cotton, chic and distinctive, with vibrant colours – is used.

Tea & Something Sweet Experience

Former mission station Friemersheim now offers three reasons to visit throughout the year: the Shweshwe Stop shop, Hester’s Garden where 10 types of lavender are sold, as well as the Tea & Something Sweet Experience hosted by local ladies Cinty and Hester.

DIY Day Trips

All stops can be visited once a year during the Fragrance Fest. Some can be visited throughout the year – but please phone the individual stops to confirm in order to avoid disappointment!

Tourism Educationals

If you are a tour guide or tour operator interested in this special part of the Garden Route – contact Nelma
(082 9707 213 or nelmar@vodamail.co.za) for more information. Educationals for groups can be arranged.

The Volkwyn Chair

In 2004 Pieter van Niekerk, minister of the VGK Friemersheim, interviewed Ant Millie for an article published in Die Burger. As a child she used to earn a penny after school when she helped to make the lathe work in the Friemersheim workshop where Volkwyn chairs and other furniture had been manufactured by the four Volkwyn brothers Charlie, Hennie, Isak and Aser.

Verenigende Gereformeerde Kerk, Friemersheim

Originally a mission station, Friemersheim and its inhabitants are closely associated with the original NG Sendingkerk (today the Verenigende Gereformeerde Kerk). In 1854 Reverend Johann Kretzen of the Berliner Missionary Society arrived from Friemersheim in Germany to do mission work for the George NG parish. The church was built in 1884 and the road that runs past it was later named after the Reverend – Kretzen Street.

Birding On The Route

Speckled Mousebirds photographed by Dirk Human at The Pink House in March 2016 – he recorded 83 species during his morning visit.

The Fragrance Route / Friemersheim DIY Walk

Meet the locals and visit a few stops along the way on this DIY walk or drive. The route of 1 km takes you from the historic church to Geelhout Street (turn right after 200 m), and back to Kretzen Street.