The Fragrance Route
Q: Where is the Fragrance Route?
A: Halfway between Mossel Bay and George, between Great Brak River and Friemersheim.
Q: How long is the Route?
A: It is circular and about 40 km measured from the N2.
Q: Tar or gravel?
A: A bit of both, see the map.
Q: Where can I get more information about the various stops on the Route?
A: See Fragrance Fest 2019 for information and contact details regarding the various venues.
Friemersheim / Shweshwe Stop Project
View the exciting range of shweshwe articles – PROEbags, aprons, doggy bandanas, oven gloves and more – made by The Friemersheim Sewing Group and Kraal Kreations. Launched in March 2018, this project aims to bring job opportunities close to home for a number of local women.
Tea & Something Sweet Stop
Former mission station Friemersheim now offers three reasons to visit throughout the year: the Shweshwe Stop shop, Petra’s lavender nursery, as well as the Tea & Something Sweet Stop where a delicious plate of locally made eats can be enjoyed with a refreshing cup of tea.
The Fragrance Route / By Appointment
During the year day visits are possible at some of the venues on the Route by appointment only – best to contact the individual venues a day or two in advance to avoid disappointment.
The Fragrance Route / Tours
“We have designed a number of intimate tours to highlight the hidden gems the charming Fragrance Route and historic Great Brak River have to offer. Join us on a fun and informative half day or full day excursion – we can also put together an exclusive experience for you!”
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.
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.