In and around Groot Brakrivier

In and around Groot Brakrivier

Groot Brakrivier or Great Brak River for the more English of you is less than 30km outside of Mossel Bay (going towards George on the N2).

We always stay in Pinnacle Point and usually go to quite a few of the same places but this time, we went exploring a bit more. One of the places we ended up was Groot Brakrivier. You can check out my post on our Pinnacle adventures here.

We stopped at De Dekke, not particularly exciting, but we did find a shop full of all kinds of stuff… funny signs, scarfs, beads, and most importantly, TOYS! Apparently the restaurant here is great for beer and pizza, oh and some langarm-ing of course!

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We drove a bit further and stopped at the Groot Brakrivier train station which is home to an amazing restaurant called Transkaroo.

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You’ll find it opposite the entrance to The Island residential area. We spotted it amongst the trees, looking rather dead, but we stopped anyway. Turns out we arrived about 20 min before their lunch closing time! It’s open for only a few hours a day but the food is worth planning your day around. The times are 12:00 – 14:30 and 18:00 – 20:30. Despite getting there at 14:10 our lovely waitress guided us to a table on the outside deck and let us know we needed to order quickly but then were free to stay as long as we liked. We had the whole place to ourselves so the kids could (and did) wreak havoc!

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[su_quote]It’s open for only a few hours a day but the food is worth planning your day around! The times are 12:00 – 14:30 and 18:00 – 20:30.[/su_quote]

After a peek at the menu, forcibly restraining myself from ordering EVERYTHING, I chose a few things for the table. The Curried Coconut Fishcakes with Sweet Chilli Mayo, Teriyaki Beef Short Ribs with Mustard Mash, Slow Roasted Pork Belly on Mash with Crackling and finally, Beef and Ale Pot Pie with Chips. I am not generally a fan of fishcakes but these were great! The star for me was the Pork Belly, soft and succulent with perfectly crisp crackling on top, on a bed of mash and gravy. The gravy was insanely good! The little bit of Beef Pot Pie I managed to pry away from my friend Graeme was delicious too, and the size of it was impressive. Usually, when we order pot pie we get a ramekin sized pie, this one was about four times bigger! Crisp buttery pastry and moist flavourful beef. Yum! My husband loved the Beef Short Ribs, sticky and tasty, with plenty of meat falling off the bone. All the meals had fantastic sides, the chips and the vegetables were excellent, although I prefer my mustard mash, probably just because I like a stronger mustard flavour. Each of us at the table had a different favourite which speaks volumes about the quality of this restaurant’s food. I highly recommend it and we will be back again and again!

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Besides Groot brakrivier, we also explored some surrounding areas. We went to Klein Brakrivier, The Island and Glentana. What stunning places to have a holiday house! It’s beautiful, tranquil and there are so many beaches around there. We just happened to stop at the only beach where we needed to walk down a couple hundred stairs to get to the actual beach… of course! It’s stunning but the riptide there is a bit dangerous for kids so we had to keep reminding them not to go in too deep. It’s great for walking and apparently there is a hiking trail nearby. If you have kids rather take a quick drive over to the Klein Brak Beach where it’s safer to swim and there are even little rock pools for them to play in!

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Besides Glentana beach and Klein Brak beach there is Bothastrand, Hersham Beach, Outeniqua Beach, Pienaar Strand, The Island Beach, and Southern Cross. These beaches are great for spotting dolphins and seals in the surf and even whales in season (July to November).

I would love to stay in the area a bit more and add to this post, so stay tuned.

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For more information on this area check out this awesome blog I discovered!

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