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They say first impressions are the most lasting, and driving over a ridge on the main highway along the coast to see the splendid view of the Great Brak River presented before you, is sure to remain an image forever stamped in your mind.
Great Brak River is a small village on the southern coast of South Africa and named after the winding, dark river that forms a lagoon alongside the village before spilling out into the Indian Ocean. The name Brak is Afrikaans for brackish, which is the colour of the pure mountain water, stained by tannins released from fynbos plants.
Great Brak River is primarily a holiday hamlet for visitors seeking either a subdued beach breakaway or as a starting point to commence a tour of the Garden Route, one of South Africa’s premier vacation destinations. It’s a peaceful refuge where the locals welcome visitors to briefly enjoy the pleasures they are fortunate enough to experience year round.
Top 6 reasons to visit Great Brak River
1. Spend a lazy day on Hersham Beach east of the river mouth where dolphins are regularly spotted. Walk up the river to swim in the lagoon if the surf is too rough. Lifeguards are present on the beach during school holidays.
2. Hire a canoe and paddle along the meandering river to reach the thick wooded riverine forests and the many birds that inhabit the area. Look out for the colourful blue-mantled crested flycatcher.
3. Collect your map from the Great Brak Info Centre to attempt the Wolwedans Hiking Trail. The trail is a 6km roundtrip and follows the river course. In some places, the views are truly majestic.
4. Hire a rod for fresh water fishing on the nearby Wolwedans Dam. The dam is stocked with bass and has an impressive 70m-high dam wall.
5. The 3500ha Botlierskop Private Game... Show more
Self Catering places can be found from rural to urban areas and can vary in what they offer. They allow plenty freedom and is a great inexpensive way to spend your holiday. They have been widely classified as a “Home away from home”. This is a good option for guests who don’t mind cooking their own food, and are looking for a more independent and flexible form of accommodation. For budget and large families, we would recommend self-catering for a more personalised experience.