In the 'hood, Great Brak as a destination

Whilst the adjectives - peaceful and tranquil - have been bandied about when referring to holiday locations, when applied to Great Brak they take on new meaning. This little village, just a few kilometres from both Mossel Bay and George, is without doubt tranquil and beautiful. Great Brak has unspoilt beaches, a lagoon that is safe to swim in and generous sea views. The stillness experienced ... cont.

51 The Island, Great Brak River, Garden Route, South Africa

Directions to Joan's Place

Take the Great Brak River turnoff off the N2 (Groot Brakrivier). From the George side you will go to the left and then immediately left again – from the Mossel Bay side you will take the offramp left and then RIGHT at the Stop sign. You will then come to another Stop at a T-junction. Here, turn to the left and go past “ De Dekke “, followed by a bridge over the river. Directly after this bridge, turn sharply to the right, going over a railway line. Follow the road for a few hundred meters, just past the Transkaroo Restaurant, until you see a sign saying “ The Island” or “ Die Eiland”. Turn to the right at the sign and then go over the narrow bridge, taking the second turnoff to the left (at the phone booth). Joan's Place is DIRECTLY opposite the tennis court, with the long grass driveway.

From Cape Town side:
You can either travel along the N2, or use the N1 through Paarl, which will lead you past Worcester and along the magnificent R62 wine route, where you can stop and taste the exceptional wines, eat delicious local produce and enjoy the beauty of this mountainous wine producing region. We advise you consider over-nighting at the charming Tradouw Guesthouse in Barrydale. Drink in the beauty of this quaint village, whilst learning all about the region from owner Leon.

From Port Elizabeth:
Travel the N2. We suggest you pull in at Jeffries Bay, a world renouned surf spot, and spend some time watching the experts showing you how it’s done in the waves. Further on, see the Storms River and the gorgeous views down the valley, and then pop in for lunch at Moby Dicks in Plettenberg Bay or the Waterfront in Knysna (we recommend the restaurant 34 Degrees South) This route offers the real Garden Route experience, with the road meandering from Sedgefield to Wilderness along one of South Africa's most beautiful coastlines.

Amenities in the area

  • Bars and/or Nightlife (1 km)
  • Restaurants / Eateries (1 km)
  • Laundromat (2 km)
  • Bank and/or ATM (4 km)
  • Grocery Store (4 km)
  • Internet Café (4 km)
  • Post Office (4 km)
  • Dry Cleaner (6 km)
  • Airport (15 km)
  • Bus Line (15 km)
  • Business Services (15 km)
  • Car Hire (15 km)
  • Shopping Mall (15 km)
  • Foreign Exchange (20 km)
  • Train Station (25 km)


  • 4x4 trails
  • Beach
  • Bird watching
  • Bungee jump
  • Canopy tours
  • Children's entertainment
  • Climbing (mountain / rock)
  • Cycling paths
  • Diving / snorkelling
  • Driving range
  • Elephant back safaris
  • Fishing
  • Galleries / museums
  • Game viewing
  • Game viewing (big 5)
  • Golf course(s)
  • Gym / fitness centre
  • Hang- / paragliding
  • Health spa / massage
  • Helicopter Flips
  • Hiking trails
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking / surf ski
  • Kite surfing
  • Mountain bike trails
  • River cruises
  • Rowing / canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Sand boarding
  • Shark cage dives
  • Sky diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Theatre (performing arts)
  • Waterskiing
  • Whale watching
  • Wind surfing
  • Wine tasting

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