Josephine, a local designer, displays her vibrant, cute, and trendy designs. She stocks home decor, accessories, childrens wear and a woman clothing line.
School holidays – open everyday
Open on public holidays
Cell – 072 67 21205
Facebook page – josephine handmade design
Schwaben Deli have is an authentic German-style deli that specializes in cured meats, cheeses and german products. Sausages such as the Landjager are produced by the owner, Anna’s father, Georg Heitzmann and his team, who have over 30 years of experience.
This is the place for you if you want to pick up ham for a picnic, grab a snack for the road or stock your kitchen with quality meats and cheeses. Their smokey Chorizo sausage is not to be missed and one of the signature products.
The Schwaben Deli is open Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Monday.
Timberlake village supports local &
The slow food principles of good,clean and fair.
-Your salads are picked fresh from their onsite organic garden.-
"Gesondheid uit die grond uit"
Di Marshall, the small town girl from George has a pure love for pottery. Years ago she did not dream to be were she is now, sitting in her newly renovated studio in the town centre. Her name has become somewhat of a household name and her pottery, Wonki Ware, world-famous. These hand-made products will sure be an eye catcher in your kitchen cabinet, with every piece unique in it's imperfections and, 'wonkiness' if you may...
The studio and shop is definitely a stop not be missed when visiting the Garden Route. Owner and chef Nelleke Elston and the team from Whispering Oaks Guest House cooks up healthy, eye-catching breakfasts and serves them in the beautiful white Wonki Ware range.
"Wonki Ware is a product that was developed purely by chance" says Di. After starting the business by herself and she was then later joined by two excited and enthusiastic workers. Today, Wonki Ware has grown to be an employer of 70 woman and men, each with a unique story and a passion for the process of making these beautiful pottery pieces.
We are very lucky to have this source of culture in our small town. Wonki Ware can be found in most prestigious stores in South Africa and the world around, so make sure to buy yourself a little spoil, wether it be one of their beautiful salad platters or a small dipping bowl. You can find them at the heart of the town at 42 York Street, George.
This seaside village is getting ready for a festival of sound, colour and taste .
Be sure to join the Wilderness festival on 5 May -7May this year.
There will be plenty of good music by well -known South African icons like Anton Goosen and Andre Schwartz.
Be sure to catch our local radio station, Algoa FM as they will have a live three-hour broadcast with Wayne Hart's Top 30.
If the music moves you just enough make sure to participate in the 5km fun run (walk or dance). Be assured that this won't be the normal 5km run you know, but rather one where you will be blast with color powder thrown at intervals.
Food and beverage stalls of all types will be ready to satisfy your tastebuds. Wine will be a major force, with several wine cellars confirmed as exhibitors, but other tipples to treat, include gin, witblitz, beer and mampoer. On the food front, the range of offerings will include locally made cheeses, picnic baskets and spit braai, also many vegetarian options.
Tickets are available online, or at the entrance.
Hours: Friday 2pm to 10pm
Saturday 9am to 10pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm
Canoe in Wildernis at the Ebb & Flow Camp Site
Wilderness is one of the Garden Route's well-kept secrets and a protected National Park area. The beautiful Ebb and Flow Camp Site stretches out along the river banks and has a beautiful board walk through the forest ending in deep rock pools where you can enjoy a picnic and the forest sounds. The other option is to rent a canoe at the entrance of the camp site and watch the bird life while gliding over the water, it is really an experience not to be missed if you are visiting the Garden Route.
Visit Wilderness beaches - Leentjiesklip
This beach lies directly below the N2 highway on your way to Wilderness. The beach stretches for 10km and ends at the river mouth, where the lagoon flows dark brown water into the cool blue ocean. For a light lunch or cold drink and a break from the hot sun, you can pop into Salinas Beach Restaurant, one of the only restaurants over-looking the beach on the Garden Route. There is a lovely shaded play area for the children and the views are just breath-taking. Salinas can be found on the Wilderness, next to the NSRI's offices, on the main beach next to Leentjiesklip.
Lion Walk at Botlierskop
Walk alongside Africa’s most majestic predator and interact with young lions on foot. The walk takes approximately one hour to complete – depending on how fast the lions are prepared to stroll. No leashes or collars are used, but the walk is supervised by expert handlers. Botlierskop is situated in Gonnakraal Road, Little Brak River.
Ostrich Farm visit in Oudtshoorn
Tour a working ostrich farm and learn about the flightless, tallest and heaviest bird in the world. For the more brave guests, you are even able to ride on the back of an ostrich! For more details contact the Highgate Ostrich Farm at Oudtshoorn, Scenic Cape Route 62.
Cango Caves & Cango Wildlife Ranch
The Cango caves are an illuminated wonderland of mystery, with passageways and chambers far below. The tour will explore the narrow passages and vast halls filled with ancient stalactites. Book well in advance and come early as this attraction draws tourists from all over the world and can get very crowded over the summer months.
The Cango Wildlife Ranch is a sanctuary to some of the world’s most endangered animals that contributes to the conservation of over 60 species. This neat, well-managed animal sancuary is a not-to-be-missed attraction for children when passing through Outshoorn. This is your opportunity to experience personal ‘Animal Encounters’ – touch cheetahs, hug Bengal tiger cubs, wrap yourself in a python, and even dive with Nile crocodiles
Spend a day in Mosselbay
Many people who come to Mossel Bay, come for the beautiful beaches, but there is so much more to see than that. Walk through the quaint town centre, which has been beautifully renovated, explore the antique shops, cafe's and Diaz Museum with it's own mini aquarium. Don't miss the Blue Shed coffee roastery where you can enjoy a coffee while lounging on their daybeds in the sea breeeze. Also, for the adventurous traveller, there's the once in a lifetime shark cage diving experience with boats launching from Mossel Bay.
By Nelleke Elston
Does the world really need another pancake recipe, is a good question to ask at this stage… I thought I’d share my story of how I became known as the ‘pancake-asaurus’ in our family. Yes, that was one of those little family words that we took the liberty of making up based on the amount of fluffy Canadian pancakes I could pack away, leaving my bigger brothers in the dust at age three. As I’ve mentioned on my blog before, my childhood was filled with vibrant adventures with my family that took us from living in a desert country on the West Coast of Africa to a small village in Canada where my father worked as a doctor.
If there’s one thing that the Canadians added to our quirky array of culinary favourites it is breakfast pancakes with maple syrup and bacon. To this day when we have family gatherings it usually involves my father (who’s specialties include this, and cooking fish to absolute perfection) to don my mother’s apron and get his hands dirty. So, living back in Southern Africa today we take it upon ourselves to educate our friends and family about the absolute wonder that is pure, imported maple syrup combined with salty bacon and a knob of melted butter. Even my husband has had to resolve himself to the fact that this is one bit of Canada he can’t get out of me and he’s embraced it to become part of our repertoire. I must say, my husband and I have added fresh berries and Bulgarian yoghurt to the mix. Yes, that’s Bulgarian yoghurt with bacon, I know what you are thinking… So on that note, if you haven’t tried this combination, I’d strongly recommend it. Here’s a delicious recipe for buttermilk pancakes I love to make:
Canadian Buttermilk Pancakes
(Makes 14 portions)
In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, butter and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and whisk until combined and smooth. Lightly brush large nonstick pan with some of the oil. Heat the pan over medium-high heat. Using a 1/4 cup per pancake, pour the batter into the pan and allow it to spread slightly to form pancakes. Cook until bubbles appear on top, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until the bottom is golden brown, about 1 minute. Transfer to a platter, cover and keep warm at 120°C in the oven.
The Strawberry Festival presented by Ola will be held on 1 & 2 October at the George Redberry Farm. If you have the weekend free, this is a family outing you don't want to miss out on! There are loads of activities for the little ones, an outdoor market to enjoy and for the adults, craft beer and wine tasting. For the more adventure type, there is a MTB Relay; Trail Run/Walk and a Crossfit Competition.
The Saturday programme includes the Toddler Dash; MTB Relay and the main events - CrossFit, Kids Strawberry and Ice Cream eat-offs and dance performances. The Sunday programme include a 5km and 9km trail run/walk, headline artist Jesse Clegg and crafted beer tasting. Please see the The Strawberry Festival Official Website of all the activities and times these activities will take place.
The Third Thousand Sensations Crafted Beer and Food Festival will take place on 16th till 17th September 2016 at the Wilderness Hotel in Wilderness.
30 Breweries will participate with more than 120 different craft beers. The craft beer is complemented by a variety of food dishes to complement all the different beer styles. There will also be local food stands to enjoy and to jazz up the mood, live music. This is a festival you don't want to miss out on.
Whispering Oaks Guest House is situated 15km (19 minute drive) away from the Thousand Sensations Craft Beer & Food Festival venue.
By Nelleke Elston from her blog
I’ve always been big on breakfast, I’d go as far as to say it’s my favourite meal of the day. I mean, what’s not to love about Hollandaise sauce, perfectly poached eggs with soft warm centres, crispy dark chocolate croissants, and berries…
I’m that geek that is usually the only one at the table ordering the health breakfast when I’m out for brunch with my friends, but not for any other reason other than that I genuinely love a fruity, healthy kick-start to my day. You see, I’m kind of like a boy in the regard that I wake up hungry and the first thing I think about is what to have for breakfast. My husband has had to learn that getting in the way of me and my breakfast has dire consequences for him.
In summer I love a cold breakfast, but in winter there’s nothing that makes my heart so happy like a bowl of warm oats with fresh berries, honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Bircher muesli is something that you often see on menu’s in the last few years and a breakfast I have really grown to love for many reasons: It has so many health benefits, with oats as the base, it’s loaded with cholesterol-lowing benefits, magnesium, zinc, selenium, as well as being able to lower your chances of developing cancer or heart disease. Plus, it keeps you feeling full for longer, it’s quick and can be made ahead of time, meaning less to do in the morning.
Here’s a real keeper, a standard delicious recipe that everyone should try at least once. Even if you’re not the breakfast-eating-type. The great thing about this recipe is that you can really add your own creative flair. I’ve added toasted almonds, chopped dried peaches, dates and banana chips, but my favourite is still fresh berries with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Enjoy, and here’s to breakfast!
Serves: 2 portions
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
1 Cup of rolled oats (preferably Organic)
1/2 Cup of natural cloudy apple juice
1/2 Cup to 1 cup of full cream Greek yoghurt
a Pinch of cinnamon
Fresh fruit like: figs, gooseberries, blueberries, raspberries
Honey to drizzle
Mix the grated apple, oats, 1/2 cup of the yoghurt, apple juice and the cinnamon together. Cover it and leave it in the fridge overnight or for a few hours.
Once ready to serve mix it with the remaining 1/2 cup of yoghurt and serve with fresh fruit, a drizzle of raw honey and toasted nuts.
By Yvette Delport and Nelleke Elston
Like most places, George has been swept up in the coffee hype that has hit the world in the last few years and it's all the rage to know your favourite single origin grind, where it it is sourced and know your roaster by name...
Beans About Coffee
This is the closest coffee roastery to Whispering Oaks Guest House, situated literally within walking distance in the upper part of York Street. This is a great stop if you are exploring the centre of town, watch as they roast beans from all over the world in small batches and or do a coffee tasting to taste a variety of beans and roasts. Try their famous 'Sidewalk Blend' or create your own blend with a combination of varieties. They supply to local customers as well as cafés, restaurants, lodges and hotels. The decor is simple and really gives you the feeling of being in a working roastery. Look out for the neighbouring cafe, Ciabattini, that serves up delicious artisan breads and have the delicious bakes and sandwiches for lunch - a real locals hang-out.
Beans About Coffee is situated in No.1 Van Kervel Huis
117 York Street, George
Tel: 044 813 5012
Blue & Green Shed Coffee Roasters
The Blue Shed is situated in 33 Bland Street, Mossel Bay and the Green Shed is situated in Wilderness just off the main road behind Pomodoro's Restaraunt - both these coffee roasters are all about coffee-lovers. They strive to give you the best cup of coffee each time, every time. Both have a rustic feel and serve great cakes and bakes too. I'd highly recommend the lemon meringue tart at the Green Shed and their iced coffees are also devine when coming from a long walk on Wilderness Beach - a favourite stop for my husband and I.
Address: 33 Bland St, Mossel Bay
Telephone: 044 691 0037
This roaster can be found in the industrial area just outside of Mossel Bay. Baruch’s Coffee Roastery sources beans from all over the world, using only the best quality 100% Arabica beans. These beans are professionally roasted by their Master Roaster in their drum roaster. All their coffee blends are single original and sourced from the best coffee plantations from all over the world. Visit Baruch’s Coffee Shop and enjoy the atmosphere with its eccentric vintage collectable and cosy fireplace over a freshly brewed gourmet coffee. See the roasting process unfold and visit our special garden where children are welcome. Taste our freshly prepared delicious Israeli Cuisine, scrumptious cakes and much more.
KKT Building No:4
Tel / Fax:(044) 695 2078
Cell:082 774 1728
Situated locally in George at Shop 11, St Georges Square on Knysna Road, ROOT Coffee is a Micro Roastery in the heart of Eden, run by an energetic and passionate husband and wife team. When roasting, they make sure that each batch is infused with their passion for great coffee, as they continually offer the freshest roasted coffee you deserve! With their mobile unit, that can be hired for various events, they really bring their coffee to the consumer. They also sell delicious treats and pre-packed sandwiches so Root is the perfect stop for a quick lunch break.
+27 83 661 1908
+27 83 634 0448
Wilderness is situated a short distance, about 15 minutes drive, east from George. It's a quick drive along the N2 through the Kaaimans River Pass. It's known for its long white sand beach, beautiful lagoon and river mouth. The town caters mostly to holiday-makers and is usually bustling with tourists and back-packers. There is plenty to see and do for nature lovers and foodies, alike.
of Outdoor activities
The Kaaimans Gorge holds one of the most beautiful abseil sights you will find. You have a chance to do two 45m abseils right next to a magnificent waterfall. The first abseil is an easy one to get you used to the idea of trusting the ropes and the second one is slightly more technical, however just as exhilarating. What also makes this sight special is that you land in a canoe at the bottom. You need not have abseiled before, however it is not for the faint-hearted.
Acrobranch Tree Top Adventures located at the Timberlake Organic Village between Wilderness and Sedgefield along the Garden Route is well worth a visit for the whole family. Acrobranch Tree Top Adventures will take you up into the tree tops with zip lines, bridges, obstacles and over 70 elevated platforms. All in all, it is a wonderful way to get those young muscles and minds working in a beautiful and peaceful outdoor setting.
Black Horse Trails can be found at the base of the Outeniqua mountain range in the Wilderness. Named after the pitch black Friesian horses offered as their trail horses of choice, Black Horse Trails have chosen wisely, as these gentle giants are soft-natured, beautiful rides. It is a breath of fresh air to encounter a trail company that chooses their horses wisely. These easy-going, majestic horses will add magic to your memories of riding out in the beautiful forests. Amateur riders are welcome will be provided for accordingly.
Meander through the Wilderness on the Brown Hooded / Half Collared Kingfisher Trail which runs along the Duiwe River. This 7.2km walk is easy going and suitable for any fitness level. Walking down the path you will find yourself surrounded by a thriving river forest area. Often the path will cross over the river itself, take care when crossing as some stones and rocks may be slippery. Eventually you will get to a stunning rock pool area that is also an ideal spot to relax and have a picnic. Binoculars and cameras are a must on this trail with lots to look at and great photo opportunities all around you.
Nature lovers and bird watchers flock to the Malachite Bird Hide, set in the Wilderness National Park along Langvlei Lake where you can see an outstanding array of birds. This relaxing and comfortable viewing point is accessible from a sturdy boardwalk. Enjoy the splendid views and the quiet, tranquil environment around you, while peering through your binoculars at the nature around you. You can expect to see some outstanding species including the Common Greenshank, Reed and Breasted Cormorants, African Purple Swamp hen, African Sacred Ibis, African Fish Eagle, Yellow-billed Duck, Egyptian Goose and the Purple and Grey Herons and Knysna Loeries.
In its setting amongst beautiful, old Milkwood trees, with an expansive wooden deck, the Blue Olive offers patrons delicious and unpretentious food and atmosphere. The breakfast menu groans with decadent offerings, perfect for hungry holidaymakers! Lunch and dinner kick off with mouth-watering starters, including calamari tentacles, chicken livers sautéed in chilli, prawns and rocket and ostrich Carpaccio.
Pomodoro is the place where locals and tourists meet and become friends, the place where true Italian hospitality and lively atmosphere makes you feel right at home. Pomodoro is a charming family trattoria in the heart of the Wilderness Village. It is the meeting place of the locals and you will always find it buzzing with activity. The outside terraces offer a front row seat of the village activities which, together with the laid-back atmosphere and great food, makes it the perfect place to unwind after a long day sight-seeing or hiking.
Serendipity Restaurant the Top TripAdvisor-Restaurant in Wilderness and one of the Top Ten TripAdvisor-Restaurants in the whole of the Western Cape Province, offers internationally acclaimed South African inspired fine dining in a relaxed setting. Serendipity Restaurant showcase the indigenous bounty from sustainable sources, organic where possible, always fresh, lovingly sourced and prepared by professionally trained and enthusiastic chefs. Pre-dinner aperitifs are offered on the water- edge patio for guests to enjoy views of the Garden Route sunsets and the water-birds. Chef Lizelle or maître d’ Rudolf talk guests through the menu. Experience fine dining in an unforgettable setting!
We look forward to hosting you at Whispering Oaks Guest House
- Michael and Nelleke Elston
18 Caledon Street , George
+27(0) 76 198 7421
Check in: 3 pm - 7 pm.
If you would like to call for availability please note that we do not have check in after 7 pm unless by prior arrangement and the booking has been prepaid. We are an owner run guest house and do not have 24 hour staff. If you want to enquire after hours please send a text message or e-mail and I will reply before 10am the next morning.