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Warm Water and Mini Doughnuts in Hartenbos (2020-01-06) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 15 JUN 2020

I don’t think that we’ll get the chance to head up to the Garden Route this year again, but at least we did enjoy a good week long break up that side of the world back at the start of this year, just before Covid-19 started to make its global presence felt.

With us usually based in Mossel Bay, the siren’s call of Hartenbos is too strong to ignore and so, as has now quickly become a tradition, we make sure to haul our butts over to the ATKV Seefront to take at least one dip in the warm water swimming pool, people watch the predominantly Afrikaans holiday-goers, take a stroll along the boardwalk, watch the sea, and of course have multiple goes at the delicious little fun mini donuts of the Pizza and Donut Den.

And if the timing is right, we’ll even pop over to the little informal market that hovers around just outside the Seefront complex to see if we can rustle up some pancakes. (We did. So now I’m just patiently waiting for Emily to get a little older so that we can tackle the more serious business of a proper family Putt Putt challenge!)

A Holiday Week at Pinnacle Point Estate in Mossel Bay (2020-01-03) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 25 MAY 2020

Yeah, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and this lockdown accompanying it, I am pretty sure that we are all longingly staring out of the window and dreaming of taking a holiday that is anywhere so long as it is as far from home as possible. For us the last holiday was our December school holidays break which saw us head down to the usual family haunt of Pinnacle Point in Mossel Bay for a few days of well deserved rest.

Having only headed down following the New Year’s celebrations, the estate wasn’t quite its usually bustling December holiday self, meaning that we had much more freedom in crafting a break that we really wanted to – when the weather played along of course. We did a fair bit of swimming in the warm waters of the heated pool at ATKV Hartenbos, browsed the various Saturday markets of Sedgefield and George, went for a boat ride to the Heads on Knysna Lagoon with the Featherbed Co., and of course spent a lot of time in Mossel Bay itself – from drinking coffee at The Coffee Club, tucking into fish and chips at the Sea Gypsy Cafe, watching the surfers have fun from the deck of Delfino’s, to slurping up soft serve ice-cream whilst watching the waves crash down at The Point.

Back in the estate we went for long walks up and down all the hills, played lots of games with my Mom and Dad (who were there with us), built a ton of Lego houses with the girls, did a lot of colouring in (well that was me mainly), braaied of course, and had the most unbelievable amount of fun armed with an ultraviolet torch to hunt for golf balls and scorpions in the middle of the night. (Oh, and we even popped into the clubhouse for some cake that Chantelle simply swore we absolutely had to do given how good it is meant to be.)

And yes, of course the girls and I did a lot of driving around the estate on the golf cart whilst taking photos of anything and everything that moved! :D

Fruit and Food at the Outeniqua Family Market in George (2020-01-04) Markets | Photo Gallery 20 MAY 2020

Out and about on the Garden Route, and not to be outdone by Sedgefield’s hugely popular Wild Oats, Mosaic, and Scarab Saturday morning markets, George too is home to a pretty impressive and rather enjoyable family market experience in the form of the excellently kitted out Outeniqua Family Market.

Rated as one of the top 5 things to do in George on Tripadvisor, the Outeniqua Family Market is open every Saturday from 08:00 to 14:00. Featuring more than 150 food and craft stalls, the market actually takes a fair time to wander through and peruse all the admittedly quite interesting stalls. From food to fresh produce to plants (there is in fact a full nursery hiding in there) to arts and crafts, there is literally something here for everyone.

The big trees provide plenty of shaded seating areas, there is always some live music to entertain (on this particular visit we watched a local Country music act perform), and pleasingly parking is abundant and not a headache at all. For the kids there is a massive play park, a Boere train ride, pedal cars, ponycycle rides, face painting, sand are and bunnies, or just let them walk your own dog seeing as the whole market is actually pet friendly!

This particular outing (part of our last December holiday in Mossel Bay) was the first time that any of us had visited the Outeniqua Family Market before, and I have to say that we left quite impressed (plus with juicy watermelon in hand). So much so in fact that Chantelle has gone on record as saying that the next time we are holidaying along the Garden Route she may just forgo the “usual must go to Wild Oats” trip through to Sedgefield in favour of this slightly shorter hop to George! :)

The Lowering Bridge at the Waterfront at Knysna Quays (2020-01-08) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 01 MAY 2020

Chantelle and I decided to take the girls out on the Knysna Lagoon as part of our late December School Holidays getaway down in the Garden Route, and so following a delightful morning of meandering through Sedgefield’s vast Saturday morning market scene of Wild Oats, Mosaic, and Scarab Village, we continued the scenic drive that had taken us all the way from Mossel Bay to George to Sedgefield to Wilderness and finally to Knysna, ending up right in front of the Featherbed Co.’s ticket office at the Knysna Waterfront.

Part of the idyllic Knysna Quays, a recreational harbour complex complete with waterfront and accommodation offerings, the Knysna Waterfront is yet another fantastic Knysna destination with its picturesque views over the lagoon, its pretty design aesthetic, its colourful selection of eateries, and of course its rich selection of boutique shopping. Perfect tourist fodder really.

Given that we don’t really ever plan these outings very well, we had some time to kill before our Featherbed ferry was to depart, and so we meandered through the Waterfront area, peeking into the shops, taking LOTS of photos, and then finally grabbing a seat at the seemingly popular Italian-themed Caffe Mario for some refreshments and a light bite to eat – all the while watching the lowering bridge theatrically rise up and down to allow yachts and other little boats entry into the canals every now and then.

So definitely no complaints from and me certainly one of those perfect inhabited spots to soak up some vibe and while away a little time on such a strikingly beautiful Summer’s day.

Arts and Crafts at the Mosaic Village and Outdoor Market in Sedgefield (2020-01-04) Markets | Photo Gallery 15 APR 2020

Sedgefield. After purchasing all your fresh farm produce from the excellent (and famous) Wild Oats Community Farmers Market on a Saturday morning, your next step would undoubtedly be to simply cross the road and mosey in among the craft stalls of sister markets, the Mosaic Outdoor Market and the Scarab Village Craft Market.

The Mosaic Outdoor Market forms part of the Mosaic Village complex, a space mostly dedicated to art and sculpture businesses and its Saturday morning market offering strongly reflects this, with a large portion of the stallholders presenting the results of their artistic endeavours for sale.

Of course, all the other little odds and ends that you would expect from a market are also on sale, and to round off the offering, there are a few interesting food options as well. There’s a spacious space in the middle to sit down and enjoy a beer or two, and of course, given the general buzz of this part of Sedgefield on a Saturday morning, the vibe and bustle make for a great morning outing.

Right next door to the Mosaic Village (separated this time by an Engen garage) is the Scarab Art and Craft Village with its Saturday morning craft market, which is equally filled with a wide range of interesting art and textile products. Of course, the elephant dung paper, wooden owl boxes and the all important Sedgefield Craft Brewery all put on a strong show, and as with the Mosaic market, there is plenty of seating available for you to sit down and enjoy the hustle, as well as a small area to let the kids get rid of some of their pent up energy. (After all, it’s pretty boring going stall hopping if you’re a kid. Or at least that is what my two girls tell me!)

The Sedgefield market scene is incredibly strong and vibrant and the amount of visitors it attracts on a Saturday morning is truly something to behold. Something for literally everyone and you can easily lose yourself for an entire morning here among all the stalls. We kind of did.

Biltong and Pancakes at the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market in Sedgefield (2020-01-04) Markets | Photo Gallery 02 APR 2020

This past December holiday period saw us spending a bit of time up in Mossel Bay, and for one of our planned day excursions we decided to take the girls out for a boat trip to the Knysna Heads. Of course, getting to Knysna from Mossel Bay means passing through my beloved Sedgefield, and if you are going to be passing through Sedgefield on a Saturday morning then it is virtually impossible to ignore the massive throng of people turning off to pay a visit to the award-winning Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market.

Situated adjacent to the beautiful Swartvlei lagoon on the outskirts of Sedgefield, this 20 year old, world renowned farmers’ market was first launched back in 1999 and operates, come rain or shine, every Saturday morning from 08:00 (07:30 in Summer) to 12:00. The market brims with locally produced foods, free-range meats, cheese and dairy, bakes, and of course, fresh-from-the-field fruit and vegetables. There is also coffee and all sorts of breakfast on offer, so basically no reason at all to stay inside and make your own breakfast back home then.

The stalls are all neatly covered (i.e. there is no product sitting baking under the hot sun), there are loads of trees to provide enough shade where needed, and the constant buzz of people milling about or sitting and enjoying the company of friends and family over a good cup of coffee all swirls together to make for a wonderful vibe.

The market is pet friendly, and in general comes across as very earth friendly too, and certainly whatever it is doing it is getting right, because the amount of people visiting the area each and every Saturday morning is quite the sight to behold!

While fresh farm produce wasn’t really on our minds for this particular visit, hunting down delicious nibbles, pancakes and fresh fruit juice most certainly was, and on that mission front I’m pleased to announce that we had great success! (After all, this seems to be Chantelle’s natural environment!)