Eat, drink and be merry

go! Platteland - - MY TOWN -

DO OR DAW­DLE

• Cool down at the Kouga Dam

This key player in the fer­til­ity of the val­ley is well worth a visit. You can drive right onto the dam wall, and the views are quite some­thing. The last bit is a tame stretch of gravel road that takes you through the heart of the nat­u­ral beauty of the Gam­toos. Around dusk, ro­man­tic cou­ples flock to the dam. Where? 20km out on the R331 to­wards the Bavi­aan­skloof. There’s a sign on the left show­ing the last 7km of gravel road. Price En­try is free. Con­tact 042 283 0437

• Into the wilder­ness

bavi­aans.net The Bavi­aan­skloof is not to be missed. The roads are known to be chal­leng­ing, but you don’t nec­es­sar­ily need a 4x4: with a nor­mal car you can eas­ily drive about 50km into the re­serve, as far as Poortjies; only after that does it get more rough. Look out for game and fish-ea­gles and, if you’re go­ing to pull over for a pic­nic, also for ba­boons. Where? Take the R331 west and then turn onto the R332; signs point the way to the Bavi­aan­skloof. The first gate is about 40km out­side town. Price R20 per ve­hi­cle for day out­ings Con­tact 044 923 1702 bavi­aans.co.za

“MA, I’M HUN­GRY!”

• Tol­bos Coun­try Shop and Restau­rant

Here at Toska Jou­bert and Het­sie Scheep­ers’s place there’s al­ways plenty on the go. Cool off un­der the trees with a cof­fee or tuck into tra­di­tional favourites such as veni­son pie and bobotie (there’s even tripe). But no one will look at you funny if you ask for a burger and chips. (It’s only open for break­fast and lunch.) The farm stall is packed with del­i­ca­cies for the boot, plus stoneware, cloth­ing and crafts. It’s a popular stopover for bik­ers, es­pe­cially on week­ends. Where? On the cor­ner of Fred Fer­reira ( There he is again… – Eds.) and Charlie Malan streets Con­tact 042 283 0437

tol­bos@bavi­aans.net

• Pad­langs Coun­try Restau­rant and Shop

Heidi Müller is clearly do­ing some­thing right here – this spot made the short­list for the best farm stall in the coun­try in our sis­ter mag­a­zine go!’ s contest in 2011. The shop is rem­i­nis­cent of an old-time gen­eral dealer’s store, and the food at the restau­rant is ex­cel­lent. They’re only open for break­fast and lunch. Big hits are the Leeu­loop break­fast (eggs, a lamb chop, boerewors, chips and roost­erkoek) and tra­di­tional chicken pie. Where? Fred Fer­reira Street (the R331), 7km out of town on the Bavi­aan­skloof side Con­tact 042 28 30798

bavi­aans@pad­langs.net

• Rip­ple Hill Ho­tel

The Rip­ple is the only place in town where you can get din­ner. Owner John Moore makes an ef­fort with the menu. Pizza and fish dishes are the spe­cial­i­ties, and he re­cently hired an In­dian chef. The ho­tel bar is also the only wa­ter­ing hole that is open after sun­set. The kitchen and bar are closed on Sun­days. Where? Paul Fer­reira Street, near the Kwiks­par Con­tact 042 283 0625

rip­ple@telkomsa.net paten­sieac­co­mo­da­tion.co.za

AC­COM­MO­DA­TION

• Gam­toos B&B & Self-cater­ing

This lodge has two spa­cious self-cater­ing units, each with its own en­trance. You share the yard with the res­i­dence and its peo­ple, yet it’s com­pletely pri­vate. You have views of the val­ley and are within walk­ing dis­tance of the cen­tre of town. A gen­er­ous break­fast is avail­able on re­quest. Where? Alexan­der Av­enue Con­tact 042 283 0907

radie@gam­toosbb.co.za gam­toosbb.co.za

• Re­tadi Guest House

This is a nice spot on a farm on the out­skirts of town with three rooms that can sleep up to 12 guests. It’s equipped with all the ba­sics, in­clud­ing a fully equipped kitchen. Break­fast and din­ner are avail­able on re­quest. Where? The farm Dankbaar, on the R331 to­wards Hankey. Con­tact 082 728 0234 re­tadi.co.za

• Rip­ple Hill Ho­tel

Old-world dé­cor takes you back to the time when coun­try ho­tels were in vogue. You find the only bar in town here, and the rooms are spa­cious and well equipped (but with­out tele­vi­sions). The bar is far enough from the rooms so the noise won’t bother you. Where? Paul Fer­reira Street, next to the Kwiks­par. Con­tact 042 283 0625

rip­ple@telkomsa.net paten­sieac­com­mo­da­tion.co.za bavi­aans.net

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