Take a drive along the R332 through the Baviaanskloof and you simply can’t miss Vero’s. Here among the stones, scrub and mountains, the colourful garden on a bend in the road will make you stop and stare long before you notice that the simple home is actually a restaurant.
Don’t expect anything fancy or ambitious here in the middle of nowhere. Vero’s is some 50 kilometres from the nearest town and that’s far in an area where the locals’ main form of transport is the trusty donkey cart. What you will find, though, is tea, coffee, cold drinks and roosterkoek. On the day we visited, the fillings of the day included cheese & tomato or apricot jam.
‘They’re just pretty,’ Mieta told me later as we took a tour of the small patch stuffed with shasta daisies and feverfew, pink roses, sweetpeas, inca lilies, dianthus, tall hollyhocks, bright red poppies and more. Here and there stood one of Mieta’s ‘found art’ sculptures made of old wood, licence plates, hub caps and plastic dolls - anything her creative spirit was moved to add.
If you’re inspired by what you see, buy one of the small potted succulents, interesting rocks or bits of driftwood that the Maganies have for sale. [Update 2023: Sadly, Mieta died three years ago and the garden no longer shows her special and somewhat weirdly riveting touch.]
You’ll find Vero’s on the R332 that goes from Willowmore to Patensie through the Baviaanskloof mega-reserve. It’s about 50 kilometres east of Willowmore.
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