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.
There are lots of reasons to visit the Karoo town of Willowmore. But if you want to have a great lunch or tea, browse some antiques and objects d’art, and also buy some deli products to take home with you – all in the same place –you’d best head for Sophie’s Choice on the main drag.
So there we were, slumming it in the local caravan park in the small Karoo dorpie of Willowmore, getting bitten by mosquitoes that left welts the size of saucers. But we cleaned ourselves up and joined the civilised set at The Willow Historical Guest House. It was like instant time travel – with none of the drawbacks.
I’ve heard it described as a combo of the Sani and Bloukrans passes, with a smidge of Tsitsikamma beauty thrown in for good measure. I’m talking about the Baviaanskloof, which lies between Willowmore in the west and Patensie in the east, somewhere between the Karoo midlands and the Eastern Cape in South Africa.
If you ever find yourself in the Baviaanskloof in the Eastern Cape – and you really should at least once in your life – stop in at Boetie and Henriette Terblanche’s Rietrivier info centre to discover more about what’s ahead.
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