Think giant oaks and the burble of water in little streams; think historical 19th century buildings and bright little houses in a thin ribbon along the roadside, yellow and purple and mauve shining in the sunlight. This is Suurbraak at the foot of the Tradouw Pass. It’s only 10km off the N2 but about 100 years away in time.
The first church, parsonage and school, as well as some of the old houses around the village square have been restored. Although there’s a bakery, restaurant and info centre in this historical quarter, just about everything was closed the day we visited, even though the sign at the info centre said it was open from 9-2 on Saturdays and we’d phoned ahead to confirm that. If it’s open, you can apparently arrange for a local guide to show you around the village or take you hiking in the mountains.
We dropped in at Paradise Organic, which is sourcing fresh fruit and veg from locals, but they had nothing in stock to buy. They also serve light meals or coffee and the friendly owner, Greg Gill, told us he plans to get a cheese-making project going too.
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