Great Brak River
Grootbrak Rivier


Set in the heart of the Garden Route is the unspoilt village of Great Brak River. Established in 1859 by Charles Searle who opened the shoe factory which now is the world famous Watson Shoes. The town has grown in the valley and is surrounded by beautiful mountains covered in indigenous fynbos, and the river mouth which has beautiful beaches on either side.

Before the discovery of Great Brak by Charles Searle, the farm Wolwedans(Wolf Dance) occupied the entire area, aptly named when Mr Terblanche, the owner went to slaughter an animal one day in the mountains; on his return the wolves prowled around the wagon and he cut off meat and threw it to them to keep them at bay. When he reached home, only half the beast remained and his family questioned this. He said "Die Wolwe het gedans" (The Wolves danced).

Rose & Vine restaurant now occupies one of the original farm cottages built around 1850, which has been restored to provide country style ambience at its best.

In the evening an innovative menu is prepared making full use of home grown herbs and fresh seasonal ingredients produced in the area.

During the day our quaint gazebo garden offers light lunches and a variety of home-made scones, muffins, cheese cakes and other tempting items.

Rose & Vine Restaurant is halfway between Mossel Bay and George and only 5 min off the N2 highway.


Your Hosts: Ernest & Rosa

Contact Details:
  • Rose 'n Vine Restaurant
  • 5 Amy Searle Street
  • P O Box 560
  • Great Brak River 6525
  • Tel: 04442 3590
  • Fax: 04442 3748
  • Int. Tel: +27 4442 3590

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