Beer would not be beer were it not for the hop plant. While you can make a beer without hops (the word ‘ale’ is thought originally to have meant exactly that), it is the hops that give to beer the distinctive flavour that most drinkers would probably consider to be the essence of the brew. These are the soft green cones of the plant Humulus lupulus. Only the female plant produces cones, and the magic ingredients that the brewer seeks are found only in tiny glands at the base of each leaf-like bract within the cone.
The hops contribute to the making of beer in several ways, notably the addition of taste and smell. Bittering hops give the brew its characteristic bitter taste, while aroma hops give it its beery scent. Hops also act as a natural preservative, help to clarify the beer and to form and fix the frothy head.
Until the early decades of this century all the hops used in South Africa’s brewing industry had to be imported, but in the 1920s the brewers began to wonder if it would not be possible to grow their hops at home. The conditions for the plant’s growth, however, were stringent: a minimum number of daylight hours in summer, a six- to eight-week dormant period in winter when it needs to be chilled, and a plentiful water supply throughout the growing season. Only one small part of the country met these conditions: the rich farmlands around George, and one or two well-watered valleys in the Outeniqua Mountains. Today 480 ha are cultivated, enough for half of South Africa’s needs. A visitor cannot miss the hop fields in summer. The plant is a fast-growing climber that shoots up in spring, the specially erected trellises towering as much as 4 meters above the ground so that the fields look like giant vineyards. The rate of growth is so remarkable – up to 20 centimetres a day – that some farmers (the older ones, who have had time to sit down and study such things) insist that the patient visitor will actually see a plant growing taller before his eyes.
The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb continues to be known as one of the top sports events in the country having been awarded MSA’s Environmental Award at the annual MSA Gala Awards Evening.
MSA seeks to recognise and show its gratitude to the circuit, organiser, club or individual, who is assessed to have made a significant contribution towards or have done something important to enhance environmental awareness and protection in the field of motorsport during the calendar year.
The Eden Regeneration Festival initiative supported by the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, namely the Festival of Action, focused its efforts on multi-stakeholder engagement including local communities, local government, NGOs and academia to support and collaborate on existing initiatives by bringing their time, logistics and human resources.
R 3 400 000
4 Beds 3 Baths 1 Garages
Floor Area: 280 m²
Land Area: 630 m²
Rates: R 1400 p.m.
Yes, you can have everything ! Come on in and experience the perfect blend of modern architecture and upmarket design in a Cul de Sac location.
Sip cocktails watching the sun set in this magnificent home, features four spacious bedrooms, all neatly tiled and built-in cupboards, as well as three modern bathrooms, with one being the master en-suite. This home offers a comfortable, small chef’s kitchen with granite counter tops and ample kitchen cupboards … the place where delectable meals are created.
The kitchen, lounge, dining room and master en-suite are on the top level and the rest of the bathrooms, bedrooms and 2nd lounge / entrance hall on the lower level. Large entertainment decks, loads of natural light and a beach theme interior throughout the house complete the picture. (Available at an additional 200K).
Brenton On Sea… your Holiday / Permanent Haven, only 15km from Knysna on the Garden Route in South Africa !
Key Property Features:
Brenton-on-Sea beach qualified for Blue Flag status! Calling all tourists, holiday-makers and adventurers to make Knysna and Brenton-on-Sea your holiday destination!
The Southern Coast, after several hundred kilometres of low-lying sandy shores, reaches Cape St Blaize and curls into a gentle blue bay. The golden sand continues around the bay, punctuated by sleepy river lagoons, but now a high range of mountains comes into view and the sands give way to a gigantic coastal shelf that juts out into the sea.
The mountains are the Outeniquas, and they bring year-round rains to the land at their feet, keeping it constantly emerald green. Where the coastal shelf meets the sea, waves have ground it away into high cliffs of orange-red rock, and here and there have carved coves and inlets. Many a ship has come to grief on this violent shore, and legend has it that a chest of treasure lies caught here in the rocks amid the foaming surf.
A mere 110 kilometres, or one and a half hours drive, from Knysna lies the booming town; Mossel Bay where giant waves relentlessly punish the awesome, towering cliffs that line the southern shore of Cape St Blaize, baring the rock strata and gouging out huge caverns. And yet, just 3 km along the coastline, tucked away around the corner of the cape, the water in the sheltered little cove known as Munro’s Bay is as calm and gentle as an inland lake… which is why this spot was the first landing place of Bartholomeu Dias and his men. Today the calmness of the water in the bay, one of the most sheltered stretches of open sea along the entire southern African coast, attracts thousands of holiday-makers and water sport enthusiasts.
All along the Mossel Bay shore there are beaches sprinkled among the rocks. Even at the very point of Cape St Blaize there is a sandy channel set between two rocky ridges that have long been treated by locals as the town swimming pool – known to all as the ‘Poort’. Travelling around the great bay from here the first major inlet is the harbour, then comes Munro’s Bay, Santos Beach, a string of little beaches separated by rocky ridges and known collectively as Die Bakke, the Pansy Beach and the long golden stretch of Dias Beach, which in summer become the vibrant heart of the holiday town. The coast immediately behind the shore is kept tidy and attractive with green lawns and a succession of neat camping grounds, and caravan sites, interspersed with clusters of luxurious holiday chalets.
Anyone tiring of the lovely beaches will find the town itself has much to offer. Its history is well presented in a new museum complex near the old Post Office Tree where Pedro d’Ataide posted South Africa’s first ‘letter’ in 1500. A section of the museum is devoted to maritime history, another to a shell collection with fine specimens gathered from various seashores all over the world.
Also interesting is a drive or walk past the harbour to the Point at Cape St Blaize. You will pass a large number of sturdy stone houses: there are at least 200 of these, many of them built during the last century by immigrant Cornish stonemasons. The majority of the houses in the town are built in ranks that climb up the hillside, with the result that most residents wake in the morning and retire at night to magnificent views out over the little harbour and across the bay to the jagged blue-grey line of the Outeniqua Mountains in the distance. At the Point, directly above the sandy Poort, you will see a cave in the cliff face beneath the Cape St Blaize lighthouse; this was long the home of so-called Strandlopers. From the south side of the cave a narrow footpath zigzags up towards the base of the lighthouse then leads east for several kilometres along the clifftops, offering grand vistas down over the majestic cliffs.
Mossel Bay offers a variety of holiday accommodation and recreational activities. Especially popular is the range of opportunities for the angler, produced by the varied character of the shoreline and the extreme differences in sea conditions; Mossel Bay is also one of South Africa’s leading centres for powerboat fishing.
Recently the development of offshore oil wells in the region has begun to transform what was once a slightly sleepy coastal town into a bustling growth centre, but this is unlikely to mar the appeal of the place for holiday-makers. The town will remain blessed with an attractive blue-sky climate and there are so many beautiful beaches along the shore that they can absorb huge numbers of holiday-makers without being spoilt.
R 2 700 000
6 Beds 4 Baths
Floor Area: 260 m²
Land Area: 1396 m²
Rates: R 1500
Brenton On Sea. Time to escape the rat race and come home to an exclusive, secure, coastal village in a perfect location.
This private iconic sanctuary enjoys a tranquil setting with captivating north facing views and only 15km situated from Knysna on the Garden Route in South Africa.
The house offers ample accommodation possibilities and a stone throw away from easy access to the beach. Surrounded by prestigious houses.
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Key Property Features:
- 6 Bedrooms
- 4 Bathrooms
- 1 Dining Areas
- 2 En-suite
- 1 Lounges
- 2 Storeys
- Entrance Hall
- Garden Cottage
- Scenic View
The Wildlife & Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) has announced that 66 Blue Flags will be flown at 46 beaches, eight marinas and by 12 sustainable tourism boats around South Africa over the forthcoming 2018/19 Blue Flag season.
The Blue Flag program is focused on the conservation of marine and coastal habitats, and is designed to raise environmental education and awareness, and increase environmental practices.
To achieve Blue Flag status, as many as 33 different criteria spanning four aspects of coastal management must be met and maintained:
- water quality,
- environmental education and information,
- environmental management, and
- safety and services.
Each Blue Flag site is compelled to conduct several environmental education activities during the year, and practice effective and efficient conservation management.
This year 24 beaches across three provinces have been awarded ‘pilot status’ and throughout the 2018/19 Blue Flag season WESSA said it will work with beach managers stewards from these pilot beaches towards the longer-term goal of achieving full Blue Flag status.
You can find the full list of Blue Flag beaches below:
Two ‘brak’ (brackish) rivers, the Klein-Brak and the Groot-Brak, reach the sea in Mossel Bay and both have holiday resorts on their lower reaches. Groot-Brakrivier has a lagoon at its mouth and a cluster of bungalows built on an islet.
The town was founded by the Searle family in 1859 and the footwear and timber industry they established here still thrives. The font in the Spanish-style church was made from the post of a turnpike built by the first Searle to settle here.
During the Christmas holiday season, the camping ground near the mouth of the Hartenbos River is a city of tents and caravans. For two months there is considerable activity, then, almost as suddenly as they came, the vast crowds thin out for the remainder of the year.
An open-air stadium, seating 10 000, is used for folk festivals, church services and athletics.
A Voortrekker museum exhibits two wagons which took part in the 1938 symbolic trek to Pretoria.
The cliffs along the Garden Route occasionally pull back to form sandy, sheltered bay. Herold’s Bay is an example of such bays. The cliffs on either side fall steeply into the sea. The beach is well sanded and has a sea-water swimming pool. A ridge overlooking the bay is the site of the village. Trees give the whole area the appearance of a park-land.
The resort is named after the Rev. Tobias Herold, the first minister of George’s Dutch Reformed Church.
Boating and fishing are major pastimes at Keurboomstrand, the resort at the mouth of the Keurbooms River. Here the river, named from the sweetly scented flowering trees which grow on its banks, joins the Bietou River to form a lagoon. On the beach, which is bordered by bush, are mounds of shells thousands of years old. Nearby is the Matjies River Cave, where Late Stone Age relics gave been found.
The upper reaches of the Keurbooms River are roofed with trees, notably at Whiskey Creek.
The English novelist Anthony Trollope praised George in 1877 as ‘the prettiest village on the face of the earth. Overlooked by the George Peak, and Cradock Peak of the Outeniqua Mountains, George nestles on a coastal plateau in a setting of parkland and garden. Flowers seem to bubble over the walls of every garden and trees grow wherever man has failed to cut them down. Only 8 kilometres from the sea and with an adequate rainfall, balmy climate and altitude of 226 metres, George has the best of several worlds. It is the principal town of the Garden Route.
Founded in 1811, it was named after George III. It grew as an administrative, communications and timber centre. One of the oak trees which were planted along the streets during these early years has been proclaimed a national monument. A chain, to which slaves are said to have been fastened and sold at auction, is embedded in the trunk of the tree.
Because of the widespread destruction of George’s wealth of indigenous forest, in 1936 the government prohibited the felling of trees in the town for 200 years. The decision has ensured the preservation of stinkwood and yellow-wood trees.
George became a municipality in 1837 and in 1850 Bishop Robert Gray, founder of the Diocesan College for Boys in Cape Town, consecrated the town’s St. Mark’s Cathedral. George’s Dutch Reformed Church, built in 1842, is the town’s oldest church. The Church of St Peter and St. Paul, built the following year, is the oldest Roman Catholic church in South Africa. Among other old buildings here is the Town House, built in 1847 at a cost of £478.
The George Museum has South Africa’s largest collection of old gramophones, all in working order. Other displays include the skeleton of a whale stranded on Buffalo Bay and 75 mounted horns of the antelopes of South Africa.
This is the only region of South Africa which produces hops – imported varieties have been successfully transplanted in recent years.
George has a flying club, 18-hole championship golf course, several hotels and caravan parks.
From the town tow dramatic steam train journeys can be taken. The main railway line from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth crosses the Outeniqua Mountains through what is widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful railway passes. In 25 kilometres the railway climbs by means of zigzags, tunnels and cuttings to an altitude of 715 metres before descending into the Little Karoo. The second railway journey from George is along the branch line to Knysna, through tunnels and forests, across lakes and cliffs overlooking the sea. The climax of the arrival in Knysna, with a long approach by bridge over the lagoon, is unforgettable!