Great Brak River nestles in a perfect Garden Route setting situated midway between George (30 km) and Mossel Bay (27 km). Great Brak is called such because of the brackish water of the Brak Rivers - the lagoon mouth is divided into two sandy channels with a small island between them.In 1859 a toll at the bridge built across the Great Brak River was managed by Charles Searle. He expanded to other businesses and the village grew around these enterprises.
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Sweeping panoramic views complement the outstanding characteristics of this jewel of the Southern Cape.The tranquil village of Great Brak River is a popular holiday resort showing of the beauty of the Garden Route. The beautiful, unspoilt beaches in the area, and the lagoon, offer safe swimming.
A single lane bridge links the mainland and the island which is well know for its timber holiday homes. This charming, little island has become a refuge for many seeking solitude and has a number of holiday cottages and homes. Things to do in the area include the Great Brak River Museum, in the old school house built in 1902, the Watson Shoe Factory - the reason for the town’s existence - and an example of the largest Pepper tree in South Africa. whale watching from May to November each year, a circular route, outlining history and culture exists through the town.
Great Brak has unspoilt beaches, a lagoon that is safe to swim in and generous sea views. The stillness experienced along the banks of the Great Brak river, which also offers a number of picnic spots, has led to this little town being much sought after by those wanting to escape it all. If you need total relaxation, discover the beaches from Glentana to Little Brak River. Sport activities in Great Brak include tennis, squash, bowls and cycling. You may practice your golf at Dolphins Creek Golf Estate and at De Kaap Driving Range.
The town has a population of 8 000 and is mainly an Afrikaans Speaking community. The biggest employer is still the Watson Shoe factory although the tourism industry is a fast growing economic activity.
The presence of Southern Right and other whales from May till November is one of the town's main attractions. The river that divides the village is rich in marine life while its wooded banks offer excellent opportunities for birdwatching. Follow the circular route through the village and experience the history and culture of years gone by.