Founded in 1870 as a mission station by Revered Johann Kretzen, Friemersheim is a small community, about 15 km from Great Brak in the area of Mossel Bay; and what might seem like a sleepy forgotten area is in fact a close-knit friendly community, with a rather fragrant atmosphere upon closer inspection.
To celebrate the jewels and entrepreneurs in the community, the first Friemersheim Fragrance Fest saw the light in 2015 and since its inception the festival has grown by leaps and bounds with the planned 2020 festival – on the 14th of March 2020 –expected to celebrate 150 years of Friemersheim during the 6th Fragrance Fest (where a book on Friemersheim will also be published).
6 Friemersheim Finds to Explore
Go and find your feet in Friemersheim at these stops mentioned below during your next visit to Mossel Bay and the surrounding areas; or pen the Fragrance Fest into your calendar and experience how the community opens its doors to the public with interesting stalls and more.
Here are 6 stops not to miss.
This old Dutch Reformed Church built in 1870, situated under the shade of ancient trees, is the perfect starting point for exploring Friemersheim.
The Shweshwe Stop
Shweshwe and South Africa are inseparable and its history can’t be traced back to 1 000 AD as the original trade cloth used on the east coast of Africa. The Shweshwe Stop in Friemersheim honour this iconic fabric through selling a range of toys, kitchenware and their flagship product, the ‘PROEbag’ which acts as a fireless cooker. All items in the shop are made by women from the Friemersheim community. It is also here at the shop where you can see and learn more about the Volkwyn Chair (riempies chair) which originates from Friemersheim.
Take a walk through the lavender project at the Friemersheim Nursery; there is a variety of lavenders and these plants are also for sale, starting from R20 per plant.
For more information and to make an appointment, contact Petra at 082 957 7715.
Hester Uithaler’s Garden and Tea & Something Sweet Shop
Hester Uithaler’s upcycled garden is filled with coloured water bottles, odd finds here and there and a veggie patch, you can book in advance to get a taste of Cinty’s Milk Tart, Petra’s lavender-infused koeksisters and Hester’s ‘bobotie bondeltjies’; if you happen to stumble upon Hester’s Garden you can always knock on her door and order a cup of tea, or her home-made ginger beer.
For more information and to make an appointment, contact Hester at 063 110 0948.
Kobus Halliday Car Collection
Go visit this impressive private collection of more than 100 classic cars, from Cadillac to Chrysler. There are a few rules, no kids under 14, you need to make an appointment 24 to 48 hours in advance and unfortunately you are not allowed to take photos, which defeats the purpose a bit of visiting vehicles that so many people might have fond memories of from back in the day. Entrance is R50 per person, in order not to feel rushed, make sure you take your time strolling around the vehicles, after all, you did pay.
For more information and to make an appointment, 082 9707 213.
Brother’s Coffee Roastery
If you understand the language of coffee, or want to find out what is the secret to the perfect cup, spend some time at Brothers Coffee Roastery. In a previous blog post about coffee experiences in Mossel Bay I wrote the following about Brothers Coffee Roastery, “Beautiful things happen when passionate people become baristas and roasters.”
Go taste something beautiful, click here to read: Coffee Experiences in Mossel Bay.
This is not the holy grail of things to do in Friemersheim, visit this website for details, maps and more: www.proemb.co.za.
Wondering where to stay in/around Friemersheim?
During my previous visit to Mossel Bay I had the opportunity to camp at Molenrivier, and also stayed in lovely glamping tent (complete with private bathroom and ensuite kitchen) on an olive farm, called Kattekwaad.
To find out more about these place, read: Camping in Mossel Bay, Beach to Bush.
Disclaimer: Going Somewhere Slowly was hosted by Mossel Bay Tourism.