No visit to the Garden Route is complete without stopping by the gem of the Tsitsikamma that we call home; the Crags. The Crags is a beautiful rural area nestled in-between Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley and surrounded by stunning mountain vistas. With an abundance of wildlife and activities, if you are holidaying in the Garden Route this winter, a visit to the Crags is definitely recommended!
Here are some of our favourite, fun and family-friendly activities at the Crags:
- Explore the abundant wildlife
Go on a monkey safari at Monkeyland, the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary where you can see more than 550 primates, including capuchin monkeys, ringtail and black-and-white ruffed lemurs, saki monkeys, squirrel monkeys, vervet monkeys and more! Birds of Eden has a unique two hectare domed aviary (the World’s largest) which spans over a gorge of indigenous forest including a walk-behind waterfall. It is home to a mixture of exotic, as well African birds, including over 60 different parrot species. Alternatively you can take a guided tour through Junkani Wildlife Sanctuary. Home to a variety of big cat species including, tigers and lions, the sanctuary gives you wonderful insight into these creatures and their lives in the wild. The guided tours on foot through the Elephant Sanctuary and hands-on educational elephant interactions offer guests a close encounter with elephants that is truly one of a kind.
- Take the Puzzle Park challenge
The Plett Puzzle Park is home to a life-size 3D maze and a unique forest puzzle walk. It has been designed for visitors of all ages to exercise their bodies and minds in a fun and affordable way. The maze’s unique design sets it apart from conventional mazes and will definitely keep you guessing! The puzzles along the forest path feature word, number, shape and general knowledge games designed to challenge and promote your creative and strategic thinking.
- Have an adventure with Africanyon
Explore the local river canyon on a four-hour adventure that includes swimming, abseiling, optional jumps, a zip-line and a whole lot of fun. Navigate through the river shallows, jump over, zip-line across and swim through fresh-water mountain pools, slide down natural water slides and abseil in and around waterfalls as you dip down into the river gorge. First timers, novices and seasoned explorers are all welcome as Africanyon ensures safety, ease of access, and heaps of adventure for all participants.
Visit the Mohair Mill Shop
Come and visit us! At the Mohair Mill Shop you will find the biggest range of mohair products in South Africa, including a selection of beautifully crafted socks, blankets, throws and yarns in a wide array of colours, weaves and designs. It is the perfect opportunity to select the ideal mohair blankets for your home. You can also find the best mohair socks for hiking, adventuring or just keeping your toes warm this winter. In addition to our Mohair range we have sourced a variety of other items with a focus on locally made, natural, sustainable products. These include Wonderbag (the best eco-cooking bag), tablecloths and tea towels from local weavers, wooden toys, puzzles, activities, books, kids dress up items, trainsets, soaps, and much more!
- Try the Peppermill Café’s famous chocolate cake
The Peppermill Café has a variety of homemade treats and a delicious menu that serves breakfast, light snacks, lunches and fabulous burgers. The perfect spot to sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquil setting of the Crags.
- Play on the jungle gym and feed the goats
Come and visit our goat family. The Mill centre is home to a family of ‘hansie’ angora goats, who love being visited by children, or anyone willing to give them a scratch on the head, and a few pellets – they just love the attention! There is also an outdoor play area and jungle gym to keep any active little ones occupied. Our wonderful Deborah, who manages the store, doubles as an excellent entertainer for children who bubbles with enthusiasm and delights in showing kids how to feed our angora goats.
- Collect some pottery and tour a potter’s studio
The local, hand-made ceramics produced by a collective of local artisans at Porcupine Ceramics are a rare find! They include handcrafted ceramic sculptures, pots, plates and utilitarian items of originality and collectability richly inspired by the art and animals of Africa. Porcupine ceramics also offers tours of their working studio to visitors so you can see how the pieces are expertly created.
These are just some of the things you can experience while visiting the Crags. So if you’re in the area be sure to stop by – we look forward to welcoming you to the Mohair Mill!