The Crags is situated in the Eden region of the Garden Route, about 20 km from Plettenberg Bay. It’s a must-visit destination when you’re staying at Kurland Estate, which is why we asked Kurland’s very own Di Behr (part of the managing family for the estate) where her favourite spots are.
Here’s Di’s Top Five for a Crags itinerary:
1. Start at the source. There’s no better way to start your morning than with a flat white coffee at the Nature’s Way farm stall (on the way to Nature’s Valley). Think fresh cow’s milk and delicious farm produce, including eggs, just-baked sourdough bread and health loaves, apple crumble and rich chocolate cake. Plus, you can also buy Kurland homegrown honey there.
2. Next, head off to walk the Kalanderkloof Trail (also in Nature’s Valley). It consists of 4.8 km of gentle forest walking, brushing shoulders with the beautiful old Milkwood and Yellowwood trees that line the way. According to Di, “It’s a birdwatchers and hiker’s paradise!” and best of all, it’s suitable for all levels of fitness.
3. You’ve likely worked up a serious appetite by now, so it’s time to make your way to Newstead Lund Family Vineyards (just around the corner from Kurland on the Redford Road) for a spot of lunch. Sip on a glass of their award-winning bubbly while you snack on their thin crust pizza (straight out of the wood-fired oven) or sample one of their celebrated picnic-style cheese platters.
4. Next up, get your retail therapy going. Some of the shopping gems Di recommends in the area include:
Beau de Jour (at the entrance to the Bramon Wine Estate). This is a super spot to find exquisite trinkets and grab a coffee on the go. They also have a pop-up café during the polo season at Kurland’s Pavilion that serves scrumptious light lunches.
Mohair Mill Shop (on the way to the Birds of Eden), which is Di’s all-time favourite shop in The Crags. The shop sells wares from the area’s local producers, including sheepskin slippers, mohair blankets, socks, and scarves. This is your go-to shop for an authentic assortment of unique gifts.
5. Lastly, something for the little ones. The Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary (just down the road from Kurland on the N2) is a must-visit. It’s well run by professional guides who will take you and the kids on a beautifully laid out tour. Lawnwood promises an afternoon of interesting and fun facts that your children will talk about for ages afterwards.
There you have it. You’re spoiled for choice when visiting Kurland Estate’s surrounding attractions and The Crags definitely has something for everyone.