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Se7en Discovers the Garden Route on a Fancourt Day Tour…

October 11th, 2017 · No Comments

There are so many fun things to see and do along the Garden Route of South Africa, it literally is a holiday maker’s paradise. From extreme sports, to national landmarks, incredible wildlife and hiking trails; incredible nature reserves and from the beaches of Plettenberg Bay to the Canto Caves of Outdshoorn; the Garden Route situated between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, the Garden Route literally has something for everyone.

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During my recent stay with Fancourt, the media team were treated to a great day out, a morning of market browsing and an afternoon floating about on the Knysna Lagoon… it couldn’t be better really.
When you stay with Fancourt there are any number of day outings that you can choose from and that they will organise and take you out on.
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Sedgefield

Sedgefield is a tiny little town, famous for its smallness and the high number of retirees amongst its residents. Otherwise it has an extremely low (negligible crime rate) and it is famous for its Saturday morning markets, as well as a used car dealership of note. Cars of extremely rare vintage and interesting vehicles that are used in movies all over the world.

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You can actually select from a vast array of cars, have it packed in a container and shipped to you within three months, almost anywhere in the world. Next time you see an ultra cool car in a movie… then it could well come from here!!!

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The Sedgefield Markets

Let’s talk about the markets for a second, because they are stunning!!! Three markets, all very close to each other and I thought that that would be just a little bit too much, but I was wrong. Each market is packed with lovey goodies and they each have their own very distinctive atmosphere. Don’t visit just one of them… you have to visit them all!!!

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The Mosaic Village Market

The Mosaic Village Market is a market with a sweet country tone, lots of hand made crafts for sale, and lots of edible treats. There was nothing ordinary, clearly the crafters in this part of the world are all about letting their own magic and personal touch, shine through their products. It was very easy to see all the love at this market… literally everywhere…

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Hearts… and drums,
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Hearts…
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And vintage…
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Hearts…
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And crates…
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And hearts…
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And beads…
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And hearts…
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And rainbows…
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And hearts…
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And fun…
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And hearts…

The Wild Oats Market

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The Wild Oats Market… a whole of locally produced, ethically sourced, green-living products. I loved this market… this is a food lover’s dream and super eco–friendly, which was a welcome relief from the rest of the weekend I was having. Tons of recycling, masses of bring your own mugs, plates, containers and so on. The entrance to the market is all about local flavours and fynbos. I felt right at home in this market… and if I hadn’t just had a fabulous breakfast I would have dived right in.

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How…
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Beautiful…
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Is this fynbos…
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And edible treats…
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To taste…
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Citrus sunshine in a box
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And lunch…
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And more treats…
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Did I say Hot chocolate!!!
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And Green Living!!!
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The Scarab Art and Craft Village

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And onto The Scarab Art and Craft Market, which looks like a more permanent fixture than the other two markets, with actual buildings and such like. The Scarab Art and Craft market looks like a market for more established artists with lots of crafty magic, and also genuine art and at reasonable prices too.

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Between whales and ships…
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There was a lot to look at…
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Absolutely loved the whole array of bird feeders…
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But it was all the dragons that stole my heart…
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The Knysna Waterfront

From the Sedgefield Markets we drove on to the Knysna Waterfront, which has all the prettiness of a market town… but is definitely catering to a rather upmarket clientele. I have a feeling that if you asked the locals where to go and what to see that this wouldn’t be where they hang out. I would have loved to explore more of Knysna, I was there with my hubs nearly twenty five years ago and we found lots of lovely things to do in Knysna… definitely, definitely need to get back there and explore like a local again.

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For all that, the Waterfront is lovely and there is tons of eye candy to see…
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These colours…
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I just love…
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And where in the world are we…
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And it is a Waterfront…
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So… ships…
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And shipping…
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And on to our afternoon adventure…
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And it was out on the water… and I love that!!!
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The Paddle Cruiser Experience


I couldn’t have been happier when I heard our tour would be spending the afternoon out on the Knysna Lagoon on the Paddle Cruiser, and enjoying lunch on board as well… Fun times ahead.
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Just everything to love about this…
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Magic as far as the eye can see…
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And our log cabin honeymoon spot, Under Milkwood, with it’s own little beach…
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Lots of ocean lovers to admire out on the water…
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They have a very entertaining menu…
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And my absolute favourite feast ever…
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Mussels in a creamy white wine… my best!!!
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What can I say, I highly recommend and afternoon out on the Paddle Steamer…
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This is not a sponsored post, I was not paid to write it and opinions expressed are my own. That being said, Lesley Simpson Communications did invite me to the media weekend and together with Fancourt South Africa provided me with a weekend away.

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