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“Old Nick Village - a not to be missed halt on the Garden Route”

Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park
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Reviewed August 23, 2014

What I really wanted to write about was Old Nick Village along the Garden Route but the ‘Search’ did not find it. Starting from Tsitsikamma after spending 2 nights there at Swallows Nest, near Plettenberg Bay is this cluster of shops each housed in small house-like structures. We bought some lovely statuettes ( it was so difficult to choose ) from one shop, and looked around the other shops selling textiles and ceramics, pots, various stone items, and a variety of African artifacts. We also watched some artisans at work including those at the weaving museum. The tall trees and lawns around the shops made us reluctant to leave the place. There is plenty of space for the children to play. We watched the colourful birds and the odd Vervet monkey or two. It was relaxing just watching the vehicles flash by on the N2.

Old Nick got its name in the 1960s from the slang meaning jail when the new owner, an Englishman named Spike Devine who already owned in Plettenberg Bay an antique shop which was located in a what was earlier a jail.
Our thoughts were on the statuettes we had not bought, and on our return from Wilderness a few days later, we again halted at Old Nick Village to enjoy the surroundings and buy some more statuettes. What a transformation of the place from what it was five decades ago, a trading store for the local residents.

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Reviewed August 18, 2014

Accommodation unit allocated was not 1st preference. Maintenance & service of accommodation unit requires attention.

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Reviewed August 17, 2014

Very pretty area and scenic views. Nice eating places to stop on route. Check out the bungy jumping at Tsitsikamma. You'll see lots of monkeys along the roadside. Sunsets are amazing as your driving a long.

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Reviewed August 10, 2014

The term "Garden Route " has been given to the area, traversed by the N2, roughly from Tsitsikama in the east, through to Mossel Bay in the west. Since the N2 has been upgraded and the roadsides planted with indigenous fynbos, it can rightly boast of being one of the most picturesque areas in South Africa.The mix of forest, mountains, beaches and tourist meccas make this area a popular attraction, not only for overseas tourists, but locals as well. The Bloukrans Bungee Jump is the highest in the world, we have forest -canopy tours, hiking trails of different ability levels, white water rafting,segway tours, safari parks and wild life sanctuaries - the amount of activities available is mind blowing. There are many places which offer total stillness if you want to get away from it all. Fine dining or camping in the rough - every need is catered for. So don't go speeding through ( they give speeding fines!) but stop, discover and enjoy!!!

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Reviewed August 9, 2014

We only spent a short time in Tsitsikamma but it really is a beautiful area. Whilst my children were doing the Canopy Tour my husband and I went to see the Big Tree, which is close by. This is an ANCIENT yellowwood, absolutely huge, reached by a lovely little walk. You can extend the walk if you wish as well going further into the beautiful woodland - I'm sure we would have done had we had the time!

Thank Merrowmum
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