After doing a recent roadtrip along the famed R62, from Worcester to Graaf-Reinet, and then down to Addo and back through Knysna to Cape Town, we had plenty of chances along the way to test the food in little towns.

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South African roadtrip food.

We didn’t stop as much as we wanted to, but we ate a lot of fudge. And what we did taste was amazing. Here are some of the things we and the places where we ate them:


The first of many coffees – and we’re talking good specialty coffee – this one at Beans About Coffee in Robertson. They also have branches in Riebeeck Kasteel and Oudtshoorn.

Beans About Coffee, Robertson.


A chicken pie and green beans. A great pie and that little bit of extra. Diesel & Creme, Barrydale.

Chicken pie from Diesel & Creme.

Nieu Bethesda

Nieu Bethesda has a lot of choices for food, but the Waenhuis was close to us, is beautiful, has a great garden, and this lunch was just what we needed.

Having a bite at the Waenhuis Restaurant, Nieu Bethesda..

Graaff Reinet

Maria’s is part of the Our Yard complex, and many coffees were drunk here. As for food, the Drostdy Hotel is a great location, and I had some seriously good peri peri chicken livers.

Maria’s in Graaff Reinet.
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Eggs Benedict at the Drostdy Hotel.

Secret (sweet) location

For sweet things, like these Rice Krispie Treats, we went through a lot of fudge. My co-driver, who is an expert in fudge, reckoned the best she had in a week was at Nature’s Way Farm Stall, Natures Valley.

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Rice Krispie Treats.


Another great chicken pie, this time at Kapoet Padstal on the main road.

A pie worth going back for, at Kapoet.

Jeffreys Bay

This town is hopping! And Infood Coffee Society has probably the best coffee we tasted on the trip – and there was some stiff competition. Infood, you guys rock!

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Infood Coffee Society, Jeffreys Bay.

Gorah Elephant Camp

Coffee and rusks before a game drive early in the morning. With this view! What’s not to like?

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Pre-game drive morning coffee at Gorah Elephant Camp.


Ile de Pain and Trinity Coffee, two places definitely worth a stop in a town I’m starting to like a lot.

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Trinity coffee shop, Knysna.
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Ile de Pain is the gathering place bar none in Knysna. Baked goods, food, coffee. Just go!


The Green Shed in Wilderness town centre is a place everyone should stop in at. It’s a mix of locals, travellers, coffee, food, and some totally zany decor. Out back is Jammwich, which makes the best sandwiches you’ll probably have on your whole roadtrip.

Muffins at Pause Coffee, Wilderness.
A tuna and ginger sandwich on charcoal bread from Jammwich, Wilderness.