Locals' Guide to Blanco
Blanco is a shy and retiring gem hiding amongst the Outeniqua Mountains. It is surrounded by spectacular scenery and fertile farmland and has plenty of history to boot.
A number of working farms in the Blanco area are open to the public.
- One of the farms that welcomes visitors is Redberry, a strawberry farm which exports its produce all year round to European supermarkets. The owners are happy for you visit and pick your own fresh strawberries, after which you can sit under the sun shades and gaze at the mountains whilst you have a Strawberry Cream Tea, or lunchtime snack. They also provide plenty for the children to do with pony rides, a play ground, maze and a miniature railway for all the family.
- Moving along the road from Redberry is Silver Lilly Cheese Farm, where you can sample the home made cheese made by Marianne, who comes from Holland. She will provide picnics and wine to go with the cheese. Once you have samples all the cheeses you can try to play Klomklop Golf, a Dutch version of golf for all the family, which is great fun.
- Drive a little further on and you can visit one of the largest dairy farms in the Southern Hemisphere. Nearby is one of the top Thoroughbred horse studs in SA owned by a Mrs Plattener.
Blanco is the only area in Africa where you can see hops growing.
There's more to Blanco than farms - it is just a short hop from the Indian Ocean. Not only is Blanco caressed by the mountains, it also has wonderful spots for whale watching in season, and small friendly bays for safe bathing and surfing, right on the doorstep.
If your interest is in Game we also have many local Game Reserves to visit.
A drive through the mountains offers visitors superb views whilst experiencing a part of the local history, by driving two of the four passes. The older pass, being the Montagu Pass, meanders through the Hop Farms in the small mountain village of Herold on a well made dirt road. This road was hand built in the 19th century. Along this route is a gardeners delight of Proteas, Ericas and abundance of wild flowers.
Blanco is most famous for its Golf Courses, one of which is rated in the top 100 in the world and in the top 10 of south Africa. This is the links course at Fancourt Golfing Estate. In addition to this course, there are four other top class courses within 10 minutes drive.
We are blessed with a wide selection of restaurants within a 15 minutes drive, there is something to suite everyone, from Italian, German, Turkish, Chinese and South African cuisine.
Every September we hold a Strawberry Festival for the Outeniqua Hop Route. This is usually around the 20th of the month, when we have music, stalls and plenty of attractions.
Not only does Blanco have so much to offer the tourist, but it also makes an ideal base to explore the entire Garden Route and the Little Karoo, including Oudtshoorn, De Rust and Prins Albert, due to Blanco being in the heart of the Garden route with an excellent road network.
Stay in Blanco at Malvern Manor Country House
Malvern Manor Country House offers 4 star accommodation in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains in Blanco, George on the Garden Route. Malvern Manor Country House is set on a 50-acre country estate, part of a small dairy farm. Spectacular views and tranquil surroundings. The Cape Dutch Manor house offers luxurious accommodation, friendly service with attention to detail.