Transkaroo bring haar padkos!

04 September 16

Jacqui 'Jax' Cooks
A thirty-something year old global gypsy, travel junkie & foodie
Transkaroo bring haar padkos! Is Afrikaans for ‘Transkaroo bring her food for the road’. This is a play on words from the opening lyric of the South African hit television show of the eighties, named Transkaroo. *English translation: Transkaroo bring her home This hour-long series told stories of love, adventure and even diamond smuggling aboard the Transkaroo express train. The three lovable schoolboys who were the main characters; Vollie, Boeta and Braam, university students who spend their December holidays working as waiters on the train, provided much comedy relief to the show.

This article was originally written by Jacqui Cooks and first appeared on theJaxBlog

Transkaroo TV series, 1984 - Episode 7: Die Leeu van Leeu Gamka *

Gosh! I remember this show so fondly growing up as a child, I could hardly wait to watch what was going to happen next.
This show was based upon an actual train line of the same name,Transkaroo. It was a South African Express passenger train travelling 1600kms from Cape Town to Johannesburg via Kimberly right up until March 1997. (Source Wikipedia)

The Trans Karoo Express near Fochville by HiltonT

Steward on the Trans-Karoo Express by HiltonT

This has now been replaced by the Shosholoza Meyl service line with very affordable rates for the budget traveller. If you’re looking for something a bit more luxurious and private then for a few extra Rands you can book a cabin aboard the Premiere Classe.
But, this blog post is not about either Transkaroos instead it is of the Transkaroo Restaurant in Great Brak area, George. So aptly named as it is situated inside the old railway station alongside the famous old Transkaroo railway line. Hence why I mentioned both of the above:

This unpretentious, homey restaurant serves up affordable traditional South African fare that warms the heart, fills the tummy and leaves you wanting more.
Each dish whipped up from scratch by Chef Maurice Fouche promises to pack a flavourful punch from only the freshest seasonal ingredients. Best you leave your diet at the door when entering this establishment.

Warm apple sponge with caramel and cream topped with a mini apple

Roasted chicken with pesto cream sauce on a bed of risotto accompanied by freshly steamed veggies

Millionaires chocolate and caramel shortbread with a glass of pinotage and coffee
With a wine list that ‘skrik vir niks‘ , as they say in Afrikaans, translated means “Scared of nothing”..that is how wide the variety is, dotted with vintage decor, and ostrich egg shell lamps hanging from the high vaulted ceilings, you just cannot help but fall in love with this spot.

Wine selection at Transkaroo Restaurant

Vintage luggage cases from the old Transkaroo Express Train
Should you find yourself in the area do pop in, here is where you can find them:
Address - 1 Morrison Road, Great Brak River, Western Cape, South Africa
GPS - -34.05039948819489, 22.235546618612716
Telephone - 044 620 4163

With special thanks to Mossel Bay Tourism who extended an invitation to experience all Mossel Bay has to offer and without whom I would not have had the great pleasure of experiencing such a fine restaurant.
For more information on the Mossel Bay area visit:
As always, #WishYouWereHere

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