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.

“Transkaroo bring haar huistoe”

*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.

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)

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The Trans Karoo Express near Fochville (Photo Credit: }

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Steward on the Trans-Karoo Express (photo credit:}


This has now been replaced by the Shosholoza Meyl service line with very affordable rates for the budget traveller.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.

Hearty & Homecooked

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.

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

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

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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

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Wine selection at Transkaroo Restaurant

hanging from the high vaulted ceilings, you just cannot help but fall in love with this spot.

Should you find yourself in the area do pop in, here is where you can find them:

1 Morrison Road, Great Brak River, Western Cape, South Africa
-34.05039948819489, 22.235546618612716
044 620 4163

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Vintage luggage cases from the old Transkaroo Express Train

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

As always, #WishYouWereHere



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