Never heard of it, have you? Well, Vermaaklikheid (310km from Cape Town) does exist and it does so barely noticeable on the backburner of time. This miniature olde worlde village of thatch and white-wash along the tidal Duiwenhoks River – 10km from the sea and 30km off the N2 – is a rural rarity that has barely budged, never mind kept up with, the changing times. The ambience is unique, a product of moody waters, creased pastoral valley and dry Karoo-like outskirts. And Vermaaklikheid is peaceful, utterly peaceful.