Everything seems to grow abundantly in Swellendam!
Suurbraak was known as Xairy (Paradise) in Khoi, and it was Hans Moos, the Khoi leader at the time, who invited the London Mission Society to establish a Mission Station in the area in 1812 (how did he get in touch with the Society?). … Continued
I had serious lower back problems as a result of long days in the car and hours on bumpy dirt roads. A wonderfully skilled physiotherapist in Graaff Reinet helped me, but walking was essential in addition to the exercices. Going for … Continued
Matjiesfontein is in the Great Karoo, surrounded by miles and miles of semi-arid countryside and endless mountains. It is a land you either love or hate – you can’t ignore it and it doesn’t allow neutrality. In this seemingly arid landscape … Continued
On 29 September 1969 Tulbagh was hit by an earthquake of 6.8 on the Richter Scale. Although the old buildings in Church Street were badly damaged imaginative and careful restoration has returned them to their original structures. Sadly, however, the … Continued
The Roodezand Church, the Old Church of Tulbagh, was built in 1743, one of the four early churches in the Cape Province, the others being in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, and Paarl (Drakenstein). The first minister was the Rev Arnoldus Mauritius Meiring. … Continued
The Old Drostdy in Tulbagh lies about 4 kms outside the town, further towards the head of the valley, and so after visiting we drove as close as we could into the head of the valley and the Groot Winterhoek Mountains which … Continued
Tulbagh is the fourth oldest town in South Africa, after Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Swellendam. The valley was ‘discovered’ by Pieter Potter, the surveyor to the Dutch East India Company, who found the way into the valley via today’s Nuwekloof Pass and … Continued