Weekend Greetings from The Overberg

The discovery of the real South Africa begins 100 kilometer beyond Cape Town. The Overberg, for example. Here you find real hospitality and life to the fullest. Country Life at it’s best!!!

Escaping Table Mountain

Yesterday (Friday) afternoon at 3: First Capetonians arriving within the boundaries of the Cape Agulhas Municipality for their weekend getaway in places like Napier, Bredasdorp, Arniston, Struisbaai and Cape Agulhas. Every Friday about 10000 to 15000 cars with registration plates of the Mother City (including suburbs) escape Table Mountain for enjoyment in the Overberg; the majority to Hermanus/Gansbaai, followed by the mentioned places and Greyton.

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The hunting of the snark

The end of 2017 was a once off private performance of ‘The Better box Co’ of ‘THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK’ (by Lewis Carrol’) in, of all places, Wolvengat in the Western Cape, South Africa. The play was initiated by artist  couple  Wim and Tina de Roubaix who also created the moving cardboard orchestra (home made electronics and mechanics). If you think that Cape Town is South Africa, forget it; it’s only a small part of it. The real things happen in the ‘hinterland’ across the mountain…. Cape Town is just a ‘tourist thing’ 

Weekend Greetings from off-the-beaten-track

We live in a small town through which the main road between Cape Town and the Southernmost tip of the African Continent runs. ‘Runs’, indeed for most tourists are racing in high speed mode from one ‘attraction’ to the other. It’s a pity to see people not experiencing the real beauty of a wonderful countryside. Sometimes we think; why not turn left of right into a gravel road and get lost … in a wonderful landscape with ever changing skies throughout the seasons. Yes; one can pick up some of that on the main road but it’s incomparable with the real thing. Our Swiss friends are visiting South Africa virtually every year and although they drive rural pace in the countryside they never got the idea to go into the deep … So we took them out one early morning. Yes, we also did the Southernmost Tip, for that was still on their list, but after the off the beaten track tour they had seen it there within a few minutes; the shipwreck nearby was far more interesting as was the illegal dumpsite of Cape Nature Conservation in a protected nature reservation (sad story), etc. etc. Oh … and we also went to Elim and in Arniston we had lunch in a place virtually all tourists/tour operators have yet to discover….

Pictures all taken 23 March 2017 between 5:30 AM and approx. 2:00 PM and they clearly show the ever changing skies and the effect it has on the photos.

Going nowhere fast

See the Cape Town registered cars racing back to the Mother City from Arniston without driver and passengers noticing the beauty of the Overberg….

Weekend Greetings for the Fire Fighters …

… who at last succeeded in mastering a runaway fire between Stanford and Gansbaai that affected a surface equal to that of Cape Town city bowl plus Table Mountain.

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And the beat goes on … (2 pictures)

A trace of destruction is what’s left of a raging ‘veld’ fire between Stanford and Gansbaai in the Overberg, South Africa. Until so far the affected area has a surface that exceeds that of the city bowl of Cape Town PLUS Table Mountain…

Photo’s (this morning) of the smoke shot at a distance of about 10 kilometers.

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Even a rain shower on its way can be beautiful

Not so long ago we explained a tour operator from Connecticut (USA) that if it rains in Stanford it comes from Cape Town but if the sun shines in Cape Town the Capetonians can thanks us for that. It’s just a matter of geographics. Anyway we just got the ‘wet greetings’ from Cape Town…

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TABLE MOUNTAIN FOR SALE

TABLE MOUNTAIN FOR SALE.

via TABLE MOUNTAIN FOR SALE.

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We had to say something…….

We just had to say something about an article in The Huffington Post; an American internet publication. We browse it every now and than and wish South African publishers would be able to put something with the relatively high quality on the net. That set aside; the author of the article was for 24 hours in Cape Town and she has been rushing about talking with one after the other PR-person. But she did a fine job given the short period she was there. And of course there were some comments; one of these a very nice one if we may say so ourselves.

Well … read for yourself:

“For the 24 hrs you experience Cape Town and surrounds it’s a remarkable well written article. You emphasize however all the positive sides of the Mother City and have visited the obvious tourist destinations. Hope you will have more time available during your next visit to South Africa. The real South Africa journey begins >100 km beyond Cape Town. It’s there where you find true personal hospitality and discover where Capetonians got their ideas from (Cape Town is known as one of the top 3 copycat cities in the world). And also from a budget point of view the ‘Hinterland’ is really cheap to stay and to travel in; surely in comparison with Cape Town. Having said that I must admit that once or twice per year we like to go to Cape Town just to experience a bit of city-hassle and than to come to realize that we are very privileged to live in a small village somewhere in nowhere between Hermanus and Gansbaai that was recently awarded with ‘Best Village Destination in South Africa”.

 

Stanford, 14 January 2013

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