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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