|Bushmans Kloof, an idyllic getaway surrounded by the splendid Cederberg Mountains.|
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Firstly, we're off to Cape Town International Airport where we will be meeting my younger sister and only sibling, Carol, after her flight disembarkation from Oliver Tambo International, in Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city. Her good friend Debbie will be joining us and hopefully there will be enough leg room for all of us in the car Carol has prebooked for hire. When she made the booking, she was only expecting three of us. I haven't told her I've invited all of you along, too.
Bear in mind that it's winter in South Africa. I do hope you've packed some warm clothing, especially for the evenings when the chill factor in the Cederberg can be quite dramatic. It's cold and rainy in Cape Town today, but we're travelling north and so hopefully it should be a bit warmer during the daylight hours and sunnier than it will be in Cape Town for the next few days, if the weather forecasters are up to speed on their game. We are planning to take the drive at a leisurely pace with a couple of refreshment stops en route.
Here we go...
|We are going to turn off the National Road, north of Cape Town and head into Piketberg http://www.piketberg.co.za/gallery.html, a picturesque town situated in the foothills of the splendid Piketberg Mountain. We've heard of a very nice coffee shop cum gift shop that we absolutely must try. It's called Kochelmanders (the Afrikaans word for gecko) and they make the freshest, tastiest pancakes ever! |
| You cannot possibly go to Citrusdal http://www.citrusdal.info/, one of the farming communities and towns we by-pass on our way to the Cederberg and the citrus growing capital of South Africa, without stopping off at one of the many quaint farmstalls to taste and purchase this season's fresh fruit. This is by far the best stall. The elderly gentleman operating the business is incredibly hospitable, urging everyone to taste not only his delciously juicy, sweet naartjies, oranges and grapefruit, but also to try his baked sweet potatoes, done in a pot on the coals. They are truly mouthwatering and are cooked as they come, straight from the earth, no seasonings or any other additions. The Citrus (orange blossom) Honey is particulary good and I bought the best pumpkin I've ever had from this stall. Just look out for the signs welcoming you to stop in the fields on either side and the distinctively painted exterior, bright purple and lime green...you can't miss it! Debbie took this picture of Carol and me...and I took the one of the two of them, below.|
|Next up, we stop off in Clanwilliam http://www.clanwilliam.info/index.php?id=1, the last little town we pass through where we will have a light lunch at one of the little coffee shops.|
|A lovely old Church in the main road in Clanwilliam just a short way along from Nancy's Tea Room.|
|This attractive old building marks the split in the main road through the town. As you can see, it had been raining shortly before the time we stopped to take this picture.|
|Nice old Cape Dutch building for sale...anyone interested?|
|The wall plaque just visible to the right of the doorway indicates that this building is a national heritage site and, as such, may not be demolished or altered in any way unless with the approval of the South African Monuments Council.|
|This lovely bauhinia tree (orchid tree) was in full bloom and shows off the attractive neighbouring property so well, it deserved being photographed on our way out of town.|
|We had to pop in at the Clanwilliam Living Landscape Community Project http://www.socialresponsiveness.uct.ac.za/activities/culture/landscape_proj/overview/ and peek inside the Living Museum...there is much information to be gained here, but we were unfortunately time-constrained and so only managed a quick walk through.|
|I had not seen this type of representation before and found it most fascinating.|
|The Khoisan people, historically indigenous to this area, made extensive use of things such as ostrich shells for transporting water. |
|If memory serves me correctly, these skulls are from dassies (rock rabbits), through the ages. The caves in the Cederberg are teeming with these little hyraxes (rodents).|
|The San people http://www.encounter.co.za/article/49.html were traditionally hunter-gatherers and lived entirely off the land. Many of the plants (roots, leaves, bulbs and bark) they used for medicinal purposes are widely used in the manufacture of modern pharmaceuticals.|
|Such a simple yet eloquent statement for a remarkable man.|
|This pretty creeper serves as the only adornment along with the rocks and mosses at C. Louis Leipoldt's gravesite. The surrounding views are breath-taking and the overwhelming sense of peace and tranquility makes it an enviable final resting place.|
We are now going to begin the downward climb to the valley below where our destination awaits. Come along everyone, hop back into the car...
|Debbie and Carol are beating us to it!|
|If only there were time to explore these rocky outcrops!|
|One last look around as we pull out of the parking bay at the gravesite...|
|The clouds are building up...we need to get to Bushmans Kloof before it starts to rain as the last part of our trip is on a gravel road.|
|Winterscape at the Cederberg (6th June 2011)|
|Bushmans Kloof...an appetiser of what you're in for :)|
TO BE CONTINUED...