Finally, I went on another trip. This time 3 hours or 300kms away. Nieuwoudtville to view the spring flowers.
I arrived on Saturday morning and left on Monday morning.
South Africa is filled with ‘dorpies’ (little towns), more of a collection of 10 houses, an NG Church (a must in all dorpies), and a few shops. These one-horse towns are all the same. The preverbal horse has either run away or been buried and forgotten many moons ago.
Nieuwoudtville falls in this category. I doubt the ‘horse’ even lived there!!
This ‘dorpie’ is a charming peaceful town, that started in the late 1800s. It is famous for its flowers in spring. Known as the capital of bulbs. People flock from far afield to view the enormous variety of flowers and blooms.
There is just one tarred road that runs through this dorpie; all other roads are gravel, with only 1 stop sign in the whole dorpie.
The original stone houses have been converted to one of the 2 restaurants or one of the 3 B&B found in town. There is a trading type shop (that is closed on weekends – so did not manage to explore) plus 1 local ‘café’ that sells basic foods – bread, milk etc. I found 2 campsites in town and sheep fields.
As to the petrol station – I have no words. Please note on the photo their trading hours. This I discovered on Sunday at 10am.
Once I got over the ‘shock’ of not being able to fill my car, I met the friendliest and most helpful people you will ever find.
The flowers in town were magnificent and well worth the trip. The 4 nature reserves were overflowing with so many varieties of flowers it was breathtaking indeed. With so many flowers scattered everywhere, one forgets you are in the Karoo (semi-desert). The landscape is forever changing. God sure spilt some seeds in Nieuwoudtville!
The town is very whimsical; therefore many more things to explore and discover.
The one campsite in town is a must-see…… some photos below
I was truly impressed by the ruins left by the first people who lived there and their drama-filled history.
Will I visit again? Oh yes! Cannot wait to see more flowers in May and again in September.
Gordon’s Bay – Heart of the Cape! Gordon’s Bay is centrally located close to Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Hermanus. Heart of the Cape, all 40km!
This photo is taken from one of the many Whale Lookout Points overlooking Gordon’s Bay Harbour
Gordon’s Bay lies in False Bay on the Atlantic side of the Peninsula False Bay has warmer water compared with Atlantic Beaches in Cape Town! Sea temperature in summer often reaches 22 °C (72 °F) in False Bay due to the South Easter wind blowing the warm Agulhas into False Bay.
Overlooking False Bay
Standing at the same Whale View Point as yesterday’s photo, you see False Bay’s glory with Cape Point on the other side. (the blue mountain in the far distance)
Did not spot any whales on this trip, hopefully, when I go again soon they will frolic in the bay
I am inviting you to join me on my first road trip since lockdown
Rooiels Rooiels (Afrikaans equivalent of red alder) is a settlement in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The name is often written as Rooi-Els, but the name of the township was registered as Rooiels (one word). It was declared a township in June 1948, on the eastern shore of False Bay. It was named after the farm and river by this name
The town roads are narrow, un-tarred and without street lights.
Area: Total 1.15 km2 (0.44 sq mi)
Population (2011) • Total 125 • Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
The main reason I am giving you the info on size and population is: I have driven to this little dorpie (hamlet) a few times, and just never could find the beach. We went in again this time and the gravel road leading to the beach was a pool of water. We decided best not to navigate through this and returned. Out of the few roads in Rooiels we took a wrong turn and found this beach instead.
Cape Town, colourful and beautiful. Nothing speaks volumes like the locals – the Cape Coloured. Their colourful language, culture and mannerisms, speak of the Cape.
Dad use to love going to Epping Market regularly. It is filled with fresh fruit and vegetables direct from the farms. From this point onwards they are sold to shops. Just outside the market, is a section where various vendors sell their products to smaller shops and the public.
Today, this section has been modernized and now sterile buildings are overflowing with colourful fruit and vegetables.