First thoughts of Prince Albert, a little Karoo town August 9, 2014
So I’ve just woken up in Prince Albert. We arrived yesterday at about 11am with a lovely 3 hour drive from Knysna to George, then George over the Outeniqua mountains to Oudtshoorn where we then took the road to De Rust and stopped for breakfast at the Village Trading store. Leaving De Rust we drove through the beautiful Meiringspoort and came upon masses of troops of baboons on the road. On arriving in Prince Albert after passing several wine farms, we stopped at Gay’s dairy for some cheese tasting and to stock up on cheese, yoghurt and the most delicious farm fresh creamy milk.
We then met my friend Kathryn who manages a farm here and had a glass of wine at the Swartberg hotel coffee shop before visiting the farm she manages with the help of her 3 week old pet sheep, Shaun.
My partner and I then took a long stroll through the town getting our bearings and looking at the beautiful historical buildings. Prince Albert is a little over 250 years old which in South African terms is fairly old. The town itself is quite flat and built on a rectangular plan with small canal ducks running down the streets which they call “lei water”.
After a quick freshen-up it was off to the NG Kerk “potjie aand” where R50 got you unlimited plates of “potjiekos”. This is a traditional South African meal whereby vegetables and/or meat are cooked in a cast iron pot on an open fire and it’s positively delicious! We tried numerous varieties of beef and of course Karoo lamb (which is famous for it’s flavour).
My partner and I then went to a local pub in the bush to catch a local provincial rugby game on TV so met a few of the locals who were extremely friendly and invited us back again tonight. Exhausted and full we returned to our beautiful historic house we had hired out and collapsed!
Now it’s time to get ready for a full day ahead of us in this small picturesque South African Karoo town for another full day and lots of photos!
Prince Albert road trip August 6, 2014
My partner and I have been dying to explore the small town of Prince Albert situated at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain in the Karoo, for some time now. It was also the home to the Attekwa who are an indigenous Khoi-Khoi people of South Africa.
Our accommodation that we have booked is an old church converted into a self-catering house called “Bid Huisie” which translated means “Prayer House”. This weekend we are off driving from Knysna via Oudtshoorn and Meiringspoort- which I hear is spectacular- to get there.
Prince Albert is known for it’s olives, figs, cheese, mohair, wine, Karoo lamb and glorious hiking trails. There are plenty of historical Cape Dutch, Victorian and Karoo buildings with no less than 19 national monuments. There are a surprisingly lot of tours available and we have booked a historical afternoon walking tour and for the evening the “Ghost walk”.
I also have a friend there who does horse trails so hopefully we can explore a little on horse back too.
As it is also their Winter School, there are lots of other things on the go from markets, cooking competitions and art exhibitions
An update and photos will follow
Knysna Oyster Festival June 22, 2014
So the next big event we will be having in the beautiful estuary town of Knysna on the Garden Route in South Africa, is the annual Oyster Festival. This festival which is on from the 4th to the 12th of July, is fun filled with lots to do for all the locals and visitors to our town. From sports events to wine tasting and oyster hot spots, there is something for everyone
Also not to missed, the local design and food market on the 10th of July
Local Design and Food Market
Markets galore! June 21, 2014
Saturday mornings on the Garden Route in South Africa, are a great time to explore the many local markets in the area. I am going to be taking a British and a Swiss volunteer to there such markets this morning. We will start at the Wild Oats market for breakfast with a choice of many different culinary delights from around the world. Then it’s on to the Mosaic and Scarab markets to trawl for local arts & crafts, African curios locally designed clothing and handcrafted jewelry with a stop at the factory making paper from elephant dung. All these markets can be found on the outskirts of the small town of Sedgefield and are a huge attraction every Saturday. Photos to follow later
Wild Oats Community Market
While hiking to Victoria Bay from Wilderness along the old Tjoe Tjoe Railway track, i encountered the cave dweller Clifford. Here’s the photostory.
the front door
You can read about the Going Homeless Project’s time in Wilderness here
South Africa – Days 3 and 4! November 22, 2013
Days 3 and 4 of Travellers Worldwide volunteer, Jasmine Burford, in Knysna, South Africa
Back again, and filling everyone in on days 3 and 4! Thank you if you’re still reading!
So, after an exhausting 72 hours, I was looking forward to a lie in. However, at 8.30, my sleep was interrupted (although quite pleasantly) by church bells. The volunteer house is close to 4 churches, but the bells sounded lovely so it was quite a nice alarm clock (which makes a change!) We had nothing planned for the day, but I was adamant I didn’t want to sit around wasting precious time.
Myself and the three other volunteers decided to get a taxi to Leisure Island which is approximately 5 miles away from Knysna (the town where I stayed). The two are complete polar opposites; Leisure Island has a predominantly white population and it is very wealthy there. The weather was forecast as rain however it was a really warm morning and we…
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South Africa – Day 2 November 19, 2013
Have to share this Jasmine!
My second day in South Africa was again, incredible! Whilst I was planning my trip, I knew if there was one thing I did culture wise, it would be to ride an elephant. I’d found a sanctuary which was the best place to do it as the other parks are very touristy and there are rumours that they can be very cruel. I guess you never know what goes on “behind close doors” but I’d done my research and made sure I was going to the best possible place. When I arrived in South Africa, however, I wasn’t expecting to fulfil one of my life long dreams (and a huge thing to tick off my bucket list!) on my second day in the country!
I’m not sure how we managed to fit all of this into one day but anyway here goes! So first off, myself and the other volunteers…
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